I first arrived in Bangkok in 2012 on an invitation from a life long friend who lives and works there as a teacher! First impressions…? Well, not exactly overwhelmed to be honest! For a start, they drive on the same side of the road as us and the cars look similar to that of the UK. But it was fucking hot! Not just hot hot but the kind of hot that sucks your breath out of your sweat glands.
It’s always hot in Bangkok! Thailand has three seasons, Wet, Hot and cold. Cold rarely gets below 80 degrees, Wet season requires amphibious transport and Hot season is at best, uncomfortable and at worst, a danger to the mortality of even the most health conscious.
It takes a while you get used to the heat and indeed the way of life! And that is not something that comes in a 2 week visit
Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found the magic elixir. Life, a visitor feels, has not been wasted on the Thais.
Bernard Kalb – 1961
- Great reading if you are coming to Bangkok for the long haul – The Thailand Starter Kit
The Strom Cometh
To be continued