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Tips to Do in Bangkok

 

If you’re about to visit Bangkok for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed by all the things you can do and see there. Where do you start? Take the time to get a real feel for the culture of Bangkok. Get to know its customs, its architecture, and its beautiful countryside.

The Temples of Bangkok

There are numerous temples in and around Bangkok that you should definitely put on your list of things to see. Each has its own story and each is an architectural wonder to behold. Many are within a few short miles of the city center, such as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the Marble Temple, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and perhaps the most photographed of them all, the Temple of Dawn.

The Sky Train

The train is a great way to avoid congestion on the roads and to see Bangkok in relative comfort. The Sky Train is an elevated rapid transit system that will take you to places such as the Central Business District of Bangkok, the National Stadium, and other notable places with ease. There are two lines, the Silom line that runs west to south and the Sukhumvit line that runs north to east. Check out the various sites along these routes and see more of Bangkok than you could have imagined.

Khlong Saen Saep

Though the water is murky and the smell can be overpowering at times, the Khlong Saen Saep offers a glimpse into another world outside the bustling city center of Bangkok. Many people here still have to take boats to and from work along the canal and the boats can get quite congested during rush hour. It may not be the most pleasant of boat rides, but if you’re interested in seeing another side of Bangkok, it really is worth a ride through the Khlong Saen Saep.

Chinatown

Chinatown is bursting with vibrant energy day and night. It is definitely a haven for tourists who go there to find street-side vendors and restaurants, many shops hawking gold, and other wares in a densely populated area. It is a flea market extravaganza and a great place to try food for every palate, much of it prepared right before your eyes. It is an exciting and invigorating experience you should not miss.

 

 

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The Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

 

If there is a city in Asia where costs are not blowing the budget for purchases, this is, without doubt, Bangkok. Even Lady Gaga who just landed in the Thai capital recently, created a media storm when she tweeted about the desire of purchasing a fake Rolex.

Well, who has not heard of the weekend market in Chatuchak (or JJ’s for the locals) and its nearly 15,000 stalls? Chatuchak is a universe where visitors and locals come to shop, eat, get a massage or a drink. It is good way to spend the day and see the best of Bangkok, which is concentrated in its 27 sections. Here, you can find almost everything: clothes, household items, body oils, animals, furniture and local art.

To get there, take the subway to Kamphaeng Phet Station, Exit 2 leaves you in the center of the market. Slip by section 26 and zigzags up the first cross street. Keep going until you can turn right and you’ve reached the area of the dishes.

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Wat Rong Khun: The White Temple Near Chiang Rai

 

Fifteen kilometers from the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand, is this house that you can see in the gallery.

Wat Rong Khun is an all-white building that differs from other colorful places of worship in the area. The structure is amazingly beautiful and elegant, that when hit by sunlight, it projects dramatic effects.

Considered by many to be a very elegant building, it has its recent origin. The Wat Rong Khun has been designed into the project by Chalermchai Kositpipat and the work commenced in 1997. Today, it is still being defined, is a non-Buddhist and Hindu temple.

 

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Thailand: The Weather in Bangkok

We are all aware of the devastation in Thailand due to the torrential rains of the recent days. But now, the situation is improving, although the Foreign Ministry, continues to advise against travel in the country.

In particular, we note that the central areas -and tourism in Bangkok has been spared by the floods. The main airport, the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is currently fully operational. This does not mean, however, that the displacements can be difficult beyond the urban network of the metropolis. The ancient capital of Ayutthaya , for example, continues to be unreachable.

The Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra , said that the situation has already improved. Therefore, the worst is over. So get ready to book those tickets and head to this fascinating nation.

 

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The Festival of the Silk Umbrellas in Thailand

Only nine kilometers from Chiang Mai is the city’s largest and most culturally important area in northern Thailand. This is the beautiful place of Bo Sang. Bo Sang celebrates an attractive festival: The Umbrella Festival. Bo Sang offers a yearly festival so colorful and a show worth witnessing.

One of the favorite souvenirs that travelers usually carry back to their countries are the silk umbrellas. Silk umbrellas are brightly colored, often necessary to cover from inclement weather, but generally are used to decorate the house.

The celebration is organized with the use of umbrellas and lanterns that are made ​​by craftsmen using mulberry paper and silk. During the days-long festival, craft stores run day and night and are transformed into a picturesque place, decorated with the most stunning style of Thai.

Exhibitions, performances, parades, competitions, and other shows happen at the festival. The celebration is prepared a year in advance to flood the streets of the town with magic and color. As part of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, Bo Sang has a particular character that is manifested in its beautiful temples, rice fields, traditional cottages, and the simple way of living of its people.

This village specializes in the manufacture of umbrellas, that why it is celebrated annually. The umbrellas are designed for tropical climates, as well as to resist rain. Some of the pieces are real works of art made, ​​in fine silk and painted using ancient hand techniques with colorful flower and leaf motifs.

