The Contrast of Modern and Ancient Culture In Bangkok
It was my first time to travel to Bangkok, Thailand...

It was my first time to travel to Bangkok, Thailand in Southeast Asia and I was surprised to find it teeming with tourists both local and foreigners. There are tourists in every corner and they are obviously delighted with the city that is a mixture of modernity and ancient culture. There are luxury malls and high end hotels everywhere but you can’t help but notice the ancient temples in their majestic glory.

I arrived in Bangkok through the Suvarnabhumi Airport that has all the facilities expected from a major airport. There are ATM machines, money exchangers, taxis for hire, duty-free shops and restaurants. I can’t help but wonder whether this is really an airport or a giant mall. Currency exchange was quite abundant but I was advised to exchange my dollars to baht when I reach the city to gain a much better rate.

Although taxis seemed to be reasonably priced, I chose the Airport Rail Link which was the fastest way to reach the city. I will be able to avoid the horrendous rush hour traffic for which Bangkok is known for. I have friends waiting for me and I have to see them quickly before I get lost in this busy Asian city.

I have some friends in Bangkok whom I met online and they promised to show me the city whenever I got there. True to their word, my Bangkok friends guided me through a tour to Bangkok. They took me to a really very nice market where there were lots of street foods. We bought many spices and one of my friends cooked this original Thai meal for 12 persons.

It is not difficult being a tourist in Bangkok because there were signs written in English language obviously for the benefit of tourists who do not understand Thai. There is life in the waters because ordinary people lived on bamboo rafts with floating vendors selling all sorts of fruits and vegetables. Life for the ordinary Thai is in contrast to the obvious extravagance of the city. The ancient also blends with the modern and surprisingly it works. There is so much to see and experience but before I leave I would be visiting one of those beautiful Buddhist temples.

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