36 hours in Bangkok
Part of the pictures were taken with the Samsung NX300. Editing by Moritz Lips.
On our way home from Koh Samui we decided to stay one night in Bangkok – just like the song from Murray Head, coincidence? I think not! Of course it is way too short to explore this city properly, but I think we managed to get a pretty good impression of it. After two weeks of calm laying-at-the-beach-slurping-cocktails we were thrown into this hectic city with its eight millions inhabitants. Four people on a scooter? Everyday life. I simply loved it! Switzerland is due to it’s size and perfection sometimes pretty boring and what I want to experience is the opposite: A city that has a larger population than the whole country of Switzerland, is pretty dirty and noisy, vast so you cannot see its end and has uncountable skyscrapers. Give me the rush, hahaha.
Kuoni had advised us to book a hotel situated at the Chao Phraya river, because of the amazing view and they didn’t lie (see below). Going to bed and waking up to a view from the 21st floor is pretty awesome, it seems like the city lies to your feet. So on the day of arrival we were more up to shopping so we went to the Siam Paragon, a huge shopping center. Next to all the brands you get all over the world I was interested to see the local or Asian brands. I tried a few things on, but I quickly noticed that a 1.91m tall guy will never fit into clothing sewn for petit Asians. Afterwards we took the Skytrain to the Taksin bridge where we could enter a ship from our hotel that brought us back. If you book a hotel at the Chao Phraya river nearly all of them have their own boats, so convenient.
On the second – and already last – day we tried to explore as much as possible. We took the public boat and drove up the river to the Grand Palace. Due to a misunderstanding and confusion on our side, a short time later, we found ourselves on a tuk tuk that took us to other sight seeing places without having seen the Grand Palace beforehand. Never mind it was only 40 Bath (= 1 Swiss Franc) for a 2 or 3 hours ride. By the time we came back to the Grand Palace it was already too late to buy tickets so instead he drove us to Wat Pho, home of the Reclining Buddha. That pretty much marked the end of our day and power – since we weren’t even able to have lunch – and we took the boat to our hotel. One thing I really enjoyed while staying at the Royal Orchid Sheraton was the pool located in front of the hotel with a view over the Chao Phraya river. After a quick dip in the pool, dinner and packing we found ourselves in the back of a cab driving on the highway that lead through the city and to the airport. We felt like we’d been there several days when it was only 36 hours in Bangkok..
Out of respect for the holy places we visited that day I chose to wear a shirt, long pants and closed shoes. It was extremely hot that day, which made it rather uncomfortable for me, but I totally understand and respect the decision that they don’t want tourists walking round half naked at spiritual places. Besides it is a good way to protect your skin from the sun.