The City of Angels is one translation of the name Bangkok, but the reputation it has in the world today has more to do with sinners methinks. Do not let this deter anyone from visiting this fabulous city, chock full of amazing sites from the red lacquer and gold leafed temples to the famed River of Kings, the Chao Phraya, that meanders through the city.
Add to those the Grand Palace, actually a complex of beautiful buildings, temples, wall murals, and temples: Wat Arun the famous Temple of Dawn; Chinatown alive with noise and bustle day and night, the best shopping in Asia without a doubt, and great food, roof top bars with the Wow! factor, and the Skytrain to get you from one place to the other in comfort, and you can understand why Thailand is a top destination today.
I returned from Bangkok just a few weeks ago laden with trinkets, silks and wood carvings as usual. My regular visits do not mean that I don’t shop as avidly as I always did. If anything, the growth of the fashion industry in Thailand and the increase in skilled staff in the carving and gem departments, makes it more difficult to resist.
I still visit the Grand Palace to wonder at the magnificence, and Chinatown at night for fun eating and bargains as well as other favourite haunts. And I always stroll through the infamous Patpong just to see how it expands and still welcomes families as well as single males and females. It’s not generally known but all visitors are welcome there, and safe. Watch this space for an article on the streets known as Patpong I and Patpong II, and the other area where the sex trade is practised openly, Soi Cowboy.