If you ever visited Bangkok, you probably came across this bold statement painted on the side of the BTS tracks, next to Siam station.
Bangkok City of Life.
I guess there is some truth in that statement. Although, these days, life during the night is a bit quieter than it once was, with all entertainment venues closing at 1 a.m., or 2 a.m. in a few areas (Nana,Patpong and RCA). Not that you can not find places that indeed do not close during the night, but a far cry from what it was in the past, or what it is in all capital cities in South East Asia. Even Singapore, known for its strict social rules, is a city that does not sleep nowadays, in Boat Quay and Clarke Quay areas.
But what could justify calling Bangkok the City of Life has nothing to do with the closing times. It has to do with the Thai people, who, in their vast majority, love life and having fun. Sanuk is most probably the first word Thai toddlers are able to articulate
And talking about sanuk, one of the main Bangkok sport, spending hours in shopping malls, can be quite fun and interesting. Not for the shopping itself, but for the ambiance and the constant flux of people of all ages and all races. People watching at its best. Especially if you go to the big ones, like Siam Paragon, or not far from it, MBK, i.e. Mahboonkrong or Mabunkrong,
The easiest way to go there is to take the skytrain up to National Stadium, the last station on the line, just one station after Siam station
It is a huge shopping mall, one of the biggest in Thailand, and in South East Asia. It has eight levels and a few thousand shops.
Most of the shops are for clothes, on the first few levels, but MBK is better known for the electronics and phone shops occupying one floor, the fourth one. But there are so many shops that you can,more or less, find everything and anything.
And if you’re lucky enough to be there at a time when one of the many entertaining events take place in the mall, or just in front of it, you’ll share some sanuk moments with the locals. Here is a dance contest, very much appreciated by the young Bangkokians.
The many young spectators love it, and show it.
Do you like the “Phantom” band? Some girls sure like it and some are not sure yet.
There is quite a few people loving all the teams, having fun is the most important.
And here are a few undecided spectators.
From behind the window
One of the female dancer, nice hairs indeed.
So, is Bangkok the City of Life?
Not sure, but it is sure a lively city…