Bangkok: ‘coolest city on the planet’

Bangkok: 'coolest city on the planet' - The Telegraph, July 3, 2004
[Ed.: This is what we at 2Bangkok.com think!]
The Thai capital has transformed itself from Asia's bargain basement into the coolest city on the planet...
...Not far away, in the Bed Supper Club, Bangkok's beautiful people sprawled on white beds sipping banana daiquiris served by waitresses in pink ra-ra skirts. Over in Sirocco, lights that doubled as wind chimes led diners to tables from which they gazed down on the sinuous Chao Phraya river.
Since my previous visit a few years back, Bangkok has transformed itself from Asia's bargain basement into the coolest city on the planet. Fortunately it hasn't stopped offering unbeatable value along with the improved quality...
Thankfully, the city has not lost touch with tradition in its rush to modernity. One marbled dawn I hopped on a ferry across the river from the Peninsula. In the backstreets life was already humming. Monks in saffron robes sought offerings from hawkers slicing pine-apples, wrapping sticky rice in coconut leaves, or assembling piles of green durian ("tastes like heaven, smells like hell"). Over in Lumpini Park, people were starting their day with foot massages (£4 for an hour), fan-dancing or working out at the outdoor gym.
...If there's another capital that gets as many things right, I'd like to hear about it.
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