The day after the pay-day, some friends invited me to hang out at Silom the focal point of Bangkok. I supposed to see myself roaming around Kanchanaburi but for some reason, there I was. That was my first time to walk around that tourist-zone and experience another nightly bustle with friends. At some point, I can now figure out that I'm already here in BKK. Now I know, if not all, but the routes that took me donkey's years to get in to a place have its shortest way around. Least exploration now and I would start a tour-guide business. lol!
The night was started with a stroll all over the place where stacks of "dildo" scattered and masses of white people or wealthy tourists. The vibe and crowd here is a quite different, well, am in the sex tourist's downtown anyway. Yah! Dildo's everywhere…really amazing Thailand with various attention-grabbing business. Then, be seated for a couple of hours at one of the pub. There we go; snatching the attention of one and all as we moves like a jagger and incite everybody to hit on the floor. That with the next bar that we hop off (gay bar), a solo-traveller from Germany joins us. He was kinda a good looking guy with a nice body-built that catches the attention of my friend. However, this guy has obscured personality that he was trying to conceal from his family (religion) that only with us and only here in Thailand he feels that he have its place. He can be a person he wanted to be. In short we can call him "gurl" - sorry for a friend of mine. We can't really judge the book by its own cover - that somehow when you open each pages you wouldn't close it right away but atleast attempt to read, understand and accept what was written on it. We savored much the night getting drunk 'til 4 a.m. After an hour of sleep, I still get to the top of the Golden Mount of Thailand and be able to visit my exotic friends at the Dusit zoo and a walked around Kaosan road. Whilst walking, i thought about my night at silom and associate it with Khao San Rd. The place is "Same but Different". As what I've notice:
It is very accessible with a subway or skytrain and it's at the center of Bangkok where the majorities of tourist come and stay. Speaking of tourist, mostly are wealthy and grown-up. All the major hotels (expensive and not) with some sky bars on it, most of the better restaurants, shopping center and also nightlife are located in these area. Not much historic sites within but still easy to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace and some of the other sights nearby by just taking a water taxi or tourist boat at the Central Pier. It's good to stay here the fact that it's the business center, on the other hand anticipate the government protests and violence that will take place.
The most famous road in the city situated in the old Bangkok. There is no skytrain or subway but there's a taxi or bus anyway. It's a backpacker's area, so the crowd is different and the accommodations/businesses tend to be geared towards such young travelers on a budget. Someone says, today this area has morphed into melting pot of everything imaginable. From clubs to bars to shopping, hair stalls, food vendors, pirated DVDs, books, salons and restaurants. Also, most of bangkok best sites are near here like; Grand Palace, Wat Pho and many other temples, Golden Mount of Thailand, Chaophraya River and interesting place nearby to hang out all day long.
So, it's all up to you to decide which is which…