Bangkok: The Durian of Cities?

Bangkok: The Durian of Cities?

Bangkok is large, ugly, and smells weird. It is basically the Durian of cities. However, if you give Bangkok a chance, and take a closer look, it is one of the most interesting and fun cities in this world.

Different than Durian, which really tastes like it smells.

1. Bangkok is a Foodie Capital

According to CCN travel it is one of the top 10 Asian cities for street food. Speaking as a true Som Tam (spicy Thai salad) addict, I can only back this up: There is food everywhere. Literally.

You can say wherever you find people in Asia – you will find street food. In Bangkok you find people everywhere, ergo there is food everywhere. Makes perfectly sense, right?

Bangkok: Better than its Reputation!

Bangkok: The Durian of Cities?
2. You will find amazing Rooftop Bars

There are many rooftop bars in Bangkok from which you have a fantastic view over the city by night. As always the best ones are the rooftop bars of big hotels. For example the ones of the Banyan Tree and the Marriott. If you want to see the one from Hangover 2, that would be the Sky Bar of the Lebua State Tower!

3. Bangkok is the TRUE city that never sleeps

New York is the city that never sleeps? If you ever walked the streets in NY at 6ish in the morning you might find yourself all alone in the big city. Bangkok however really never sleeps! At 6am you will most likely see a group of people making Yoga, Tai Chi or other sports that just look too funny if you see a large group of people doing it in public. The Lumphini park is a great spot to see this, or take part.

4. It’s a great place for Weekend Trips

Bangkok is not only a great place to stay, it is also a great place to leave. Take a train to Malaysia, the bus to the beach (Hua Hin is the closest), or fly for 20$ to Chiang Mai. Bangkok really opens many doors to see more great places in South East Asia – even if only for a weekend.

Bangkok: Better than its Reputation!
Bangkok: The Durian of Cities?

5. You can Shop until you Drop

In Bangkok this saying has to be taken literally. If you don’t believe me, try to see all of the Chatuchak Weekend Market in a day – or even in a weekend. It is the largest market in Thailand and you will get everything. Again, take this literally. Obviously it is not the only market, you have more to choose from. Day and night. Besides the markets, you have countless malls: The typical Asian ones with little stalls and bargain deals, as well as the ones with all the brand we know from America and Europe.

6. Party all Night

From all night backpacker parties at the Khao San Road, cool bars, and Cocktail VW’s in Sukhumvit to high end clubs in Thong Lor. There are so many possibilities, and opportunities to go out every night of the week.

7. Great Hotels and Hostels for a Good Price

This one counts for Thailand as a whole as well again, still is a reason that speaks for Bangkok. As the city through which almost all South-East-Asia Backpackers will travel, there are countless Hostels in every price range, and for every needs. Hostels have their positive and negative sides, but it can definitely be great to stay with so many likeminded people at one place.

8. Temples, Temples, and more Temples

There are more than 400 temples, which are called Wats in Thai, in and around Bangkok. A crazy number, isn’t it? You should go and see Wat Arun (so beautiful), Wat Pho (has a giant Buddha statue) and Wat Phra Kaew (is part of the Grand Palace, which is a must see anyways) for sure.

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Bangkok: Better than its Reputation!

That was my Bangkok Fan List. Living outside Bangkok for a while I had the chance to see quite a lot. Well, unfortunately not as much as I would have loved too, as I stayed right during the unstable political situation in 2014, but enough to like the city! Bangkok is just not one of the places you will fall in love with at first sight. It takes a while, but if you get a feeling for it once, I bet you will want to stay longer too. Bangkok is just an amazing city,  and the people who ruined its reputation simply did not stay long enaugh! Have you been to Bangkok already? What do you think about it? I’d love to here your thoughts on this!

UPDATE: The timing of this post is not the greatest, considering it has been published one day before a bomb exploded in the center of Bangkok. However, I decided not to delete it, as terrorism should not take away our happiness. I am very sorry for the 22 killed, and my thoughts are with the families.

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22 Comment

  1. Your pictures are amazing!! I’d would like to do a trip like this! My passion is to travel around the world!

  2. Fantastic photos but I have to say my favorite is the last one. Stunning!

    1. Thank you! The Temples in Thailand are just such great motives for photography. It is so easy to create stunning pictures 🙂

  3. Monika says: Reply

    I haven’t been to Bangkok but I would hope that no matter where I stayed I’d give it a full chance. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and what you said about NYC is true – early enough in the morning (and depending which neighborhood you’re in) it might be a bit deserted.


    1. Great that you see it like me, people never believe this about NYC 😀 I hope that you will get to Bangkok at some point in your life, it is such a interesting city 🙂

  4. Wow, beeeautiful pictures! Planning to travel there too (hopefully very soon) and your tips and insights are really precious. Can’t wait for the rooftop bars 🙂

    1. Thank you, I bet you will have an amazing time in Bangkok! 🙂

  5. Raqda says: Reply

    Bangkok looks so beautiful! I need to add this to my travel list! Great post!

  6. Bangkok really is a great city, and those who claim otherwise have usually only spent a night or two in Bangkok, not giving the city a fair chance. Regarding the bombing, I was so sorry to hear about it. I hope they find the one(s) who did it.

  7. I would love to go to Thailand and the city of Bankok! The street food and culture, alone, is worth the trip! My deep sorrow for the victims of this most recent bombing. Yes, I agree with and we cannot be afraid to travel and live our lives just because of the senseless acts of terrorists. xo


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  8. I have always wanted to travel bangkok and sample the amazing food! x

  9. I’ve been to Sri Lanka recently and your pictures remind me of my own holiday. Great colorful photographs!

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  10. This list just won me. I really want to visit Bangkok now.


  11. Ouch at the title! Haha. I’ve always wanted to visit Bangkok for like 3-4 days just to take photographs and shop. When did you make this trip? Love the pictures you take, as always 🙂

    1. I studied in the suburbs of Bangkok in 2014 🙂

  12. m says: Reply

    Beautiful photos! Definitely want to visit

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  13. Thx for this great post. You have definitely enticed me to move Bangkok way up on my Bucket List!

  14. Haha You actually tried durian!? Thumbs up for trying! My background is from South East Asia and I can’t even stand it’s taste!

    1. I did! To be fair, it does not taste as bad as it smells. Still. Not my favorite at all 😀

  15. Breathtaking pictures. I always wanted to travel to Asia, especially Bangkok and now You have made my wish became bigger and bigger. Thank you not thank you! Also, thanks for your tips, I hope I can use them one day. Good luck! 🙂

  16. Bangkok is a very ancient and interesting city with a large happy I was there and found a lot of interesting and unusual places. I liked it there very much.

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