A lot of serious travelers miss out on Bangkok, choosing to bolt straight for Chiang Mai or the islands as soon as they arrive in the country. This is often due to their staying on or near Khao San Road or the hedonistic Soy Cowboy area where any sane person would need to leave after a few days, max. But Bangkok is a vibrant and interesting city, with non-stop food, entertainment, sights and social opportunities. Having lived in the city for years, I can say that the place grows on you rather quickly. You just need to get into the scene there.