Good Night, Bangkok

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At the height of Bangkok's anti-government protests that shut down the airports late November, I was given no choice but to spend the remainder of my second visit to this vibrant city gleefully basking in its wonderful fluorescent glow. Very eager to test the slow shutter speeds of my Horizon Perfekt (newly acquired by hard-earned piggy points), I wandered the 'City of Angels' camera-armed to discover a glimmering labyrinth as amazing at night as it is under the midday sun.

At the height of Bangkok’s anti-government protests that shut down the airports late November, I was given no choice but to spend the remainder of my second visit to this vibrant city gleefully basking in its wonderful fluorescent glow. Very eager to test the slow shutter speeds of my Horizon Perfekt (newly acquired by hard-earned piggy points), I wandered the ‘City of Angels’ camera-armed to discover a glimmering labyrinth as amazing at night as it is under the midday sun.

As news of the local pandemonium blared from CNN at the hotel, the ruckus of city life unabashedly continued at the heart of the urban sprawl: the night markets were alive and kicking, shoppers were a-splurging, Skytrain commuters were shuffling, tuk-tuks were vrooming through rush hour, and the lady boys still a riot of their own.

Bangkok burns at night. Just outside the hotel, the shopping malls of Siam Square were bright and busy in holiday spirit. At beer-sponsored outdoor concerts in Central World, performers played the latest hits with gusto over tables of alcoholic beverage coupled with spicy food, alongside the solemnity of Buddhist and Hindu shrines adorned with red incense and garlands of marigold offered by prayerful passersby.

Meanwhile, at the infamous sois (sidestreets) of Patpong in Silom district, night market stalls and go-go bars offer their own lustful bargains side by side under the tempting iridescence of neon lights.

And to top-off this Asian capital’s night scene, I ascended 61 floors up to the very top of five-star Banyan Tree Hotel at Vertigo, a posh skybar where one can enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of Bangkok over a scandalous 300-baht bottle of Singha. Just think of it as an entrance fee to see this spectacular one-of-a-kind view, that— true to the bar’s name—can induce a serious case of nausea.

Night or day, Bangkok is breathtaking. Airport shutdowns or otherwise, it’s almost impossible to part ways with such a captivating place. And days later, as the bus shuttled us out of its chaos to Chiang Mai where all the stranded Filipinos were to be flown home, I was so hungover its exuberance and charm I wouldn’t mind getting stranded for another week. Until next time, it’s bye, bye Bangkok for now.

For more information on the city, please visit http://www.bangkoktourist.com or http://www.tourismthailand.org

written by eazy360 on 2008-12-11 in #world #locations #city #urban #horizon-perfekt #vertigo-skybar #bangkok #patpong #central-world #shopping #nightlife #thailand

12 Comments

  1. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    this is crazy~!! another one, i bet this is the winner of this week.

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wish I can go to see all this crazy beauty with my eyes before I die! :)
    beautifull gallery!!

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Yeah, amazing night horizon gallery, I love these shots! location of the week for me!! :))

  4. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    impressive!

  5. evev
    evev ·

    beautiful images!
    beautiful Bangkok!

  6. tawan
    tawan ·

    like this one

  7. eazy360
    eazy360 ·

    Thanks guys! :D

  8. emonemo
    emonemo ·

    I love Bangkok, especially her beautiful night scenes, and you've captured all that marvellously!!!

  9. eazy360
    eazy360 ·

    It is one of the most fascinating places I've visited. Thank you emonemo!

  10. stouf
    stouf ·

    You're really going to crazy places !

  11. eazy360
    eazy360 ·

    Thanks for all your comments, stouf!

  12. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    Great photos! Looks like you had a ball!

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