Bangkok is very much grounded in modernity. It is a fast and furious city of business and commerce with a pace equal to that of any capital in the world. Despite this, Thailand's capital also has a quieter, gentler side. The real Bangkok can be found in the backstreets and 'Sois' (small roads) where people live in communities that have not changed much over the years. Obviously, getting out of the city centre is the best way to find Bangkok's traditional way of life, but even in the centre a short walk away from tourism and business areas will find people sitting in the street, eating, chatting, listening to music and enjoying Thailand's clement evening weather. Sit down and enjoy some street food with them and although you don't speak the language, you'll find Thais very hospitable. Bangkok has a lot to offer someone willing to make that one step beyond the guidebook or tourist trap and make the effort to encounter the real Bangkok and its people.