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Krung Thep: the city of angels / mesto anjelov

Luxurious backpackers' life in Bangkok / Luxusny zivot backpackerov v Bangkoku

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Since we left China we have not seen a larger city filled with shopping malls, metros, cinemas and good restaurants. We used to live in Prague for the past 6 years and quiet frankly the "city life" full of abundance and everything at your finger tips can be quiet comfortable. We left Prague for a "short break" from the city life but after 3 month without it we already realized that we kind of miss it, too. This is why we decided to "sneak peak" into Bangkok for 10 days before flying to Burma. Bangkok the city of pleasure (or the Thai translation - city of angels).

We anticipated that Bangkok is not the city of many sights but the city of consume. So we took it as such...we tried to absorb as much energy as possible from this vibrant city. As I put it, it was the week "of the luxurious backpacker" life. We went to cinema, slurped cocktails in sky bars, swam in the so called 'infinity pool' on a skyscraper and tasted cheap and not so cheap Thai food. The Thai are big football fans and once they figured that I'm German they congratulated me to the World Cup win. I know...I did a great job ;) We also took the opportunity and worked out daily at a nearby CrossFit gym.

We did not want to leave it at that and decided that some culture would enrich our stay. We enjoyed seeing the Grand Palace, the pagodas Wat Phnom and Wat Arun. The Chatuchak weekend market was spectacular and guidebooks talk about 8000 to 12000 market stalls. One can literally buy everything, reaching from toothpaste to sex toys over guinea picks and small puppies. Funny enough is that most things are available for as little as one dollar. Worth mentioning is the futuristic skytrain which goes through the whole of modern Bangkok.

Sex tourism is most likely one of the biggest markets in Bangkok and one has a hard time not thinking stereotypically if in literally every corner of the city are brothels and mostly fat white elderly looking man holding hands with at least one if not two beautiful Thai women. We stayed in a relatively nice hotel in the middle of the city, but even in this little street was "the shag-bar", "secret paradise" and a masage salon (notice - massage just with one s ;) You can also look for ping pong show (look it up online ;) if you are interested in this sort of "cultural experience".
Most taxi drivers and vendors tried to screw us over and one taxi driver was even trying to drive circles down town. We simply had to be cautious not to step into tourist traps. The city transformed itself during the night time into a big flourishing market.

Just take Bangkok as it is and dive into its lifestyle. If you do that than you have as we did a fantastic experience!

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Odkedy sme opustili Cinu, pohybovali sme sa viacmenej v mensich alebo nie uplne modernych mestach. Rozhodne nie v mestach s metrom, kinami, nakupnymi centrami a zabavnym priemyslom vsetkeho druhu. Mestsky zivot nam uz zacal chybat, predsa len sme poslednych par rokov stravili v Prahe. A kedze zostavalo este 10 dni do odletu do Barmy, rozhodli sme sa ich stravit v meste pozitkov: Bangkoku.

Uz ked sme navstevu Bangkoku planovali, bolo nam jasne, ze tam nejdeme kvoli pamiatkam, ale kvoli nekonecnej energii, ktorou toto mesto pulzuje. Nechali sme sa unasat vsetkymi vydobytkami dnesnej konzumnej spolocnosti. Tobi tych 10 dni nazval "luxusny zivot backpackerov" ;) Chodili sme do kina, davali si koktejly vo vyhlasenom skybare a kupali sa v jednom z najluxusnejsich bangkokskych hotelov. Skusali sme lacne aj menej lacne varianty vybornej thajskej kuchyne, ale dopriali sme si aj pizzu, sushi ci bavorsku klobasu. Restauracia Bei Otto hned vedla nasho ubytka bola nasou volbou prvy vecer v Bangkoku. Bolo to zrovna po vitaznom finale Majstrovstiev sveta vo futbale. Ked skupinka Thajcov pri vedlajsom stole zistila, ze Tobi je Nemec, zacali mu tlieskat a gratulovat k titulu. A sranda je, ze tato situacia sa opakovala niekolko krat pocas tyzdna - na ulici, v restauracii, v obchode. Velmi sme sa tesili aj na navstevu dalsieho azijskeho CrossFitu, kazdy den sme si spestrili vytuzenym workoutom.

Aby sa nepovedalo, dali sme si trosku aj z turistickeho Bangkoku. Velmi pekna je plavba lodou popri pamiatkach ako kralovsky palac, Wat Phnom ci Wat Arun. Vikendovy trh Chatuchak je neuveritelny zazitok. Publikacie sa nezhoduju v tom, kolko je tu stankov (niekde medzi 8000 a 12000), ale dojem na cloveka urobi velky! V podstate sa tu da kupit vsetko od prazenych chrobakov cez sexualne hracky az po steniatka. My sme vyuzili prilezitost a trosku sme si osviezili garderobu, aspon v ramci moznosti nasich ruksakov. Vsetko samozrejme sa smiesne ceny. Pozreli sme si aj posvatny Erawan Shrine, kulturne a umelecke centrum a niekolko peknych parkov. Atrakciou by sa dal nazvat aj futuristicky skytrain, ktory premava modernym Bangkokom a je dobrym sposobom ako vidiet mesto.

Co sme si nemohli nevsimnut, je vyhlaseny sexualny priemysel. Po ulici chodi nespocetne vela pupkatych starych belochov s mladymi peknymi Thajkami. Bary a masaze su na kazdom rohu. Na turistoch sa tu zarabaju velke peniaze a taxikari radi vyuziju kazdu prilezitost cloveka osmeknut. Ale ako vsade inde, ked si clovek dava pozor a nenaleti na typicke turisticke pasce, vsetko je v poriadku. Nocny zivot pulzuje vsetkymi ulicami, po zotmeni sa vynoria tisice stankov s jedlom a "rozlicnym tovarom". Cele mesto sa meni na jeden obrovsky trh.

Tip pre vsetkych navstevnikov: nesnazte sa uniknut lakadlam Bangkoku, skratka im podlahnite a uzite si jedinecny mix azijskych a svetovych vydobytkov modernej doby. My sme si Bangkok zamilovali!

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Posted by zuzana.zav 06:36 Archived in Thailand

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