The city of Bangkok is immense offering lavish accommodations, exciting night life, marvelous restaurants and unparalleled sightseeing opportunities. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a bustling city with a population of 11,000,000. Although the weather is intensely hot, the traffic is highly congested and the city is shadowed by multiple skyscrapers, if you take the time to look carefully, you will find a lot of charm and culture in Bangkok.
Bangkok is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, and it is well known for its risqué night life; however, long before it gained that reputation, it had a reputation for being home to the most beautiful palaces and temples, bustling markets and authentic canals on the continent.
Before 1782, Bangkok was only a little trading post beside the Chao Phraya River. Then Siam’s capital, Ayutthaya, was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese, and King Rama I decided to make Bangkok the capital. This step helped Bangkok to become the diplomatic, educational, cultural and spiritual center of Thailand. Today, Bangkok is also the political and commercial center of Thailand. An enormous and a modern city consisting of 50 districts and 154 sub-districts, Bangkok offers fantastic night life and marvelous daytime adventures to all who visit.
When you visit Bangkok, your first impression may be quite overwhelming. Because the city is barely 14° N of the equator, it is quite hot and tropical. Additionally, the incredibly busy fervor that marks Bangkok may seem overwhelming to travelers at first. Nonetheless, if you take your time to settle into your accommodations and rest up a bit, you will soon be won over by the irrepressible good cheer of Bangkok residents and the allure of many fascinating and enjoyable activities and interests available to you.
In order to make the most of your visit to Bangkok and avoid spending your vacation stuck in a traffic jam, be sure to learn about the transportation systems.
Transportation choices include:
1. The Airport rail link, which is the fastest way to get to your accommodations from the Airport.
2. The train operates from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM daily and rushes along at 100 miles an hour is a handy choice! You can choose between commuter trains and express trains. Trains run every 15 minutes to half hour, but you must be sure to double-check the destination before entering the train! There are many destination choices, and to quote Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up somewhere else!”
3. Public buses, minibuses and shuttles can be good choices; however, it’s important to note that some are seasonal and all are subject to traffic jams!
4. Private taxis and minibuses are generally affordable and somewhat quicker than their public counterparts because they proceed directly to your destination rather than making frequent stops; however, they are also subject to traffic jams.
5. Limousine taxis booked in advance cost a bit more and are quite a bit more luxurious. Travelers are cautioned to avoid limousine taxis that are queued up in front of hotels and other popular tourist areas. The drivers of these taxis who simply wait for fares rather than booking in advance are known to be unscrupulous and will take advantage of hapless tourists.
You don’t have to go far to have a marvelous time in Bangkok! Just strolling around the city is an adventure for the senses! Enjoy lush flowers in bloom. Marvel at the fabulous architecture! Explore colorful bazaars and markets! Sample spicy local foods! Engage in fascinating people-watching ranging from colorful ladies of the night to monks in saffron robes.
As you become used to the fast pace of life in Bangkok, the events of each day will begin to fall into place and you will delight in the realization of just how safe, friendly and welcoming Bangkok really is. Bangkok is a fabulous feast of sight, scent, touch, taste and sound!