Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is always the busiest and largest city. It is located on the west bank of the Phaya River near the Gulf of Thailand. When you step into Bangkok, you see a picture of the past and the present blended together. There are probably very few cities in the world as colorful as Bangkok. Houses-offices-vehicles-horses are all painted in different colours. Colorful flower decorations along the road also make the city more colourful. ‘TukTuk’ ie auto rickshaws are plying on the busy streets of the city with shops, restaurants, bars, massage parlours, malls, markets. Street vendors are selling food.
The main attraction of Bangkok is the ancient royal palace or ‘Dusit Mahaprasad’, which is spread over an area of about one square mile on Na Phra Laron Road on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. This palace was built by King Rama I in 1782. Another Bangkok attraction is Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the palace grounds. The temple was constructed in 1785 during the reign of King Rama. There are various sculptures, frescoes and exquisite craftsmanship on the outer and inner walls of the temple.
The Buddha statue is carved out of a single jade stone. The palace grounds contain several other temples and a miniature model of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The Grand Palace is open from 8:30 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 3 pm. The oldest temple in Bangkok is Wat Po or Wat Phra Chetupon. This temple of the reclining Buddha is decorated with ninety pagodas, Bodhi trees and artificial fountains.
There are a total of 394 Buddha statues inside the temple. But the statue of the reclining Mahaparinirvana Buddha, draped in golden leaves, at about 150 feet long and 40 feet high, is truly remarkable. Another landmark of Bangkok is the Golden Buddha Temple. The main Buddha statue is about fifteen feet tall. About 1500 years old Buddhist art is stored in the National Museum. The lush green Lumbini Park, named after the birthplace of Buddha, is also very beautiful. Boating facility is also available in the lake.
Temples, palaces, museums, parks can be visited by steamer along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Sunset on the Chao Phraya River is an amazing experience.
Due to the film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’, this bridge became famous all over the world can also be seen. Irwan Waterfall can be taken in together. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua or the Tiger Temple is 140 km from Bangkok. There are tame tigers along with lamas in the Buddhist temple.
Getting around Bangkok doesn’t require a lot of money. Taxis and tuk-tuks are available here. These are motorized tricycles. Air conditioned and non air conditioned buses ply on some routes. If you are staying near Chao Phraya, there are water taxis and food options available. You can also take a tour by long tail boat and guided tours are also available for you.
where to shop in Bangkok
Shopping is another fun thing to do in Bangkok. Over the years, more and more plazas, malls and shops have opened up here. People’s top favorite purchases include Thai silk and Thai gold. Silk products are available in various colors and designs as well as at attractive prices. You can see limestone and sapphire stone extracted from Thai quarries. If you buy jewelry items, they won’t come cheap, but you can buy them locally made in Akron at a fairly affordable price. Those who want to buy gold jewelery should visit Chinatown where 96.5% pure gold jewelery is available.
how to go
Board Thai Airways from your location at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. From there you will have to take a taxi to your hotel.
hotel accommodation in Bangkok
You will find a wide range of accommodation options in Bangkok to suit your convenience. You can also stay at a hotel overlooking the Chao Phraya River, such as Bangkok’s famous Oriental Hotel or the Peninsula Hotel, or a hotel surrounded by trees and gardens outside the commercial part of the city of your choice.
You will find better hospitality in Bangkok than anywhere in the world. If you prefer to stay in popular nightlife areas of Bangkok like Patpong, Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza, you should book a room at a hotel like Silam Crowne Plaza Hotel or Plaza Athenee on Wireless Road. They will expertly take care of you and arrange for all your needs.
Eating and Drinking
There are Chinese and Thai food shops everywhere in the city. Tom yang kung is a soup made with coconut milk, green chillies, ginger, lemon grass, mushrooms and prawns. Green or red chicken curry with steamed rice with green pierced pepper. Along with raw papaya, mango, lemon juice and green chilli mixed salad. Try the Shark Fin Soup and Bird’s Nest Soup. Sweets made in the shape of small fruits are also fun to look at. Love Rose Apple, Mangosteen.
One of the best beaches in Thailand is Pattaya, which is actually a coral island 147 kilometers from Bangkok. Enjoy the sea breeze on deck chairs under a garden canopy on Pattaya Beach. The beach is full of divine entertainment. Many restaurant-bars, beach side restaurants will also offer all the tempting dishes of King Lobster, Tiger Prawn. A platform deep in the sea is accessible by speedboat from the coastal road. Paragliding facility is available from here. Koh Larn Island can be visited by boat. Snorkeling is also available at Coral Island.
At night, Pattaya is full of a different kind of intoxication. The streets are littered with beer bars, pubs, discos, massage parlours, night clubs. Another attraction of Pattaya is the Na Nooch Botanical Garden. According to locals, there is nothing special to see in Pattaya during the day. But tourists from western countries sunbathe on the beach during the day. Night is the main attraction of Pattaya. Every night Mor Peckham fair like Pattaya. Pattaya is one of the tourist cities of Thailand with 40 billion tourists annually.
Apart from beaches, pedestrian streets, one of Thailand’s most popular attractions, Coral Island, is easily accessible from Pattaya. Some essential Thai words: Hello – swat fee, yes – tea, no – mai chai, thank you – khob khun. ISD code of Thailand: 66
There are countless huge glittering malls spread across the city. Popular among them are MBK, Siam Paragon, Centralworld, Floating Market, Panthip Plaza, IT Mall, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Suan Night Market. Local handicrafts, silks, jewellery, clothes, shoes, bags, electronic gadgets can be put on the shopping list.
how to go
The distance from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya is 123 km. Getting from the airport to Pattaya by bus takes about an hour and a half. Only bus tickets to Pattaya are available at Gate 8 on Level 1 of the airport. Fare 120 baht (Bangladesh 300 taka). Buses leave every hour from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are toilets in every bus. Pattaya North Bus Stand will be reached in one and a half hours by bus. From there you will have to take a taxi to your respective hotel.
Eating and drinking
There are Chinese and Thai food shops everywhere in the city. Tom yang kung is a soup made with coconut milk, green chillies, ginger, lemon grass, mushrooms and prawns. Green or red chicken curry with steamed rice with green pierced pepper. Along with raw papaya, mango, lemon juice and green chilli mixed salad. Try the Shark Fin Soup and Bird’s Nest Soup. Sweets made in the shape of small fruits are also fun to look at. Love Rose Apple, Mangosteen. In addition, there are Pizza Hut and McDonald’s on Beach Road.
where will you stay
There are many good quality hotels to stay in Pattaya. Hotel GrandSole, Isan Paradise is one of them. You can book these hotels online. For this you can see-agoda.com, booking.com etc. Important to remember: Follow the rules for entering palaces and Buddhist temples. When contacting a travel agency in Thailand, check whether the company has a valid license.
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