Vibrant, Exotic and Mysterious
Some cities are made for exploring... Bangkok was made to be experienced. Vibrant, colourful, mysterious and cosmopolitan all at the same time, this bustling city of more than eight million people is a photo album full of exotic encounters, exciting shopping, delectable cuisine and to-die-for massages.
Watch Thai life unfold against the imposing backdrop of Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the impressive Grand Palace on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River and through the klongs (canals) of Thonburi. It's a constant hive of activity. Bangkok is a bargain hunter's delight: don't miss the Chatuchak weekend market or the Patong night market.
Participate in a traditional BaliPai Thai Cooking Class and learn how to make the local specialty Pad Thai, made of rice noodles pan fried with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, egg with chicken, seafood or tofu.
Shop till you Drop
Shopping in Bangkok is endless, with large shopping malls, street markets or antique and textile markets; you will always find what you are looking for. The famous MBK is well known for tourists and filled with over 2000 shops occupying several floors.
If you are after a more authentic shopping experience, choose from the many buzzing markets situated around Bangkok. Grab a bargain, go night shopping or just wander around while sampling traditional Thai cuisine. If you’re in Bangkok for a weekend don't miss visiting Chatuchak, the most talked about weekend market with over 15,000 stores.
The floating market experience is a must-see for Thailand; however these days mainly operate solely for tourists. Tha Kha Floating Market is an authentic rewarding experience where local people come to barter.
No trip is complete without seeing the famous bridge of River Kwai and visiting the war museum of the allied prisoners of World War 11.
- A Vintage Affair: If your into the vintage vibe, then take a trip to the Rod Fai Markets. Situated just behind Seacon Square, it's a haven for collectors of memorabilia, from antique furniture to hippy fashion.
- Quirky Architecture: Catch a glimpse of this 102-metre-high jumbo-shaped elephant building located in Chatuchak district. The cleverly designed building is home to offices, a shopping plaza and a floor of luxury residential suites.
- Street Vendors: Your taste buds are never left unattended to in this city. Eat from one of the innumerable street vendors, or dine in style at Vertigo.
- Tour the Grand Palace: This palace was once a Royal residence with its multiple areas used for different occasions: The Reception Hall, The Coronation Hall, The Royal Guest House and the stunning Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Emerald Buddha Temple.
- Take a day trip by Coach to Ayutthaya: Return by boat, see the ruins of this ancient capital and visit the enchanting Summer Palace with its Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture.