Bangkok beyond the stereotypes

By Jo Fitzsimons. Blaring horns, thick smog, filthy streets and a seedy underbelly is the stereotype often attributed to Bangkok. This was my niggling concern when I booked a stay in the city en route to Thailand’s prettier attributes – the islands. However, within hours of placing my sandaled feed on the city’s streets, I knew this modern megalopolis had been mis-sold. The heavens were open with fist-sized drops of rain when my late night flight landed in Suvarnabhumi Airport. I bundled my soggy luggage into my hotel, Penpark Place, and lingered in the lobby staring at the water smashing …