Thoughts on Bangkok

April 1st to April 3rd, 2018

Photo by Evan Krause on Unsplash

This note is part of my travel series, Giant Leaps: a collection of my experiences from across the globe. You can view all of my trips on here.

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This is Part 2 of my trip to Thailand and Cambodia

(click here for parts 1, 3, and 4)

Things I Did

  • We flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on April 1st. We only had two nights to spend in Bangkok, so we wanted to make the most of it. Honestly I did not know much about Bangkok going into the trip and I feel like I left with a pretty strong impression. First and foremost, I will say that Bangkok is a very unique place — really like no culture or place I have been before. There are few rules in terms of drinking and going out, and, like much of Thailand, really anything goes.
  • We spent the first night going out on a few famous tourist streets, and saw lots of different things…It was a fun time, one that definitely made for a lot of funny memories. Definitely recommend trying it once in your life!
  • We woke up early the next day (for it was really our only day to explore) and visited as many of the sights as we could. It really is quite a pretty place during the day. Bangkok is a really big city — one of the most populated in the region — so there is lots of motion. We opted to participate in most of the touristy things but I think there is certainly a whole separate part to the culture that we very much missed out on.
  • There are so many temples located in and around the city. Really is quite surreal to see them in person and think about how long they have been standing in good condition. Make sure you bring (or just buy) things to cover your knees or else they will not let you inside the viewing area.
  • The floating market is a bit of a tourist scam but still quite cool to navigate the waterways (the boats reminded me a bit of Central Vietnam).
  • We took tuk-tuks to get around everywhere which was fairly simple…a forewarning as well…Bangkok is super super humid.
  • We stayed at a kind of weird homestay for the two nights. It worked out fine but definitely not the cleanest visit.

Takeaways

  • Personally, I do not have a particularly strong desire to go back to Bangkok. I think there are many more interesting and fun places in Thailand that I would prioritize over Bangkok — but I do think it is worth trying to visit at least once in your life!

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