After 14 hours sat on a delayed flight from London, I was relieved to finally land in Bangkok for the beginnings of my 2016 summer adventure. After two days of being in the city centre here’s a summary of my intial thoughts on Bangkok as a newbie to the city, country and continent.
Pollution is a real issue here! If the many citizens in face masks weren’t already a big enough hint the intense heat wave that cocoons you once you exit any building will certainly give it away. It’s as hot as I expected but I guess I just didn’t realise just how hectic and crazy it would be. The intial shock begins to ware off after a few days but nevertheless it was a shock and a half.
Crazy roads and addresses
The law of the roads are non apparent as far as I’m aware. Green man does not mean all cars will wait for you to cross, not even slightly. It’s a game of judging speeds and running like crazy. Or my favourite alternative it to wait for Bangkok locals to cross the road and run when they do. The craziness continues when trying to understand how the streets and addresses are laid out. Numbers are not coherent, door to door will go from 147 to 458 and the housing alleys feel like a never ending maze when you can’t quite place what address you are at. Google maps is a lifesaver, it’s near impossible otherwise without being familiar with where you are.
Bright and shiny
The quality and care that goes into the upkeep of the cities temples is incredible. They are like nothing I’ve ever seen before, they sparkle off the heavy sun as if they are covered if glitter and give the city it’s life. Most definitely worth visiting as many temples as possible, such fantastic architecture and beautiful, rich colours!
Just strolling along the city streets for a few hours is a treat on its own. The locals buzz of the tourist presence and offer to sell you everything under the sun. The streets are full of all kinds of aromas for exotic food and meats and the atmosphere is nothing like home. The day to day life is exciting to watch, everyone means business. People will even use their own kitchens and front rooms to make restaurants. It’s a fascinating environment which is full of life.