I have always been attracted by Thailand, primarily because of the information we are accessing about the Bangkok capital. Bangkok is an oldest destination for American, English and other tourists, and maybe one of the most contrasting. You can see if you’re walking down the streets, from clouds and luxury hotels to dilapidated houses which whenever could fall down.
Impressions from Bangkok
Bangkok has an extraordinary nightlife. The city has about 20,000,000 inhabitants and a few more million foreign tourists. At night you can see them all on the streets. From terraces, dining venues, bars or gambling, to brothels or nightclubs. Also here you can live with 200, 300 dollars a week, or, in the other extreme, with 5000, 6000 dollars. In Bangkok, you can eat on the street, worms, cockroaches, fried chicken, etc.
You can eat something on the streets with 2 dollars for a meal, on the other side you can eat at luxury restaurants with 50 dollars. You can also drink coffee on the street with 50 cents or 1 dollar, or in other extreme with 50 dollars on the 100th floor in a luxury skyscraper, where you can admire the metropolis panorama.
How did we arrive?
We arrived in Thailand on the following route: A flight from Bucharest to Oslo (at Torp airport) we slept for one night at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, and the next day we left Oslo-Bangkok on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner , Without a stopover, from Norwegian Airlines.
The flight was very tiring and lasted about 12 hours. In the morning at 9am local time we arrived in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It took us two hours to get our visa for Thailand for 2 weeks. We were tired of fatigue, so we sat down at the coffee bars at the airport and changed the currency to the local BATH meal, because that’s the best. Of course, we changed a smaller amount by paying a minibus taxi to the hotel in Bangkok because the course is more inappropriate (as in all airports).
After serving coffee, I searched for and negotiated a minibus taxi (which could take about 8 people) to get to our accommodation. Until the center we paid around 30 dollars for the race.
Accommodation in Bangkok
Finally, we reached Nasa Vegas Hotel Bangkok where we were staying. The hotel is well positioned beacuse in the vicinity you have the railway station. Nasa Vegas Hotel is a clean location. We’ve opted for double rooms and paid for that $ 20 a night.
The entrance of Nasa Vegas Hotel
Nasa Vegas Hotel is located nearby Sky Train Station
Apart from being in the vicinity of the transportation, the hotel had interesting facilities: a good restaurant, a conference room and a lobby lounge.
The great attractions of Bangkok
For the first you must see the Buddhist Temples of Bangkok. They are extraordinary. Majority of the biggest hosting the golden Buddha statues.
On the stairs of a Buddhist temple located in the center of Bangkok
another Buddhist temple in Bangkok
King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence
One day you must go to Thailand’s King’s Residence. I guarantee you that it’s worth the effort. There are things you do not see very often. It is a huge property which hosting many palaces and temples. The golden domes of the Buddhist temples here leave you speechless.
Arriving at the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence by taxi
This guy checks us for entrance tickets
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 1
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 2
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 3
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 4
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 5
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 6
Bangkok – the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ Residence 7
Also, when you see the huge gardens and how they are groomed you will probably understand the Asian spirit
Wandering the streets in Bangkok
Unless you cross the streets of Bangkok, you can see the true face of this city. The contrast between social classes can only be seen if you leave the center on a tuk tuk. Negotiate the price for a tuk tuk, the journey is fascinating.
Forest Gump on the streets of Bangkok
Wandering the streets in Bangkok 1
Wanderig the streets in Bangkok- Here we have a clean neighborhood
Wandering the streets in Bangkok- Taboos with the king are everywhere
Bangkok Sky Train
We didn’t miss the Skytrain trip to the city center, at the Siam Mall. The Skytrain has changed the face of travel in Bangkok. It used to be a nightmare of a city where one could easly spend two hours travelling a distance about 5 km because the weight of traffic was bringing the whole place to a grinding halt. All this changed on 5 december 1999, King Bhumibol’s birthday, when the Skytrain was opened.
Siam Mall Sky Train Station in the centre of Bangkok
Cruising on Chao Phraya River
Saphan Taksin Station where you can join an express boat and take a trip on the river. Nearby the center of the city you can rent (as a largest group abot 7 or 8 persons) a boat which will carry you on the river that passes through Bangkok. Contrast can also be seen during such a journey. As soon as the boat departs from the center of the city and reaches the margins of the city, you will see the houses of the poor. You will see how they fish to survive.
Cruising the Chao Phraya River in Bangok
Bangkok- View of some skyscrapers on the shore of Chao Praya River
Cruising the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok- Two Thai people fishing to survive in the waters of Chao Phraya River
The other side of Bangkok- The houses of poor people 1
The other side of Bangkok- The houses of poor people 2
Eating in Bangkok
In Bangkok, you can eat on the street, worms, cockroaches, shaorma, etc. With one dollar for a meal, instead you can eat at luxury restaurants for 50 dollars for 2 persons. You can also drink coffee on the street with 50 dollar cents, or 50 dollars on the 100 th floor in a luxury skyscraper, admiring the skyline of the metropolis.
Eating Street Food in Bangkok
Eating in the street in Bangkok 2
Street Food in Bangkok 3
Streetfood in Bnagkok- Fresh Tropical fruits
Eating in Bangkok- Fresh tropical fruits- street food
Eating in Bangkok Restaurants 1
Eating in Bangkok ‘ Restaurants 2
Eating in Bangkok’ Restaurants 3
Eating in Bangkok’ Restaurants 4
Eating traditional Thai food- This kind of food was served with the fire underneath it
Me and my wife in Bangkok – Eating in an ordinary Restaurant
The beer is good in Bangkok, you can try Chang and Singha.
Four Chang Beers for as!
Maeklong Railway – Bangkok to Samut Songkhram
Built privately around the turn of the last century, the Maeklong Railway brought seafood from the fishing ports of Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkram to Bangkok – a distance of about 75 km (47 mi). The line was never connected to the main rail system, no longer carries freight, and is one of the capital’s better-kept secrets.
Nightlife in Bangkok