Bangkok: A City of Many Faces
Bangkok has become a magnet for tourists from all over the world who want to experience Southeast Asia. Many people also make it as a starting point for their travel or adventure on the region. It is a city of paradoxes, where we can see not only orange-robed monks all over the city walking and taking alms, but also girls (or boys?) wearing sexy outfits dwelling the streets. It is a city where we can witness the grandeur of Thai architecture along with skyscrapers making the city’s skyline.
From the massive Suvarnabhumi airport, I intended to take Airport Express bus to get me to the city as recommended by Lonely Planet. Unfortunately starting from June 1, 2011 the bus company has stopped its operation. Hence leaving me with three other choices: other bus companies, taxi or train. I decided to take taxi to save time because when I arrived at the airport it was almost midnight. Actually I wanted to try the new train which some say conveniently connect the airport to the city center, but since the hostel where I stayed at was anything but close to any of the train station, then I took the taxi instead which cost me 450 bahts (including the toll fee).
Some of the most interesting places to visit are: The Grand Palace complex, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Golden Mount. More stories and pictures of these places will be on my upcoming posts.
According to my experience, if there is one thing which every traveler need to put in his/her mind is that Bangkok has some of the worst scams and touts. There will always be people telling you that one of the places which I mentioned earlier are closed for the whole day or only open after 11 am. By telling you this, they offer to take you to go to other places instead, such as some souvenir shops, which by taking you there, they will get some money from the shops. You can call it a tourist trap. Do not trust them! The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, etc are always open everyday unless there is an official announcement which says otherwise. So, when someone comes to you and telling you those things, just walk!
I only spent two days in Thailand before going further to Cambodia, yet I managed to try some delicious Thai foods, including Pad Thai (try the ones at Khao San Road) and grasshoppers!
That’s all for now. More stories and pictures are coming up.
Related Posts: The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew , Wat Pho: The House of The World’s Largest Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun: The Temple of The Dawn, Golden Mountain: A Peaceful Oasis at The Heart of Bangkok