Slowing Down In Busy Bangkok

We've discovered some pretty cool places to hang out so far and one of those is a particular rooftop bar in Thong Lor. Bangkok has been renowned for their many rooftop bars and this one, Octave, is one of the new kids on the block.

The view from Octave.

The view from Octave.

September has started to cool down nicely, although it's still very warm during the day with mid-level humidity. Early evening is the best time to be out and about and is extra lovely when seated at a rooftop bar watching the sun go down with a happy hour cocktail in hand. Being high above the street noise and traffic, feeling a cool breeze against my skin and listening to smooth lounge music, I feel a world away from Shanghai.

It does seem a little strange as both cities are huge, have big populations and both are always bustling. But to me, Bangkok's 11 million people seem to move at a slower and calmer pace. They are quieter, gentler and noticeably much more considerate towards each other. In this concrete jungle, I am able to somehow see and feel peace. Weird no?