|Buddhist shrine on street in Bangkok|
After hearing countless stories, I wanted to see what Thailand was like for myself. Thailand is an affordable place to visit. You can have a luxury beach holiday, eat out every night and still have plenty money to spare for massages and shopping. What's not to like?
|Ladyboys in Patong|
I was looking forward to seeing Bangkok. I'd heard it was a bustling city and is a cultural and shopping mecca. Bustling doesn't come close to describing Bangkok. It's home to 12 million people. read more here. Getting from the airport to our hotel took forever in a taxi. Traffic frequently grinds to a halt leaving the city gridlocked. Not a great way to spend a holiday. The city has come up with genius ways to commute such as a skytrain, scooter taxi, underground train, tuk tuk, cycling, river boats and ferries, and of course there are the usual forms of transport such as bus, train and catching a taxi. A small warning regarding tuk tuks or taxis. Get your hotel to book and confirm the price to avoid being ripped off.
|Golden Buddha Bangkok|
|Traffic in Bangkok|
|Beach resort hotel Phuket|
Now, although I am glad we visited Bangkok, it's not the sort of place I would go back to. Too many people, getting about is a nightmare, air pollution is 3 times acceptable levels, noise pollution is also above accepted safe levels, it's hot as hell and humid to boot. read more here
|Greenie making a domation at a temple|
In - Part 2 - next week you can read about temples, food, prostitution and Chang Mai. In - Part 3 - the week after I talk about shopping, markets and give some tips of Thailand.