Make a Trip to Bangkok and Enjoy Different Recreational Activities in Bangkokby Abbi Clarke Traveler Bangkok, capital of Thailand, one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. It’s known for its temples, affordable markets, street food and a myriad of other things. What makes it even better as a vacation destination is that it allows visa on arrival to travelers from India, meaning that if you have the moolah, it’s a great place for an impromptu vacation. With a nearly endless selection of Bangkok tourist attractions to choose from, where do you even begin? To make life easier, here’s a list of what we think will be a sure hit with our readers. For your convenience, we’ve categorized our recommendations into four categories – Places to Visit in Bangkok; Shopping Destinations; Things to do in Bangkok; Good ol’ R&R;
Things to do In Bangkok
Now that you’ve successfully made it past airport security, let’s get a feel for the city. The easiest way to do this is get aboard the skytrain (Bangkok’s elevated rail system.) Of course I should mention that you want to be doing this during non-peak hours. Just ride around different routes with the help of travel itinerary, end to end and you’ll be treated to a very satisfying visual experience. Another interesting experience that one really shouldn’t miss is a cruise on the Chao Phraya River. You could choose to join a guided river cruise or hire a small skiff to ferry you around (if you do hire a skiff, it comes with a ferryman included.) The skiff has the added advantage that you can chose to hurry along and stop at specific places that catch your interest or you could pick up a more sedate pace. The canals a definite must-see if you do decide to hire a skiff for yourself.
After a log day of adventuring, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a candle lit dinner with your special one (ideally, one that neither one of you prepared). Take that vision and one up it. How about a candlelight dinner cruise on the river? Yes, that’s a real option and one you should definitely consider. Now if you’re one of those people who has yet to find their sea legs and the very idea of a cruise is making you queasy, well we’ve got something interesting lined up for you too: dine in the dark. It’s exactly what it sounds like. You dine, in the dark, absolute, pitch dark. It’s a novel experience offered by a restaurant of that name. It caters to only 24 patrons at one sitting and what is even more astounding is that you ae served the whole time by a group of waitresses and waiters who are all blind. If that’s not reason enough already, know that a small portion of the money you pay goes to charity for the visually impaired. Take about awe-inspiringly fascinating.
Places to Visit in Bangkok:
There are, of course, your typical list of palaces and temples, topped by none other than the Grand Palace, the most prominent of which you can cover over the course of a single guided tour through the city (be sure not to miss the Erawan Shrine known for frequent dance performances put on by the resident troupe). But there are several other destinations besides. For individuals interested in the rich history and culture of Thailand, Bangkok has numerous museums to check out. But the best of the lot is definitely the Bangkok national museum. It is the largest museum in Southeast Asia and is most apt to get a sense of Thai art and history. Muay Thai is a martial art native to Thailand is a very popular combat sport as well. Watch a live Muay Thai fight, free of charge, outside the MBK Shopping Centre every Wednesday night from 6 PM.
Sea Life Bangkok (known formerly as Ocean world) is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. It’s a location where you need to spend more than an hour or two to get your money’s worth. Be sure to also check out the short boat ride over the shark tank because these particular boats have glass floors making them perfect for seeing the sharks up close. Any visit to Bangkok should also include a trip to Madam Tussads, the world renowned organisation known for their life size, lifelike, wax figurines of well-known personages.
Now that you’ve been to all the places to visit in Bangkok, it’s time to head to shopping destinations, to pick up some souvenirs. Bangkok has some of the most expansive, fascinating and affordable marketplaces in the world and you should grab the opportunity to visit and see what all the fuss is about even if you ultimately decide not to do shopping (which, in my heartfelt opinion, is extremely unlikely). First stop, Khao San night market, Bangkok’s most well-known street market it’s great for some light shopping, cheap foot massage and some hearty street food. Next, we have Rod Fai market, now this is a rather special market which specializes in vintage articles and second hand objects, spend enough time hunting and you can make some truly captivating finds. Finally, there’s the Chatuchak weekend market, as the name suggest, it’s open only through the weekends (although a small section is open through the week.) This is a rather massive market and you can find just about anything under the sun here.
Good ol’ R&R:
Now that you’re all done with your impromptu vacation, it’s almost time to head home, but before you do, how about some nice R&R so you head home looking relaxed and fresh not hassled and weary. If you’ve never meditate in your life, well, what better place to start than a temple? Monks at the Wat Mahat temple offer free meditation classed thrice a day – 7 AM to 10 AM; 1 PM to 4 PM; 6 PM to 8 PM; The classes are free and can be intensely relaxing even for the most dedicated skeptic. Lumphini Park which is located in the heart of the business district is an escape from the city life. Its central location makes it all the more popular. It’s a great place to people watch and ‘become one with nature’ or as I like to call it, tree hugging. Last but very very far from least, a visit to the Banyan Tree Spa will leave you feeling so Zen you’d give the Japanese a run for their money. What makes this particular spa so special is the simple fact that it’s located on the 61st floor, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, makes for a great view when someone’s pressing on you at all the right places to slowly drain all the tension from your body and mind.
Well there you go, you’ve just managed to experience the best of Bangkok. Well, in your head, anyway. Now, go out and experience the real thing.
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