Bangkok

After so much sightseeing in Malaysia and Singapore, we moved to a place where people find also another kind of entertainment. Parties in Bangkok are famous, not only due to the movie Hangover 2. We booked our hostel close to the famous Khao San road to have the best nightlife experience in Bangkok.

 

We landed in Bangkok in the evening. Travelling around the city is tougher than in Malaysia. Taxi drivers ask for much higher prices than taximeter would show (sometimes even 10 times) so you have to ask in average around ten taxi drivers to take a ride for a reasonable price and not to be cheated. In addition, traffic is really heavy there. It took us more than two hours to get to our hostel from the airport due to traffic jams. Taxies are pink.

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We just left our luggage in our room and went to feel the chaos of the city. You simply must love Bangkok. Túk túk taxis are rumbling around you. 

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Salesmen are offering various stuff. You can even buy a passport or a diploma. Why have I been studying for so many years when I could graduate in Bangkok in a few minutes for 600 BAT?

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You can smell tasty food everywhere, ranging from see food to insects. You can buy a coconut, a fresh orange or a pomegranate juice (became my favourite drink) and everything is so cheap. 

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We ended up in a street restaurant to taste some Thai specialities. We were served by a waiter or a waitress? Who knows? I had problems with calling her or him? Yes, ladyboys are pretty common there. 

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While you are eating your meal, various people come and start offering some stuff. One guy brought something we couldn’t deny (after ensuring us it is not poisonous). Surprisingly, it was a pretty tasty desert (something like very crunchy spicy crisps). 

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Later, we came back to our hostel terrace which is situated on its roof to meet some other backpackers and to get ready for Khao San road. We bought an original rum from Thailand and drank it like Thais do with soda. 

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To be mysterious, I will stop narrating here. It is said: What happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok. I will follow this rule. You have to come there to experience the nightlife on your own. It is really worth it. All three nights were so much fun. I can show the only one picture taken by my camera. This is our group before leaving to Khao San road on Halloween night (with Swedish, French, American travellers and with Frank, a crazy Canadian guy, here with Danish clothes, travelling all around the world, after some drinks speaking with us in Fijian).

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After copying with hangovers in the morning, we decided to explore the city in the daylight too. We went to one of main squares in Bangkok and there were many people in black suits. There was offered food and drinks for free and there were many yellow flags. 

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We wondered what was happening so we went to a Buddhist church on that square where most people headed and asked why so many people went there and sacrificed food, drinks, money and other stuff. We were told that Thailand’s Buddhist Supreme Patriarch died aged 100 last night. I would wonder how much time it would take the money would be stolen in the Czech republic…

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Also, we were said we could take advantage of it because governments donated Túk túks that day and we could take a cheap tour around the city. We asked one and really, the driver took us around the city to see the most interesting places for 20 BAT (0,5 EUR). The driver took us to the Golden mountain, lucky Buddha, the 40 m statue of Buddha and some temples. 

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He was waiting for us at each of the sights. In total, the trip took five hours. A good deal, I think. As my friend said: It is a pity he (the Patriarch) died, but it is actually good for us… Besides this ride, we went to visit other interesting places. I think pictures will describe the city better than my words: 

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About jarinek

I am a graduate Master student in Business development and internationalisation at Umea University, Sweden. In the fall 2013 I went for an exchange programme to Macau, University of Science and Technology. My blog approaches my experience there in China. View all posts by jarinek

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