Nothing can prepare you for the frenetic speed and the abundance of smells and colours in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. The markets are crowded, traffic is chaotic and the stallholders are merciless in their supply of cheap clothing and watches. All these activities are complemented by the strong aroma of hundreds of food stalls with pad thai and other tasty dishes. If you’re looking for an energetic adventure, then look no further than a hotel in Bangkok.
Scratch Beneath the Surface
But spend a little more time in Bangkok and you’ll soon discover a very different side. This is a city where religion is central to daily life and the smell of incense often leads to a shrine where people from different walks of life stop to pray.
Bangkok is know by locals as Krung Thep (City of Angels) and is called home by nearly 10 million people. It covers more than 1,500 square kilometres in area and includes two former capitals, Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter city is now the historic city centre, where you will find most of the attractions, such as the National Museum, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the grounds of the magnificent Grand Palace. In this neighbourhood you’ll also find the huge reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple – don’t forget, you’re expected to dress modestly when visiting temples.
Feel the Energy
Prepare yourself for the Banglamphu district, where you’ll find the teeming crowds and the profusion of colours and scents in the famous Khao San Street. Walk through the various shops selling cheap designer clothes and accessories or take a seat in one of the many bars, people watch and take in the many sounds and scents.
For a bit of relaxation you can join a free yoga or tai chi lesson in Lumphini Park, or enjoy a spa treatment at one of the nearby Bangkok hotels (or your own). Take a short boat ride north of Bangkok and visit the Mon community, where they have the small artificial island of Ko Kret, created as a haven for the preservation of their culture.
Although a ride on a tuk-tuk (motorized rickshaw) is a must, there are enough transport options in Bangkok to allow you to travel comfort too. The excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) provide connections between all major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. For a different view of Bangkok best take a trip on one of the Express boats that traverse the waters of the Chao Phrayarivier.
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