Text: Erik Pontoppidan, Copenhagen, Denmark
When you tell people, who have never been to Thailand, that you have visited Bangkok, it's very likely that you will meet a lot of prejudices. An amazing number connect Thailand - and especially Bangkok - with prostitution, porno and similar things. However, don't listen to them! Bangkok is a VERY exciting city!
Bangkok is full of noise, cars, traffic jams, smog, slum and other negative indications. Nevertheless, I like the city. Below the surface of noise and chaos, it's exotic and exciting, and in addition, it has an attractive, hectic, dynamic atmosphere, which you feel everywhere: On the main streets, at the numerous markets, onboard the river buses of Chao Phraya, at the hundreds of restaurants and food vendors and at several other places.
Take a ride with the river express from one of the stopping places on the floating pontoon-bridges. For a couple of dollars, you can sail from one end of the city to the other along the important main waterway of Bangkok. Here, the atmosphere is very active! The boat only stops for a few seconds, allowing the passengers to jump off and on, and a man with a flute makes signals to the captain, when the footboard has reached the bridge.
Or you may enter a tuk-tuk instead of an ordinary taxi, when you need a city transport. Sitting in the open air in a 3-whell tuk-tuk, racing through Bangkok on a tropical night is a symphony of smells, people, visual sensations and experiences. I never get tired of it! My very first impression from Bangkok took place, when I arrived with the train from Chiang Mai to the Hualampong central railway station. We hired a tuk-tuk and rushed through the city centre in a completely crazy way, which made me ask myself whether this was dream or reality.
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