Time flies, doesn’t seem like a minute in busy Bangkok

The Grand Palace, Bangkok
My wife and I are travelling through Southeast Asia later this year. Our first stop will be Bangkok. We’re staying for a few days and while we would love a relaxing place to stay after our long flight, it would be great if you could also recommend exciting and interesting things to do while we’re there.

My wife and I are travelling through Southeast Asia later this year. Our first stop will be Bangkok. We’re staying for a few days and while we would love a relaxing place to stay after our long flight, it would be great if you could also recommend exciting and interesting things to do while we’re there.

Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour but despite this, it is home to some of the finest and most relaxing hotels. As one of the busiest cities in the world, you won’t be stuck for things to do! Bangkok is home to a plethora of museums, shopping malls, traditional Thai restaurants, markets, and luxurious spas where you and your wife can spend a couple of days soaking up the atmosphere and relax at the same time.

Getting around such an expansive city can be tricky but many tourists use taxis as their main mode of transport as they are easily accessible and very cheap. Take note though, with a population of over eight million, Bangkok traffic can be extremely heavy, especially during rush hour. Alternative and faster methods are the sky train, which runs through all the city’s highlights, or if you are feeling brave why not try a motorcycle taxi?

Another popular form of transport is the infamous tuk tuk; an open-air taxi with low-lying seats, allowing its users to view the beautiful sights of the city. It is a good idea to negotiate the fare before your journey though to ensure you get the best deal.

The most visited cultural hubs of the city are its palaces, and Buddhist temples, or “wats”. The Grand Palace, for example, is rich with artefacts, statues and fantastic Buddhist architecture; it is also the official Thai royal family residence. There are hundreds of temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha which as its name suggest contains a 46m tall Reclining Buddha and is also famous for being Thailand’s largest temple.

More world famous Thai architecture can be found in its two National museums; both proven tourist favourites. Other interesting museums of note are the Siriraj Medical museum and Jim Thompson’s house. Located in the Siriraj Hospital, the medical museum brings tourists through a journey of the history and current state of medical practice in Thailand. Jim Thompson’s dwelling is the home of the American expatriate who restored and promoted Thai silk after World War II. His famous home is made from several Thai houses, dismantled and formed into one. It’s now open to the public since his mysterious disappearance in 1967.

The shopping experience of Bangkok rivals the fashion capitals of Europe and North America. Asiatique, Central World and Terminal 21 are just three of the wide array of huge shopping malls which Bangkok has to offer.

Bangkok’s markets and night bazaars are also really popular with tourists, but remember - haggling is a must! Chatachuuk Market is one of Bangkok’s largest shopping destinations, a proven popular hotspot for tourists and locals alike.

Like any city, Bangkok offers a wide variety of dining options with everything from street vendors and quick bites to fine dining eateries. One such fine dining restaurant is The Sirocco which is located on the top floor of Bangkok’s state tower. At a height of 810ft, tourists can enjoy sensational views of the city, including many other skyscrapers that define the skyline. The restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean cuisine, for those who have a more European appetite. Eating out in Bangkok can be incredibly cheap but you do get what you pay for so make sure you do some restaurant research before travelling.

Where to Stay:

Lebua State Tower Hotel (****)

Prices start from €106 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The beautiful Lebua State Tower Hotel is one of the city’s most famed hotels, holding suites with breathtaking views of the city and the roof-top Sirocco restaurant. A daily buffet breakfast is available, as are drinks and cocktails from the hotel’s very own Sky Bar. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms also all come with DVD players, LCD TVs, and en suite bathrooms. Lebua also has an outdoor lagoon pool, a gym, steam room, and a fully equipped spa where guests can enjoy traditional Thai massages.

The Landmark Hotel (****)

Prices start from €88 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This five-star hotel offers seven gourmet restaurants, a gym, spa, and Wi-Fi. Centrally located in the heart of the city’s business, shopping, and entertainment areas the hotel is located beside Bangkok’s famous Terminal 21 shopping mall and Nana BTS (Sky Train). They also provide a 24 hour business centre with private meeting rooms. The hotel is 31 storeys tall, with 395 rooms and 55 suites.

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa Hotel (****)

Prices start from €84 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Anantara translated into English means “freedom, movement, and harmony”, which encapsulates the very spirit of this hotel. The impeccably designed 37 floor twin tower structure contains the finest in Bangkok hotel services. Relax in total seclusion from the bustling city outside on the sun soaked pool deck with infinity edge swimming pool; dine on mouth-watering local and international cuisine and sooth away the day’s stresses with a full range of holistic treatments at Senses Spa.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (*****)

Prices start from €158 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Surrounded by tropical vegetation on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok stands 25 stories tall, a gem in the midst of historic “Old Bangkok.” The hotel has 802 guestrooms that feature bay windows with sweeping river or city views. Amenities include fruit baskets and flowers, and complimentary daily newspapers. Beds are dressed with 220-thread-count sheets and cotton duvets and guestrooms are decorated in warm earth tones and natural materials such as wood, glass and leather.

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