Final Wrap on Bangkok and Thailand
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 39 of 136 › view all entries
So I'm finishing up my 2+ months in Thailand. It has been a most unique and interesting experience. First Bangkok: An amazing city. An array of sights, sounds, and smells permeates the heart and soul of this city from all corners of the globe. And this despite the downturn in the world economy. Everywhere I looked there were throngs of people from around the world, visiting, doing business, and yes even other seedy activities that Bangkok is well known for. But never before have I seen the variety of people and things that I have seen these last few days in Bangkok.
Bangkok is truly interesting from the way the city has grown. The swank and luxurious mingle close to the seedy and sinful; rich mixes with poor (seemingly just around the block).
I ended up staying locally during my time in the city. Most days I wandered from my hotel, just getting lost in a direction and trusting my map skills and the people to help me if I briefly got lost. I visited the touristy districts of the temple and palace complexes, Khao San Rd, Chinatown, and Silom. But I also tried to wander off the main streets to see what lay behind the facade. I mostly walked, but also went by taxi, tuk-tukl, Skytrain, and river ferry . I survived the touts at the grand palace complex. I discovered some great eats off the beaten path.
And that brings me to leaving Thailand:
- I 've had my last fried banana
- I've had my last fruit smoothie
- I've had my last chicken on a stick
- I've visited my last market
- I've dived my last dive
... at least for now in Thailand.
I've met some great folks here in Thailand. It is with some sadness that I leave, but it's now time to visit Nepal and trek in the Himalayans. A time of many changes, movement, and relative remoteness that will occur there. Looking forward to the changes.