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Being a resident of the city of Bangkok for the past 3 years has been exhilarating. I am James Frank, originally from the city of Manchester in the UK. I work as a professional webmaster for a few clients in the UK. But since the time I turned 30 years old, I have been living in the city of Bangkok. I would like to share my experience about the city.
From the outset, I would like to say the city of Bangkok plays host to numerous internationally recognized eating places. In my last three years of staying here, I have been able to come across some of the best eating places in the whole world. Let me share with you some of the eating places that have left me astounded up to this day by their uniqueness and level of professionalism. If you want to enjoy some of the best meals in Bangkok, you should try the Le Du Restaurant. This a Thai restaurant with a modern set up. It is internationally recognized for its ability to prepare high quality meals, professionalism and exotic ambiance. Another restaurant whose food is worth a bite is Eat Me. This restaurant is in a class of its own. It is one of those irresistible places that you just have to visit. Renowned for its exotic desserts, Eat Me is also a perfect place to sample some of the modern international cuisines.
Accommodation facilities in this city are numerous. The most renowned hotels in the area are the Lebua in Skhumvit and Berkeley Hotel in Pratunam. You can never go wrong with these two hotels.
Tourists sites are also present in the city. I have had a chance to visit many of them during my stay here. In particular, I can single out the floating market in DamonoenSaduak where food is bought from stationary floating boats and the Yaowarat in China Town. I enjoyed my times there.
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Sex tourism in Bangkok
Bangkok has a character and fame overseas as a big and considerable harbor in the industry of sex. Albeit prostitution is technically unwarranted and banned, and is barely openly talked about in Thailand, it generally takes place in the saunas, hourly hotels and the massage parlors, serving the locals and the foreign tourists. Bangkok has attained the nickname, “Sin city of Asia” for the level it has in sex tourism.
Scams at Bangkok
Affairs and arguments generally faced by the foreign tourists include overcharging, dual pricing and scams. The most common scam in Thailand is the gem scam. In this, tourists are bamboozled into buying the expensive overly priced jewelry.
Culture of Bangkok
Bangkok Culture echoes its spot as Thailand’s center of modernization and wealth. The city has from a long time been the doorway entrance of the concepts of west and material goods that have been blended and adopted with the values of Thai to many different degrees by its locales. This can be seen evidently by the lifestyles of the growing middle class.
A specific and noticeable feature of the city Bangkok is the pervasiveness and universality of the street vendors auctioning and trading goods ranging from the accessories and clothing to food items. Albeit they take up the space of the pavement and block the pedestrian traffic, most of the residents of the city depend on these hawkers and dealers for their meals, and the efforts of the BMA to brake and edge their numbers have mostly been a flop.
Events and festivals of Bangkok
The locales of Bangkok perform and honor many annual festivals of Thailand. At the time of Songkran on 13th to 15th April, water fights as well as the traditional rituals take place in the entire city.
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Bangkok city has always been famous for its dynamic and vibrant nightlife. Admitting Bangkok’s sex tourism scene is very well known to the outsiders and the tourists, it is generally not openly talked about by the government or the locals.
Destination sightings in Bangkok
Some of the well-known destinations and sights of Bangkok are- Grand Palace, the great Buddhist temples including Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun. The Erawan Shrine and Giant Swing determine the deep rootedness of Hinduism influence in the Thai culture.
Vimanmek Mansion in the Dusit palace is known as the world’s biggest teak building, at the same time the Jim Thompson House gives a good example of the traditional architecture of Thai. Some of the other great museums are Royal Barge National Museum and the Bangkok National Museum. Boat trips and cruises on the Thonburi’s canals and on the Chao Phraya gives views of the traditional architecture of the city and the way of living on the waterfront.
Shopping is something that you MUST NOT miss while you are in Bangkok! I am myself a big shopping freak! Shopping places, most of which are beloved to both the locals and the tourists range from the department stores full-bodied in Ratchaprasong and Siam to the drape and reclined Chatuchal weekend market and the shopping centers. One of such markets in Bangkok is the Taling Chan floating market. Yaowarat is famous for its street-side food stalls, shops and restaurants as well, which can also be found in the entire city.
Khao San Road has always been famous as a destination for the back packers with its bars, shops and budget accommodations, drawing visitors and tourists from around the world.
Now, here’s a secret I am going to tell you, although Bangkok is not very open about discussing about the sex trade, it has quite a number of destinations in it like the saunas, massage parlors, hourly hotels etc. which serve the foreign tourists and the locals as well.
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Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, and the city with the most population is also known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or just Krung Thep. This amazing city is now an important regional force in business and finance. It is the international hub for health care and transport. There is no end to the fashion, entertainment and arts in the city! Everybody knows Bangkok for its vibrant street life, the wonderful cultural landmarks and the blatant red-light districts.
The consequential Buddhist temples and grand palace including Wat pho and Wat Arun stand in comparison with the other attraction tourist places like the nightlife scenery of Patpong and Khaosan Road. No doubt Bangkok is among the top tourist destinations in the world.
The city’s overall infrastructure
Although it is an amazing city to visit and for tourism purpose, I think the rapid growth of Bangkok amidst the little urban planning and administration has consequence in an aimless cityscape and deficient infrastructure systems. Defined and confines roads, against an pervasive and broad expressway network, in sync with big and consequential usage of private car have ended into crippling and chronic congestion due to traffic. This has resulted in causing severe air pollution! 4 rapid lines of transit are now in action with more arrangements under development or planned by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and national government.
Tourism in Bangkok
Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist target cities. Bangkok’s attractions, all-round sights and the life in the city plea to differing and disparate tourist groups. Temples and Royal palaces as well as a number of museums create its major cultural and historic attractions for the tourists. Dining experiences and shopping experiences endeavors a huge range of prices and choices. Not just this, Bangkok city is also famous for its charismatic night life.
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With keen interest in technology and travelling, I always had friends who shared similar interests with me. When I started my travel guide blog, it evolved gradually and many other things were added to it. Then, there came a point when I was unable to control all of it by myself, and thus wanted more people to join me. Thomas Ericsson, who was my colleague and a very good friend in UK, came to visit me in 2013. Like me, Thomas too had a travel bug and we both have travelled to many parts of the world together.
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