Bangkok, Thailand. November 2019. (12 photos)
Bangkok, Oriental Setting
But the city don’t know what the city is getting
…”One Night in Bangkok” is a song that featured in the musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
So, what was Bangkok getting?
Me, for a week, after my visit to Myanmar.
For now, here’s an initial glimpse at Bangkok…
“Sunset on the Temple of Dawn”
Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
“Khlong Toei couple”
“A moment of serenity in the big city”
In 2019, for the fifth year in a row, Bangkok ranked as the most visited destination for global travelers, according to Mastercard’s 2019 Global Destination Cities Index. Bangkok welcomed approximately 22.78 million international visitors. Paris came second with 19.10 million visitors.
“The City of Angels”
The full official name for the city of Bangkok is:
กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
The name translates as:
City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest.
The city is officially known in Thai by a shortened form of the full ceremonial name, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, City of Angels, which is colloquially further shortened to Krung Thep. The city’s English name is Bangkok, which appears nowhere in the official Thai language name.
Founded in 1782, Bangkok’s Chinatown is considered one of the largest in the world. At night, street food carts/stalls, some with Michelin Guide ratings, appear almost everywhere.
Street markets in Chinatown are usually full of activity.
I was waiting for the sunset at The Golden Mount when a group of about 50 monks appeared and decided to have a group photo right in front of me.
Jay Fai became a national celebrity as the first Thai street food chef to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star, with her face splashed across Thai and international media. She was quoted as saying, “I wish I could give the star back already” – not the first time a Michelin star recipient has said that.
“10pm at the Flower Market”
The flower market is open 24/7. Apparently the peak times for activity are around midnight and then around 4am. I didn’t have the stamina to hang around that long.
“One night in Bangkok…”
As the day transitions to night, lights gradually illuminate the individual stalls of the Ratchada Rot Fai Market. It’s quite a sight.
I’ll have more for you in the New Year.
Wishing you all the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.