One night in Bangkok
One night in Bangkok
Bangkok – the city of temples. Crazy, complex and full of different smells.
Hot, sticky and bright during days. Lighten up from neon signs during the night when you hear music being played in every corner of Khao San, Sukhumvit and all those nightlife areas. It took me hardly an hour to fell in love with that city. It feels like Bangkok lives in 2 time spheres. During days people seem to be relaxed but with a sense of daily life. They are sitting in front of their shops or cooking delicious meals in their little food stalls somewhere on Bangkoks streets. But with that little extra bit of time they take for everything.
When you are going for a ride on the public ferry no one but you will hurry to get on that boat although it wouldn’t wait for anyone. Riding up the river with the ferry, getting all that wind blown through your hair, you feel that Bangkok is more than just another big city. The ferry stops at about 30 different piers from the south of Bangkok up to the northern part. It’s very easy to take the ferry – you can either only cross the river for as low as about 5 baht or you can drive the whole way for about 15 – 30 baht per ticket.
There are local boats (those without a flag) which stop at every pier or also a tourist version (eg. with the blue flag) which stops at the piers the tourist ask the boat to stop at. The difference is, that at the tourist boat, english staff will call out the name of the upcoming pier so you know where to hop off. I just always took the local ones, since you can just count the pier stations and look at the pier signs to see at which one you have to get off the boat. For more information about the boats you can check out the Bangkok Homepage as they have a great explanation about all the available boats.
Sitting on one of the boats and cruising up the river opens up another world. It brings you to small little alleys to lose yourself in and you end up in another district which you would not have find your way to with just following the map. You will find little shops and markets or suddenly just another Wat where a Buddha statue is represented in its shiniest way.
I ended up taking the metro (MRT) to Chatuchak Park station (exit no.1) and walked down to the famous weekend market ‘Chatuchak Market’. You can’t miss it as many people will walk down from the metro and so you only have to follow them. On Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 – 18.00 you can find there everything you ever thought about buying. From clothes, bags, shoes as well as food, decoration and pet animals you can find everything there. Don’t forget to practice your bargain skills as you will need them to get a fair price.
When the sky turns dark it feels like streets empty themselves for a little while before the typical Bangkok night starts: with blinking neon signs and music all around you. At least in the famous backpacker & nightlife districts of Bangkok you will not get around it. Being at Khao San there are plenty more things to see: food trolleys with all kind if insects to eat, laughing gas balloons (yes, indeed), lady boys offering there services and bars, shops, bars, shops, bars… i guess you got my point.
When you only spend one night in Bangkok you have the choice: throw yourself into Bangkoks nightlife, dance, have fun, try a fried scorpion, talk to a lady boy and go crazy – or go home.
MY FAVORITES AT A GLANCE
River Ferries – without flags (local version) about 15 – 30 Baht per ride
Taxi – from Airport to Sukhumvit area (inkl. traffic jam) about 300 Baht
Motorbike Taxi (only for adventurous traveler) – a bit cheaper, a bit faster, a bit more dangerous but fun
MRT (metro) – get fast through the city for just a few Baht
Chatuchak Market – metro (MRT) to Chatuchak Park station (exit no.1) and walk down to market area
NapPark Hostel @ Khao San Road – very chic and newly built hostel in the bustling middle of Khao San, still not as loud as the other location since it is a little bit set back. Meet great people and enjoy a good time there. (budget version)
Admiral Premier Bangkok Hotel in Sukhumvit – As I just arrived and had only one night and a full day I choose to stay in a little nicer hotel with rooftop pool – totally worth it, as I found a great deal for this hotel at agoda.com and paid about 45$ for the night which was a good deal for what I got. And look at the rooftop pool 😉
Tell me what are your favorite places to see, for shopping and your favorite accommodation to stay in Bangkok?! Happy to see your comments below!