Travelers have a hard time putting a pin in Bangkok’s personality. Most first-timers see this city as one caught between the past and the present. Ancient temples and modern shopping malls comprise Thailand’s capital, and Buddhist monks and regulars of Patpong (Bangkok’s red light district) share the city’s streets. The contrast can result in an exhilarating yet chaotic setting.
With that said, Bangkok’s dynamic environment requires a lot of energy. Consistently hot weather and persistent crowds take their toll on unprepared visitors.
Yes, the city seems to boil over with everything from humidity to humanity, but it’s this exotic overabundance that charms travelers.
Here, you’ll find the world’s largest open-air market, a world-class aquarium housed in an eight-level shopping mall, a 150-foot golden Buddha statue and so much more.
It’s a city of vast surprises, so savor its delightful incongruity.