Destinations / Bangkok
A holiday in Bangkok is one of the most exciting things you will experience in your lifetime! The capital and largest city in Thailand, Bangkok is a cosmopolitan melting pot which enthrals at every turn. Vast and sprawling, Bangkok is fast moving, riotously colourful and raucously noisy and, with a population of over 11 million souls, it's probably not surprising!
Bangkok holidays are tailor made for sightseeing as the city has wondrous temples or Wats, ancient traditional buildings, great modern architecture, street markets, fascinating palaces and risque nightlife. A city that does not rest, Bangkok is full on in every sense and taste, smell, sight and hearing are awakened as never before.
The Chao Phraya river runs through the city and bisects various areas in what sometimes appears like a concrete jungle. Sukhumvit Road is a long stretch where upmarket restaurants, glitzy clubs and naughty nightlife venues are visited by international visitors. The area of "Old Bangkok" is home to the stunning Grand Palace and Wat Pho or take a ferry across the river to see Wat Arun. Siam Square has a lot of high end hotels and sophisticated shopping malls where the futuristic Skytrain intersects.
Exploration of a few of the hundreds of temples is a must on any Bangkok holiday where reclining Buddhas and Emerald Buddhas and the gentle saffron-robed monks form the delightfully unique flavour of this marvellous city. Another must on the travel itinerary with any Bangkok holiday is a floating market where rural life is lived on the water. Long canoe-like boats are paddled by women who peddle their wares or cook and serve steaming bowls of noodles.
Heaven for retail therapy, Bangkok has shopping at every level. Designer stores, street markets, glitzy malls and night markets offer every conceivable item that you ever wanted or thought you wanted. Buy a swathe of gorgeous Thai silk and have a custom-made suit; choose a quality gem and have it fashioned into a pretty ring or buy some handy kitchen utensils made from coconut shells.
Of course, nightlife in the city is notoriously alive and vibrant and no holiday to Bangkok worth its salt is complete without a visit to a girlie bar or go go bar. This is part of the fabric of life in Thailand and these bars, being huge tourist attractions, provide a welcome boost to the local economy. More cultural events, such as a relaxed dinner cruise or traditional dancing show are delightfully different and show the rather more sophisticated side of Bangkok nightlife.
Holidays in Bangkok are never dull. The city is a paradise where a deeply pulsating heart beats day and night and the welcome afforded to visitors by the warm, friendly people is entirely genuine. Enjoy Bangkok with its many faces, and chances are, all of them will be smiling.