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Thailand V: Bangkok – Busy Metropolis of Many Faces - VIDEO

Published: 23.6.2015
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.

 

Bangkok is incredibly diverse. There are modern district covered with glass skyscrapers as well as narrow forgotten streets. Right next to the most expensive hotel you can have a meal at street vendor’s for bit more than a dollar. There are opulent Buddhist temples at every corner. The city has several hundreds of them. Even locals have not chance to see them all in their life time.

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The capital of Thailand is set at the mouth of the Chao Phraya river. With 14 million people in its outskirts, the city is natural economic, political, and cultural center of the country. Boom in investments towards the end of the last century made Bangkok one of the foremost emerging cities in the world. Many international corporations have their offices there.

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Even though the city is truly rich today it is not as expensive as say Singapore. Don’t worry that a stay there would cost you much. I had spent twice as much in Krabi province, south Thailand, than in Bangkok before.

The thing that made me excited for the city were street food stalls. You can see them simply everywhere selling fruits, fresh juices, grilled meat, fish, various sea things, sweets, noodles, fried rice… You won’t be hungry, that’s for sure. Don’t be worried about trying things that don’t look tasty at the first glance for many are truly delicious!!

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I had had visited about 10 temples during 6 day in Bangkok. Mostly I entered those that were appealing to me. I didn’t want to miss Wat Pho – one of Thailand’s oldest temples which holds monumental golden Buddha statue . It is 46 meters long, 15 meters high. It depicts Buddha dying yet already who had reached the Nirvana. Honestly, I wouldn’t visit the temple again. It was overcrowded which made any meditation atmosphere impossible. The temple is this another tourist attraction looking better on pictures than in real life.

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On the other hand, the visit to Wat Saket, the Golden Mountain, was a pleasant surprise. The hill is artificial but seems to have been in the city since time immemorial. On the top, you can enjoy beautiful vista over the whole city. Should you manage to climb it at sundown you would surely leave with beautiful pictures. Sundown or sunset make air look red due to smog which is omnipresent.

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Another integral part of Bangkok is the royal palace . I sincerely recommend to visit it. While it would take at least half a day of your time, you won’t regret seeing it from the inside. Wat Phra Kaeo, the Emerald Buddha temple , which is the holiest of places in Thailand is also part of the palace.

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Another thing you shouldn’t miss is a river boat ride or seeing some of Bangkok’s markets, traditional part of Thailand. If you are tired already of noise of the large city, spend some time in its vast parks, museums or galleries. Cafes, tea houses, or restaurants are everywhere in such a large city.

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Except for classic taxis, or tuk-tuks try mototaxis. Bikers dressed in orange vests are literary everywhere and ask you modest prices. Don’t forget, however, to agree upon final price before even entering any taxi. Other way to travel in the city by subway and or elevated BTS train. It is very comfortable unless you travel in morning or afternoon rush. Also many buses ride in Bangkok but it is really hard to get by without knowledge of the Thai language…

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Bangkok is really huge but still I had pleasant impressions of it. Other huge cities fared much worse. Good feelings about Bangkok were enhanced by friendly Thais and many places where one can hide from omnipresent crowds.

 

Text/photo/video: Matouš Vinš

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