Incredible Bangkok

View from The Sky Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

The Bangkok Sky Bar

The “Big Smoke”, “City of Angels”, “Venice of the East”, “Sin City of Asia” and numerous other nicknames attempt to encapsulate Bangkok but it is simply; not that simple. It is all of those things and more. It is a concept that is totally undefinable by looking at it component parts in a vacuum. More than anything it is a city of contrasts. Street food vendors set up their simple charcoal burning carts in front of some of the swankiest office buildings on the planet while business people in custom tailored suits, laborers and cab driver

s stand in line for lunch. Seedy neighborhoods with dark labyrinthine alleys exist in the shadow of ultra-modern shopping malls. Tuk-tuk drivers deliver commuters from their homes to the modern Bangkok Sky Train. Remarkably it all works.

Bangkok is a city of “up and comers” and “dead enders”; monks and sybarites; priests and prostitutes. If you want it you can find it here. One minute you can be sipping $15 martinis while watching the skyline at the aptly named, ultra chic, Sky Bar and twenty minutes later you can be drinking $1 beers in one of the infamous girlie bars of Soi Cowboy. If you go to Bangkok looking to be inspired, you will be. If you go to Bangkok looking to be offended, you will be. If you go to Bangkok with an open mind and open to experience you will get to enjoy one of the world’s truly great cities.

Temple of the Golden Buddha

Temple of the Golden Buddha

Street Theater Bangkok Style

Street Theater Bangkok Style

Bangkok Street Food

Street Food

Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy

Bangkok Skyline

Bangkok Skyline

Central World Mall

Central World Mall

Backpacker Ghetto Khao San Road

Backpacker Ghetto Khao San Road

More Street Food on Soi Texas

More Street Food on Soi Texas

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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