Exploring Bangkok During A Weekend Getaway

| November 1, 2012

Bangkok is a unique experience and an acquired taste. On the other side of the world, the culture is exotic, but in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, there is a buzz in the air that is unmatched by any other location. As a weekend getaway, it doesn’t get much better and Thomson have a good range of late deals for those looking for somewhere quick and interesting.

Bangkok has more than one face; its nightlife can get rowdy at times whilst its inflated population may give off a cramped sense and its high-rise buildings coupled with some insane traffic jams certainly give the city its own unique look. However, past that, there is a vibrant and beautiful city which is home to a plethora of temples and monasteries which epitomise the grand history of Thailand.

Looming high as a concrete jungle, Bangkok, known for its hot climate, features a colourful entrance for visitors starting from the moment they step through Suvarnabhumi Airport, an unconventional airport which combines duty free services with a cultural twang depicting Thailand’s famous background. Getting around Bangkok provides visitors with a wealth of options, none so fascinating as the famed Skytrain service, a future-esque form of transport that elevates above the crowded streets, transporting guests through the city. Other popular forms of travel come in the shape of river-taxis and the renowned Tuk-Tuk, the three-wheeled vehicles that have cemented themselves into the city’s tradition.

There is a selection of palaces that tourists may wish to visit. The main three sites include The Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, each lavishly designed, sacred places that feature a stunning array of colours. For those looking for a place to get away from the crowded streets, the Palaces are great options as is Lumphini Park. The park, wonderfully laid-back, is a great place for tourists to go and enjoy the afternoon sunshine with some fantastic views of Bangkok.

Opposed to that, Siam Square is a great place to visit for retail prospects and there are a great host of shops and restaurants in the area as well as fun places to see and visit such as the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre as well as the famous Hindu Erawan Shrine and Siam Ocean World, a great destination for a younger audience.

The canal tours are a wonderful idea as they create a laid-back atmosphere and explore the idyllic waterways of the beautiful city. Another way to get a bit of festive cheer is to experience one of the city’s many festivals, from the famed Chinese New Year Festival, to the Festival of Lights, a grandiose procession celebrating the divine spirituality of the country. Bangkok is a place of firsts; it’s important to sample the cuisine and invest in the culture as it’s an experience that will be cherished forever.

About the Author:

Current: Editor of At-Bangkok.com, Managing Director at dp-Studio Co. Ltd. Past: Lecturer, Instructor at School of Architecture King Mongkut University of Technology, Architect at RNL Architect, Architect at Roth Sheppard Architects Education: School of Architecture Chulalongkorn University Bangkok Thailand (B.Arch) School of Architecture University of Arizona USA - School of Architecture University of Colorado, Denver USA (M. Arch)
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