Bangkok is nothing that I imagined before. Most people who come to Thailand from somewhere will probably land in this capital city that is bigger and crazier than most people imagine. It is certainly bigger and crazier than I expected!
Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and it’s biggest city. It’s 11 million inhabitants keep it bustling with many diverse activities for visitors to enjoy. Someone who is new to travelling or backpacking will certainly enjoy Bangkok (and Thailand, in general) because the city has so much things to offer to all kinds of traveller. One of the few things that you have to try though is eating Bangkok street food! There are food kiosks everywhere! Don’t be afraid to try whatever you fancy.
Forget this very germaphobic western idea of hygiene. Come on, really, most of the food you are going to eat aren’t dirty. They don’t just take garbage, put some spices to it and sell it to people. Thai people eat the same food too! Actually, in Thailand, there is a strong culture of eating out. The restaurants are almost always filled with people. The food kiosks on the streets are always busy. So be sure to join the locals and try the street pad thai or spicy noodle soup!
Bangkok is a very modern city. Some of the buildings and facilities are even more modern than that in Europe and North America. It’s also very interesting the mixture of modern and old in Bangkok. You will see new, modern condo buildings next to older wooden buildings. You will see a fancy mall next to a line of kiosks as part of a big street market.
As for transportation, there are a variety of options to keep you moving in and around the city – buses, taxis, tuktuks, river boats, MRT and BTS Skytrain, etc. You can also rent a motorcycle and bicycle but Bangkok traffic is crazy so be careful!
Thailand is also known as the land of smiles. Thai people are generally very friendly. Smile to them and greet them with a “Sawadee ka”, if you are a woman or “Sawadee krab” if you are a man. This is the basic greeting which means “hello”.
I will post more about Bangkok soon! Don’t worry, there are so many things to do in this city that truly never sleeps. You will not run out of things to do in Bangkok. Just take time to explore and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and you will have an experience that you will always remember!