22.05.2015 - 25.05.2015 35 °C
Day 36-39 - May 22-25
The first challenge in describing Bangkok comes in the form of a mad urban thicket of 14 million people sprawling over 1.5 million square kilometers of traffic, heat, and towers. This dense historic trading outpost continues to be a global mecca for visitors, according to Mastercard ranking as the 2nd most visited city in the world (behind London, but well ahead of New York and Paris).
Tripadvisor's ranking of sights paint the city as a home for ancient temples and palaces, modern arts, and a destination for gastronomy and mixology. The latter was the second challenge that impairs my ability to provide a more broad review of this effervescent city.
I can however verify that one can have a lovely time over the course of 3 days without treading much farther than 2 blocks from one's hotel. I can verify that street vendors continue selling food and wares (and dubious services) from 7pm through to 7am. I can verify that the diversity of food, drink, and entertainment is more than comparable with any modern city I have ever visited. Finally I can verify that if you are determined not to have wasted a 4 day trip, get particularly lucky with traffic, and are willing to test the boundaries of heat-stroke, you can in fact see nearly all of the top sights in an exhausting single day.
Bangkok I will see you again shortly my friend.