Everyone Hates Bangkok. Except Me.

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A lot of people told me they didn’t like Bangkok. More than half said they “hated” it. I stayed 8 nights longer than planned. It intrigued me.

The run down.

1. The Bangkok metro is bright, clean, economical, and easy to follow. The best public transportation experience I’ve ever had.

2. If you have a shopping addiction, Bangkok will help that along quite nicely. I’ve never seen so many things.

3. Taxis, tuk tuks, motorbikes, oh my! The traffic here is awful, and fascinating. All of those moving parts and nary a fender bender. Is that not fascinating?!

4. Starbucks is omnipotent.

5. There’s a 6am techno aerobics class in the park. There are tons of Asians (median age: 68) exercising to remixes of Maroon 5 songs. The instructor is in her 20’s. She wears a polka dotted leotard with leg warmers. Everyone involved is fully engaged. I’m not sure anything will top this.

6. You don’t need to see a temple – until you see a temple.

Has your impression of a place ever differed from the majority?

12 Comments

  • HeidiR

    I thought Bangkok was unique, exciting, dirty, hilarious, delicious… and wrought with ADVENTURE! I went with a girlfriend for 5 days and I wish we had stayed longer. I can only imagine the fun we’d find there Angel. Miss you!

  • Highland

    Hey, Ill be in your area soon. Keep me posted on places to visit.

  • Angel

    @Dan. I need a full month in Bangkok to feel like I know it. There’s so much to see. Hidden in every soi. Endless possibilities!

  • Dan Sparks

    Hi Angel! I’ve been to BKK at least five times and I absolutely LOVE “The Big Mango”. The food, sights and people are addictive to me, and I’ve been fortunate to have made some dear friends. Bangkok is one place where you can straddle the 21st century and and ancient Siam and move effortlessly between the two worlds. I can’t wait to go back!

  • Angel

    @Slomo. Yep. I see the things people hate about Bangkok but there are other things, too! No place is all bad. If there is such a place, I haven’t been there yet.

  • Angel

    @ FVR. I went to the park for my morning run. I had to reason to think I’d see something video worthy. Trust me, I hated not being able to capture this live.

  • Slomo

    Absolutely!!!!! I can 100% relate. It took me much longer than you to appreciate a city that most people “hated,” but when you have to work hard and experience and learn and reflect in order to find the beauty or appreciate something, it makes your appreciation of that thing or that place all the more beautiful in the end. Happy post! Definitely too hot for leg warmers, yo.