Thailand – Bangkok Is Real
13.7563° N, 100.5018° E
Bangkok – what is it? It’s not just a city where people go to work, sleep, and all the other ordinary things we do in modern society. Bangkok is a temperature built on the makeup of its own temperament – a unique psyche, a good psyche. Cities often take a personality of its own with characteristics unique to the colors, smells, people, etc., the list of its properties continue in a neverending cascade of the city’s identity. To say Bangkok is any different, or more unique isn’t the point. The city is a metropolis, literally. Krung Thep Maha Nakhon translates loosely to Bangkok Metropolis, the once divided city along the Chao Phraya River with Krung Thep on the east bank and Thon Buri on the west. In the early 1970s, the two cities merged into one province and the Bangkok Metropolis was born.
“Bangkok is a temperature built on the makeup of its own temperament – a unique psyche, a good psyche.”
It’s chaotic, Bangkok is consistently in a flow of gridlock traffic that, spite its appearance of mayhem and disorder, drifts downstream like a river during the arid summer. And in the heart of its madness, there is peace. Unclear whether it is because more than 90% of its population practices Buddhism, or because, culturally speaking, they eat about 6 meals a day of some of the most flavorful dishes in the world, but the patience amongst the Bangkok city dwellers is the unanswerable reason why this city is enthralling.
Whether you have two days or a month – go to Bangkok, and see its luster for yourself. This city will be captivating in different ways for every traveler, and alluring nonetheless. Culture – art – music – food – infrastructure, Bangkok is a place to rove, a destination so distinctive and abundant with life, it must be seen with your own eyes.
This collection of photos was taken by Captain Dayyan Armstrong in December 2016. [Canon 6D, Canon EF 35mm 1.4fL]