Bangkok is a city that everyone hates to love. A megapolis of over six million people, it can be crowded, polluted and hard to handle at first. Spend a few days here and you’ll often find yourself seduced by it.
Ancient stupas and pagodas dot the city, alongside long-tail boats that ply the royal river; streets are fringed with skyscrapers overlooking casual food carts selling deep-fried grasshoppers and mango sticky rice. By night, the city explodes with an infectious sense of energy, that even early birds can’t resist.
Unlike other capital cities in Asia, Bangkok has a strong sense of identity that has withheld even the test of time.