Bangkok Travel Guide

September 16, 2011 by
Filed under: Travel 

Central Thailand contains one of the world’s most amazing and exciting cities, Bangkok. This capital city offers visitors a true glimpse into life in Thailand and provides them with exotic sights, luxurious hotels, family fun activities, and a one of a kind nightlife experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. The unforgettable city offers state of the art skyscrapers, modernized stores and malls for shopping, and a touch of mystery around every corner. Bangkok tourists will be completely satisfied that they have experienced Thai culture, cuisine, shopping, nightlife, and then some after spending a few days in this city that never sleeps.

Sightseeing is one of the major things to do when visiting Bangkok. The city is full of temples that depict some of the most beautiful Thai architecture in the country. Some of the most popular temples include the Wat Pho and the Wat Phra Kaew. Most first time visitors opt to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a tour guide who will spend time showing off the sites of this large city. If your time is limited and needs to be maximized, a tour guide is highly recommended.

Besides visiting the many temples in the city, other prominent tourist attractions that can be seen with the help of a tour guide or self-guided include the Grand Palace, Dusit Hall and Zoo, Temple Mount, and the National Museum which are all located in the area of Banglamphu. Tours to the magnificent Grand Palace portray the official residence of the Thai royalty. The palace was constructed in 1782 and housed many monarchs including King Chulalongkorn. The palace is open for public tours daily. The Grand Palace does enforce a dress code – men should wear long pants and women long skirts and sleeved shirts. You can pickup a rental pair of pants for a small deposit at the ticket window.

For those travelers looking for a cost effective and budget friendly experience, Khao San Road is the place to visit. What was once a quiet residential street has turned into a tourist hub of commercialism that features internet cafes, bars, nightclubs, and plenty of shopping venues. The area is famous in film with the opening scene of the movie the Beach featuring Leonardo DiCaprio taking place along Khao San Road. The area is also popular among the backpacker crowd wanting to partake in the purchase of pirated CDs and DVDs, knock off clothing, luggage, and more.

Contrary to the seedy reputation of Bangkok’s nightlife in the past, the city has turned over a new leaf and is evolving into offering some of the best places to frequent after dark in all of Southeast Asia. No matter what your taste in nightlife, Bangkok has something for everyone. From huge nightclubs to small intimate restaurant and bars, there is a place for every taste. Similar to most major cities, taxi cabs and tuk-tuks are available on nearly every corner to provide convenient and very inexpensive transportation to the area’s hotspots.

Sukhumvit Road is an upscale area featuring 5 star hotels, fun bars, and many entertainment options. From the Nana Plaza which offers a large complex full of go-go bars, to dining options for those ready for a night on the town. The stores in the area stay open late and shoppers have their free run of retail therapy late into the night. Most of the malls and market areas run extended hours and do most of their business at night. One of the more popular shopping venues is the night market at Patpong in the Silom area. If you can get passed the seedy bars and continue into the market place, visitors can walk away with a much coveted replica watches or handbags.

Most of the nightlife and shopping venues close their doors by 2:00 a.m., rather than going a full 24-hour period. Because of this, the night can be curbed but careful planning will enable a wonderful experience in Bangkok. Many western visitors return year after year because of the many attractions that can be found in this exotic land without disrupting their budget and emptying their wallets.

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