Hustle and Bustle in Bangkok

I was pretty sure I’d like Thailand before I’d even arrived, and walking through the streets of Bangkok to my hostel I knew I did. It’s a colourful and vibrant, dirty and dusty city. It’s a contrast of old and new, eastern and western. The food is amazingly fresh and diverse, and the streetfood is delicious and ridiculously cheap. There are fresh fruits and juices everywhere. It’s crazy and a little chaotic and the streets always seem to be gridlocked.


There is so much to see and do in Bangkok but we decided not to do most of it. You could spend all your money and all your days visiting all the sights, temples, palaces, malls, museums etc., but it would be exhausting. Instead we spent our days wandering the streets, taking riverboats, spending time people watching, eating Thai curry and just hanging out in parks.




That’s not to say we didn’t see any of the sights, but most of them we just passed by on the outside.




One of my highlights of Bangkok was walking through Chinatown as the streetfood carts were getting set up for the evening. Seeing the vendors unloading and preparing their stalls, then seeing the streets swelling with people as the sun set and dinner time arrived.



Bangkok is a great city to visit, but as time wore on I got a bit exhausted by it all. It was so hot and I ended up being drawn to the wonderful air-conditioning provided by malls and expensive restaurants. After four hot days there, I was ready to leave and see the rest of Thailand.


2 thoughts on “Hustle and Bustle in Bangkok

  1. Nice report! Just wandering around a city is one of the best ways of getting to get to know a place.
    We transited through Bangkok many times back in the 80s and 90s as a kid/teenager and I remember it as a heaving, chaotic and seedy blade-runner city. A great place to get pirated VHS Tapes (Home Alone and Jurassic Park yo.) and the claustrophobic hotel we stayed served a horrible looking porridge for breakfast that my sister loved… the things you remember. 🙂

    • I’d say it’s changed a bit since then, but not too much – you can get pirated DVD’s rather than VHS and we did find better breakfasts but we still had claustrophobic hotel rooms. I like the blade runner comparison!
      It’s an interesting city to visit for a few days 🙂

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