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.
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?
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?