The People of Bangkok
The best traits of Bangkok are the traits that the tourist almost never sees.
Once you know Thai people, like my friends Jetsada and Paisan, or my once-and-future drinking buddy, Moo, you can know Bangkok.
There are, however, many rip-off artists working the streets of Bangkok who will want to be your 'friend'. Run from these guys.
|Get off the tourist trail, walk into real Thai neighborhoods, and you'll
find hospitality like you've never seen.
One night, I finished work early and had two hours of daylight to kill.
|I grabbed my camera and went out.
I wandered around a bit, shooting
pictures of houses, when I saw an arm stick up in the middle of one of my views.
Oops. There was a half naked man sitting in his living room. Thinking I was
intruding, I apologized and started to slink away.
Then he said to me, "You are my friend. I will not allow you to stay in a hotel. You must spend the night here."
|I looked around his house and weighed my options. King size bed or
wooden floor? Toilet with plumbing or canal squatting? Air conditioning or free sauna?
Clearly, Moo had never seen the inside of an international hotel.
So, I thanked him, and returned to my hotel. But I'll be back.
time, Angie and I went for a walk around the same area.
If great people make a great city, then Bangkok ranks near the top.