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36 hours in Bangkok

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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.

Sunset over the Chao Phraya river with the Hilton Millennium tower in the background.

Sunset over the Chao Phraya river with the Hilton Millennium tower in the background.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Driving with a tuk tuk was a major experience! Yes it seems very dangerous to Europeans, especially Swiss, but the traffic in Bangkok is crazy and without a small, maneuverable vehicle it would’ve been impossible to get to all the places we wanted to see.

Driving with a tuk tuk was a major experience! Yes it seems very dangerous to Europeans, especially Swiss, but the traffic in Bangkok is crazy and without a small, maneuverable vehicle it would’ve been impossible to get to all the places we wanted to see.

View from our room on the 21st floor at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.

View from our room on the 21st floor at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.

And suddenly on our way home in between two busy roads there was this group of people doing exercises. Good idea, strange place. And the air was pretty polluted there.

And suddenly on our way home in between two busy roads there was this group of people doing exercises. Good idea, strange place. And the air was pretty polluted there.

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Foot of the 32 meter tall Luang Pho Tho statue (Standing Buddha) at the Wat Intharawihan, a buddhist temple.

Foot of the 32 meter tall Luang Pho Tho statue (Standing Buddha) at the Wat Intharawihan, a buddhist temple.

On our way up to Wat Saket (The Golden Mount) from which you have an incredible view over Bangkok!

On our way up to Wat Saket (The Golden Mount) from which you have an incredible view over Bangkok!

Wearing my new adidas Stan Smith sneakers that I got just in time before we left for Thailand.

Wearing my new adidas Stan Smith sneakers that I got just in time before we left for Thailand.

I am wearing a Jacques Britt shirt, Tommy Hilfiger pants, Garrett Leight sunglasses and my beloved Samsung NX300.

I am wearing a Jacques Britt shirt, Tommy Hilfiger pants, Garrett Leight sunglasses and my beloved Samsung NX300.

The 22 months old squirrel of our tuk tuk driver who traveled loyally with us through town. Cruel but cute.

The 22 months old squirrel of our tuk tuk driver who traveled loyally with us through town. Cruel but cute.


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