Taming the ‘City of Angels’
Traveling is one of the best rewards you can give yourself. Not everybody has the license to indulge into many travels a year and feed the inner vulture about the culture of other countries. Traveling offers you both knowledge and experience which are more vital than the earthly treasures on earth. It is a lifetime incentive which others barely have and which you can boast of.
If you are planning to plot out your travel plans this year, jot down Thailand now on top of your list and weave the threads of its origin from its ancient capital, Bangkok, to its present state.
Like in real life set-up, the best way to know Bangkok, Thailand is by tracing its historical roots. Thailand was pertained as a country with an amalgamation of ancient history, magic, culture, and myth. It was first referred as Krung Thep which means ‘City of Angels’ because of the Thai military who protected and freed the land from its attackers for 15 years. The Europeans once called Bangkok as the ‘Venice of the East’ because of the numerous canals, waterways, and only a handful of dusty roads to trek.
In the 20th century the city started growing both eastward and northward but residues of its past still remained and are popularly visited by tourists today.
Bangkok’s Culture Pots
Bangkok is the fancy host of the modern and traditional culture. Its district is an urban maze of a city-proper which is an industrial thread of shopping malls, buildings, and rush of frenzy cars and buses filled with people off to work. Besides its urban backdrop, the city still depicts its 18th century setting because of the Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang called the Grand Palace which rose stately from the complexities of buildings and temples in Bangkok.
The Grand Palace, patterned after the Ayutthaya palace, has intricate architectural designs with walls and pillars designed like the surface of Chao Phraya River as Thailand’s main tributary. There are also Kinnons, mythological half-bird, half-man creature, and Yaks or giants that dotted the inner quarters of the palace. There are also various images of golden Buddha in the place. If you want to see and capture pictures all of them, you can flag down a ‘tuktuk,’ the bigger version of Pinoy’s ‘trisikad,’ so you can see all the surrounding towers and temples in the palace.
There are also fabric shops and jewellery factories besides before the glow of the day snuffs out. You can buy souvenirs here which you can bring as ‘pasalubong’ or resell and post on Facebook back home.
Catch also Thailand’s three beasts du jour: the elephants, the snakes, and the crocodiles. Thailand is also known as the mystic ‘Kingdom of Elephants.’ You can watch these gentle giants at the Samphran Elephant Grounds and Zoo where a theme show is usually held about Thai’s portrayal of ancient battles and ‘mahouts’ are perched on the backs of the elephants.
There’s also the crocodile farm wherein daily crocodile wrestling shows take place. There’s also Bangkok’s Snake Farm which is home to a collection of snakes like cobras, mambas, jumping snakes and pythons.
Those who previously had a sojourn in Bangkok highly recommended the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can see what the canal life is like and the Pak Klong Talat Flower Market where you can see varieties of exotic flowers that are sold in rock-bottom prices.
The Retail Travel Therapy
Reading and taking a glimpse through the Internet, books, and other reference materials about Bangkok, Thailand are never enough to truly feel what and how it is like to step foot and breathe the air of Bangkok, Thailand.
If you are planning to go on a traipse especially within Bangkok only and fully catch its range of sights, smells, and sounds, book your ticket now and jump into this healthy dose of travel spontaneity in the City of Angels!