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kaisa loves Bangkok because Huge but friendly city - although it's a cliché, check out Khao San Road and MBK! :)
tidusng loves Bangkok because GREAT
southeast loves Bangkok because getting funnier each days esp the reds :)
digitrv loves Bangkok because There is the friendly place.
johnuyeno loves Bangkok because 7/10. +activities, +girls, +food and markets, -dirty, -smoggy, -tourists
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What is Bangkok
Bangkok (Thai: กรุงเทพฯ Krung Thep) is the capital of Thailand and by far its largest city with an estimated population of over 10 million.
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MBK Center, Thailand loves, dislikes
CentralWorld | Chatuchak Weekend Market | Chitralada Palace | Crêpes & Co. | Dusit Zoo | Grand Palace | Khaosan Road | Khlong Toei Market | MBK Center | Patpong | Seacon Square | Siam Center | Siam Paragon | Soi Arab | Suan Lum Night Bazaar | Vimanmek | Wat Arun | Wat Pho | Wat Phra Kaew
Visitors of Bangkok
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About Bangkok elsewhere
"Beware however of tuk-tuk drivers offering to take you on a tour of the city for some ridiculously low price, as they are more likely wanting to take you round to shops which hand out tokens for free petrol when you buy something."
"Whether you walk or take a tuk-tuk, don't listen to anyone telling you the temples are closed for a 'Buddhist holiday', that they're only open in the afternoon because the monks are praying, or anything else along those lines."
"Tuk Tuk is an other way of transportation (taxi), it is an open air ride, however the polution is very high and the weather is very hot and humid it is not recommented to ride with it."
Bangkok is the closest thing to a Blade Runner city I've been to: at night, after the rain, the multi-level streets are slick and shining in the endless neon lights. Great food, suffocating weather, decent hotels and some of the best shopping in Southeast Asia.
It’s somewhere close to midnight in Bangkok and the competition is getting fierce across the land of smiles.
Instead of “the land of smiles”, I think Thailand should be called “the land of note-perfect cover songs”. It offers up anything and everything that made it on the pop charts since 1968.
At anytime in one of the many venues with heavy hanging smoke and live music you can hear the Carpenters, Nirvana, Green Day or Elvis. Led Zeppelin is sure to make an appearance before the end of the night as well as Van Halen, America and of course the Beatles. Each rendition is duplicated in such perfect form that one would swear that they are looking at, and hearing, the reincarnation of John Lennon as the stage pulses with slightly smaller than life musical geniuses.
Granted, many of the amazing musicians are from the Philippines…after all Filipinos are the quintessential musicians of South East Asia, but that is another story in its own right.
This story is primarily concerned with the one song that sets the bar in every bar, so to speak, for every cover band in Thailand. It is the unit of measure by which every female singer is judged, has practiced so many times and is so spot-on that it becomes unclear which is better, the cover or the original.
Without a doubt the cover is certainly better than the Cranberries ever sounded live, these bands crank out the song Zombie with perfect pitch and duplication that it reflects every small nuance all the way down to the imperfections in the original pressed vinyl as though they have been carefully thought out and re-created.
I don’t know why Zombie has become the song that every Thai band holds up as their flagship cover, but it is.
The pride that shines on the face of the bands’ diva (as she waits to belt out the first set of semi-annoying minors and flats that the Cranberries are famously known for) shines like the standard candle of Cepheid Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star, on a moonless night.
There are few songs that let you know “where you are” when you hear them.
For example, I know I am in Kathmandu when I hear 70’s classics cranked out so loud that it’s the only thing you hear until you walk a few steps and get overcome by the next drinking establishment. And we’re talking the old stuff there, the music that you only hear on classic rock stations with DJ’s who lost all color in their hair but still sport a pony tail along with the age-telling shiny orb of a receding hair line.
These were the artists that had something to say about society and culture; the likes of Bob Dylan/Seiger/Marley, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, and of course Jimmy Hendricks.
But it’s not until I hear Zombie that I know that I am in Thailand and it is getting close to the bewitching hour of midnight. The magical time when the crowd has had just enough to drink and the band pulls out all the stops to let you know that they are the very best cover band in all of Thailand and can do the very best Zombie.
I haven’t been to Thailand in a while, maybe it’s time to dust off the backpack, grab a few Thai Baht from my money drawer and head over to listen to some great cover songs…
About places near Bangkok
amitelhanan wrote about Khlong Toei Market 5 years, one month ago
Talk about an awesome Thailand experience. While you might not find a high scale restaurant at the market, if you are staying in a serviced apartment with a kitchen and want to try your hand at Thai cooking, this is the place to go. Fresh Fish and sea food and all sorts of other stuff. If you are hungry, there are stands where you can purchase food. A bit outside the market is also where I purchased and ate a Cobra
jymystique from Malaysia wrote about Grand Palace 4 years, 10 months ago
Loot Out for POTENTIAL SCAM on Your Way to the Grand Palace.
Usually, there are these very nicely dress THAI man/ladies being really friendly and speak relatively good english, telling you that the Grand Palace is close for the day. Because of the Royal Family's Prayers....or stuff like that.
And, advice you of all the other temples that you can visit. They will even help you get a Tuk Tuk to bring you to the recommended temple...where they would scam you into buying one of their OVERPRICE Jewellery and saying its your lucky day.
So Look out when you go to this area.
P/S: Never Miss the Grand Palace...Its MAGNIFICENT!
jussi replied 4 years, 5 months ago:
Did you experience the scam personally? It sure wouldn't sound good to miss the Grand Palace altogether because of falling for the "it's closed for the day" trick...
jymystique from Malaysia wrote about Suan Lum Night Bazaar 4 years, 10 months ago
Great place to go if you are hunting for food. Lots of food stall here. But, stuffs here are sold slightly more expensive (but still fair), cater more for tourist. A nicer market. Even the stuffs that they sell are nicer than other market.
metraveling from USA wrote about HQ Hostel 4 years, 7 months ago
jewel873 from Canada wrote about Khaosan Road 4 years, 3 months ago
Just like the movie w/ Leo DiCaprio (The Beach)...some places are no bigger than your closet. Interesting experience though, had to sleep with one eye open. A back-packer's haven - great shopping all day right on the same street....good eats as well!
Milla. from Finland wrote about Montien Hotel Bangkok 4 years, 3 months ago
A nice hotel close to the BTS station on Silom. The rooms are spacy enough for a few nights stay and the service at the front desk (although a little slow at times) was friendly. However, carrying your own bag to the taxi - totally impossible. Mine was actually forcefully taken off my hands. :D
The hotel lobby also has a desk from which you can purchase wireless internet cards. The passwords allow you to use any wireless device (in my case iphone) in any of the wireless locations around BKK. I bought the five hour card and was able to get online nearly in all the hotels, cafes and shopping centres I visited.
Milla. from Finland wrote about Crêpes & Co. 4 years, 2 months ago
Okay, so I guess you're supposed to eat the local foods and so on and so on when abroad. But I did not quite get used to eating soups and such for bfst. Was always more into the sweet things. In short: I definitely think this is the best place to go for breakfast in the whole country. You can get basically anything from croissants to pancakes and hot chocolate and usually all of it included in the brunch menu. :)
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