Parched and Pampered In Bangkok

Thailand’s bustling capital is on a high, literally! From the towering high walls of the Royal Palace to the soaring skyscrapers that block out the sun, everything about Bangkok is lofty without being patronizing. With a perfect mix of cultural high spots, modern infrastructure, inexpensive, yet excellent hospitality and world-famous street food, Bangkok is ideal for your holidays, no matter what you’re looking for.

Typical tourist itineraries in Bangkok dedicate a day to visiting the Grand Palace with its Emerald Buddha, the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and the Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha. Other cultural attractions include Wat Benchamabophit, the Bangkok National Museum and the Dusit Palace.

For children, the Dusit Zoo, Safari World and the Siam Oceanworld are exciting places to visit and enjoy. Don’t miss the experience of petting tigers that sit relaxed among a group of monks at Kanchanaburi.

Though these are some of the key attractions of Bangkok, they are not the reasons that make Bangkok one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In fact, recent surveys claim that Bangkok IS the most popular tourist destination, surpassing both London and Paris in the number of visitors the city is expected to receive this year.

The reason for this is, apart from its unique cultural attractions, the city also offers amazing hospitality for backpackers as well as luxury seekers, terrific spas, exceptional shopping and of course, sensational food.

The spa culture of Bangkok in particular, gets a lot of attention from tourists. A traditional Thai massage soothes the body and makes you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated. After a hectic day of sightseeing under the sun, there can be nothing better than a gentle Thai massage to soothe your nerves. From inexpensive, but efficient 250 Baht massages at beauty parlors like the Take Care Beauty salon to high-end boutique packages offered at spas like Coran Boutique, there are treatments for different budgets and expectations.

Shopping is another lovely adventure in Bangkok; if you were planning to get nothing more than a tan in Bangkok, you’re in for a surprise. With affordable prices, fun markets like the Patpong night market and the Chatuchak weekend market and plenty of malls like the MBK Shopping Centre and Erawan, Bangkok is a haven for shoppers.

And when you’re done with shopping, make sure to taste the excellent street food for which Thailand is famous. Take your pick from Tom Yang Kung, a sour prawn soup, Pad Thai and Somtham, crispy fried noodles, khao man kai and for dessert, kanom roti. If your taste allows, try the deep-fried grasshoppers and crickets of Khao San road. Ice creams, fresh fruit juices and shakes are a favorite with locals as well as tourists. Forget your calories and take a plunge!

The nightlife in Bangkok is naughty and notorious; Silom is famous for its nightlife. Best haunts are Slim & Flix, Demo at Thong Lor and Bed Superclub in Sukhumvit. Take your pick, get yourself a glass and dance away!