Exciting Always In Motion
I like the contrast of this vibrant city of ten million inhabitants. Exciting always in motion, Bangkok for a foreigner, Krung Thep for Bangkokians, and also known as “The Big Mango”. Thus named in 1782, by King Rama 1 when the capital moved from Thonburi to Bangkok. The city of angels is once again the most visited city in the world for the fourth consecutive year. The rankings are established annually by Mastercard. With some 22.7 million international visitors. Paris and London are in second and third place with just over 19 million overnight stays each.
Phuket and Pattaya ranked 14th and 15th respectively
The Thai capital offers a large variety of attractions, temples, museums, floating markets, Either street stalls, locals or international restaurants food is also a highlight. Imposing shopping malls, street vendors, the popular Chatuchak flea market, and of course, the nightlife. Hotels in every area of the city, Luxury, deluxe, international chains, smaller boutique hotels, and budget travelers.
- Before the creation of Bangkok, the Choa Praya formed a horseshoe curved westward around eleaocarpus hygrophilus plant, which means ‘olive-fruity’, or with fruits similar to those of the olive. The Khmers had established a residence inside the horseshoe area and in the 16th century inhabited by the Thais who named it Olive Town (Bang Makok). A theory says that the name Bangkok would come from Wat Arun which was then called Wat Makok for its location int the village (Bang) Makok (olive).
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Bangkok is a mix of the population from the seventy-six provinces of the country and also a large expatriate community. Modern new buildings, and the old damaged just side by side. Small grocery shops, hairdressers, noisy and dirty motorbike mechanic get along well. With the BTS and MRT, since 1999 and 2004, Bangkok has an efficient transport network.
Noises, no Stress
Concert of noises, motorcycles who run on the busy and dilapidated pavement, the chaos of the electric lines, the street vendors on sidewalks, the heat. Despite all that it’s the relaxed rhythm of life, no sign of stress, there is still phlegm, carelessness, and smiles, feeling of no violence, security, and hostility.
Get Lost Discovering
Just Go, and take amazing photos of scenes of life, get lost in the little soi and small alleys, walking through peaceful temples, your sense of smell will be solicited by all kinds of odor, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of Thai people.
The Soi and Thanon
The Thai word for “street” or “road” is “Thanon“, Soi ”alley” and “Trok” is a small sub-soi, Yaek means intersection. The Soi generally have the name of the main road and are numbered in ascending order, so that when you walk on the main road, the even numbers are on the right and the odd numbers on the left. They are not always interconnected and, in Bangkok, they are often dead ends. However, some are so broad that they are sometimes called Soi or Thanon.
One of the lowest capital of the world, 1.50 meters above sea level, Bangkok sink of 2.cm/year. Despite the alarming predictions than less of 15 years the city could be underwater, tall skyscrapers continue to grow higher and higher. The number of vehicles and construction of roads, the transport system, BTS and MRT extension to what was fields, Khlongs, and tree plantations, promotes a rapid expansion and development. Among efficient solutions, one expensive seawall or moving the capital is possible.
I hope this will be useful to you in planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out.
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All articles on this site are written and photos taken by myself. Restaurants and bars are places where I have been and always going to have a meal and a drink whenever I have the opportunity, and where I have spent a night or more in some of the hotels I mention
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