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Activities in Bangkok

Bangkok is well known for its nightlife. A large number of nightclubs as well as bars have sprung up in the city to cater to its burgeoning foreign tourist arrivals all year round. Clubs like Bed Supperclub, Route 66, The Dubliner, The Londoner, House of Beers, Viva & Aviv, Iron Fairies, Ba Da Bing Bar are popular with foreign tourists.

Bangkok is also known to be a shoppers’ paradise. Shopping in Bangkok is actually very affordable because you have to pay in Thai Baht and not in dollars. There are many street markets in Bangkok that sell faux accessories, delicious street food as well as antiques. Some of the well known markets are Chatuchak market, Klongsan Market, Klong Toey Fresh market, Bangkok Farmers’ market and others. If you want to visit some malls while in Thailand, Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery are as good as they come.

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Bangkok’s Cuisine

Bangkok is a world city which means apart from exquisite Thai food, the city also offers cuisines from around the world. Thai food is not as spicy as South Asian food but it may still be too much for a western palate. Tom Yum Goong - Thai hot and spicy soup with shrimp - Thai CuisiSome popular Thai foods are Tom Yam Goong (the unofficial national food of Thailand), Pad Thai (noodles with onion, sprouts, bean and ground peanuts), Som Tam (made from shredded papaya, rice and barbequed chicken) and more. Do visit some of the famous local restaurants such as Lung Yai, Hong Teong Long, Baan Som Tam and Chennai Kitchen.

Thailand is also famous for its street food. There are plenty of street food stalls in Bangkok, especially in the busy areas. Some of them are open even at night. If you don’t know what a certain food is, look at the ingredients and the way it is prepared. That should give you some idea. Thai noodle stalls are especially good. There are actually several kinds of noodles, so do take note what you order.

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Exploring Bangkok

Bangkok is home to a number of attractions. Places such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), China Town, Siam Ocean World, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Bangkok Snake Farm and Safari World are very popular among tourists.

Do dress in full length clothes when you are visiting Wat Phra Kaew or you won’t be allowed inside. The same applies to the other famous Bangkok temples. Siam Ocean World Aquarium is located on the lower floors of the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall. It is spread over three Olympic size swimming pools and houses more than 30,000 sea creatures including sharks, rays and more.

To see lifelike wax figurines of international celebrities, head over to Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The museum contains wax figures of Bruce Lee, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and many others. If you have some time, make a trip to the famed Jim Thompson House, close to Siam Square.

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Central Thailand, Bangkok & Hua Hin

From bustling cities, serene temples and beautiful relaxing beaches, Central Thailand has something for every traveller.

On the fertile plains stretching north from Bangkok are 21 provinces, sometimes called ‘the rice bowl of Asia’, that are responsible for producing much of the country’s rice.

Ayutthaya was one of the greatest mercantile centres in Asia and its incredible temples and palaces are built around the confluence of the Chao Praya, Lopburi and Pasak rivers. Hundreds of visitors on day trips from Bangkok are drawn to the remains of monuments that stand among more modern buildings.

At Kanchanaburi is the infamous River Kwai bridge and ‘Death Railway’, the Japan-Burma railway built by the Japanese during World War II, when thousands of Asian labourers and Allied POWs died. Nearby are two war cemeteries, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Chong Kai Cemetery and the JEATH (Japan, England, Australia, Thailand and Holland) War Museum is housed in a reconstructed POW detention hut.

Bangkok is a thriving, bustling capital city catering to all kinds of tourists. Taxis or minibuses take visitors directly to their hotel via the convenient new expressway.

Bangkok proper seethes on the east side of the Chao Phraya River and can be divided in two by the main north-south train line. Old Bangkok glitters in the portion between the river and the railway and it is here that most of the older temples and the original palace are located while new Bangkok is east of the railway

For a bustling city, Bangkok surprisingly offers quiet escapes. Step out of the street noise and into the calm of one of the city’s 400 temples and monasteries. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo complex is the city’s premier tourist attraction and home to Phra Kaeo, the small, sacred and renowned emerald Buddha, the most revered image of Buddha in Thailand.

The Grand Palace is a must-see for visitors, with temples and pavilions shimmering in gold leaf, porcelain and glass while not far away is the Marble Temple, considered one of the country’s most beautiful buildings.

The Dusit Zoo is near the Royal Plaza, where the Thai royal family live in the Chitralada Palace. Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn is one of the city’s major landmarks with its central monument symbolising Hindi-Buddhist cosmology.

The Temple of the Golden Buddha houses a unique, gleaming, 18-carat gold, four-metre high, 13th century Sukothai Buddha.

Other sights include the Wat Sai floating market in Thonburi, a boat trip through the city’s extensive network of canals, and the renowned Oriental Hotel. For a shopping indulgence, head to central Bangkok’s Siam Square. This bustling shopping mecca is littered with alleyways jam packed with cheap, independent designer boutiques as well as numerous major shopping malls.

Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a favourite coastal destination for Thais who flock there to enjoy its beaches, multicultural buzz and numerous cafés and bistros that offer a wide range of cuisine. It is situated in the southwest of Bangkok and is recognised as Thailand’s first beach resort and extends some kilometres to a headland where Buddhist temples cling to the cliffs. Powdery white sand, resort hotels lining the coastline and visitors enjoying numerous watersports give the beach town its distinctive ambience.

Stunning Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park, 45 kilometres south of Hua Hin is one of the best-managed protected areas in the country. Kaeng Krachan National Park, northwest of Hua Hin, is Thailand’s largest protected area and is home to elephants, tigers, leopards, gibbon and many species of birds.