Wow, how to describe Bangkok… Organized chaos. From the taxi line up at the airport where we had to fight with the taxi driver to put his meter on to the hundreds of power lines duct taped together to the buckets of alcohol offered to tourists to the Thai masseuses offering you their services on most corner to the copious amounts of street food offered everywhere.
Bangkok is a city for all your senses. You have to keep an eye out for traffic, people, smog, flying giant bugs and general disarray of everything around you.
In this place I saw a rat attack a tourist. (the tourist proceeded to kick the rat across the road and it just came back to get more pad Thai) So persistent was this rat that I left my pad Thai for it. (Not really I left it for the hundreds of cockroaches swarming the street.)
In regards to general tips in Bangkok… do what most guidebooks tell you… but then just wander around and get lost in the chaos. Just wondering around we discovered small mosques where the city sounds were drowned out by the tweeting of birds (not modern Thai people going on twitter 😉 )
Khaosan road was an amazing experience in itself (a whole blog post will be dedicated to my two nights there)
My tips on Bangkok:
– China town (Ladies this is where to buy amazing jewelry for SUPER cheap and get compliments about it every time you wear it when you return home)
– Khaosan Road
– King’s Palace: WARNING: COVER your shoulders, and wear LONG pants/skirts other WARNING: Don’t go when it’s +40 degrees Celsius cause you will want to die
– Boat ride around the ca
nals (floating market)
– EAT! EAT! EAT!
– Lying Buddha, emerald Buddha
– Really cool shopping mall district
– TUK TUK rides (though they are more expensive then the sky train or even a taxi – you can negotiate a good rate with the driver PLUS it’s an experience all on it’s own) There were many times during these rides I contemplated on what would happen to my body if I died in Bangkok (morbid I know) BUT it was the best “rollercoaster” I’ve been on so far in my life! WARNING: enter at your own risk WARNING: they drive on the left side in Thailand