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11. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

Cheap beer?? In bangkok??? WHERE?? I have never found any. Saying Bangkok is all about shopping, temples beer and sex is like saying Amsterdam is only prostitutes and drugs. It is only these things to people who have never bothered to actually go and find out about the real city. That is the lazy view of a city.

But Bangkok is just like any other city, after seeing it for more than a week. If you stay longer, then aint the cultural stuff that gets in the postcards. Its cheap beers and clubs. Yeah, the beers aint that cheap, but 60 BAHT for a battle of cheers is fair.

Well, I'm here for a night and I ran out of things to do. I could hit the clubs or just stay in the hotel to write my journal.[/quote]

I suppose it's a bit different for people from outside of Asia, as for me Bangkok was the first Asian city I ever visited and so the culture shock was massive and I was just wandering around smiling all the time, which makes it far more interesting than people who come from SE Asia as there is not that sense of awe of visiting somewhere so completely different to what you are used to. But I suppose Swept Away (I think you are from Manila?) that it could seem just like another big metropolis like Manila. It would probably be the same if you came to the UK and were fascinated by London or Liverpool or another of the big cities whereas for me they are just normal (I don't know if you have been to the UK). I have been to the Philippines several times and I still have to pinch myself everytime I am there to remind myself that I am actually there!!! I leave for the Philippines in 10 days, I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if you want cheap beer, then The Philippines really IS THE place to go!

12. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting bwiiian

[quote=Swept Away] I have been to the Philippines several times and I still have to pinch myself everytime I am there to remind myself that I am actually there!!! I leave for the Philippines in 10 days, I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if you want cheap beer, then The Philippines really IS THE place to go!

No Bangkok is nothing like METRO MANILA, which has been a metropolis for ages.

I am back in BKK from Laos and I am doing the same thing here. "SAME SAME"
Go to places like KHAOSAN and hang out with some guys from my hotel.

I just might be there too... I miss Filipino food. Its been a year, since I renounced my culture.
But I want to go to Brunei and Kalimantan first.

13. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting bwiiian

[quote=Swept Away] I have been to the Philippines several times and I still have to pinch myself everytime I am there to remind myself that I am actually there!!! I leave for the Philippines in 10 days, I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if you want cheap beer, then The Philippines really IS THE place to go!

No Bangkok is nothing like METRO MANILA, which has been a metropolis for ages.

I am back in BKK from Laos and I am doing the same thing here. "SAME SAME"
Go to places like KHAOSAN and hang out with some guys from my hotel.

Maybe you dont know much about Bangkok.... I would hang around with my buddies at Saphan Phut or Nana......Maybe make a trip to Bangsaen.....

14. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 8y

Grand Palace with the giant buddha is a safe bet for sightseeing. I also enjoyed the Jim Thompson museum (somewhere on the Sukhumvhit), about the extremely interesting man who built a business-empire and just dissappeared one day.

Also enjoy the river, both by the shuttle-boats on Chao Praya or take a small private taxi-longtail up into the klongs.

15. Posted by BlurVision (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Thanks, Makini.

Quoting Makini

Grand Palace with the giant buddha is a safe bet for sightseeing. I also enjoyed the Jim Thompson museum (somewhere on the Sukhumvhit), about the extremely interesting man who built a business-empire and just dissappeared one day.

Also enjoy the river, both by the shuttle-boats on Chao Praya or take a small private taxi-longtail up into the klongs.

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