Bangkok – It’s a love hate thing…

by Poi on June 20, 2011

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Bangkok is our home for the next year and at the moment we’re enjoying our time here very much, but it’s inevitable that being anywhere for a long period of time will mean some things begin to annoy us and we’ll find things that don’t quite bring a smile to our face.

So after a couple of months being here, what are the Positives and Negatives of Living in Bangkok

What We Love:

It’s huge – the main reason we chose Bangkok. After living the life of backpackers for many months it’s easy for us to get bored in one place. We had to choose somewhere that had enough to offer us entertainment for a year and after spending some time here I’m still convinced after a year I will still have no idea how to navigate the city. Everyday is an adventure.

Bangkok night life khao san road

Khao San Road – Home of Backpackers

The Night life – with all big cities comes big night life, Kirsty and I are in our early twenties which means night life is a big thing, we need to go out and let loose. Bangkok seems to have a never ending list of bars to check out, including a rock pub which I shall be dragging Kirsty to shortly.

Everyone comes to Bangkok – Anybody travelling into south east Asia is very likely to arrive in Bangkok at some point, I’ve already had friends from home pass through.

Transport Hub – As mentioned in the point above, anybody who is coming to South East Asia is very likely to pass through Bangkok at some point, if only for the fact it has transport links to pretty much anywhere you want to go. So despite living here for a year we plan to make the most of these links and get out of the city for many short breaks to explore even more of this part of the world. If you’re not a huge fan of big, bustling cities and are just stopping off for a couple of days before moving on to somewhere a bit more tranquil, staying in a local’s apartment in Bangkok could help make your time in this massive metropolis that bit more personal and friendly!

What Makes us Swear?

MBK Bangkok Thailand

Traffic outside the famous MBK Shopping Centre

The Traffic – It’s insane, the city truly never sleeps. Rush hour is mental and when it’s not rush hour it’s just as bad. Due to Kirstys teaching job we live in an area without a sky train or underground link, this means going anywhere during the day isn’t quite as easy as just popping out for half an hour. It’s not uncommon to spend 20 minutes sitting still in a taxi…

BNH Hospital – It’s a great hospital that I would suggest to anyone who’s in Bangkok (not just for the sake of it obviously) but i’ve had some embarrassing moments in that place, why have I become so ill since we’ve been here?

There is actually very little that makes us swear about Bangkok, I will just take a moment to emphasise, god damn the traffic is mental!

Doing this whole travel thing, especially travel blogging, means we are never happy, we’re always hearing about these new wonderful places and it’s hard to sit still. Bangkok is great but nowhere is prefect, so for now we just need to shut up and realise how lucky we are!

How have you found settling down somewhere after being on the move for so long?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

What about all of the awesome temples???

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Poi June 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

After living in Chiang Mai for three months where there is a temple on every corner we’re about done with them for the year.

Saying that, I went to Wat Pho here the other day which was amazing.

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Heather June 22, 2011 at 4:29 am

I *loved* Sydney! When I wasn’t working, I could relax if I needed a day “off” or find one of dozens of things to do around the city — especially the food and community festivals! I think that’s the way I want to travel when I can help it…drive, train/bus it, etc., around a country and then set up shop for a while. Hope Bangkok continues to impress — how could it not?

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Poi June 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

You’re right, there is no way it couldn’t impress. I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Sydney so much!

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flip June 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

nice restaurants too around sukhumvit 🙂

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Poi June 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Good call! Although we still need to explore around that area more yet.

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Diane June 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

We arrive Bangkok 9/11/2011 – hope we can catch up. Have emailed you.xx

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Erik July 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

I was last in Bangkok in 1996 and what I remember most was the traffic- nice to know somethings stay the same…

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Kirsty July 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

Oh dear! It’s good to know that they are trying so hard to change it!!!!

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Gillian @OneGiantStep July 5, 2011 at 10:33 am

I loved Bangkok! I can see how the traffic could pretty much drive you insane though. There is so much to do and so much to see – I bet you have barely scratched the surface at the end of this year!!

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Poi July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

You’re right, even just around where we live, just as I feel I’m getting to grips with it we find somewhere new. Love it.

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Mica July 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

OMG. I hate traffic!!! But hey if that’s the worst thing than yes, we travelers have got it made. So lucky that we get to travel!

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Poi July 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

Thats what I try to tell myself, the traffic isn’t exactly that bad, I can handle it.

Then I get in a taxi and an hour later….. argh!

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lara dunston October 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’m glad you didn’t find little to dislike about Bangkok. Absolutely love the place and missing it terribly at the moment. Another year, hey? I’m pleased to know we’ll finally get to meet when we return, though who knows when that will be as our plans are constantly changing. Continue to enjoy and hope you’re not getting too wet at the moment.

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lara dunston October 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

Just realise this was written in June, so must mean you’ll be there til next June. We’ll definitely get to meet you then.

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