Big City Tales

Crazy for Colour and Culture in Bangkok | March 13, 2013

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The colour and culture of Bangkok delights the senses.

For a city over-run with concrete, cars, and critters, Bangkok’s saving grace is its colourful architecture and vibrant culture.

Even the cars and city transit vehicles are part of the viewing enjoyment!

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A colourful cascade of cars and motorcycles adds to the ‘charm’ of a typical Bangkok traffic jam!

A Kaleidoscope of Street Markets

On those days when things just aren’t moving, Bangkok’s ubiquitous street markets and cultural districts are a good place to pass the time away…don’t blow a gasket, pick up a basket and shop to your heart’s content.

The open-air stalls in SamPheng Market showcase traditional Thai gifts and cuisine in all their colourful and fragrant splendor.

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For the Saturday/Sunday crowds, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the shopper’s paradise of choice.  You’ll need your best pair of walking shoes to make it through the 8,000 stalls spread over 35-acres of land, so come prepared to pound some serious pavement while you explore for bargains.

A Rainbow of Cultural/Cosmopolitan Districts

Thai history is front and centre in Rattanakoskin Island where the ornate Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Temple of Dawn are found. Enjoy a stroll along the river and canal ways while soaking up the essence of what this area has to offer.

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Can’t find what you’re looking for on the streets in Bangkok? Check out businesses operating on the water!

In the business district along Si Lom Road, the modern patterns of suits, ties, dresses and skirts worn by Bangkok’s corporate set compete with the elaborate designs and colour scheme of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Mariamman, the temple is an important landmark for the city’s Tamil population.

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The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple along Si Lom Road.

Meanwhile, on the Feng-Shui friendly Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown district bustles by day and dazzles by night. For over a century businesses have thrived in the heart of one of the city’s oldest areas, making it a popular spot to set up shop.

Rest assured, Bangkok’s congested streets are not for everyone but for those who can look past the craziness and see the (colourful) ‘forest for the trees’ the city is an ideal destination.

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