Bangkok

Bangkok can certainly be described as hectic, frenzy and somewhat over full. Bangkok is split into d ifferent sections by the Chao Phraya River. Home to over 9.3 million of Thailand’s’ population the city is a thriving commercial and historic centre offering the tourist limitless choices for entertainment and recreation.

Bangkok is covered by a good number of waterways which carry passengers and products on numerous boats that navigate the waters in and around Bangkok. The Bangkok streets on the other hand are filled with continuous traffic jams. The floating markets are internationally famous and a must for any visitor and is certainly well worth some time to explore.

Bangkok has a city-wide sky train system which transports commuters and tourists above the city. The sky train system has been a great improvement to the traffic nightmare that Bangkok had and it gives visitors a tranquil and well-organised way to observe the hectic life of those on the ground below.

Although Bangkok is overcrowded and somewhat polluted, Bangkok is without a doubt one of the continent’s most lively cities. Bangkok is also one of the Globes largest cities on earth.

Tourists visiting Bangkok will discover along the river the Grand Palace which is also known as the Wat Phra Kaeo. The world famous palace temple in Bangkok is host the world renowned Emerald Buddha which is made entirely from transparent green jade.

Bangkok has around 35 major Temples spread through the city. The largest Temple in Bangkok is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This world famous Thai temple houses a remarkable figure of the holy being. 

In between the skyscrapers and sophisticated shopping centres there's still the remarkable Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Dawn and many more. Traditions live on too: don't be surprised, for example, to find a large dedicated spirit house built for good luck alongside almost every major building, or to see files of Buddhist monks making their early morning alms round.

Amidst all of this is what many find one of Asia's most interesting and exciting cities, but it does have it's fair share of problems  also - not least of which is the heat. Due to it's location in the tropics, Bangkok's average day time temperature is rarely much below 30 degrees centigrade at any time of year and the night time temperature is not much cooler. The maximum temperature can occasionally top 40 degrees during the hot season in April / May, when it is, not surprisingly, the low season for tourism. Despite the temperature, it is not all that sunny in Bangkok and most days are grey and overcast - meaning many visitors are surprised when they first walk outside Bangkok airport and discover that what appeared to be a cold, cloudy day is actually uncomfortably hot.

The heat, combined with the humidity and pollution, makes walking a sizeable distance in Bangkok almost impossible, and breaking into a sweat after only a couple of hundred meters almost inevitable. The Thai people themselves will rarely walk any significant distance and there's a very large number of cars, buses, taxis and tuk-tuks to help them get about.

Sadly, these combine to make the traffic jams and pollution that Bangkok is justifiably world famous for. The seemingly permanent rot dtit (traffic jam) is a fact of life in Bangkok, and makes simple journeys that should take 20 minutes end up over an hour, even out of rush hour. The relatively small number of roads, the annual floods in September and October, and the hundreds of new cars flooding on to the roads every day don't help matters much either. However, Bangkok's impressive skytrain and new subway facilities combined now cover much of areas of the city a visitor is likely to go to and provide a convenient way to bypass them.