More than one night in Bangkok
Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
127Trip End Aug 01, 2007
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A short flight from Langkawi brought us to the Thai capital of Bangkok. Forget any illusions you might have about Bangkok being exotic and mysterious. Maybe it once was, but now is very much a pulsing, sprawling, modern metropolis, complete with mass transit, skyscrapers, elevated super freeways, trendy malls and probably the most modern and architecturally interesting airport I've ever seen. The city has everything you'd expect in a cosmopolitan hub, and we immediately felt right at home.
My parents arrived looking amazingly chipper after almost a full 24-hour day of sitting on airplanes. Checked into the incredible Millennium Hilton, which has turned out to be one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in and is certainly a giant step up from the budget guesthouses we've been occupying for the last eight months.
In Bangkok we occupied ourselves sightseeing, shopping and catching up with my parents
Todd and I went to Bangkok a few years ago, and I remember thinking how different and exotic it was. After traveling around a lot more, I realized how much my perspective has changed. Man... it is really modern and I struggled to figure out what I found so exotic the last time we were here. Things were clean, public transportation was efficient, and even the local market with all its smells, crowds, and sounds seemed tame compared to the frenzy of India or Cairo. Perhaps the truest test is the reaction of Todd's parents to their Bangkok experience...they didn't seem to experience a single symptom of culture shock. They have been good sports and have let us drag them all around the city!