Bangkok. Part 1: First impression

Hello dear Reader! It’s +27 outside and my big journey has already begun, which means it’s time for stories!

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I spent 3 days in Bangkok and it’s like wow! I would like to describe some topics separately in my next articles: streets and river, food, transportation, people, touristic and cultural places in Bangkok. For now just first overview πŸ™‚

Bangkok is a really big city full of contrasts. You can walk through huge metropolis with high skyscrapers and then you find yourself in a totally poor area where houses look like they’re built from paper.

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Probably one of the things that you would notice first (at least how it happened to me) – tons of cables everywhere. Sometimes they’re cut somewhere in the middle and connected totally in chaotic way.

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You’re want to eat something Thai? Piece of cake! Almost everywhere on the streets there’re sellers with small “food bar”, where they cook just in 5 minutes. It can be snacks like sausage in a pancake, some weird fries, meat on a stick with sweet and salty sauce and many other.

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Cafes and restaurants can be totally different. It can be some fancy place for tourists, medium usual cafe (inside a house) or something like this:

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Even though Bangkok is a huge city with tons of cars, people and houses, there’re really many trees in the city. You can notice it when you’re movingΒ by overground metro:

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As well there’re some really nice parks. I would like to write specially about Park Lumpini (not on the picture) in one of the next articles.

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People here are very friendly and smiling πŸ™‚ If you smile to somebody almost everybody would do the same to you (there were some exceptions with older people). But generally they start it first: they smile, they show you Hi and are happy when you answer them with the same. It’s so incredible, feels so warm! It doesn’t matter are you in poor or rich (touristic) district – everybody smiles! Some foreigners also smile and show Hi to peopleΒ  as well πŸ™‚

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If you want to talk to somebody, here comes the language barrier: very small amount of people really speaks English. My first problem appeared when I arrived to hotel. Thai girl told me that my card payment is not passing but when I tried to explain that I don’t have cash today and propose any solutions, she started to use Google translate, which was totally not helpful. Finally the problem was solved and girl really apologized and smiled πŸ™‚ As well I came to some people and asked things like ”What’s happening here? How to get to the N road? and so on” and people felt really confused totally not understanding me πŸ™‚ Funny story here was with one fruit seller: when I asked the price for fruits, he told “Seventeen”, showed with fingers “Two” and price was actually 20 πŸ˜€ Btw fruits here are really nice, sellers have them cleaned and cut already:

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Despite English is hard for local people, city is prepared for foreigners in a really good way. Almost all the signs in the city (central parts) are repeated in English, in some caffes/restaurants there’re English names for dishes and partially English-speaking staff. So all main information that you might need is repeated is English, which is really cool.

Streets can be really narrow if you’re not in the city center. Houses and flats are very close to each other. For pedestrians sometimes there’s some space for 1-2 people in width, sometimes there’s totally no space and then you’re almost a car πŸ™‚ , walking on the road is quite normal. As well as no traffic lights for pedestrians outside of city center (at least in district where I live).

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What I really liked here much – Bangkok’s incredible metro. Very fast, comfortable, clean and beautiful option to get to many places. There might be some anime advertisements as well πŸ™‚

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Here’s a general overview of Bangkok. I have many things to tell about in details, which will be described very very soon πŸ™‚ Long story short I really like Bangkok as a place to visit, cannot say for sure about place to live.

P.S. Will leave a Food article prequel here πŸ™‚

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