When most people dream of visiting
Thailand, it is for the country’s gorgeous islands, beaches and exotic
remote locales... and then there is Bangkok! The capitol of Thailand
since 1782, the city has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since,
and it seems that breakneck pace is not letting up any time soon!
Spend any amount of time here and you will agree that this energetic
metropolis really packs a punch with a startling array of sights,
sounds, and yes, smells! Some might say Bangkok is a “necessary evil”
when traveling to Thailand, and yet, if you position yourself in the
right mindset - and balance your stay with a few quiet moments - the
mélange of old and new can be thoroughly enjoyable.
We arrived to town at 11:30 PM to begin a two-week journey throughout Southeast Asia, and thus, out first impressions of the city were reserved for the following morning. Upon stepping out into the city streets that bright, sunny - and sweaty - morning in July 2009, we were instantly hit by how colorful Bangkok was. You can detect this vibrancy from the brilliant golden yellow of the many gilded temples to the greenest green foliage that clings Chao Phraya’s surface - and all the way down to the multi-hued plastic tables, trays and bottles that serve up so many of the city's tantalizing street side foodstuffs.
Yes, Bangkok is congested. Yes, it is loud. And yes, perhaps at times, it an even be a bit abrasive. Still, any visit to Thailand would simple be incomplete without a stop off at the brilliant Grand Palace and its accompanying Wat Phra Kaew. Join your “Set of Drifters” as we experience colossal Buddhas, crunchy oddities, flying devas and our only visit to an actual museum during our entire stay in Southeast Asia! Pack that sarong, it’s time to dive right into Thailand's rich tapestry with a visit to the electrifying Krung Thep - “City of Angels” (and demons?) Heck, we'll even throw in a side trip to Ayutthaya, Siam's old capital about an hour north, for good measure!