Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and by far the most densely populated city in the country with about 12 million people. The city has many cultural landmarks and attractions and in addition to its nightlife venues has made Bangkok synonymous with exoticism!
As Kolkata was not that far from Bangkok, we paid like 90 euros for a return flight ticket, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the unique beauty of Bangkok. Of course our main destination were the beautiful islands of Thailand but unanimously we decided to spend 4 of our 10 days trip to Thailand to explore Bangkok, which is considered to be one of the world’s tourist hotspots!
Fortunately our hostel was one minute far from the most central street, Khao San road. Backpackers and budget travelers are usually drawn there by some of the cheapest accommodation in Bangkok. While walking around you can see numerous backpackers chill out in many roadside bars and pubs along the street sipping a cold chang beer.
Apart from the bars and restaurants, Khao San road, which by the way is more beautiful at night, is full of stalls and carts where you can find cheap clothes, fresh fruit juices, tasteful traditional ‘’Pad Thai’’ (the famous thai dish) and many street artists making an amazing atmosphere in the street!
Special attention should be given to a special snack stall that was selling insects such as cockroaches, ants, scorpions, grasshoppers, worms, etc ( I tasted scorpion and it was very bad)! But the weird thing is that we saw many tourists that were buying lots of them like it was a very tasty snack!
Honestly it is a pity if you leave from Bangkok without having Thai massage! Khao San road is full of massage parlours around. Foot massage and full body massage are very common so in the end of a stressful day we sat in a comfortable chaise lounge in order to try foot massage.
Another day we tried ‘’fish massage’’, a new type of massage where you put your legs in the water and special small eating feet fishes come and eat your dead skin! I must admit that talking about me the experience of having foot massage is the complete opposite of doing it to someone else and I can’t say that I enjoyed it particularly as I hate being tickled!
The city boasts some of the country’s most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Golden Mount, etc. Most of the Thai people are Buddhists and there are so many beautiful Buddhist temples that are worth visiting.
Apart from the sights in the city, private tourist offices organise guided day-trips to places near Bangkok such as the historical city of Ayutthaya, Damnoen Saduak floating market, tiger temple and activities such as elephant safari and bamboo rafting!
Bangkok‘s nightlife is infamously wild, but it’s not quite what it used to be. The city centre, and especially Khao San road is full of nightclubs, go-go and beer bars! In a league of their own are Bangkok’s numerous transsexuals, both pre- and post-operative popularly known as ladyboys!
One night we went with a tuk-tuk to Patpong area, which is considered as a main spot of Bangkok’s nightlife, and we met so many of them (check the picture)!
Given its size, Bangkok is surprisingly safe, with violent crimes like mugging and robbery unusual. We never had any problem during our stay in Thailand. Of course beware of scammers. Gem sellers, tuk-tuk drivers and private bus companies are by far the most widely practiced.
Maybe what makes Thailand unforgettable are the wonderful islands in the south, but for sure Bangkok should not be skipped as it is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone!