My Pride, My Thai part 37: Bangkok by night


Bangkok, the city with the world’s longest name, is a giagntic living entitiy. WHen you first arrive from Europe or anywhere else, you might hate it, but as soon as it gets under your skin, you can never really leave. Bangkok is however just the International short-name, KrungThep is the local name meaning something like “City of angels”. For the more adventorous of us, the full name is a mouthfull: Krungthep mahanakhon amon rattanakosin mahintara ayuthaya mahadilok popnopparat ratchathani burirom udomratchaniwet mahasathan amonpiman avatansathit sakkathattiya visnukamprasit.


I refer to Bangkok as City of angels, and city of devils. With somewhere between 12 and 16 million people in one city, there is bound to be places of tranquilitty and heaven, as well as hell. 


To read: My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab).  

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new  tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26: Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 29: Returning to Sakon Nakhon again! (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 30: The very odd resort experience (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 31: How spicy do you like it? (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 32: Hua Chang Heritage Hotel (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 33: Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 34: Km38 (opens in a new  tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 35: Not for sale (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 36: Chatrium Riverside (opens in a new tab). 

Despite a dubious reputation, Bangkok is such a vibrant, creative and inspiring city. It’s no secret at all that I love returning here each time, but I have to admit, that I also love my breaks away from the city. After a short while out of Bangkok, when I return, I feel that I'm “home” again. 


I know how to negotiate most of the city streets and side-streets, I know where to get the right stuff for the right price, and I know where I can get the best food that I like, when I like it, I know where to get the best foot massage… I even have my own favourite shop with my own favourite therapist. I know a lot of people in Bangkok and I love walking around the many narrow market-streets looking for things that I really do not need but can’t continue without.  Fashion, accessories, flowers, food and whetever you can think of. There are markets for any taste, and many of them are only set up during night time. I have my favourite riverside restaurant, a place I have been going to for the past 25 years and which still serves the same delicious, moderately priced Thai seafood as well as many other dishes. And if I do not know, I have a awealth of people that I can ask for assistance to get exactly what I want but probably don’t need. 


When you arrive from abroad by plane, and had a window seat, you will surely have noticed how enormous this city is. Flying over Bangkok by plane or helicopter is an amazing experience, no matter what time of the day you do it. If you can’t afford those options, there is a wealth of heavenly roof top restaurants, bars and viewing points to also see the town from. I strongly urge everyone to at least visit some of these, preferrably just before sunset and onwards. Naturally, I have my clear favourites that I always long going back to, and almost feel obliged to visit at least once again, there are more new places each time that also needs discovery. 


There is a totally different feel to this city when comparing day and night. Even though the days when you could exit a nightclub well after dawn is well in the past, there are still a lot of party places and watering holes to dance the night away, and to make new friendships. 


No matter your reasons for coming to Bangkok, one thing is definately true: if you haven’t experienced Bangkok by night, you haven’t experienced Bangkok at all. 

Do let me know, in the comments below, if you have a “special place” in Bangkok. 


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