You either love or hate Bangkok. This city has so much to offer in terms of culture, restaurants, amusement and business but it contains also some of the sneakiest Thais there are. It can easily happen to you that you ask someone for direction to a temple and he will tell you that its closed but that he can bring you to a much nicer place instead. Also taxi drivers will often tell you that their meter is broken in order to negotiate a fix price which is way too high. You can be angry about that behavior or take it easy as they just try to make a living and with a minimum of preparation you will do well in this fascinating city.
There are countless shopping possibilities like MBK or Siam shopping center, there is Kao San road where all the backpackers start their evening and where you can go shopping or dinking or get that long awaited PhD you always wanted. At Kao San you can also easily make friends and continue with them to some sport events like a Thai box night or a ping pong show.
And there is the Kings palace with its beautiful golden temples, and Wat Pho with its enormous lying Buddha and don’t forget to visit the golden mount even though it can be quite intense to climb it in Bangkok’s afternoon heat.