WHY VISIT BANGOK
Bangkok needs little introduction and is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Wonderful hotels, great shopping - both local and international, where a shimmering Grand Palace sits alongside smaller, hidden temples and colourful markets all jostle for space in this eclectic city. Bangkok should be included for at least a night or two as part of your journey to Thailand.
Amongst the thriving streets are many fascinating temples, Buddhist statues and ancient ruins. Thailand was never colonised and Bangkok showcases the true grit and determination of the Thais and the country as a whole. A true example of the force of modernisation in the East: a vast metropolis of modern skyscrapers and luxury brands blending with local houses, riverside markets and palaces.
All too often Bangkok is used as a quick stopping point between holidays to other regions of Thailand and South East Asia, however to not spend a few days exploring is to miss out on the very essence of Thailand. Yes, it is busy, sometimes dirty and always on the go but finding a peaceful temple, a backstreet cafe and a colourful flower market, not to mention some of the best shopping in Asia, make Bangkok a great city for those who enjoy the buzz and atmosphere of city life.
- Explore the canals of Bangkok by long tailed boat - James Bond style
- Buy a beautifully illustrated Nancy Chandler map and explore on foot
- Take a private guide for an evening of local street food
- Visit the former capital of Ayutthaya, travelling one way by boat.
- Spend a few hours exploring the vibrant streets of Chinatown
- Wake up very early and visit Pak Khlong Talad - the city’s biggest flower market.
Beyond the Ordinary
- Stay at The Siam hotel and have a private Thai Boxing lesson, known locally as Muay Thai - stay at The Siam anyway
- Gain a unique view of the city by cycling through its undiscovered green spaces
- Try to be in Bangkok for a festival such as Loy Krathong when the canals and rivers flicker with candles but avoid the water festival of Songkran