The Umbrella Festival is a spectacle not to be missed!

Air Travel

Thai Airways

Thai Airways is the leading airline in Thailand, and one of the strongest airlines in Asia. Thai Airways is based in Bangkok, and flies to 45 international destinations, mainly to the cities of Europe, North Africa, USA,  Asia and Oceania.

Thai Airways International won the ‘Airline of the Year to the Far East’ in the 2011  Travel Agents Choice Awards in the latest World Travel Market expo in London. The award was handed over to the airline at its stand at the WTM.

“We are very fortunate to win this award for the second consecutive year. We are always working on the renovation of our services. We are currently in the process of the modernization of our seats, to increase customer satisfaction and improve the competitiveness of Thai,” said Krittaphon Chantalitanon, vice president of Products and Services.

For the first time in four years, Thai has assumed a more visible presence at the show by having a stand at what is considered one of the leading travel exhibitions.

The Asian airline had the opportunity to bond with some 5,000 exhibitors from 189 countries and regions at the ExCel Centre in London.

The World Trade Market is one of the global meetings global tourism industry that generates more talks, events and meetings.

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Phanom Rung: The Shrine of Hindu Deities

Thailand has always been a destination for all those who seek the enigmatic remains of ancient temples and magnificent statues of Buddha. If you want to explore one of the most impressive temple complexes, then you must head north of the country to see the impressive Phanom Rung.

The Khmer temple was built between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. According to legend, the building of the monument took place during the reign of Suriyavarman II. The magnificent architecture sits on an extinct volcano.

While it is not easy to get to Phanom Rung, it will be worth the effort. The journey is long if you are staying in Bangkok—as buses and trains leaving from the capital to Khorat, take four to five hours. From this point, you have to make a connection to Surin. Once in path, a stop at Ban Ta Ko is needed after a two-hour travel. This is where you have to wait for motorcycle taxis that covers the route to the resort.

The problem here is not the 12 miles to go, but the driver’s pricing. Do not let them charge you more than 50 baht. If you do not have much money and prefer to make a trip more adventurous, then you should stand in the road and decide to hitchhike. The Thais are very friendly and the cars stop easily. Try to reach Phanom Rung around 10 a.m. ,as the climate at this time is fresh and there are few tourists around.

Reach Phanom Rung and you can find the huge temple in the midst of surrounding countryside. Get ready for a long walk through the steps to the main entrance where you will find numerous galleries and rooms, pools of purification, and the only wooden bridge left in the Naga country. This bridge of Hindu mythological figures represent the aquatic spirits and semi-divine beings. It is said that they are the guardians of the place.

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Sai Yok Noi Falls in Thailand

The creator has been very generous with Thailand ans it is one of the most impressive places to visit in the region. A highlight of this beautiful country is the Sai Yok Noi waterfalls. This waterfall is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the country . The beauty of this waterfall is that it is completely surrounded by a stunning natural environment, dense forests and steep mountains. This is one of the places that Thailand is proud of .

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Koh Samui

 

Wild, yet beautiful. This is the Koh Samui island.

Koh Samui is located in the southeast of Thailand. With just 275 square kilometers of area, the place offers tourists the greatest beauty, unspoilt landscapes, clear waters, and golden sands.

This is a good place to relax and enjoy the fresh air, the gentle sea breeze, and the tropical climate that caresses the island throughout the year. 

Upon visiting this island, do not leave the place without visiting the so called Six Big Beaches : Chaweng, Lamai, Maenam, Bo Phut, Big Buddha, and Choeng Mon. 

Koh Samui island has little nightlife. But if what you want is a bit of fun, drinking, and dancing, then you have to head to ChawengThere, seven miles of white sand with rustic bars, nightclubs, shops, and beautiful gardens of the luxury hotels await you.

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Payot Spa, Phuket

Heading to Thailand for total relaxation? Then head to the new Payot Spa. It is located in the heart of a Zen garden of the new Maison de Beauté Payot Spa, Phuket, Thailand, in the exclusive ClubMed Resort. An oasis of elegance and relaxation, it was recently renovated by interior designers, Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet. The Resort boasts sleekness and sophistication.
In Payot Spa, therapists use the unique and customized gestures to restore the beaut, harmony, and the fundamental balance between body and spirit. They aim to heal the soul, by combining the best of herbal medicines to the techniques of manipulation of the body and face. The spa features seven cabins for for treatment. They also have a walk-in treatment, a Jacuzzi, two infinity pools, and two boxes for herbal steam baths.

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Bangkok, capital of exotic

First time visitors may find Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, a bit disoriented. Day and night, its approximately 10 million people live at a frantic pace and there are few places in the city where silence reigns.

A simple walk through the heart of the city, around the Royal Square (Sanam Luang), offers spectacular discoveries: the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, and the fascinating National Museum.

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