Bangkok Thailand, AsiaRoom and Keysme
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Bangkok Thailand, AsiaRoom and Keysme
Whether you’re a culture vulture or a party animal, Bangkok’s cultural melting pot of east meets west serves up something for everyone.
Before I head off to a new destination I can usually be found scouring endless travel blogs and top 10 pages. I’ve spent hours going through articles to try and get the most out of my trips; ensuring I don’t miss out on any experiences. But, what I’’ve come to realize is that everyone is different and everyone’s desires are different. The following is a selection of the best Bangkok has to offer.
Bangkok is oozing with culture even in its modern form it has still maintained its history through temples, palaces, markets and famous pastimes.
Chao Phraya Express boat: A day pass for the boat allows you to hop on and off and visit many cultural sites from the following piers:
Chang Pier: The Grand Palace, the former home of the royal family and probably the most visited attraction in Thailand features the ‘Emerald Buddha’’ Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture. Wat Mahathat is a busy temple including a center for Buddhist studies and Vipassana medical center within its walls.
Tha Thien Pier: Two of the most sacred temples in Thailand; Wat Arun (Temple of dawn) whose pearl stupa beautifully reflects the rising sunlight and Wat Pho, featuring the ‘reclining Buddha’’. Also regarded as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which can still be enjoyed there today.
Ratchawong Pier: Chinatown is located a short walk from here and is a vibrant bustling strip of street stalls, gold shops and Chinese temples.
Phra Arthit Pier: National Museum, Wat Chana Songkram, Wat Bowoniwet and Khao san road itself are a short walk away or tuk tuk ride.
Floating Markets: Packed waterways selling food, drinks and souvenirs. Once a real culture fest; now more tourist orientated, but still maintains a historical local feel. There are many to choose from with the most popular being Amphawa, Damnoen Saduak, Talin Chan.
Ancient Siam: ‘The world’s largest outdoor museum’’ A 200 Acre Park in the shape of Thailand containing full size replicas of Thailand’s best architecture from the past and present. Best enjoyed on a rented bicycle or golf buggy.
Jim Thompson House: The house of the ‘Legendary American of Thailand’’ who helped transform the Thai silk industry; before mysteriously going missing in Malaysia in 1967.
When travelling people often forget about exercising. However, that’s no problem in the birthplace of the most revered martial art; in addition to numerous peaceful oases to escape city life.
Muay Thai: The martial art of Thailand that has spread throughout the globe. There are many gyms that will provide sessions for all abilities. Or if taking part isn’t your thing there are fights every week for free at MBK center.
Bike rides: There are a few bike rides in Bangkok away from the traffic. See Ancient Siam above. In addition, get a taxi to Klong Toey Pier and a 5 baht boat across the river to Bang Nam Island. At the other side there is bike hire at which you are free to explore parks and Bang Nam Pheung floating market on this tiny island oasis within Bangkok.
Parks: There are many parks in Bangkok that are a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle; whether you want a leisurely stroll or to keep fit whilst away. Favorites include Lumpini, Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit.
The evenings and nights are alive in this city, whether you want to party, eat great food or enjoy a great view of the city, Bangkok has it all.
Khao San: Khao San Road is very famous. Most people frequenting Bangkok will have heard of the road before they arrive. The road is packed with bars spilling out onto a hectic street. Loud western music and intoxicating food stalls pollute the air. If you want to meet people and party for cheap, this is right up your street.
Night Markets: Night markets provide a much more chilled atmosphere with lots of food and often has clothes and accessory stalls. Chatuchak green (JJ Green for locals) has a local vibe with stalls selling a wide variety of things; only open on weekends it’’s ideal for relaxing after a hectic day shopping in the nearby Chatuchak weekend market.
Sky Bars: There are lots of sky bars to choose from, giving you a beautiful view over the city. Although, you will find they are more high end and expensive than their ground level cousins. The famous Lebua sky bar is often a top pick after featuring in the film ‘The Hangover 2’’.
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