Bangkok is a polarizing city. Some love it. Some hate it. And it doesn’t matter what your travel experience. Some newbie travelers who have never been to Southeast Asia may be overwhelmed at first but end up loving their time in Bangkok. Other veteran travelers who have been all over the world get into Bangkok and quickly move on to other places in Thailand. Bangkok can be an acquired taste, but if you can summon up your patience and have an open mind, there are plenty of ways to fall in love with the crazy, chaotic city.
Bangkok is one of the biggest hubs of Southeast Asia, and if you are planning an around the world trip, there is a good chance you’ll end up in Bangkok at one point or another. When taking a RTW trip, you meet plenty of other travelers, and you will hear both positive and negative aspects of this city. My advice is to take all those comments and advice with a grain of salt and just wait until you arrive and have a few days in the city before forming an opinion. It can be crazy, it can be chaotic, it can be maddening. But it can also be amazing, with super friendly, warm people, historic and beautiful sites, amazing food, and crazy cheap prices.
Don’t let what others say and write scare you off. Adding Bangkok to your RTW trip may not be a mistake. Give Bangkok a chance, and you may be surprised at how much you end up falling in love with this nutty city.