One Night In Bangkok (OK it was actually 7 nights)
Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
73Trip End Jan 26, 2012
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Bangkok is a big city. Larger than any other city we have been in before, with a population estimate ranging between 9 and 12 million people depending on who you ask and where you draw the boundaries. Luckily it does have a good rail transit system that can quickly and efficiently move people around the city
Bangkok is home to the tallest building in Thailand, Baiyoke Tower which is 304 meters tall and has a rotating observation deck on the roof. We took a trip up to the roof to check out the view and it was pretty cool, then we grabbed a table by the windows at the bar on the 83rd floor and enjoyed a drink while staring out at the city below. I wanted to see how long it would take the elevator to go up 83 floors but unfortunately it stopped a couple times along the way to pick people up and drop them off. The longest non-stop elevator run we did was 54 floors and it took a minute and five seconds to do that so if my math is right (and it probably isn’t) the elevator was doing around 11 Km/hr and would take about 1 minute 40 seconds to go from the ground floor to the top.
Like slowing down to gawk at a car accident, we had to go check out Khao San Road. It’s a relatively short road that is jam packed with cheap backpacker hostels and hotels, cheap places to eat, stalls selling shoes, jewelry, pirated DVDs and CDs, knock-off brand-name clothes, massage places, fortune tellers and poor quality custom tailors
Getting a taxi in Bangkok was sometimes quite a challenge. When we were on Khoa San Road and wanted to get a taxi to take us to the nearest train station, we ended up asking about 5 taxis to take us there before we got a driver that finally agreed to take us and use meter. Some said "no" and drove away, some quoted us a huge price for taking us to where we wanted to go and would not agree to use the meter. This played out quite a few times while we were in Bangkok. We were surprised that taxi drivers would sometimes refuse to take us to a place if we insisted on them using the meters, or if they didn't know where the location we wanted to go was.
The rest of the Thai food we tried in Bangkok was more of what we expected, rice with meat-based curries that were more often than not VERY spicy. It made it tough for Robin to find food seeing as she is vegetarian and doesn't like spicy food but I even found much of the food to be spicier than I could comfortably eat. Not to say they were not tasty, but I was crying most of the time when I was eating.