In its weekly series, HT City sees how Delhi fares as a world class city compared to Bangkok, Thailand
Exotic street food
In Bangkok, street food often comes in refrigerated carts. Instead of fried tikkis, there are fried ants, worms and caterpillars. But raw papaya salad called Som Tam and steamed rice with gravies are also popular. Yaowarat Road in Chinatown district is a good place to enjoy street food.
Cleaner food now
Street food vendors have started taking care of hygiene. You often see vendors wearing gloves while preparing gol-gappas and chaat. In Connaught Place, the ingredients of Bhel Puri are kept within a fine net to keep off flies. For the best street food experience, Chandni Chowk is the place to be.
Spoilt for shopping
Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road and Siam Square are hosts to top local and international brands and at prices that vary from dirt-cheap to exorbitant. If you want to haggle, then Pratnum area is the place to be. Other shopping avenues include MBK Center and Platinum Fashion mall, which are known for stylish accessories such as belts, shoes and jewellery, among other things. Chatuchak has vintage and second-hand clothing.
Delhi’s second-rung markets such as Paharganj offer a great collection of street fashion at bargain prices. In malls such as Select Citywalk and DLF Emporio, you need the moolah to buy top international and local brands. Old Delhi is a gold mine, though. Kinari Bazaar stocks drama costumes and wedding finery, Dariba Kalan has silver jewellery, Ballimaran chappals, and Sadar Bazaar saris.
For the body
Be it an erotic massage or the traditional Thai massage, Bangkok has a bit of everything you might want to experience. Spas and massage parlours abound the city, especially in touristy areas. So much so that it’s difficult to differentiate a ‘regular massage’ parlour from an erotic massage parlour.
Not many massage parlours
Delhi’s spa culture is more expensive than Bangkok’s and less widespread. Most of the 5-star hotels have luxurious spas offered at high prices. A few neighbourhoods do have massage parlours and they are reasonably priced. However, some of them may be running prostitution rackets. So, beware.
Bangkok has traffic jams, all right, but the roads are always quiet. Nobody blows horns.
No traffic manners
In Delhi, even if the traffic is running smooth, drivers will still keep honking!