Traveling in Bangkok in Central Thailand
Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. OK Bangkok is not really a province but an administratie zone. Bangkok (in Thai Krungthep) is the capital city of Thailand and the centre of Thailand. With 2 international airports (Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi) and 2 end-train stations. It is the transport hub of Thailand and South East Asia. And I think 99% of the tourists visiting Thailand will stay at least a few days in Bangkok to see the Wat Arun, Wat Pho, make a klong tour, have a diner cruise on the Chao Phraya, sit in a TukTuk, have a drink on a rooftop lounge, eat delicious Thai food or enjoy the famous nightlife of Bangkok. One night in Bangkok and the world is your oyster. As said international called Bangkok and in Thai called Krungthep, although the latter is just the beginning of the longest name of a city. Bangkok is also nicknames The Big Mango.
Personally I came to Bangkok for the first time in 1985. In 2000 I moved to Bangkok and lived there for 2 years. And I still come at least 3 or 4 times a year in Bangkok. And I still love it .... and I also hate it. After 2 or 3 days I have had it with the noise, all the buildings and all the people in a hurry. But I love the Chao Phraya River, my favourite place to go. I love to get lost in China town. And I love the great choice of non-Thai food. And of course for me Bangkok is also the place to go shopping.
Staying in Bangkok you have to like or love noise, traffic, buildings and a lot of people. But you could explore Bangkok for months if you wanted. The many small streets and shops in China town, the modern shopping malls, taking the boat of the klongs and Chao Phraya river. Eating Thai food in restaurants or at the famous food stalls on the street. Enjoying a cocktail at one of the high-rise rooftop lounges. Shopping at Klong Toey Market, Chakutak Market, Pratunam Market, Bo Bae Market or one of the more as 100 other markets. Strolling thru old temples, visiting art galleries or museums. Enjoying the famous nightlife, do cha-chi in a park in the early morning. Make a bicycle trip with one of the now more as 10 bicycle tour companies in Bangkok. Make a diner cruis over Chao Phraya, have a Thai massage or just sit along the street and watch people. Exploring Bangkok can be endless.