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The Bangkok Experience

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A February 2007 trip to Bangkok by LenR

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Quote: Any big city has a range of experiences. Here I introduce you to some of the areas and activities that make Bangkok a great place.

The Bangkok Experience

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Overview

Street eating in Chinatown Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is a big city. It has all the attractions and problems of big cities everywhere but all are sprinkled with that special Thai attitude to life. This can be charming, disarming, frustrating, or annoying depending on the circumstances.Most visitors' experience will start at the new Suvarnabhumi airport which is about 25 kilometres east of the city. While it was only opened in September 2006 and is billed as the world’s largest terminal under a single roof, the airport is a major disappointment. Forget the problems here and head straight to the city.Bangkok will appeal to most people. It just takes a bit of sorting out. Where to be based can be the first problem. For first-time vis...Read More

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

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Attraction

Suan Lum Night Bazaar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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One of the favorite night-time shopping areas in Bangkok, is closing down to make way for a new commercial development. Vendors at Suan Lum have been given notice to vacate the premises and it seems there is little that can be done to stop it. While I am not too much into shopping I really like this place because it is different to all the other markets in Bangkok.This has long been smartly dressed, fresh-from-the-office Thai's and expatriates along with fisherman pant-clad tourists. Suan Lum could best be described as the VIP outdoor market of Bangkok. Covered walkways with centrally-located snack bars provide perhaps the most luxurious (outdoor) market shopping experience in the city....Read More

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China Town

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Story/Tip

Preparing for the customers Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Like many Asian cities, Bangkok has its Chinatown. It’s not considered a prime tourist area but I find it fascinating and recommend it to all visitors who are prepared to venture from the mainstream. As a bonus, there is nowhere better to get a genuine Chinese meal and have the traditional eating experience than here.The Chinatown district is one of the oldest areas of Bangkok as Chinese merchants were originally moved to this area in the early 1780s when Bangkok was founded. One of the main streets of this area, Charoen Krung was actually Bangkok's first paved road. The area has got a somewhat seedy historical reputation for large numbers of opium dens, brothels (which hung green lanterns out...Read More

Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Airport interior Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Cracked runways and taxiways, as well as damaged passenger boarding bridges are some of the teething problems that have emerged since the launch of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in September 2006. While these are probably construction problems, to me the airport has some other more fundamental issues that will take even longer to address.The airport saga has become a great embarrassment to Thailand. As well as the structural problems, there are many operational problems plaging the new airport. As one airport employee said to me – “It is as though the airport architects and designers had never used an airport in their lives”.On first impression the airport looks grand, b...Read More

The Chao Phraya River

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Bangkok from the river Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Rivers and canals have always been vital forms of communication in Thailand. When the capital was moved to Bangkok in 1782 (the beginning of the Rattanakosin period), the new city was laced with canals, so Bangkok was sometimes called the "Venice of the East" by European visitors. Waterways at that time were the most important means of transportation and trading as well.Today, a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River and some of the cabals on the Thonburi side of the city, is a wonderful way to see reminders of the past and get an appreciation of the modern city at the same time. The majestic charm of the river adds perspective to your exploration of the city’s often hectic and crowded major touri...Read More

Sukhumvit Road

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Heavy traffic dispite the Skyrail Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Sukhumvit Road can be considered the heart of Bangkok’s international tourism industry. It is certainly not the only tourist area in the city (backpackers for instance congregate on Khao San Road) but the main road and its many side street (sois) collectively contain many of the city’s hotels, restaurants, nightspots, and shopping areas. This part of Bangkok also has the greatest concentration of tailors and is a great place to have suits, dresses, and shirts made-to-measure.Many past visitors will remember Sukhumvit Road for its traffic jams, but an improvement to the one-way system and the addition of the Skyrail above-ground train system along the center of the street has improved things in...Read More