Top Tips For a Stay in Bangkok

14/02/2018

Thailand is an incredibly popular holiday destination as it combines idyllic, picture-perfect white sandy beach destinations with a welcoming and ancient culture.  The capital, Bangkok is a crazy, vibrant and bustling city which is fun to explore and makes for a brilliant city break.  So if you’re heading to Thailand for the beaches don’t miss out on staying in the capital for a few days too, it’s well worth it and our Thailand Multi Centre Holidays allow you to do just that.  Here are a few tips on things to do and see to make the most of your stay.

A bit of history and culture...

Visit Jim Thompson’s house the former home to the American silk entrepreneur which houses his own art collection as well as textiles and parts of derelict Thai houses!  It’s a step back in time and the tranquil existence of such an impressive home right in the middle of the city is a perfect escape from the crowds. 

A must see is the dazzling 18th century Grand Palace with its amalgamation of Thai and Italianate architecture also do visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha thought to be 800 years old.  Both these incredible sites will give you an insight into the ancient culture of this buzzing modern city but it is advisable to book your entrance tickets in advance. Also the temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho are worth a visit – even if just for a massage – see below!

Explore the markets – and the mega malls...

There are all kinds of markets in Bangkok from flowers to food, fabrics to electronics.  There’s also the Night market in the infamous Pat Pong area for fake goods but don’t miss the Chatuchat Weekend Market, it is the most enormous market ever selling absolutely everything.  As well as markets, some of the mega Malls are so incredible you have to see them just to believe it – head to the Siam Centre, one of the most popular malls to check it out where shopping and art collide, no need to actually even shop, this is sightseeing in itself!

Explore the city another way…

You may find wandering around the city utterly exhausting with the heat sapping your energy.  So when you’ve done your walking for the day, there are two alternatives for you to try, the first is a tuk tuk tour, particularly good at night.  Get your hotel to recommend a company which has good local guides and drivers.  They can take you around the city to see the temples when they are quiet and empty and also take you to some markets for delicious food.  There are also some specific foodie tuk tuk tours which can take you to the very best places to eat and where the locals go.

The second alternative is to hop on a boat to see the city from the Chao Phraya River.  You’ll see a whole different perspective of the ancient temples, markets and you won’t get exhausted! 

Eat your way around this city...

The food here is seriously good – in fact it’s reason enough to visit!  For some fine dining book at the Saffron Restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel.  With its’ panoramic view over the city you will love the outstanding Thai signature dishes.  For the best pad thai, sticky rice and papaya salad head to Som Tam Convent and for a wonderful evening sat beside the river enjoying delicious food check out the Savoey Restaurant at the Tha Maharaj. There are of course so many fantastic restaurants, but also don’t be afraid to eat at the street stalls, particularly those crowded with locals.  In the morning, stalls selling coffee and Chinese-style doughnuts spring up and later on they are replaced by stir-fry and noodle vendors.  China Town and the night markets offer endless choices from deliciously fresh seafood to bird’s nest soup and crocodile steaks.  When its Cocktail hour head to the Moon Bar back at the Banyan Tree Hotel for a spectacular 360-degree view over the city from the chic roof top terrace.

Exhausted tourists head this way...

Thailand caters well for those in need of a massage – you can find them on most street corners – this is the country that invented them, so why not get one from the country’s most renowned massage school located right in the middle of the incredible Wat Pho Temple?  Even if you don’t want a full body massage, your feet will definitely be in need of some tlc after all your walking around and will appreciate a foot massage.

See how the locals live and get out of the city...

As well as striking up conversation with locals as you eat your street food, you could also visit the Damnoen Saduak floating markets on the canals just a two-hour coach trip out of Bangkok.  It’s well worth it to soak up the bustling and vibrant atmosphere with its kaleidoscope of fruit and vegetables.

Having enjoyed a few days in this fascinating and buzzing city you can head to the beach for total relaxation, impossibly turquoise water and powder soft sand – what a perfect combination for a holiday!

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