“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit”, better known to us as Bangkok, is the gateway to SE Asia.
Though the long name may seem strange, don´t forget that “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” nowadays is known as LA (Los Angeles).
Anyway, I always spend a few nights in Bangkok before heading on to Vientiane.
The outstanding skyline is panoramic, and like most cities is huge. But the real character of the city is on the pavements.
Yes, Bangkok has loads of traffic, but thanks to the above ground rail system, the city is more accessible.
A mile or so in a taxi can take you up to an hour or more, depending on the time. (Though it seems “bumper to bumper” most of the time).
For “shopaholics”, Bangkok is THE CITY. You can buy anything you want here!
I normally “upgrade” my Digicam when I am in Bangkok. Not only because it can be cheaper (barter damn you, barter and win!) 🙂 , but also because Thai salespersons will include extra bits n´pieces like tripods, 4GB memory cards etc…
It really does pay to shop around. 😉
Apart from shopping, Bangkok is great for food. Every cuisine seems to be represented, and to suit every budget too. If you want a “road-side grilled Ping Gai” or “30g Beluga Caviar”, Bangkok has it all.
Jacky is one of my heroes, and he is cooking here! Yipppeeeeeeeeeeee!
Snake in the Eagle´s Shadow Soup maybe…… 😆
One thing that I adore to eat is Seafood. And the Thai Restaurants know how to serve it!
A Whole Crab, delicately cooked in spices and Egg, sounds weird, but has to be tried to be appreciated. Be prepared to get your fingers dirty!! 🙂
The Night Bazaar (Suan Lum) is a great place to visit, not only are there arts and crafts, there is also a beer and food section (somewhere to wait while Rose does her “Marathon Shopping”). 😉
Watching afternoon football matches in the evening in Bangkok is great, especially as the Thais love English Football.
But where and what to eat? There is so much on offer…
Really, Bangkok and the rest of SE Asia is a place to get fat…eat till you drop, then shop, a little sightseeing, eat, drink, eat, drink, eat, then drop.
A break between eating and shopping. Yes, more beer please!….. 😎
Hopefully I will be in Bangkok and Laos during November 2008 with some of the A-Team. If you are heading our way, let us know…. 🙂