Bangkok Journals

The city of Angels

A travel journal to Bangkok by pat

Quote: Living and born here, Bangkok in my eyes is definitely different from people who come to this international city just for some days or only for changing their planes.

The city of Angels

Overview

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Bangkok has more than just the Grand Palace and its environs; royal square, National Theatre, National Museum. It indeed does not have a city centre, but it has its City Pillar Shine, just off the corner of the Grand Palace (every province in The Kingdom has one). If you start from the grand palace, and walk towards the city, you will enter Rajadamneon Rd where many landmarks can be found: Democracy Monument, Architecture on the road, Pra-karn Fort, and remnants of city wall, King RAMA V monument, and Ananda-Smakorm on the background. If you go in another direction, you will enter the old neighborhoods of Bangkok, and city hall.Quick Tips: It is really hot and humid so drinking a lot of liqui...Read More
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Bangkok is the only city in the Kingdom that has a different Thai and English name. Looking at the name spelled in English (but not the real English name) on traffic notices or somewhere else, Bangkok is indeed a small part of the real Bangkok (only a district of ‘whole’ Bangkok). The name in Thai (when Thais refer to the city) is 'Krung Thep' which means the city of angels (like Los Angeles). It also has a very long complete official name like Los Angeles as well, and both of their names (BKK and LA) are recorded by the Guinness Book of Records. There is a song devoted for this Bangkok real name, I suppose to remind the younger generation not to forget it. 'Krung' is also the word to represen...Read More

Language Barrier?

Story/Tip

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When I went to Europe, I spoke English with native English speakers, but I asked German people in Deutsch whether or not I could also speak English with them. So when foreigners go to BKK or to Thailand, why don't they learn to speak some Thai? I know it is really hard, and words can be easily misunderstood as one particular word can have up to 5 different meanings!! If a word is stressed in the wrong way, for instance (like a misplayed musical note), the meaning changes. For example, 'ME' can mean: to have; a bear; noodle; OR it can be a way to call your mom. Still, some phrases would be useful for a tourist to know, and the effort of learning those phrases would be appreciated by the locals. Hello =...Read More