Kelsey HayneComment

Bangkok

Kelsey HayneComment
Bangkok

Bangkok was a very interesting and diverse city to visit. There were areas of normal city life, to the slums with steel sheet walls, and vast royal temples gleaming with opulence. 

Other areas are completely catered to tourists. The main road being Khao Son Road. Lined with restaurants, shops, and a plethora of street vendors selling clothing and souvenirs for the avid negotiator. 

The transportation varied from state of the art skyline metro, to old school water buses that trudged through the river ways along the city. The water buses were my favorite. It was remarkably different than anything I've ever experienced. Once the boat pulls up, everyone clambers inside using a rope to guide themselves to sit on long wooden benches. As the boats pass through the waters, plastic guard curtains can be pulled up with a pulley system to prevent water from splashing into the boat. An attendant walks along the exterior boat platform with a fanny pack to receive fare payment from the passengers. It's a noisy cultural experience that everyone should do at least once in Bangkok!

My favorite time in Bangkok was visiting the Wat Ratchanatdaram temple complex. Inside the walls was a smaller temple that had monks chant every day at 4pm.  I ended up visiting the place three times in the six days I was in the city. 

Wat Suthat was another awesome temple in Bangkok.