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Things to Do in Bangkok

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The City of Angels is as exciting as it is diverse! Bangkok is a melting pot of striking fragrances, visual pleasures and happening lifestyle.It’s loud, it’s noisy, it’s modern and fast-moving, and at the same time it’s quiet, slow and old-fashioned. It’s a fusion city, a city where tradition and modernity not just meet, but mix and create something new.

It’s a fascinating place. Many people who make a stopover in Bangkok for a couple of days before heading to one of the many beautiful beaches Thailand has to offer do not like it at all. All they see are decadent red-light districts, annoying traffic jams and nosy tuktuk-drivers.

But that’s really just Bangkok’s most outer layer – that’s what is the easiest to find for a tourist who comes here. If you peel that first layer away, you will find the many other faces of Bangkok: the gentle, the kind, the cultural, the culinary, the religious and more.

Temples in Bangkok
There are so many temples in Bangkok, if you have an interest in Buddhism or religious architecture, you will love it here. The temples are built in many different styles, and the “must see” temples are the Wat Pho which features the 46 meter long reclining Buddha image and Wat Arun, which is just across the river.

Wat Trai Mit is another impressive place to see, as it houses the golden Buddha. It’s the largest Buddha statue in the world made out of solid gold. And it has an mysterious history. Nobody knows for sure how old this Buddha statue is. And in fact, nobody even knew it existed until a couple of decades ago. It was once covered in plaster, probably to hide it from invading armies who where known to melt down the gold from Buddha statues. Accidentally a monk discovered that under the plaster, there was a golden Buddha, when a piece of the plaster chipped of.

Culture and History
If you want to know more about the history of Thailand and gain a better understanding of Thai culture, the National Museum is a great place to visit.

Many people also like to visit the Grand Palace, which is a huge compound that mixes architectural influences from different regions of the world.

Seasoned shoppers love Bangkok. It’s a true shoppers paradise. Do you have cash to spend? Modern shopping palaces like the Siam Paragon or Central World offer you ample opportunity to buy pretty much all the material things that one can crave for. Almost every luxury brand of the world has a flagstore at Siam Paragon, and in case you want to buy a new Lamborghini, just head to the second floor.

If you want cheap clothes and fashion accessories, you probably want to check out Pratunam, specially Platinum Mall. But Pahurat also has a lot to offer, just as Bobae.

And then there is the Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as JJ or Jatujak market. It’s the world’s largest weekend market and has a very diverse mix of merchandise on offer. If you love markets, this is the one to check out.

Thailand Vacation Travel

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Millions of visitors flock to the beaches, cities and temples of Thailand each and every year to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this wonderful SE Asian destination. And as you might imagine, along with the huge influx of tourists has come a huge number of Thailand hotels catering to the needs of Thailand’s visitors.

If you’re considering a Thailand vacation then I would suggest that you plan your trip during Thailand’s dry season which runs from November through March. Rainfall is quite unusual during this time and temperatures are a bit lower as well making for a much more comfortable vacation for those from northern climes. The only downside you’ll have is that many other travelers will also be visiting during this time making crowds and unfortunate reality.

No matter what part of Thailand you choose to visit you’ll find friendly smiling Thai faces, great food choices and rich cultural heritage. From Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north where you can sample traditional Thai Lanna foods and culture, visit the incredible Thai temple Doi Suthep and even see elephants in their natural habitat down to the islands and beaches of the south such as Koh Samui, Krabi and Ko Phi Phi where the sand is like a powdery white sugar and the waters are crystal clear aquamarine you’re certain to have a wonderful time when in Thailand.

You also won’t want to miss the glittering capital city of Bangkok where East meets West and the traditional Thai culture meets modern ideas and concepts. Bangkok is home to hundreds of Thai temples, more restaurants than you can count and of course world class hotels. If you’ve got money to burn then check out The Oriental Hotel nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and voted one of the best hotels in the world numerous times. Of course there are also many more lower cost options when it comes to Bangkok accommodations. Try the Pathumwan Princess hotel if you’re looking to stay close to Chinatown, one of the more interesting ares of Bangkok. Or if you’re looking to be closer to the nightlife of Bangkok choose a Sukhumvit hotel or one near Khao San Road, the famed backpacker haven of Bangkok.

Regardless of what type of vacation you’re looking for, beach holiday, mountain retreat, natural wonders, nightlife and parties or some combination of these, Thailand has the answer to your holiday needs. Come and find what millions before you have discovered…Amazing Thailand.