This is part 10 of the 48 (out of the 77) of all the provinces in Thailand I have stayed at least 1 night. OK Bangkok is not really a province but an administratie zone called Greater Bangkok or Bangkok Metropolis Area (BMA). Bangkok is also nicknamed The Big Mango. But Thai people will call it Krungthep, what is just the first word of the longest name of any city in the world. Bangkok 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.
Personally I came to Bangkok for the first time in 1985. And in the following years I did visit Bangkok at least 10 times. And 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 but I also still 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 with the flow. 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. 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 on 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.
"One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but their pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky, then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me"
|Famous Thai street-food in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Taking a samlor as taxi in Bangkok, Thailand|
|The famous Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Walking in Sam Sen in China Town, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Taking the bus to Don Muang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand|