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Bangkok – The Gateway To Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew or Grand Palace, Bangkok

When visiting Thailand, you will most likely arrive and / or leave from Bangkok. I arrived and left the country from this tentacular city of 15 millions. Bangkok definitely deserves a few days, though distances between points of interest, the heavy traffic and hence the high travel times make it challenging for first time visitors to really enjoy the capital of Thailand.

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East Meets West

Strange neighbors: Bangkok’s Red Light District & Little Arabia

Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok's Red Light District - "Want a massage, Sir"?

Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok’s Red Light District – “Want a massage, Sir”?

Bangkok’s famous red light district, bars full of western men and Thai ladies, is just off Sukhumvit Road, in the upper area of Soi 4. Ironically, this naughty industry borders directly on “Little Arabia” in Soi 3. The shops, hotels and restaurants there are almost exclusively frequented by the many tourists from Islamic countries. The majority seems to be from the Gulf States though. For whatever reason, many stay in the hotels and apartments blocks on Soi 4. So every day ladies covered in black from head to toe, usually accompanied by a male, shuffle past go-go bars and the clientele / staff that comes with such businesses. Continue Reading →

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Bangkok’s Attractions Are Diverse

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

Various people come to Bangkok for a mixture of reasons. For most, it is the start or end of a holiday on one of Thailand exotic islands with its unrivaled beaches. During this short period in town most people do a bit of sightseeing and some serious shopping in the numerous shopping centers or markets. Continue Reading →

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Limited Sightseeing in Bangkok

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

After four days of strolling through shopping centers, markets, appointments with tailors, we thought it was time for some sightseeing in Bangkok. Not that we were not interested in seeing various Wats or more outdoor markets, but it was simply too hot! Continue Reading →

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Bangkok – A Shopping Mecca

If you are into shopping, and no matter what you are looking for, Bangkok is THE place on this planet where you should be!

If you are into shopping, and no matter what you are looking for, Bangkok is THE place on this planet where you should be!

If you are into shopping, and no matter what you are looking for, Bangkok is THE place on this planet where you should be! Here, you simply can find just anything, from the cheapest souvenirs to Haute Couture, from old telephone spare parts to Ferrari cars, from illegal copies of the last movies to the latest laptop computer. Continue Reading →

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Mastering Transport In A City Of 7.5 Million

The new Sky Train zips you around the city in air conditioned carts in no time, Bangkok, Thailand

The new Sky Train zips you around the city in air conditioned carts in no time, Bangkok, Thailand

No matter where you stay in Bangkok, you end up in a lot of different kinds of transports! The cheapest way to get around is the bus. With the help of a bus map that can be bought everywhere, it is relatively easy and can be quick if there is a bus lane. But yes! Traffic can be murderous in this city, especially around the evening when we thought it was finally cool enough to go out again. Continue Reading →

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Different Ways Of Arriving From Cambodia

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace, that had just been restorated, Bangkok, Thailand

Heidi took a bus from Battambang to the border, walked across to the Thai side, caught a Tuk Tuk to the next town six kilometers away and jumped on a bus to Bangkok, a trip that took all in all 9 hours. Of course, it was not as smooth as it sounds. So here are some details… Continue Reading →

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