Bangkok, love it or hate it. It’s one of the best cities on over the world. And as a cosmopolitan city, just like others, it has skyscrapers, big malls, modern yet complex transportation systems, density of population and so on. However, there is something, something that other big cities can’t have like in Bangkok. And here are 6 things I found nowhere but yeah, only-in-Bangkok.
1. Seven Eleven is everywhere, literally, EVERYWHERE
7/11 is actually everywhere in Thailand, not only in Bangkok. But if it takes you like 20 steps to find the next 7/11 in other places, it just takes you 3 steps to find that mart on the same street in Bangkok. You can hardly find another kind of marts in this city like Family mart, Circle K or B-smart. And even though it’s the “birth place” of super market Big C, it seems that 7/11 takes the dominion to cover the whole city. So do not ever be afraid that you may get hungry or cannot buy those daily stuffs while traveling in Bangkok, 7/11 got cha!
2. Colorful Tuk Tuk is actually just another “Fast and furious” version
Colorful Tuk Tuk is a signature transportation of Thailand and especially of Bangkok. It is like the rainbow on earth which looks super cute but once you get on Tuk Tuk, it is not funny anymore. Because you are now get on a race where the driver is definitely a Ghost Rider. Remember to take care of your belongings and yes yourself if you don’t want to be accidentally thrown away, because the driver is too busy at listening the music to look after what is behind him. However, in case you are a fan of Fast and Furious movie, surely you will scream “wohoo” in joy.
3. Yeah, welcome to shopaholics’ kingdom
It is not an unusual thing when you see a lot of people draw their suitcase, luggage on the street. And don’t misunderstand that they are traveling cause the truth is they are just shopping. Some might be true shopaholics and some might be foreign dealers from Vietnam, China, Cambodia or else. The capital of this kingdom is Pratunam – The biggest and most popular wholesale market in Bangkok. Also, you can throw your money away and increase your credit card debt at those famous places: Khao San road, Chatuchak market, Rod Fai market, Central World, Platinum Fashion mall, Siam Centre. You are all welcome! Hahaha.
4. Street food trucks can speak, and it says: “Don’t Eat, Pray, Love just EAT, EAT and EAT!”
Street food is a well-known culture in Asia but Street food trucks may only have in Bangkok. Usually, those trucks are around the big malls and begin to serve at noon (around 5:00pm). They are very cute, colourful and super art. The food is so good and diverse that I bet you will wish you have an unlimited stomach. And yeah, cheap price does make it more attractive and you will fall for it, happily.
Highly recommend you try Thai coffee with jelly and eat Thai pizza. A beer with grilled foods sounds good too. And don’t forget to try mango sticky rice, it’s a must!
5. No markets open on Monday, remember that!
Don’t be surprised that why Bangkok market ares are so deserted on Monday cause they don’t open any market on that everyone-freaking-hates day. I tried to ask the local the reason but his answer is unclear so I am not sure why they don’t open market on that day. But if you are about to travel to Bangkok for shopping, remember this!
Honestly, I am just so happy that there is a city that hates Monday as much as just like I do. I love you Bangkok!
6. Never see Power Rangers car version in real life? Meet multi-coloured taxis in Bangkok
Power Rangers have Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Black and White. And all that are the colours taxis in Bangkok got, even more (with Orange and some bi-colour taxis). That’s why the roads of Bangkok always look lively, colourful, vivid and a bit funny (just to me lol). Not sure that different colours mean anything but one thing for sure, they are all taxi-meter and once you get in, it already charged 35 Bath. In rush hours when the traffic jam is heavy, it’s not taxi-meter anymore but taxi-hour, so don’t be surprised when you are exactly the same spot but the price keeps increasing.
Bangkok must have a lot of unique things you should try I bet, but I don’t have a chance to finish the bucket list. I do hope I will have a chance to comeback (for the food) and discover more. But at the first meet, I proudly to say, I love you Bangkok <30