Bangkok – The Shoppers Paradise
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand which is one of the most liveliest cities in the world, a top tourist destination; there is always a lot of hustle and bustle going on no matter what the time is. It is filled with towering buildings, hotels and ornate temples; the streets are lined with people selling street-food, fruits, clothes and much more.
Bangkok is also known for its dynamic nightlife and vibrant culture. It has a tropical savannah climate throughout the year. You can gaze at the glimmering temples, travel around the city in a tuk-tuk or ride a long-tail boat through a floating market. The other best part about Bangkok is the food, malls and hotels. From local street-food dishes to posh rooftop restaurants, from luxurious malls selling big brands to night markets selling souvenirs at reasonable prices, from affordable hostels and service apartments to chic boutique hotels and high-class resorts, Bangkok has something to offer for every type of traveller.
Bangkok has an array of activities to choose from and it might take a couple of days to complete them, however, I have listed out the Top things to do to help you decide and plan your itinerary.
Chaophraya River Tour
Chaophraya River is one of the best highlights of Bangkok because of its scenic and picture-perfect beauty, it is also known as the river of Kings. You can travel either by shuttle boat, water taxi or a ferry. The other ways are by sailing across in a dinner cruise. Take the water-taxi from Phra Arthit Pier and ride all the way to Asiatique and catch a glimpse of Iconsiam, which has a musical fountain and can be seen from the boat itself, Wat Arun, Grand Palace and many iconic buildings, temples and hotels on the way. (Watch out for more details in a blog coming soon).
Temples/ Grand Palace
The temples in Bangkok are enchanting due to its mind-blowing architecture, upturned roof, spires and embellished decorations. Bangkok has many temples, however the most beautiful and renowned ones are Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saket and Wat Phra Kaew. The Grand Palace is a spectacular and famous landmark that was home to the Kings for a long time. It’s a must-see when in Bangkok. There is a strict dress code when visiting any of the temples or the palace.
Bangkok has many unique themed cafes, but, the best ones that I have come across so far are Raccoon, Big Dog, Husky and Unicorn Café. It’s a paradise for dog and animal lovers. There are endless reasons to café-hop when you get such good vibes and a great atmosphere, not to forget great Instagram pictures as well.
Bangkok is also known for its sky-high rooftop bars, Baiyoke Sky Hotel being the tallest one is on the 83rd floor is another exclusive place to visit. Sip on some cocktails while getting the best view of the city and making your trip even more memorable. There are many such colossal rooftop bars in Bangkok.
The diversity of shopping in Bangkok can vary from a high-class mall or a reasonable night-market, the items that you can buy here are innumerable in variety and quantity. You can chose from MBK Center, Iconsiam or night markets like Chatuchak, Pratunam, Asiatique and Sampeng Lane where you can buy items like clothes, footwear, bags, souvenirs and lots more.
Experience an entirely new shopping experience by riding a long-tail boat through a floating market and surround yourself with stalls selling fruits, vegetables and souvenirs. These markets are open all day, this is another star attraction of Bangkok.
Try the street-food
A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without tasting the delicious street-food, some of the most famous dishes are Pad Thai, which is a stir-fried rice noodle dish, Tom Yum is a famous hot and sour soup, fried banana pancakes, chicken satay’s and many local Thai dishes.
It is difficult to stay focused when you are in such a busy and lively place like Bangkok, find your inner peace by indulging in meditation in any of the Buddhist Monasteries while meeting people who touch your soul and help you connect with yourself.
Pamper yourself with a Thai massage after a long and tiring day in the city’s bustle. Thai massages are very therapeutic as they include acupressure and yoga postures to readjust the body’s energy lines. You can chose from a variety of services at a reasonable price.
Happening places around town
After a long day of visiting temples, shopping, gorging on yummy street-food and getting massages head out to either Khaosan Road, Rambutri Alley, Chinatown or Sukhumvit to enjoy live music, cocktails and some great food. End your day with a bang by enjoying yourself to the fullest.
Apart from all these activities there is a lot more to do in Bangkok which will definitely take a few days or visits as well. Traveling to Thailand was a great decision as it turned out to be my most memorable vacation till date. Which has been your best vacation so far? Comment below and let me know.