Love at first sight?
I have read on multiple blogs recently (and in my guidebook as well) that it can take some time to warm up to Bangkok. That it at first will just seem too overwhelming and chaotic, but that after a few visits it becomes familiar and more likeable. Maybe these aren’t city people like I am, or perhaps it’s just that they don’t have the perspective of coming directly from two years in Beirut, but I am loving every inch of this city so far.
Bangkok is big city and small village, modern and traditional, eastern and western, organized and chaotic–all at the same time. (And I thought Beirut was the city of contrasts.)
Skyscrapers tower over narrow side streets which host an abundance stalls selling street food, coffee, clothing and other wares.
Big city streets.
An urban oasis. Oh, how I long to run in it! (Beirut, please!? We need one of these!)
Potted plants add some greenery to an otherwise treeless street.
How’s that for organization? I’m not sure if that’s a bike lane or a scooter lane (probably the former) but look how the scooters are zipping along without causing chaos by weaving in and out of traffic! And cars in actual lanes! (Seriously, Beirut are you taking note?)
And finally, these two: generations apart, living their lives on the streets of Bangkok.
Yes, I could see myself spending a lot of time here. Perhaps?