A shoppers delight? Tick.
Utter madness and culture shock value? Tick.
Hair-raising tuk tuk rides? Tick.
Mouth watering food for all tastes and budgets? Tick.
Sparkling Palaces and dancing disco balls? Tick.
No matter what your style, taste or budget, Bangkok ticks many boxes as the ideal holiday location.
Get lost in the vibrant and colorful city that is Bangkok. Emerging as the new Tokyo of South East Asia, Bangkok has more to offer than one could possibly imagine. However, while it is all too easy to get caught up in this rapidly developing and cosmopolitan city, you are also still able to find a more rustic side of Bangkok.
Like all cities in Asia, the day starts at the crack of dawn. Markets are abuzz before the sun has even made an appearance. If you can handle an early morning start, organise a trip to Bangkok’s infamous floating markets. You can either sit back and enjoy the people watching spectacle or get amongst it on one of the long boats to peruse what each stall has to offer. A fantastic way to start the day.
The Grand Palace is also a must see for all new visitors to Thailand. However, given the hoards of tourists that pass through these gates everyday, you can expect to be fooled more than just once.
OK, first things first. Before you even start your journey, if the tuk-tuk driver tells you the Grand Palace is closed for a Buddhist holiday and therefore you should let him be your tour guide for the day – either ask him to take you there anyway or find yourself another driver. The Grand Palace is open everyday except during Royal Ceremonies. Inside the Grand Palace you are also permitted to view the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) in all its golden glory. One of the largest Buddha images in the world, Wat Pho comes in at an impressive 46m long and 15m high.
If you are in Bangkok on a weekend, a visit to Chatuchak is mandatory for all shop-a-holics. With almost 9000 stalls to choose from, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the essence of a shoppers paradise. Escape the standard chaos of department stores, and head to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market for a more cultural shopping experience. When I say you can buy anything here… I mean you can buy absolutely anything here. From handicrafts and underwear to ‘real’ Ralph Lauren Polo’s, jewellery and illegally imported animals. You will be in awe at the array of choices.
Finish your day off in Khao San Rd – the central hub of backpackers from all corners of the globe. Here you can find dingy hotels, seriously cheap eats, bargain beauty treatments and massages for all and of course an abundance of shops to peruse. Khao San Road comes alive at night with a sensory overload of smells, sounds and sights to feast on. Night markets fill the streets while nomadic backpackers wander up and down their new place to call home. Park yourself on the side of the street and watch this amazing world go by as you indulge in a Chang beer and more than a few helpings of pad thai from one of the colourful street vendors.