Bangkok: Glorious as if created by angels. The Thai capital is a land of contradictions: modernity and tradition, excess and humbleness, lust and love. And for the world traveler, Bangkok is an international playground. Asia’s liveliest nightlife scene paired with an ancient, natural beauty makes for a can’t-miss vacation. And while exploring this glorious land, there’s no doubt that you’ll meet some angels along the way.
Things to Do
If you’re looking to go where the artists go, then you’ll be happy to find the chic elite of Bangkok at the Patravadi Theatre. The beautiful environment of art plays host to restaurants, a theater and a stunning view of the Grand Palace. Perfect for those who want a hip night out.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Need clothes or antiques? How about a new pet? No? Well, it’s still worth checking out Thailand’s largest market. With over 8,000 stalls, you’ll see the local Bangkokians buying their daily essentials along with some items that you won’t even recognize. And thanks to the market’s central clock tower, you’ll never get lost—unless you want to.
Those seeking an authentic experience of natural Thai beauty will be awed by the wonders of Bang Krachao. Just across the river from the city, “Bangkok’s Green Lung” will quickly immerse you in lush vegetation that you can’t find in the Western world. A great place to take a natural Thai beauty of your own.
It’s not a trip to Asia without watching martial arts, and it’s not a trip to Thailand without sitting front row for a Muay Thai fight. Known as “the art of eight limbs,” Muay Thai features an intense, visually-striking style of fighting that will bring you from the edge of your seat to your feet. Bangkok’s two high-profile stadiums, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium and Ratchadamnoen Stadium host bouts on different nights to make sure that enthusiasts don’t miss a second of action. Sit ringside to experience the excitement up close or in the stands to immerse yourself in the locals’ raucous live betting.
Tired travelers will find an experience both cultural and comfortable at Wat Pho, aka the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Enjoy the stunning Buddhist architecture while being massaged in the home of the traditional Thai massage.
If you’re looking for the best when it comes to food and dining experience, this is a no-brainer. According to Restaurant Magazine, Nahm is the No. 1 Restaurant in Asia. That’s right, the best restaurant on the world’s largest continent is right here in Bangkok. Don’t miss it.
After the Grand Palace was built in 1782, each successive Chakri king made modifications of the Palace to leave their mark. Visitors are awed by the luxurious architecture and the spiritual power of this site. On a vacation fit for a king, the Grand Palace is the one thing that you have to see.
Where to Stay
AsianDate Tip: Unfortunately for those looking to travel on a budget, Bangkok’s low-cost options are less than desirable. The city’s hostels might be tolerable for college students discovering themselves, but you’ll want to think bigger.
The Mandarin Oriental has been a symbol of luxury in Bangkok for more than 135 years. With a Thai cooking school and an in-house boutique featuring designer Thai products, the Mandarin has everything you could possibly want in an opulent Bangkok experience.
You’ve never seen the Four Seasons like this before. Hand-painted ceilings are but one feature of the Bangkok outpost of perhaps the world’s best-known luxury hotel. The hotel’s situated in the middle of the city’s best nightlife, so you’ll have no excuse to leave the party early.
The Siam Hotel
Situated on the river’s edge, the Siam is the quintessential Bangkok experience. There’s no better way to experience Thai antiquity than to stay in a transplanted historic house (that’s been updated with contemporary amenities, of course). And don’t forget to bring your companion to the sensuous Opium Spa.
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