Bangkok Journals

Bangkok’s Inner Pace: The Walks

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An October 2006 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Walking through a city is a good way of studying it thoroughly; Bangkok offers many wonderful walks.

The Social Ladder Walk

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Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Denizens of any given city have their own peculiar pace. In extreme conditions the pace is usually slow, that’s the case in La Paz – maybe due to the lack of oxygen and the cold – and in Vientiane – probably due to the heat. Near the last, Bangkok surprises by its vitality and fas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

The Nature Walk

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Jim Thompson's House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Contradictions are an integral part of human individuals and societies; we can fiercely claim we hate humid heat and an hour later find ourselves booking the first flight to Bangkok. Most of these contradictions are superficial; there is more to Bangkok than humidity. Cities, being reflections of the cultures that created them, feature many such contradictions; Bangkok is not free of them.Speaking of a walk in nature in one of the world’s biggest metropolises sounds strange. However, below the Skytrain and above the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2008

The Ethnic Walk

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Lumphini Park Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is densely populated; an unknown number of people – well over ten million – live in a twenty-kilometer side square. Most of them concentrate in a few areas; the city lacks a unique downtown. Moreover, around twelve million tourists flood its streets every year. Yet, a traveler can walk across it at all hours and nobody would bump into him or even enter the generous private space allotted by fellow walkers. A truly polite and respectful people, Thais make touring by foot their crowded capital a pleasure. Live and let live at its best, noodle stalls survive comfortably next to posh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 26, 2008

The Shameless Shopping Walk

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Skytrain Lines Meeting Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The original Silk Road was roughly 8000km long and thus unsuitable for a morning walk. Modern Bangkok offers its own version, no less silky, and shorter for certain.Walking is an intrinsic part of shopping; seeking and comparing means moving around. Ergo shop, ergo sum. Most tourists would vote a shopping tour of a city – especially of an exciting one like Bangkok – as one of the most...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2008

The Buddha at Wat Trimit Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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In certain aspect, Bangkok is unique; twelve million tourists pass through it every year creating thus one of these characteristics. Certain areas of Bangkok are densely populated by tourists and expats and ethnic minorities; it provides an exciting "vacation within a vacation" opportunity.Bordering the Chao Praya River and reaching the Hua Lamphong Train Station – Bangkok’s Chinatown is easily accessible and provides entertainment for a few hours. The Hua Lamphong Metro Station reaches the northeastern corner of the Samphanthawong District – the formal name of the area.Crossin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2008