After 18 weeks in Yunnan, Laos and Cambodia we will arrive Bangkok mid-January. To date BKK has been a transit stop on the way to somewhere else and we have, maybe just for that reason, not found it ringing our bells.
So ... on this trip we are approaching the City in a different way. We have rented an apartment overlooking Lumphini Park and we will stay here, settled for 3 weeks. Of course we have planned the usual activities - sights, markets, eats and so on - but we would be happy to hear from residents, or those that know BKK well, with suggestions of more local things to do, places to go, experiences to be had, and so on that are not in the usual touristy lists.
Thanks, safe travels
Keith and Paul
The city is huge, so you can easily get away from the touristy areas. But once you leave them, you enter that part of Bangkok which is "reality". I find certain areas interesting (the old city center is interesting for example - check out the back alleys where the old canals are still in existence). Much of the city is dirty and mundane - but it is the "real Thailand". Worth exploring around if you have the time and inclination.