So you’ve been in Bangkok before and you assume you’ve seen the city’s best sights, tried every spicy dish and enthusiastically shopped. But have you also joined the pre-dawn aerobic lessons at Lumpini Park, played an energy-consuming game of takraw with the locals, had fun on a holiday which you even never heard of, absorbed pieces of contemporary art, enjoyed bangkok massage outcall service, got totally lost at the lively JJ market, made offerings at a Buddhist temple, tried to locate the best som tam stall, smiled at people you never seen before, got mesmerised by observing the magnificent sunset over the well-known Temple of Dawn? If your answer is no, it might be a good idea to visit Bangkok once more.
You think the heat is unbearable –never mind
What heat is bearable what isn’t depends on how you cope with Bangkok’s’ weather conditions. The Thai capital was dubbed by the World Meteorological Organisation as the hottest significant city on the globe. The thermometer’s height is a popular conversation subject among the locals. Thais always like to say that there are only three seasons in Thailand: the hot, hotter and hottest season. It is definitely true that the city’s inhabitants complain when the high temperature becomes very hard to endure but at the same time they still order the spiciest meals during their breaks or come together for playing a football game at 3pm, while many Thais nonchalantly amble around at one of the extremely popular outdoor markets.
Where commerce and ambition mix with spirituality
Many people see it as a paradox, a rare juxtaposition of the holy and the profane. It only is reality in a huge city like Bangkok. However, you may spot an ultra-modern department store adjacent to a centuries old Buddhist temple. This does not have to be a mistake by the zoning experts, but is more the city’s natural character whose growth is epitomised by spiritual matters and modern ambition. The Thais escape from congestion and heat in one of the many shopping malls. They truly feel good spending a few hours while window shopping, not necessarily purchasing items but always keeping updated with all things new. At their ancient temples, they enjoy the calmness of the splendid gardens and serene pavilions. They are masters about spending an amount of time looking inward during their meditations, totally distanced from the material world. These entirely different states of being are indispensable to the image and essence of contemporary Bangkok.