Bangkok Travel Guide
IntroductionOne thing to remember when you travel to Bangkok is that it's the capital city of Thailand. King Rama I created the city. It is a combination of old and new country. This city truly shows the respect they have for their traditions along with their coming into modern day society. In every way you look at it, this truly is the capital, as this is where the Royal family lives as well as being the main location of the government and administration. It is the major center for industry, commercialism, and financial activity. It's the main port and it's inhabited by roughly 1/10 of the United Kingdom. It's located on the Chao Phraya River, which flows into the Gulf of Siam.
History of BangkokThe proper name of the capital Bangkok is Krung Thep, or City of Angel when translated. It is thought of as the heart of this place, spiritually, physically, and symbolically. When you first arrive in the city there is an impression that Bangkok is a progressive metropolis due to the skyline composed of high-rises, condos, hotels, stores, and malls. This is just one of the appealing things about Bangkok.
This city is indeed the most exotic capital in all of the Orient. Even though Bangkok is a progressing city, the people of Bangkok have never forgotten the traditions, which made Bangkok this wonderful place. Among the 400 various Buddhist temples, you are confronted with much inspirational splendor, much of which allows you to see the achievements made in art.
Sightseeing in BangkokThere is so much more to discover than what you see at first. There are the major attractions, but there are some places that are known less. One place is Wat Ratchabophit. It's ornamentation and layout with numerous monuments is a place to visit. Another place overlooked often is Bangkok's Grand Palace as well as National Museum, and Wimanmek Throne Hall, as well as Jim Thompson's house.
You can get true insights into the culture and rich history if you explore the historical Chao Phraya River. There are so many things to see and visit because there is still much of the past, which influences this culture along with modern advances. The people join together their love for the past as well as their enthusiasm for the present and create this wonderful place.
One of the true joys for those inhabitants is food. They have very spicy and rich foods. The national specialty foods are fish, crabs, lobster, and shrimp. They also have other places to eat besides those serving the foods mentioned above. Dining in Bangkok is indeed a treat! There is anywhere from fancy, sit down restaurants all the way to curbside food places. There is something for anyone's tastes.
Another way the Thai's enjoy life is their entertainment as well as their nightlife. There is something for everyone in your party. You can see a classical Thai dance as well as have cocktails in a lounge. There are even discos for those who enjoy the sights and sounds of disco.
The most popular sport that has spectators in Thailand is Thai kickboxing (Muay Thai). Thai Kickboxing requires participants to use feet, knees, elbows, as well as fists that are gloved. Most nights of the week in one of the stadiums, you could see one of these matches. While visiting you really shouldn't miss it. It's really exciting to not only witness the match, but also the sights and sounds around the ring.
If you wish to partake in something of a high-class nature, then you will want to visit the Thailand Cultural Center, which has just recently opened. You can witness performances of dancing, music, and even drama. The other places you can possibly catch a show would be at some of the top rated hotels.
Shopping in BangkokOne of the most recent joys to the inhabitants is shopping. Over the past few years, more plazas, malls, and stores have popped up. The top thing on peoples' shopping lists in Bangkok is Thai silk and Thai Gold.
Silk is produced in a wide array of colors, designs, as well as excellent value. You might also check out the rubies and sapphires since they are mined right there in Thailand. If you purchase jewelry, you will find it's not cheap, however you will be getting your money's worth since it is produced locally. Here's a tip for those who are into buying gold jewelry. Visit Chinatown and you could purchase 96.5% pure gold jewelry.
Accommodations in BangkokYou can find a wide variety of hotels and accommodations in Bangkok depending on your price range. Your hotel may even front the Chao Phraya River such as Bangkok's famous Oriental Hotel or the Peninsula Hotel, or be amidst the lush gardens. It could even be down in the commercial part of the city, all at your choosing. You will find better hospitality in Bangkok than anywhere else in the world. If you prefer to stay near Bangkok's famous nightlife destrict such as Patpong, Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza, you should consider booking a superior hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Silom, Plaza Athenee on Wireless Road. They will efficiently meet and take care of everything you need. It doesn't cost a lot to get around the city. There are taxis and vehicles called tuk tuks. They are motorized vehicles with three wheels. There is also a network of buses, both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned. If you are at the Chao Phraya you can ride a river taxi or shuttle. You could even take a trip on a long tail boat. Lastly, there are also plenty guided tours available to you.
While sightseeing, you should check out the Central Plains as well as the ruins of Ayutthaya, which was the capital of Siam until it was destroyed in 1767. You can ride a river cruiser over to see the ruins. They are about 80 miles from Bangkok. Today you will see just a part of what glory Bangkok once showed. You will get to experience visiting the former Royal summer retreat of Bang Pa-In. This place is just full of architectural genius.
If you travel north from the ruins you will find Lop Buri. The town won't amaze you, however, you can find ruins here too. It's an intriguing place. Traveling West of the city of Bangkok you will be able to visit Nakhon Pathom, which is the tallest monument of Buddha in the world. You could also visit the Bridge of the River Kwai, as well as the Rose Garden Resort. Not too far from the Rose Garden resort is the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo. If you go southwest of the city of Bangkok, you will visit the Crocodile Farm, which is the largest in the world. Almost right next-door is Ancient City. Anyone interested in culture and history needs to visit this place.