How to Have a Great Time in Bangkok
Bangkok is a city of pulsating energy, rich heritage, a vibrant culture and a great nightlife where a visitor can taste different aspects of the traditional and the modern.
Ride the Sky Train
The fastest, most convenient and inexpensive mode of transport in Bangkok is the Sky Train also known as the BTS. The air conditioned carriages and the clear system for displaying each station make Sky Train rides convenient and the view of the city below from above is not too bad either. Whether you are staying at a hotel in Asoke, Phrom Phong or even in Phra Khanong you can easily board the BTS and tour the whole city. The Sky Train takes a direct route but you can visit almost every part of Bangkok in it.
Visit the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the most prominent landmark in all of Bangkok and not without reason. If you’ve already booked a city hotel like AVANI Atrium Bangkok your ride to the Grand Palace will take about 30 minutes. The Grand Palace was once a royal residence and the exquisite sculptures, stone and filigree work bears silent testimony to the elegance and prosperity of Thai royalty. Ideally, you should spend a few hours visiting each part of the palace. You will come across paintings depicting grand battles and scenes from the Buddha’s life as well as stonework sculptures that look like guardian demons. The temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must see site on the expansive grounds of the Grand Palace. Consult the map they provide with the ticket and pick the places that may interest you most. If it is possible, try and visit the Grand Palace on a day that it is not crowded.
Cruise along the Chao Phraya River
Booking a 150 baht all day ticket to go on a river cruise on the Chao Phraya River is one of the best ways to see all the wonders of Bangkok. The comfortable yet rustic boat ride on the river in itself is a soothing and a stimulating experience at the same time. You can get off at each interesting point and once you’ve sufficiently taken in the local scenery return to board the next boat. A one day ticket will allow you to ride the river cruises all day long. Generally, when they get close to a stop, someone will announce the name of the place and its attractions. You could also consult your ticket to pick and choose the places that you would enjoy most.
Visit the Chatuchak Market
This massive marketplace is where you can buy a plethora of items at local prices. Each Saturday and Sunday the Chatuchak Market puts on a display of an exhilarating range of wares with over 8,000 stores open. Although the market space is massive, the plus side of that is you are bound to find bargain prices. From clothes, accessories and handicrafts to antiques, the choices are varied and enormous. If you feel peckish during your shopping spree, head towards sections 2, 3, or 26 and 27 to enjoy delectable dishes and thirst quenchers. To avoid getting lost in the market, pick out a map and consult it as you go.
Try a Thai Massage
Thailand obviously is the best place to enjoy a Thai massage. If you are lucky enough to find a good place, you will emerge invigorated. Thai massages can help you relax and then feel stimulated. While there are Thai massage parlours all around the city, do a bit of research or ask a fellow traveller to recommend a good one near your resort or hotel.