Bangkok: The Perfect Place to Unwind?

I know this: Bangkok  is never going to make the list of top ten tranquil vacation destinations in the world.  Suicidal tuk-tuk drivers, miles of sky-train soaring over one’s head, loud Thai folk music, gargantuan malls, canals cheerfully gargling with life, and enough shrine incense to get you high won’t exactly raise you to a Zen-like state.  Instead, you’ll get so caught up in the activity around you that you’ll completely deprogram.  What was so important in my life before I came to Bangkok? you’ll wonder.

Those candied colors and warm faces swirling around you will reassure you that everything you need to feel really good is right here.  The tension will slowly leave your body and your headaches will become a thing of last week — I mean, of the past.  Your heartburn will go away (as long as you stay off of Khao San Road) and your blood pressure will lower as smoothly as Buddha’s arm.

So why isn’t Bangkok on your short-list?  Never mind, just take this virtual stroll with me.

On the stroll to the Golden Mount.

On the stroll to the Golden Mount.

'Nuff said.  Bring your cash and your sense of humor!

Bring your cash and your sense of humor!

You are delusional if you think these things come with seat belts.

You are delusional if you think these tuk-tuks come with seat belts.

Asiatique, new fixture in Bangkok.

Asiatique, new fixture in Bangkok.

Khao San Road, home to foreign mercenaries, missionaries, and misfits.

Khao San Road, home to motorcyclists, mercenaries, muggers, and misfits.

This is the view from the taxi, whose driver has never heard of Prozac.

This is the view from my taxi.

Be sure to wrap your expensive electronics in plastic on the streets, or a drive-by squirting may result in a panic attack.

Be sure to wrap your expensive electronics in plastic on the streets, or a drive-by squirting may result in your panic attack.

Another gorgeous shrine to help you relax.

Another gorgeous shrine to help you relax.

 

The people who live here have never heard of Prozac.

The people who live here have never heard of Prozac.

The mystique of the monastery

The mystique of the monastery

Home sweet home on the Chao Phraya River.

Home sweet home on the Chao Phraya River.

You, too, can find inner peace under a gray sky.

You, too, can find inner peace under a gray sky.

Bangkok's canals provide a restive retreat from the hectic pace of the cit -- never mind, just get in.

Bangkok’s canals provide a restive retreat from the hectic pace of the cit — never mind, just get in.

I'd like my place of worship all in pastels, please.  Gosh my local church needs a makeover.

I’d like my place of worship all in pastels, please. (Gosh my local church needs a makeover.)

Something about Buddha can just make you feel trippy.

Something about Buddha can just make you feel trippy.

Quintessential Thailand.

Quintessential Thailand.

What Bangkok looks like when you're severely jet-lagged.

What Bangkok looks like when you’re still really jet-lagged.  But at this point, you don’t care!

8 thoughts on “Bangkok: The Perfect Place to Unwind?

  1. Great pictures! I was in Bangkok and it was definitely super stressful for me! But you’re right that if you just kind of go with the madness, it becomes less overwhelming. And the temples were gooorgeous and so peaceful!

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