I was chilling alone one night in the common lounge area at FAB hostel while Trav and Niko, a German traveler we met earlier that evening, were grabbing us some beers at 7/11 (side note: Bangkok is full of 7/11's, literally one every half mile). Anyway, I'm sitting on the couch and out comes this tall, red headed girl. She sits right next to me and immediately starts talking. I think Trav is the only one who knows this, but I've always had a strong liking towards gingers, that's neither here nor there. I quickly learned that she was 21 years old, from northern London, and just finished university all before we knew each other's names.
Her name's Evie and she's traveling solo for 4 months because, well, why not? That, to me, makes her the coolest. Before Evie got to Bangkok, she set out to find things to do that were off the beaten path. She told me about a psychedelic looking museum in Bangkok she found online that reminded her of something out of a Salvador Dali painting. If you know Trav and I, then you know that's the kind of shit we love. As soon as Trav and Niko got back from their beer run, I had to let him know. And of course he was so down.
We met Evie early the next morning, had breakfast and set off to the Erawan Museum by train. We paid a modest entry fee and when we entered the grounds we were immediately in awe of the gardens and mystical creature sculptures scattered throughout. The exterior of the museum was jaw dropping. It's basically an enormous, three headed elephant sitting atop a circular, pink ornate base.
We entered through a small door at the base and were greeted by ancient relics from Thailand that were 200 years old or more, still in mint condition. Then we had to take our shoes off to enter the rest of the museum. Evie had a skirt on just above her knees and was told to pull it down a little bit to enter due to the Buddha shrine that was waiting for us inside.
On the bottom section there are writings on the walls depicting the Jakarta stories, which are fables about the different lives of Buddha. Then we go up this beautiful grand staircase that splits into two sides. Sitting in the middle of it was a shrine that many people stopped to pray or give their respects. The ceiling was made of a gorgeous stained glass showing an atlas map with Africa in the center. You can tell that everything, from the floor to the railings, was meticulously planned out. It only got better.
We climbed a seemingly never ending spiral staircase into the three headed elephant's belly. It was almost like entering another realm. The walls were painted a royal blue with gold detailing, there's statues of Buddha in different poses, and a massive gold Buddha in the center. We paid our respects and each walked away with a vial of holy water.
If it wasn't for Evie we probably wouldn't of found this mystical museum because even some Thai people didn't know where or what it was. I'm forever grateful to have witnessed this beauty in person. Thanks Evie! We'll see you on the islands of Thailand real soon 😊