Welcome to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon!
(otherwise known as Bangkok)
That’s right, Bangkok’s real name is 168 letters long.
Technically, it’s less of a name and more of a descriptive phrase that means City of Angels.
This wonderfully busy city is and endless mashup of new and old. Perhaps most known for its street life, all you have to do is wander on foot for entertainment.
view from The Surawongse Hotel pool
The Robot Building, ตึกหุ่นยนต์, completed in 1986 is one of Bangkok’s last modern constructions. Believe it or not, it’s a bank designed by Sumet Jumsai to reflect the industry’s technology. As the structure goes upward, it begins to recede–like an art deco building but with the cutest of twists. Near the top, you’ll spot antennas (lightning rods) and eyes (windows), the real robot giveaways.
The architect as inspired by one of his son’s toys. He saw it as a rebellion against boring design.
The streets (and sidewalks) are jam packed with motorcycles.
I was fascinated by all the entangled telephone poles. Wires abound.
And you can’t forget about the tuktuks. Their amount is staggering. So much so that Bangkok’s Land Transport Department director-general said they need birth control for that particular mode of transportation.
Art, both old and new, is absolutely everywhere.
It’s also common to spot little shrines along streets and tucked into alleys.
People leave behind offerings like soda and food.
To our surprise, we found a craft brewery, Let The Boy Die, with a great name and good beer.
The Chao Phraya River
Then we hopped on a water taxi. It was cheap and fun to see the river views.
Chinatown on Yaowarat Road
The street markets aren’t to be missed. Particularly this one–one of the biggest Chinatowns in the entire world.The bright neons, colorful juices and extreme foods.
Whether you’re an adventurous eater or not, you have to try something.
I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.
But after COVID-19, you bet I’ll be sure to stay away from anything too adventurous.