From novice gap year student, holiday abroad, or the experienced jet-setting world traveler; whoever you are or whenever you arrive in Bangkok you will always be surprised by the magnitude of adventure all encompassed in one city. Bangkok’s Khaosan Road, is a backpacker’s hotspot for starting out your Thailand adventures—or get lost in the night lights and never ending party. In Bangkok you can book flights, get on travel excursions and find just about any other type of adventure. Bangkok could be described as a sensory overload of sights, smells, tastes, feelings, and hearing. If it were possible to cram the entire world into one location and size it down you would find yourself in Bangkok. You can get a rush from sitting with the locals at a street stall chomping on some Pad Thai noodles or hot spicy pork and broth to luxurious high end rooftop clubs and hotels along the river front. Regardless, Bangkok is a phenomenal experience of multi cultural diversification.
Wow! what and experience to be in China Town Bangkok. I was reading a little about what has transpire during the past couple years but no reading prepared me for the sensory overload. The last time I had such a sensory overload was in India. Perhaps it was so intense due to the mass amounts of people and fireworks, street police, and scents and scenes.
So I must have arrived in Bangkok at a great time as Chinese New Years celebration has started, and the best part is that it lasts a week long giving me plenty of opportunity to see it in full swing. I’ve often thought about how Chinese new years works as it is a different time that what I am traditionally used to in the west. So I was in for a treat. The Chinese New year consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems, seems a bit difficult to understand at first. The dates vary every year, since the projection of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between January and mid-February. I landed at a great time. February tenth is when the big shebang happens and ill be sure to stick around for that. Until then here is a photo from a festival i was at while in Bangkok on the 5th.
The King of Thailand and his wife are seen on posters in many locations all over Bangkok. Today i walked past these giant framed posters of the Kind and Queen. Wow. I had to walk across the street to get a full view. Pretty interesting.
It sure isn’t easy to find your way around or back where you came from in Bangkok once you get woven into the web of back alley roads. I shot this photo after a bite to eat while I was walking through the corridors of a particular neighborhood. I found so many wonderful opportunities to get lost in the maze of shops and homes. This in particular struck a cord. I loved this home/house/store front to sit down and have a bowl of noodles. Cheers.