Bangkok….City of Angels…..Not!

Bangkok's gateway to Chinatown

Bangkok’s gateway to Chinatown

The Thai’s call Bangkok “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” or the City of Angels.  Like Los Angeles in the United States I think you would have to look long and hard to find an angel here.  Although, you can find pretty much of anything in this crossroads of the New Asia that you might want.

I came to Bangkok to meet my friend Barbara Weibel who writes the travel blog….Hole in The Donut Cultural Travel. We are spending a couple of days in the city before flying to Cambodia.

I will tell you up front that I have a love hate relationship with Bangkok!  If you remember last year when I was here I moaned and groaned about the heat and humidity…well that has not changed. But there are some things I find I like about the city, now that I have explored it a bit more.

This time I escaped the backpacker ghetto of Khao San and moved to the Silom area where thanks to my friend Barbara I learned about Lub D Hostel.  It’s a great place to hang out…clean, reasonable cost, modern design, and a great location near the Skytrain so you have easy access to the whole city. I will admit that I was a bit old compared to most of the guest at Lub D (20 to 30 years old) but they were kind and hospitable…no one muttered geezer under their breath and there were no wheelchairs pushed my way.  Perhaps it was because I walked in with a backpack on my back…Hey he is one of us! Any way, it is a very nice place to stay for the budget conscious traveler…young or old.

Bangkok's ever crowded streets

Bangkok’s ever crowded streets

Bangkok city proper is estimated to be 14.5 million people…with a total of 20 million in the megalopolis. Is that a scary word or what…Fritz Lang move over we have gone way past metropolis to MEGALOPOLIS. Plus the city gets 10 million tourists a year on top of the already insane number of residents…. Yikes!

Bangkok's never ending traffic jams

Bangkok’s never ending traffic jams

So you can imagine that getting around Bangkok using the surface streets can be a nightmare with unbelievable traffic jams.  However, the savvy traveler is in luck because you can take a train from the airport for a little over a dollar that connects to the Skytrain for easy access to most of the inner city.  For those neighborhoods not on the Skytrain routes you can take the water bus…and I love the water bus!  The long narrow boats move up and down the Chad Praya River with regular stops along the way for only 15 bhat.  One gets great views of the city skyline, wat’s and palaces, grand hotels and all with a cool breeze and no traffic.

Water bus on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok

Water bus on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok

I assume that the more familiar one becomes with a city the more enjoyable it becomes. It is starting to happen for me……I have a great place to stay, I’m learning the public transportation system and I just found a great Jazz Club four blocks from the hostel.  Who could ask for anything more?

About Larry Bosco

In 2010 I had one of those “Is this all there is” moments and so in January 2011 I retired from Real Estate Appraising, sold off all my worldly goods and headed out as a solo traveler in search of a new place to live. Since then I’ve traveled around the world, made new friends and had many great adventures and some not so great. After staying almost a year in Cuenca, Ecuador I have headed back to South East Asia where I began the journey in 2011. Currently I am living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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11 Responses to Bangkok….City of Angels…..Not!

  1. leigh brown says:

    I love this world traveling of your, I am truly jealous. Have fun and be safe.
    Leigh

  2. Again Larry. Wonderful pics and information on your city of Angels.

  3. LindaRose says:

    WOW! Great commentary and fotos…..again, it perks up my very busy days…..

  4. Bert says:

    For an old geezer, you learn pretty quickly how to get around. Sounds like fun. But if Bangkok isn’t hot & muggy enough for you, you can always come back to Louisville. The summer here has been absolutely brutal.

  5. Claudia Hammer says:

    Great Pictures! And of course I love the commentary! It tells us what is going on around you and what great experiences and old geezer can have. You will have to tell us what the Jazz Club was like and take pics.

  6. Gina Maloney says:

    Very enjoyable to read your posts and see the pictures. Have you experienced any gastronomic delights?

  7. Ed Tohid says:

    It really brings back memories. I love that city, the floating market, its people, the smiles, the food…all of it.

  8. Dottie Mountz says:

    I love your pictures and colorful commentary !
    Take care!

  9. vicror says:

    Just love your posts, most informative. Hope soon to take this trip too, as it has always been a dream of mine. Take care, and again THANKS>

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