Once referred to as the Venice of the East, Bangkok began its life as a city of floating houses along river inlets and canals known in Thai as the ‘Klongs’. It wasn’t until the 1860s when the first paved road was constructed in the city that it made travel easier on land via horse and buggy.
It wasn’t until later in the 19th century when roads and bridges started being constructed en masse. Ratchadamnoen, the road that runs through Rattanakosin Island (the area that makes up the environs around Bangkok’s Royal Grand Palace) was actually the first major thoroughfare to be built within the city.
Nowadays, Bangkok is simply known in Thai as ‘Krung Thep’ (City Of Angels). Such a suitable name given all it has to offer. There are so many wonderful places a traveler will want to visit. For one, Bangkok has one of the best China Towns in all the world. It also has a surrounding river that adds an exciting water element to the city. Then there is the spectacular Grand Palace complex that is sure to impress and inspire anyone. Plus the Golden Mountain temple, which sits high above and offering fantastic views of Rattanakosin Island. And of course the 3 wheeled vehicles seen everywhere known as Tuk-Tuks that never let your forget you are in Asia.
What makes Bangkok the greatest city of all though is its people. Thais are kind, friendly, and welcoming, and will go out of their way to help you. They also have a prepotency for what is known in Thai as ‘Sanuk’ (fun) which applies to most elements of Thai daily life.
Life is meant to be lived spontaneously, with a carefree and relaxed attitude towards everyday challenges. By applying the attitude of Sanuk, Thai people enjoy life at every stage by downplaying diversity and always seeing things from a more positive viewpoint.
As a visitor, Sanuk helps one to feel welcome and at home in a foreign land, which inspires travelers to want to learn more about Siam’s people and culture. The nature of Thais is also one of passive indifference, which is an element of their Buddhist beliefs that adds to their kindness and carries over into all aspects of their daily lives.
For me, much of what I enjoy so much about the city are the things that you experience when amongst the local people. Once outdoors you will find vendors selling fresh exotic fruits and fantastic Bangkok style noodle soups on the streets everywhere.
The smells of the various elements of life in Bangkok are sure to further heighten one’s senses. With such a sumptuous cuisine there is often aromas of curry, incense, jasmine, ginger, lemongrass, and chili, the vibrant zing of Thai food that makes it so Arroy ‘Delicious’.