No matter what you have been to Thailand or not, he must heard some crazy things about it. Especially, mostly about Bangkok… As the capital and the most developed city of Thailand, Bangkok reminds me of Istanbul in so many ways. The traffic jam, voice of horn, the crowd, the irony of ghettos and skyscrapers… As a person who doesn’t love cities -specifically look alike Istanbul- I find a nomad who lived in Bangkok for many years and taking tips of another kind of Bangkok trip.
Another Kind of Bangkok Trip
I didn’t know how another kind of Bangkok trip would be possible. I was in Thailand to go south and north to see the natural beauties. However, I had sot stay for a while since I injured my lower back and Bangkok became inevitably a transit point to the north and the south of Thailand (if you want to see an entire Thailand itinerary click Untold Wanderlust’s post).
So first I needed to find a place feels like home. ‘Siam Journey Guesthouse‘ provided it. As a hostel run by temporarily working backpackers, yeah it’s not possible to take tips from the hostel guys. But you can chill, watch movies at night and cook together in the kitchen and maybe do yoga at the roof top.
So from here until the “Bangkok kind of Bangkok” part, you will see the list of things what I recommend you to do in Bangkok as an alternative. The rest is just stereotypical:)
Blues in Bangkok
I would go Bangkok to just listen Blues. I am not joking! When I was told that it’s like New Orleans, I first found it overrated even if I hadn’t been in New Orleans. But I can say yeah it’s true! And I confirmed this hypothesis going there with a Blues musician.
According to my source, the best one was Adhere the 13th Blues Bar. And I didn’t go any other place. Even though my first visit was in weekdays and wasn’t the best group playing, I was amazed. It’s like a small cafe. In weekends you sit like on the laps of the others, no one would complain. So, arrange yourself to go there before 10pm, and leave yourself the best Blues performance over there. You will like this side of Bangkok, for sure.
Khlong Tour also recommended to me strongly. Khlong means canal in Thai. The canals of Bangkok is too dirty. So – before 6pm- I take one of the boats. It is so good! I can see the other side of Bangkok, maybe the real side. The ghettos remind me Istanbul again. So I go 3-4 stops for 9 bahts. It’s awesome, isn’t it?
Bangkok Arts and Culture Center (BACC)
Bangkok Arts & Culture Center is a contemporary art center. There are sweet cafes, commercial art galleries, bookshops, hand crafts shops and art bookstore inside. It is hosting events regarding music, theatre and cinema. You should go there when you’re in Bangkok.
Walking in Lumpini Park and Meeting with Giant Lizards
Lumpini Park is large green area that you could spend time in Bangkok’ with a lake inside. Walking inside the park make me feel comfortable. And of course I’m so excited to see those giant lizards – monitor lizards.
Monitor Lizards look like Komodo lizards. They stay around the little canals and wait for you to capture them. As a flesh-eating creatures they are too big, and they move very slowly.
Bangkok kind of Bangkok
What are the touristic attractions of Bangkok that I haven’t involved in there?
Bangkok Night Life
Bangkok nightlife is as famous as Las Vegas. You may already know it from the movie ‘Hangover’. It would be crazy to count people coming here for sex tourism. It is possible to find a sex worker on the street easily. Imagine that in addition to the stickers for ‘don’t smoke’, ‘don’t bring your dog’ in the taxis, there are ‘don’t have sex’ stickers exist:) As I heard from my friends night life offers ladyboys (transexuals), ping-pong shows (throwing balls from the private places), strip shows from the upper floor separated with a glass floor, cabaret shows, dance, alcohol, and the other crazy stuff. Skybars offers a nice sunset in Bangkok. Bangkok, entertains people who come for fun. But in this article, I don’t have the information where they are and what really is happening.
Khaosan Road (Khao San Road)
Khaosan Road is the meeting point of backpackers, known as also the ghetto of backpackers. Even though, there is no transportation via sky train or metro, it’s a very cheap place regarding accommodation. There are cheap hotels, hostels, guesthouses, bars, restaurants, hand crafts shops, art galleries, tattoo and massage places around.
At night there is music coming to the streets, and the street food courts are openning and it’s getting harder to walk in the main street as in Istiklal Street in Istanbul.
Chatuchak market is the biggest weekend market in Bangkok. The market is located in a huge area and open in Saturdays and Sundays. You can take the sky train and stop in Mo Chik, and follow the crowd.
Whatever you need is sold in this market. I recommend you to go there before noon, cause it’s getting more crowded. Don’t have a concern about food. You’re in Thailand, it’s not possible to stay hungry:)
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
There are many floating markets in Bangkok. But the most famous one is Damnoen Saduak floating market. After hearing it’s not worth going because of the distance, I spent all Saturday in Chatuchak Market. I also watch the market from the photos
In order to reach there, you have to take 100 km or pay extra money for the tours to take you there. There is also boat tour you should pay to go around when you reach there. So it’s distant and expensive. If you are insisting on going, and capturing this beautiful shot, you need to visit between 9am-2pm.
Wat Arun Temple can be visited- should be visited-, Thai massage can be taken (I strongly recommend it since I have been learning how to do it nowadays), night markets should be visited for cheap and various food. I need to write about Thai cuisine some day:)
Useful Information for Bangkok Trip:
Visa: Visa for Turkish citizens is on the gate and for free. Please go:)
Currency: Baht. 1 USD= 31.42 Bahts. For me it’s not that cheap as it is said by too many people. Since I have seen India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Thailand is not a cheap country for me.
Transportation: Sky train, wide range metro line, bus, tuktuk, pink taxies, canal boats are available in Bangkok. But there is a big traffic jam, unfortunately….
Notes from me: The most beautiful thing in Bangkok is transexuals involve in public. They are not forced to be a sex worker here, they work as a cashier, a seller or so. It’s amazing.