Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, was not a “love at first sight” type of relationship. But as we got to know each other, Bangkok revealed itself beyond the clichés.
Bangkok is a city that you can visit over and over again and always find something new and interesting, whether you are there for work or on a convenient flight stop-over.
The first time we visited Bangkok was just after several months backpacking across Australia and New Zealand. And we have to admit that the first hours were quite overwhelming.
The sprawling city seemed impenetrable at first. Home to more than 6 millions inhabitants, Bangkok is a human jungle! But as we spent some time strolling around this exotic metropolis, we were simply amazed by the curious contrasts and wanders of Bangkok. From extravagant ladyboys to calm monks, from towering skyscrapers to traditional houses, from ancient architecture and culture to modern lifestyle.
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Sight: glittering temples, gigantic shopping centres and imposing skyscrapers
Bangkok counts some impressive temples like Wat Pho (largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and home to the impressive reclining Buddha) and The Grand Palace (Thailand’s most sacred place and home to the famous Emerald Buddha).
Also, a trip to Bangkok would not be complete without a few days browsing Bangkok malls where anything from clothes to gems and technology can be found.
Oh and for a stunning view over Bangkok, go for a drink at the open-air Vertigo bar on the roof of the 5 star Banyan Tree hotel.
Smell: pollution and delicious aromas
The smells of Bangkok are quite intense and can be awkward sometimes.
The savory smoke of street food, the choking diesel from millions of vehicles, the sweltering humidity, the garbage, the incense sticks burning from tiny Buddhist shrines, blend all together to reveal a truly unique scent.
Sound: a city that never sleeps
With its hyperactive traffic and buzzing Tuk Tuks, non-stop party and striking street vendors, Bangkok is literally alive 24/7.
Taste: gastronomic heaven
Everywhere you look there are restaurants, food stalls, curry shops, fast food, roadside barbecues and little carts selling everything from the local favourite Pad Thai to fried insects and other creepy stuff.
Touch: from violent Thai Boxing to invigorating Thai massage
Furious punches and kicks, crushing elbow strikes…Get knocked out watching a match of Thai Boxing! Seeing these powerful moves executed live is really impressive. Not suitable for sensitive souls though!
Enjoying a traditional Thai massage involving stretching and yoga-like poses is another must-do.