There are many amazing places and things you can find in Bangkok, but one of the most thing that amazed me is its traffic. And it is getting worse and worse each day especially during the rush hours.
The other day, while I was sitting in the car stuck in the traffic, I thought I should write something about Bangkok since I have lived in the city for many years already. After got back home, I put my thoughts together and finished this amazing Bangkok article.
Bangkok, known to the Thais as “Krungthep”, which means the City of Angels, was established in 1782 by King Rama 1 as capital of Siam.
It is a city of over 10 million people, and it is the capital of Thailand, a country of over 60 million people. Thailand is known as The Land of Smiles for its happy people, partly because of this, it attracts many people from around world to come here to visit, work, invest, vacation and have fun.
Over the past two centuries, it has developed into a great metropolis with a population of over eight million. Like any other modern cities in the world, Bangkok boasts lots of massive buildings, many international airports – Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi.
Bangkok is a city of mixture of East and West, the ancient and the modern. Its surface has taken on the look of the present time, while underneath the old ways are much alive in Thais’ everyday life. So, despite its modernization, Bangkok is still best suited for a glimpse of the traditional arts, architecture, religion, and other aspects of the culture of the Thai people.
I like this city for its diverse culture, the food, antiques and ancient ruins. It is the noise dirty city, with a reputation seedy nightlife, but that’s not part of my life.
Bangkok is the economic center of Thailand, it dominates the country’s economy and dwarfing other urban centers. It is the place where all trends originate, where all roads meet, an exaggeration of every aspect of life in the kingdom.
It is home to the headquarters of all Thailand’s large commercial banks and financial institutions. It is also the financial capital of one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Bangkok is Thailand’s principal international gateway, the major domestic hub, and a destination in its own right.
For people who are living in Bangkok, we know it is an amazing city. With over abundance of high-end shopping malls. It has highly developed public transportation system, providing convenient access to luxury condominiums and hotels. In contrast, to the modern shopping in emporiums, there is the fabulous weekend market and night market. It is a shopper’s heaven with anything from name-brand luxury items, which of course knock offs, to fine local handicrafts, antiques, and jewelery.
Beside that, Bangkok’s people are polite, easygoing and friendly. It is easy to find delicious food with variety choices, and this city has a reputation of having the widest selection of restaurants in the world.
Bangkok never sleeps. Their something to do 24 hours a day. If you are a backpacker, you can sit down at a café on Khao San Road at midnight and have a meal there, if you want to clear your mind or stay awake, then you can shop at a 24 hours super market, you can find plenty of them in town.
For outsiders, it is a tropical metropolis, which is also one of the most traveler-friendly cities in Asia. The first thing that strikes new visitors is the oppressive heat, even though the traffic is heavy, because the unique of Bangkok, from your car, you can see exotic orchids and vendors offering delicious fruit on the street.
Muay Thai or Thai kick boxing is one of the very popular sport among Thai people in Bangkok. The sport has spread to many other countries around the world as well. Other countries has its own unique fighting style, such as Karate in Japan, and Kung Fu in China. Muay Thai takes five rounds per match and three minutes duration. A match is decided by a knockout or by points.
Well, there are just so many things to write about this amazing city Bangkok, for many, represents the quintessential Asian capital. Saffron-robed monks, garish neon signs, graceful Thai architecture, spicy dishes, colorful markets, traffic jams, and the tropical climate come together in a happy coincidence.
No one leaves Bangkok with a mediocre and impression – you either love or hate this place.