10.09.2012 30 °C
Flying from Delhi to Bangkok felt like entering a whole new world. For me, Bangkok was so tidy and quiet compared to the last month"s experience. In the beginning, it was strange to travel on my own, because I was so used to the girls and I miss the long conversations we had and the funny time and all the laughs...Love you Girls
But then I started to see the advantages of travelling alone. You get to know new and interesting people immediately and in fact I am not alone at all. For my part I really enjoy the advantagesd now!
Impressions of Bangkok:
It is amazing to see how fine the traditional side and the modern, pulsating side of Bangkok assimilate. You see monks and topmodels walking down the street and sometimes it looks like a photoshop experiment.
This country is definitely better off than India and there are not as many people living on the street as I expected and the buildings and shoppingmalls are so modern, they look surreal.
But what I like most here are the locals! They are, of course, used to western tourists and so no one is staring at me like i was alien. And they are smiling ALL THE TIME! I haven"t figured out yet why exactly but there is always a smile on their faces that even brightens when you return it.
Unfortunately not many people are speaking English here. So when you get lost somewhere off the beaten track, (what of course happened to me so often) the locals are not really helping, Because they don"t understand what i want from them, they tell me arbirtrary directions to just say anything and to not lose their face. So I expereinced a 4hour walk through bangkok without having any ideay where i was on the map (because many signs are written in thai, they are not much of a help either.) But someone finally unerstands what i was looking for, they do everything to help you. For example, I asked a policeman for the right way and he drove me to the right place with his motorbike without hesitation. It was half an hour! You couldn"t even think of something like this in Germany. I was so happy and impressed by the Thai hospitality that i fell in love with the country immediately.
I did, of course, visit the cultural hotspots of Bangkok as well. For example the golden lying Buddha (40 metres long!!) which is supposed to represent the Buddha when entering Nirvana.
i love bangkok an recommend everyone to visit it sometime! I"m so looking forward to the next weeks and adventures of this trip