Bangkok & environs, Thailand (2017)
After the very western Japan I wanted to see a "typical" Asian city. To my surprise, Bangkok was extremely modern - the mixture of continuous rain and temperatures of almost 40 degrees Celsius gives parts of the city a musty smell that takes getting used to. The trains are newer, cheaper and cleaner than anything I know from Germany. The kitchen surprises - almost everything is eaten cold. Why?
A must-see is Ayutthaya, the old capital north of Thailand. Some of the buildings are almost 10 thousand years old - and in a very good condition. In the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam some contemporary paintings are said to hang when the city was still inhabited. On my next visit to Amsterdam I will have a look at these paintings!