Buddhists with guns - One night in Bangkok
“One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble,” sang Murray Head for the musical Chess in an iconic track that sums up, pithily and unapologetically, everything that represents the capital of Thailand. Made of equal parts spirituality and sleaze, commoditization and nirvana, despite recent anti-government protests, Bangkok continues to hold tourists in thrall.
Home to over 9 million people, Thailand's capital is both one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia and a wannabe metropolis with one of Asia's widest rich-poor disparities. The chaotic and vibrant city is a mishmash of dizzying skyscrapers and colossal shopping malls jammed up against residential apartment buildings and homes. Crowded streets bustle with sidewalk vendors and motorbikes, and 7.5 million registered cars overwhelm roads designed for just 1.4 million.
Just an air-hop from Bangkok, famous among other things for its intriguing Magic Tattoo Festival (see slideshow: Incredible Ink) are the floating markets (see slideshow: Footloose in Thailand's Floating Markets) and beach resorts (see slideshow: Hale and hearty in Thailand's resort islands), but the capital alone has its charms, its draws, its temptations and its traps. Not much to choose between despair and ecstasy, as some might say, quoting the song written by Swedish lyricist Anders Glenmark.
And, yes, you can't be too careful with your company.
ALSO SEE: BANGKOK CITY GUIDE
- vs. PAKENG2nd TestFri, Jul 22, 2016Manchester, EnglandPakistan in England Test S...
- IND won by an inn.vs. INDWI1st TestThu, Jul 21, 2016Antigua, West IndiesIndia in West Indies Test ...
- IRE won by 12 runsvs. AFGIRE5th ODITue, Jul 19, 2016Stormont, Belfast, IrelandAfghanistan in Ireland ODI...
- vs. INDWI2nd TestSat, Jul 30, 2016Kingston, Jamaica, West IndiesIndia in West Indies Test ...
- vs. PAKENG3rd TestWed, Aug 03, 2016Wed, Aug 03, 2016Birmingham, EnglandPakistan in England Test S...
- vs. AUSSL2nd TestThu, Aug 04, 2016Thu, Aug 04, 2016Galle, Sri LankaWarne-Muralitharan Trophy,...
Latest Photo Albums
Kusal Mendis's maiden Test century propelled Sri Lanka's lead to 196 against Australia. Sri Lanka started Day 3 on a low note being four for 82.
Mendis and … More » Photos: Kusal Mendis ton extends Lanka's lead to 196 against Australia
James Anderson marked his return to international duty with three wickets as England beat Pakistan by a massive 330 runs to win the second Test at his Old Trafford home ground … More » Photos: England rout Pakistan by a mammoth 330 runs
Ravichandran Ashwin did what he does best: spinning India to victory. After going wicketless in the first innings, Ashwin weaved his magic with the ball picking up seven wickets.
More » Photos: Ashwin's all round heroics seal India's first innings win in WI
The second day belonged to Joe Root and Chris Woakes. English all-rounder Woakes shined both with bat and ball. He scored 58 runs and carried on his brilliant form with the ball by picking up 3 wickets later on.
More » Photos: Root's magnificent 254 puts England in the driver's seat at Oval
Umesh Yadav and comeback man Mohammad Shami rock Windies batting order as the hosts got bundled out for 243 in their 1st innings. Both Indian pacers picked up four wickets each and leg-spinner Amit Mishra took two wickets.
More » Photos: Umesh and Shami wreck West Indies hope in Antigua
Virat Kohli broke a few records after reaching his first double-century in Test cricket as India declared on 566 for the loss of 8 wickets. He became the first Indian captain to have scored a double century overseas.
More » Photos: Kohli's double and Ashwin's ton knocks the wind out of the Windies
Virat Kohli was at his elegant best as he scored his first Test century in West Indies. He kickstarted his innings with a flurry of boundaries.
He was also involved … More » Photos: Kohli's first-ever ton in Windies helps India post 302 for 4
India’s bowlers have mainly determined the fate of its cricket team in Test matches overseas. Whenever Indian bowlers have stepped up, the team has either gone on to win the match or the series.
Take a look at the most memorable bowling performances in Tests produced by the Indian bowlers … More » India’s 5 best Test bowling performances overseas
The Supreme Court on Monday accepted most of the major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms in Board of Control for Cricket in India, including a bar on ministers and civil servants a from becoming its members.
The court, however, left it to Parliament to decide whether the BCCi should … More » SC ruling on BCCI: Who will be hit hard?
As history can testify, no record in the world of sport remains unbroken for too long. Cricket is no exception. But for a player to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record in One-Day Internationals will be no mean feat: he will have to play more than 463 matches, make 50 centuries (Sachin has 49) and score … More » ODIs: 6 batsmen who could score more hundreds than Sachin
Pakistan celebrated their victory over England in the first Test at Lord's on Sunday by performing a series of press-ups although defeated skipper Alistair Cook admitted it wasn't … More » PHOTOS: Pakistan celebrate Lord's Test win with push-ups, salute
Yasir Shah claimed a stunning five-wicket haul to give Pakistan complete control after dominating day two of the first Test against England at Lord's.
The world's number … More » PHOTOS: Yasir Shah stuns England with 5-wicket haul
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years as he helped his side recover against England at Lord's on Thursday.
India will heave a sigh of relief with the absence of star players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy from the Windies Test squad. The West Indies squad is not as lethal it used to be when India had toured the island nation on previous occasions.
However, the Indian team is as inexperienced … More » 12 Windies cricketers who will take on the Indian heat this Caribbean summer
An India-West Indies Test series may not match the charm of an India-Pakistan or an India-Australia series, but over the years it has certainly produced many an electrifying moment in cricket.
As India take on the Windies in their backyard from July 21, we take a look at the historic Test wins of … More » 5 historic Indian Test wins in West Indies