For decades, people have always considered Bangkok to be the heaven for single men who are on a constant hunt for sensual massage parlors and the strip clubs that seem to be there on every other corner. Seldom do we come to hear about the natural beauty and a tourist paradise that this place is.
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok may very well be one of the busiest cities in Asia, courtesy of the tourists who crowd the place almost every time a year. But don’t let the flashy nightlife, shopping sprees; those naughty massages fool you because there is much more to the city. The place boasts a huge number of temples and religious places, busy markets and places to spend some nonflashy calm nights at, Bangkok offers way too much.
How to Reach
The city of Bangkok is served by two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport, both of which are located about 30 km from the city center. It may take at least three hours to connect between them, as they are far-off from each other and one can expect congestion on the roads.
The cold season is the best to visit the place, given the fact that this is one of the hottest cities in the world.
Places to Visit
Rattanakosin- Often called the Old City; this is one island you should not be missed at all. It is the center of religious culture of the city. There are hundreds of temples and monuments to see in there.
The Grand Palace – Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace on the banks of Chao Phraya River is one must see the sight. The Grand Palace is a splendid building and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangkok. A blend of Thai and European architecture, the Grand Palace which had remained the erstwhile residence of the Kings of Siam is used till date for royal ceremonies. It is a complex of several buildings, halls, gardens, and courtyards.
Dusit Palace- Built by King Rama V, this is a must visit place located in the Dusit district. The leafy and beautiful area pretty much reminds of the European designs and architecture. The place is huge which may take you at least a day to go over it.
National Gallery- Also known as the Queen’s Gallery, it happens to be one of the most famous art galleries spread across the city. Located on the Siam Square, it is nearby the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre which also is a great place to have a peek into the artistic scene of the country.
Lumphini Park- Lumphini Park located in Silom is the biggest park in the central part of the city. The park offers you a great way to release the stress that has to build up after a hard party night or a full tiring day shopping around.
Things to Do
Chatuchak is one of the most popular markets in Bangkok which brings together everything buyable under one platform, right from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. The area is home to more than 8000 market stalls.It’s a place where you can shop till you drop. If I advised reaching here early, ideally around 10 am, to beat the crowds and the heat.
The River of the Kings, the Chao Phraya River rambles its way right through the heart of Bangkok. The best way to allure this Bangkok attraction is through a river cruise or by renting a boat and carrying on the travel at your own speeds. Longboats can be rented from different piers and kids are sure to have a frolicking time.
With so many restaurants and street vendors offering Thai food, Bangkok is a foodie’s heaven. Bangkok is a cool and hip little place offering outstanding Thai food!
Street food in Bangkok is flavorsome, quickly delivered and super economical. You can usually relish a feast for fewer than 150 Baht!
Here are a few you should try
- Mezzaluna is a truly extraordinary fine dining restaurant, located inside the iconic golden ‘Dome’ at the top of the lebua hotel.
- Issaya Siamese Club Proudly located in the middle of a luscious green garden, this 100-years-old house host as wooden verandah and old fashioned staircase which right away sets a romantic mood, making it just the right place for duo dining.
- Le Du Restaurant – Le Du, located in the now fine-dining haven of Silom, offers highly creative cuisine by two youthful Thai-born chefs who have won over words of praises for their imaginative techniques and approaches.
The most booked places to Stay
- Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
- Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
- Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn
- SO Sofitel Bangkok
- Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri
- lebua at State Tower
- Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
- Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
- Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
- Banyan Tree Bangkok
It takes some good observant eyes to see the city in a whole new light and the few who have done it, have nothing but praises for the city.