First we need to get some local money. The currency of Thailand is called baht. All the banknotes feature king Bhumibol Adulyadej, known as Rama IX.
Bangkok has over eight milion inhabitants. It is really a huge city. So the first decision to be taken is how to visit it. You may try the underground. Lucklily most of the signs are bilingual - the Thai alphabet has nothing to do with what you have seen so far.
Then you need to take these special tokens.
Or you may take a bus. To be honest, Thai buses reminded me a bit of the Ukrainian ones.
You could rent a motorbike, they have them in all colours.
Or you could take a taxi. Actually these also come in all the colours. I really mean it - the pink cars and the yellow ones and the blues ones as well are taxis.
Finally, we decided to take a first view of the city from one of the many boats floating on the Chao Phraya river. The river itself is yellowish but the boats are, again, of all colours.
Here, the tickets are more traditional.
The boats are usually full of people.
But I have managed to find a place just next to the window.
As you will see, Bankgok has many faces. The traditional Thai buildings are everywhere.
And so are the temples.
But the modern office districts look just the same as they look in any other part of the world.
This bridge is dedicated to the previous king, Rama VIII.
It is 475 meters long! Here you can assess better its length.
Alright, time to put the feet back on the solid ground. Let's try to find a place to eat. This little grocery shop looks promissing.
If you think it is small and provisional, I wonder what you will say of this one. And yes, everything comes in bright colours in Thailand, even the broomsticks.
The only exception are probably places dedicated to the king. Here gold is the predominant colour.
I hope that you have enjoyed this first glimpse of Bangkok today. I will show you of course more details in the coming posts. For now we go out to enjoy our first night in Bangkok.
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