Bangkok and Khao San Road, an orderly chaos


Thailand’s capital leaves no one indifferent

If you get to a city and every step you take you hear the tuk-tuks whistle asking “where are you going”. If you see women sitting on couches offering you massages. And if people come to you trying to sell you everything and more, you’ll know you’ve arrived in Bangkok.

And probably to the Banglamphu district, the oldest part of Bangkok and for many, the most charming. There is the famous Khao San Road, where we stay.

Bangkok and Khao San Road

Khao San is a hotbed of people. Overcrowded with stalls where you can find everything: clothes, appliances, tailored suits, travel agencies, Thai massages and food stalls. By the way, if you go to Thailand, you must eat pad thai (fried spaghetti with vegetables/chicken/pork or fish).

At night Khao San Road turns into a street full of discos. The party is guaranteed both inside the pubs and on the street itself.

Although, be careful, the ladyboys are going to be stalking you. Especially when it’s too late. When you’ve had a few too many drinks and you’re probably confused. You won’t be short of offers for a ping pong show either. But that’s all part of the nightlife here.

What to see in Bangkok?

The temples of Bangkok

Not far from Khao San there are several temples you can visit. We went to see the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and the Wat Traimit, a beautiful temple with touches of white and gold.

If you have more time you can also go and see the Wat Saket (The Golden Mountain), Wat Arun (The Dawn Temple) and of course the Grand Palace.

As we move away from the center we realize that not all of Bangkok is so touristy and chaotic. On the outskirts you can breathe more tranquility. When you don’t see a single tourist or when you want to ask where you are because you are lost but no one speaks English. That’s where you really realize you’re thousands of miles from home.

After Bangkok, we decided to go first to visit the north of Thailand, to Chiang Mai.

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