Bangkok Revisited

Trip Start Jan 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 16, 2010


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Monday, January 11, 2010

    I've been to Bangkok 4 years back and what I remembered was a crazy city with crazy taxi drivers and hoards and hoards of farangs (foreigners) clogging up Kao San Road. Of course the Royal Palace with all the glitz, the Reclining Buddha and the Chao Phraya River and its super fast boats.
Well... nothing changed! Not a bit. The city is still crazy, the farangs still pack the "Freak Street" (Kao San), all the gold and sparkles still adorn the Royal Palace and the temples around it and yes it is still an adventure to ride the local boat on the Chao Phraya trying to keep up with counting the stops so you get off where you need to.
    Having said all that there are few other things that we discovered this time around. Few worth mentioned are the Golden Mount Temple from where you can get an amazing 360 view of Bangkok.
The Golden Buddha Temple with its fascinating story of the biggest Buddha statue in Thailand made of gold that was hiding under a thick layer of stucco (protected this way from the pillaging Burmese army from long time ago) until some 80 years ago when was dropped while being moved to a different location and so the treasure revealing its self.
There is also the crazy and fabulous China Town where you can spend weeks and still have something left to see, few hours .... obviously not enough! Ah, the smells and the innumerable kinds of dried plants, fruits, fish, meats and God only knows what else each in its own bag small or big or any size in between. The trinkets, the silks, the pottery...Ahhh, fantastic!
There are the canals around the Hua Lamphong train station and their stench, with the speeding long boats and the crumbling wooden houses where a lot of Thai still live.
There is also the newest and the biggest shopping mall "Central World" , yes that's its name. Enough said. There's the Bangkok Metro and the Skytrain, yes you Vancouverites Skytrain is NOT a Vancouver trade mark! :) both very well maintained and very, very useful if you actually venture outside of Kao San and visit the city of Bangkok.
And there is Pepsi in the bag for you thirsty travelers! Stop at any stand on the side of any street in Bangkok and buy a Pepsi (the one in the glass bottle) and you will have it poured in a small plastic bag full of ice right before your incredulous eyes, and before you have the time to think "What a F...!" you have it handed to you with a disarming Thai smile (many times toothless) and a long straw sticking out of the bag. Enjoy!!! :)
    Having said all that and the fact that I like Bangkok, I was quite happy on the fourth day to board a bus to Pattaya and leave all the hassle and bustle and the pink smog behind and look ahead for a couple of days of sandy beaches and surreal blue water, GoGo Girls and Thai Massage. :)

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Spiros and Maria on

Do they sell Coke in a plastic bag? ;-) Nice pics...really like the bells. Keep posting stories and photos.

tonypop
tonypop on

No. For the coke you have to bring your own reusable bag! :):)

IULIANA on

Tonita, ma bucur sa aud de tine.
'Enjoy it...every minute'... si mai scrie...
Pupici si ai grija de tine.
Zahariile

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