If there was an Amsterdam in Asia, there is no doubt it would be Bangkok. It looks like there are no restrictions on “having fun” here. The nickname “Sin City” itself suggests that there are many opportunities to do so. Looking up “night in Bangkok” in the Internet leaves you with a question “are there any rules?”
The sun was still quite high, but we couldn’t stop listening to “one night in Bangkok” covered by Mike Tyson. We had some ground to cover until the first place from where to watch the sunset, so we had to hurry. As you can see, the side of the building had limited our view of the sunset.
Our first stop was a rooftop bar on the 59th floor of a posh hotel. The best thing – it is an open-air bar and, as we mistakenly thought, it’s the highest in the world. It turned out later that the one which is the highest is actually located several kilometers south and is only 5 floors higher. Still, the views are amazing and drinking a cocktail while watching a sunset should be wonderful.
The only problem with the plan was the rainy season. By the time we got to the place the sky was covered in clouds and the bar was closing due to upcoming rain.
The funny part here is that you need to follow the dress code. I wasn’t with my flip flops and short. Fortunately, reception was ready for such occasion and I was saved. I got oversize pants and, what appeared to be children’s, shoes.
We managed to catch a glimpse of the view before our experience was cut short by the massive rain.
Thirty minutes later we were sitting in a taxi, rushing through the traffic jam to another place to continue our evening. Unfortunately, it turned out that Bangkok’s taxi drivers are super picky when choosing their clients, as at least 5 drivers rejected taking us for a 3km long ride, which would have been easy money for them.
The taxi got us to a nice bar in the center, relatively close to our hotel. Technically it’s walking distance, 2 straight roads and that’s it. Nevertheless, after spending some time there we decided not to walk, but rather experience one of the main Bangkok’s tourist attractions – tuk tuk taxi.
After 100 meters the traffic jam has consumed us. It didn’t stop us for long though. The driver just casually drove into the opposite lane and went against the flow for another 300 meters. Crossing all lanes and rules he turned into a quiet street where our journey continued through food carts, mini markets and narrow pathways.
Finally, appearing out of courtyards and crossing another traffic jam we reached our hotel where our evening continued. I think you can’t really learn to drive like this, as you need to be born in one of these things and get a special bond to stay calm in this madness.
Our hotel bar may not be located as high up as the one we were in at first, but the view was still delightful and for a quiet ending of the night in Bangkok it was perfect.
When we got back to our room we spotted yet another rooftop bar, right in front of our window. It seemed that 20th floor had a serious party still going on.
The night was fun, but we are definitely coming back for more action. Bangkok, without a doubt, is a place to be in this sense.