...sidewalks overflowing with eateries, grills filled with eggs on skewers, marinated chicken necks, pork intestines, and takeaway...
...tuk-tuks zooming past buses painted with manga characters, taxies in every color of the rainbow, scooters with questionable headlights
(if you look closely at the photo above, you'll see that the headlamp is a household lightbulb--still in its packing--wired to the handlebars.)
...golden towers that look like giant handbells, warriors, dragons, mosaics, demons, and temples...
Bangkok is golden; it is pink.*
Bangkok is full of friendly people. It's vibrant. It's commerce and culture. It's not pushy.
Many travelers told us to get out of the capital as soon as possible, but I quite enjoyed it. and am glad we took the time to stay a few days.
* Pink was EVERYWHERE: taxis, tuk-tuks, clothes, buses, flowers, umbrellas, ribbons, even surgical masks that people wear in the streets to protect against pollution and maladies.