Stopover in Bangkok

December 2013

Chinatown, Bangkok

Chinese food, Bangkok

Wat Saket, Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace, Bangkok

Protesters on the streets of Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace, Bangkok

Wat Saket, Bangkok

I finally found the time to explore Bangkok a bit – a city I only knew from changing gates at Suvarnabhumi Airport before.

In a sense Bangkok reminded me of Hanoi. At first sight it’s a somehow frantic experience. But once you acclimate yourself to the city and the jet lag fades out, it’s a fascinating place.

I stayed in Chinatown’s Yaowarat neighborhood which I’d wholeheartedly recommend if you consider yourself a foodie.

While I was in Bangkok the anti-government protests slowly gained momentum. Coming from Wat Saket temple I walked to Democracy Monument and watched a massive rally – thousands supporting Suthep Thaugsuban (see a short video here).

If you’re confused about Thailand’s current political situation (almost everybody is) try the Q+A’s by the BBC and WSJ.