I have a bit of a passion for Thailand, probably because I was born there and also because it is such a wonderful place to visit.
Some of my favourite things about Bangkok include:
The unique gardens!
The Markets. The photo above is of the Suan Luam Night Bazaar. Lots of small shops and some fabulous outdoor restaurants. Nothing like the notorious (and horrid) Patpong Market. For daytime markets either travel out of town to the Damnoen Saduak (the floating market) and a must is the Chatuchak Weekend Market. I have been going to Chatuchak since I was a little girl and am still in awe each visit.
River life. Never take a tuk tuk or a taxi if possible. Travel on the river taxi's. It is the best way to see the city and so much faster and cheaper. The average fare is less than a $1! Bangkok is built along a river and is interlaced with canals so it really is a marvellous and scenic way to travel.
Yes, Bangkok is grimy and corrupt but there is also a remarkable beauty in this unique and dynamic city if you look for it. I am longing to return.