Bangkok is a giant, chaotic, constantly evolving megalopolis. But guess what? If you live here long enough, you’ll get bored. Happens to everybody. You’ll lose your groove and get stuck in a rut. So what to do? Greg and Ed give their best advice as long term expats, focusing mainly on relocating to a lesser known, more Thai parts of the city. With a quick introduction interview by Greg’s buddy Dom, who recently had his attitude changed by moving across town, the boys recount moving to new neighborhoods themselves – Ed to Rachada and later Thonburi, and Greg to Chinatown – and reinvigorating their Bangkok experience.
Greg then goes into detail about three unheralded parts of the city – the area along Chan Road, Bang Ko Laem on the far end of Rama III Road, and the Dusit/Nakhon Chai Si area on the Northern end of Samsen Road (see a map here). Each of these has easy access into Bangkok, but retain a unique Thainess that would present a great adventure for any farang. Ed puts in a vote for Bang Kachao, the green lung of Bangkok, a near island in the middle of the Chao Praya that is like no other part of the city.
The boys conclude with some advice for those not ready to make a big move: a lot of times we think we know our own neighborhoods, when in fact there’s plenty to explore right around the corner. A little curiosity and a lot of Google go a long way!
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