Bangkok

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Bangkok


Bangkok certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. The 'City of Angels' has funky markets, upmarket malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, many fabulous sights and attractions that reflect its unique heritage, and much, much more… Say goodbye to traffic jams – thanks to the city's modern skytrain and underground systems that cover a large area. Or explore the riverside area by a long-tail speedboat or river taxi. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, Bangkok bursts with exciting opportunities. Yes, Bangkok's traffic is notorious - with good reason. It's very easy to get caught up in gridlock traffic any time of the day or night, and waste a lot of valuable time in the process. However, with excellent and modern public transport systems in place, Bangkok is surprisingly easy to navigate your way around. The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to exploremany historic sites and attractions at the riverside. Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner at almost any time. Tuk-tuks, once a big Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but are still worth a ride at least once.




What to do in Bangkok


1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

For a step back in time to the simpler ways of life, head out of Bangkok and do a tour the floating market, where women and men in straw hats guide boats filled with fresh fruits, handicrafts and the odd cooking station through the canal. After being picked up early from your hotel, you get to experience the final part of your journey on a long tail boat, whizzing through the canals and catching sight of the temples and houses that line the water’s edge. The bustling market is picturesque, and you spend an hour or so wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and taking plenty of pictures. If you want to get in on the action, you can even take a boat ride along the canals for a small extra cost. On your way back to Bangkok you make a stop at the Royal Thai Handicraft Center where you can watch artisans create teakwood carvings.

2.Bangkok Dinner Cruise

Sailing along the river after dark, when all the temples are lit up and glowing is another Bangkok must-do. But with some of the cruises costing 5,000 baht per person, it is difficult to decide whether to splurge or not. Thankfully White Orchid Cruise offers a great value dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy an all you can eat feast of Thai and western delicacies as you cruise along, and be entertained by a traditional band followed by a performance of classical Thai dancing. The boat’s open air deck offers a 360 degree view, and after you have soaked up the vista you can enjoy White Orchid’s special cabaret performance. There is even a disco if you fancy a boogie. The tour even transfers you back to your hotel after you have disembarked.

3.Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-In Summer Palace Tour

One of the most impressive places to visit during a day tour from Bangkok is Ayutthaya: a complex of ancient temples and buildings in a small town that was once the capital of Siam. Indulge you inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones and clamber over the beautiful ruins and discover a Buddha’s head hidden inside a tree trunk. After a tasty Thai lunch at a local restaurant, head to another temple complex where you can admire the large reclining Buddha who lies in an open field. On your way back to Bangkok, visit the summer palace known as Bang Pa-In, restored in the 19th century that comprises several architecturally and historically significant buildings in a beautiful garden that surrounds a central lake. Ayutthaya is only an hour or so from Bangkok, but couldn’t be more different. This small sleepy town will give a wonderful glimpse into Thailand’s history and you get a break from the busy city traffic.

4.Bangkok City and Temples Tour

You would miss an entire element of the city if you visited Bangkok and did not explore some of the many amazing temples. These stunning monuments shimmer in the sunshine, decorated in gold and mirrors, and the interiors are just as remarkable. This half- day tour takes you to three stunning temples in Bangkok’s old town. Wat Traimit is located at the edge of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Recognisable by its large gold spire, it houses a solid gold five metre tall, five and a half ton Buddha. You’ll visit an even bigger Buddha at Wat Pho, where the 46m reclining Buddha lies, in a beautiful complex with courtyards filled with amusing Chinese statues and ornate chedis covered in ceramic flowers. Wat Benchamabophit is also known as the marble temple, with two tigers welcoming you at the gates. The tour picks you up and drops you back to your hotel, and the easygoing and English speaking guide accompanying you will bring the history and legends of these fantastic buildings to life (but in a fun way).

5. International Buffet at Bangkok Sky Restaurant

Bangkok looks fabulous from above, and if you want your own rooftop moment, then nowhere is higher than the 84th floor of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. The international buffet served in the restaurant on the 76th and 78th floor has a seafood theme with all you can eat lobster, prawn, crab and fish as well as plenty of other delights: Pad Thai, curries, noodles and an assortment of desserts. After you have had your fill you can admire the view, either from the observation deck on the 77th floor, or the sky walk revolving roof deck on the 84th floor. Lunch runs from 11:00 until 15:00 and dinner from 18:00 – 22:00 so you have plenty of time to try all the delicious food that is available and get plenty of bird’s eye photos from the roof of Bangkok’s tallest building.