37 Reasons Why Bangkok Is The Most Incredible City In The World

Bangkok — City of Angels.

The capital of Thailand has captured the hearts and imaginations of countless visitors and locals since its founding in 1782, thanks to its heart-pounding sensuality and undeniable character.

It’s a city of contradictions: arguably more so than anywhere else on earth.

The innovative and modern sit alongside the ornate establishment, abject slum poverty is just moments away from the gleaming shopping malls – those Meccas of consumerism – and liberal lifestyles interweave with conservative values and religious ideals.

Bangkok is a crazy city. But it’s unquestionably an incredible one.

Here’s why…

1. The skyline is constantly evolving

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2. But daily life continues as normal on the streets

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3. The relics of the past are everywhere

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4. But everyone strives to live in the moment

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5. Locals make their living on the streets

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6. And also in the huge CBD

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7. Bangkok is the city that never sleeps

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8. But there’s always moments of quiet to be found

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9. Different cultures can make a home here

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10. And even practice religion

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11. Whatever their faith may be

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12. The traffic might be crazy

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13. But there’s always alternatives

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14. Bangkok is home to creatures great and small

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15. Including some pretty scaly ones

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16. She’s one of the most colourful cities in the world

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17. And also one of the sultriest

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18. Incredibly beautiful art…

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19. …Complements the grubby realism of the city

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20. Everyone has their own story here

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21. No matter what side of town they’re on

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22. You can always find food in Bangkok,

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23. No matter what time of day,

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24. Or night

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25. Bangkok plays witness to incredible storms

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26. But is never washed out by the rain

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27. There’s always plenty of life

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28. Even in the suburbs

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29. The Chao Phraya River really is the River of Kings

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30. No matter what angle you look at it from

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31. Bangkok inspires men to become Miss Saigon saviours

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32. Even though its women don’t need saving

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33. The people of Bangkok are the friendliest in the world

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34. No matter how old they are

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35. It’s easy to escape from Bangkok

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36. But you’ll always know when you’re ready to come home

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37. Because this city is out of this world

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What do you think makes Bangkok so amazing?

Featured image is by Mike Behnken (Creative Commons)




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