Bangkok is famous, among
other things, for its temple complexes. Which I, due to lack of time (as I was there for
work) only was able to visit from the outside. This leaves me an easy to reach objective
for the near future.
Among temples, there are
also profane buildings in Bangkok. Some of them following French examples, given they have
been used formerly as parliament building, others only are a little higher for offering more
people space to live in. The fact that the buildings seem a bit worn out is caused by the
subtropical climate, which mercilessly treats almost every material getting in contact with
it. I better don't mention the pollution, mainly caused by the countless motor-cycles with
And between the high buildings,
there is some space left for streets. But on the streets themselves, there is in most cases
no more space left. The impression given by the fist two pictures is misleading. The last
two pictures show the usual kind of traffic. Which you pass fastest on one of the countless
two-stroke motor-cycles. But certainly not safest. And then, there is the tropical rain,
with raindrops big as tennis balls. Or at least it seemed to me like that, because after
0.2 seconds, I got soaked to the bone (no, not only to the skin).
For the moment, my personal
impression of Bangkok will consist in the following three photos. Additionally to all the
others, that unfortunately only exist in my head.