Bangkok, Thailand

Photo Diary: Bangkok, Thailand

September 9, 2015

 Arriving in Bangkok, the first thing that hit us was the heat. Summing up all the sun from the countries I've jet off to is the very reason why I came back one shade darker.  Bangkok is Asia's backpacking capital. This route is popular for a dozen things, but its "exotic" culture
and low cost of living tops the list. Following it means passing through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. And this trail ends in Bangkok, the epicenter of backing in the region. As to every place I visit for the first time I always make sure that I get to try the musts and truly Bangkok did not disappoint.
Since we arrived late afternoon, I immediately wanted to witness what the nightlife in Thailand is. To the people I'm close to they all know me as the person who never backs done an opportunity to shop. No matter how tired I am from all the walking I did in Siem Riep, I just had to try the infamous night market of Bangkok. 
My eyes lit up as bright as these tents because look at all those stalls to shop! All my friends were saying to save all my energy for shopping in Bangkok. And they were right you can truly bargain big time. No wonder people sometimes just visit Thailand for the shopping experience. But I had to constantly remind myself not to go over board since this is only day 1 of shopping. 
It is indeed a shoppers paradise and also a widely recognized food city to satisfy the appetites of foodies from all around the world. Before I visited, I did a lot of research on the must try food in Bangkok and literally listed them down for me to try. 
The Grand Palace is at the top of the list for first time visitors to Bangkok. As you enter the complex you would witness the sheer amount of people who visit the site everyday. Tour groups are just jostling left and right you can literally get lost in the crowd. It has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since construction began under King Rama I way back in 1782. It is situated on the banks of Chao Phraya river and is divided into four main courts: the Outer Court, Middle Court, Inner Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. (Note: I can't show you pictures of the Emerald Buddha since it was forbidden to bring cameras with you inside the temple.) 
Each country really surprises me with their culture and I'm glad I got to roam around Bangkok and experience it first hand. I wasn't able to really explore everything in the city cause of the tight schedule we had. I can't wait to comeback soon and learn more of Thailand's diverse culture and of course for the shopping! 

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