Bangkok has certainly experienced its share of troubles that ranged from floods, military takeover, power struggles and the death of the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thais are resilient and in spite of everything that happened in the country, Bangkok continued to flourish and attract droves of foreign visitors.
For decades, Bangkok has been active with importation but somewhere along the way, its creative side manifested itself. If you will look closely at the stuff they offer in the shopping malls, you will notice that along with the trendy foreign stuff, there are various clothing made by Thai designers.
Local chefs boast of their original recipes on the hottest dining places around town. Even the traditional Thai folk music is on the midst of revival. Foreign visitors are certainly interested to know more about the history and culture of Thailand as can be seen for the groups of people that visit temples and shrines. However, the contemporary pulse of Bangkok can be pinpointed on the splintered neighbourhoods of Sukhumvit, Sathorn and Silom.
Travellers make their way towards the hotels along Sukhumvit Road because it is closest to the Central business district. They make a beeline for Chinatown after hanging out in live music venues and restaurants near the Chao Phraya River. Most of the time, you will see the visitors interacting with the local Thais who are selling traditional herbal remedies. Meanwhile, some of them have tried the holes-in-the-wall that have been refurbished into galleries and unpretentious bars.
Bangkok’s art movement has certainly blossomed in the last few years because of the regional talent from the country as well as the neighbouring Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar and Vietnam. Visitors should not miss the art exhibits in the converted mansion and the sprawling multi-purpose complex close to the riverside.
If you have grown weary gallivanting throughout Bangkok, you can try authentic food adventure at rooftop dining in Sukhumvit that features Thai dining and Asian cuisine fusion in an amazing atmosphere. You should not miss the Thai food favourites flavoured by a complex blend of spices and herbs. Pair it off with fine wines andsignature cocktails while hanging out with the crowd.