Bangkok, or Bangrak, capital of Thailand. My trip in South-East Asia starts here, in this bustling city that never sleeps. There are so many things to see and do in Bangkok, and it’s difficult to speak about all of it. For this reason, I decided not to make an itinerary, but instead to get carried away by the sensations, the colours, the smells of Bangkok, only describing what we sew and felt.
And the first impression we had, dazed by a long flight, was of an”organized” confusion. Sights of skyscrapers and traffic jam filled our eyes, proceeding towards the city center.
We stayed in Silom, the commercial quarter of Bangkok: Silom is the financial heart of the city, with banks, luxury hotels and residence: quite plain, isn’t it? Indeed, it’s a strategical point to start your exploration: even if greatly connected with skytrain and metro, we choosed to explore it walking. On both sides of Silom Road, the main street, you’ll have sights of the everyday life in Bangkok: people making and eating breakfast at the countless stalls; preparing food and beverage to sell, or jasmine and other flowers wreaths to bring as offer in the temples.
You’ll learn fast that Thai people in Bangkok eat at every hours, both standing or sitting in the kiosks, and even while they’re riding bikes (yes, even in the traffic jam): eating don’t stop them to do other things in the meanwhile, they’re always rushing somewhere else. Soups, fried chicken, rice, shrimps or meat skewers are only few examples of what you could taste by the streets, together with smoothies and fresh fruit like mango and watermelon.
By night, Silom quarter is pretty much animated: every day from 6.00 p.m. takes place Patpong Market: not really a typical market, they sell souvenir for tourists, however it’s well-known in Bangkok. (also for the red lights district just around the corner, probably). However, is recommended for dinner : the area is full of restaurants and bar: you could start the evening watching sunset by the terrace of one of the many hotels skybar – if you’re in Silom, from LeBua Palace – and then take dinner elsewhere after a stroll on the main road.
Our journey in Thailand starts here: from an ants’ nest always feverish, and busy. Bangkok will surprise you in many ways: at first glance, me too I felt so far away from my usual life, from my datum points, that I had quite a shock. But slowly, I gained confidence with the surroundings, with the kindness of the people, with this metropolis.
to be continued..