Bangkok, Thailand – experiencing a contrast

Bangkok, the capital of beautiful Thailand in the northern part of the country with 8.281 million residents (wikipedia). But can you imagine this city to be an empty, silent ghost town? I couldn’t, but I’ve experienced it.


We left Bali on Wednesday the 25th of October 2017 and took a plane to Bangkok. At the airport in Denpasar I had my first Mac’n’Cheese and it was delicious, even though the idea of cooking pasta in milk and cheese does not flatter me.
After having arrived quite late in Thailand, we took a taxi to our hostel for 450 Bath.
The hostel was quite nice but the air in the dorms was not fresh at all but we didn’t care – it’s only a hostel and we were so excited to be in Bangkok!


The next morning we decided to walk around and get some water and were really confused since the streets reminded us of a ghost town. We always expected BKK to be a bubbly and active city with lots of traffic jams, millions of people running around and street food everywhere. It was the opposite: no people on the streets, no cars, all Thai people dressed in black.
We went back to the hostel and the scells fell from our eyes: it was the anniversary of the death of the beloved King Bhumibol and the day of his funeral.
Walking around, a police officer even yelled at me because I took pictures of the streets… well I get it, it was a bit rude…


However, we talked to a travel office and booked some flights and a night train to Chiang Mai. The next day we were supposed to leave in the evening and spend the day in the mall. The Siam malls are a big mall complex with different buildings and stores, those malls are amazing! There are so many different shops and all kinds of food – we had lunch at a backery 😄
We later went to the Lumphini Park, a big park in the heart of BKK were many people do sports during the day. The park itself was really beautiful, but again, no people around. Only a turtle on the pedestrian walk and monitor lizards in the pond instead of ducks.
In the evening we were happy to be able to finally take the night train to Chiang Mai, it felt inappropriate to be in a city where everyone grieved for a good king.


– Three weeks later –

The Grand Palace

At the end of our travels in Thailand, we returned to Bangkok in order to spend another day in the city and then fly to Australia. This time we booked a very cheap hostel at Khaosan Road, well it was the worst we had (besides the 16 bed dorm in Brisbane). But we weren’t surprised, I mean we paid 3,50€ per night which is cheaper than buying one kilogram of apples in Australia.




Khaosan Road is an amazing street – very busy, many people, a lot of delicious street food stands and loads of cars and taxis driving around the neighborhood.
By the way, here are two tips for your BKK experience:

  • Someone told me that it is more secure to buy street food from women rather than from men. Women usually care more for hygiene which means that you can reduce the risk of getting sick
  • If you want to cross one of the busy roads in BKK, wait for a native to cross the street and simply follow him/her
  • If you want to take a taxi with a taximeter, make sure that you track where the driver is taking you because they often take a longer way round which will lead to higher costs for you. Also make sure to negotiate a fixed price when taking a Tuk Tuk or a usual taxi. Basically, everything under 100 Bath is totally fine.





We spend the last 36 hours in Thailand exploring the (now bubbly) city and went to the Grand Palace and took a Tuk Tuk. Unfortunately, we failed to visit other temples, since I fell asleep in the taxi and the driver drove us to the other side of the city and there was no time left to visit Wat Pho 😐
The day we left Thailand was a total mess, we had booked a transfer to the wrong airport and consequently had to take a very slow bus to the other airport… nevertheless, we made it 😊!





Hope you enjoyed reading!

Have a good day!

Autor: Sophie B.

Mädchen mit permanentem Fernweh, die Kamera immer dabei! Ich lebe um die Welt zu erkunden!

21 Kommentare zu „Bangkok, Thailand – experiencing a contrast“

  1. Das ist ja wirklich krass wie unglaublich ausgestorben die STadt aussieht… wahnsinn! Sowas würde es bei uns nicht geben das wirklich ALLE trauern um einen König..
    Das 2. Bangkok gefällt mir um einiges Besser 😀 Vor allem diese Packungen mit dem ganzen Obst *-* Das sieht so so lecker, reif und richtig süß aus und kostet bestimmt so wenig – ein Traum! ❤ Auf das Essen freue ich mich in Asien am meisten 😀 Ist sushi da eigentlich auch überall zu bekommen und relativ billig?

    Da ich von Chaing Mai zurück fliege, werde ich vermutlich vorher ein paar Tage Bangkok einplanen 🙂 Wie viele Tage würdest du empfehlen, wenn man wirklich ein bisschen was sehen möchte? Auch für Chaing Mai?

    Pauline ❤

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    1. Ja ich denke auch, das hat mich auch wirklich beeindruckt…
      Haha verständlich 😸
      Ja es ist wirklich super günstig! Sushi hab ich jetzt nicht so gesehen, ich glaube das findet man auch eher in Japan – keine Ahnung 😄

      Also wir waren drei Wochen in Thailand und waren insgesamt drei Tage in Bangkok, vier Nächte in Chiang Mai, einen Tag mit 2 Übernachtungen in Pai, zwei Nächte Koh Phi Phi, drei Nächte Krabi und vier Nächte Koh Lanta 🙂
      Der Norden hat mir persönlich schon sehr gut gefallen, aber wir haben auch noch eine Jungle Trekking Tour und einen Tag im Elephant Sanctuary gehabt. Fahr auf jeden Fall nach Pai!!
      Ich will auch nochmal dahin 😭😭😭❤️

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  2. Nice post! I wonder why it was so quiet the first time you came. Maybe it was a Sunday? I’ve noticed it gets very ghost-town-like on Sundays. Thanks for the tip about the women street vendors as well, that’s an interesting trend. I’ll be sure to follow your advice when I get my market veggies next weekend.

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  3. spannend, dass ihr bangkok so als geisterstadt erlebt habt. das kann ich mir kaum vorstellen bei dem, was man sonst so davon sieht und hört. allgemein glaube ich, wäre das aber nicht so ganz meine welt. beamen wär super – einfach mal zwei stunden herumstreunen und schauen, wie man sich dabei fühlt 😉


    1. Ja Beamen würde ich mich manchmal auch gerne! 😄
      Bangkok ist schon extrem lebhaft, aber sonst Geisterstadt war es schon echt gruselig, da habe ich mich echt überhaupt nicht wohl gefühlt!

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  4. Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is known for its vibrant street life and ornate shrines. It is a city which is exquisitely decorated with Buddhist temples all around along with various natural beauties. The city of Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and is known as a hot and chaotic city.

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  5. Lovely post and your photos are so good. Shame about the first part of your trip though. Feel free to read my most recent post about Bangkok which is just more of a diary style ha! 🙂 x

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  6. I have lived in Thailand on and off for almost 4 years now and I have never seen Bangkok empty! (Granted I wasn’t in the country during funeral time, so…)

    I’m glad you learned the „shadow a native“ protip when crossing the street, especially in places like BKK crossing the street can be terrifying! I always find a local and wait until they go too when I’m at busy roads 😛

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