Four Destinations To Do in Bangkok

March 1st, 2014 8:30 am

Bangkok is a city of colourful culture and ancient wonders, there’s a veritable feast of engaging things to do in Bangkok to suit all ages and all interests. Here is a list of fiveĀ  10 Destinations To Do In Bangkok, with some suggestions of where to go and what to see and do. Of course, this is just the start and a taster of some of the city’s highlights.

1. Skybar

It has to be the ultimate view of Bangkok and what a cityscape it is; Skybar at luxury hotel lebua soars above the city 63 floors up. While it can get crowded because of its ‘must-see’ status, the views make it worthwhile, even if you just pop by for one or two cocktails. The sweeping staircase seems to float through the sky, while the glass walls of the circular bar create a buzz of excitement and a flurry of cameras clicking. The restaurant is surprisingly intimate and has a special occasion feel, perfect for honeymooners and proposals, but with a pricey selection, you might want to enjoy the view and head back down to earth for dinner. Head to the other outdoor bar area which has chic leather seats to lie down on and a much more chilled-out lounge feel. Yes, there are other rooftop bars but this is Bangkok’s most iconic.

2. China Town

Just when you think that Bangkok can’t get any busier, you arrive in China Town. Here the tuk-tuks drive faster, the roads seem more chaotic and the shops and stalls stranger. The narrow walking pathways of Sampeng Lane market can tire out even the liveliest of visitors. As the stallholders are not looking for tourist trade China Town gives you a glimpse into real life Bangkok, albeit in the midst of bulk buying and Chinese herbalist outlets. The best China Town experience is to drop by just after dark and sit at one of the rickety outside tables at the beginning of Soi Texas. Order amazingly huge, succulent barbequed prawns that come with sweet and spicy dips, and crab fried rice, as the never-ending buzz of one of Bangkok’s oldest districts makes you feel ‘alive’.

3. Grand Palace

The Grand Palace has to be top of the list because it is the ultimate ‘must-do’ on any trip to Thailand. It is Bangkok’s jewel in the tourist crown of sightseeing wonders, but more than that, it is an authentic symbol of Thailand’s spiritual centre; the crowning glory of its history, culture, and reverence for the monarchy. Built in the 19th century, The Grand Palace was the official royal residence until the 20th century, and the architecture and grounds dazzle. This was also the administrative center as well as the Mint, so government buildings surround the inner court which was once home to the ladies and children of the royal court. Wat Phra Kaeo, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is in the grounds too, and regarded as the most sacred temple and Buddha in the country. Cover up or hire clothes at the entrance. Don’t point your feet at the Buddha. Start in the morning and give yourself a few hours with an audio guide.

4. River Cruise

There’s something magical and magnificent about Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, with its river-life of wooden houses, luxury hotels, and immense rice barges moving slowly up and down the water. At night the lights twinkle and you really get a sense of Old Siam with a cruise that takes you past temple sites and the wonder of Bangkok’s dazzling palaces. One of the oldest and most highly regarded river cruises in Bangkok is the Grand Pearl. You can dine by candlelight aboard a luxury yacht-style cruiser, with fine oriental and western cuisine, live music, and a traditional Thai dance show. With a panoramic open-air deck and air-con dining, a river cruise under the moonlight is an evening that is memorable for being special and inspiring a romance with Thailand that will last a lifetime.

Why Travel To Vietnam

July 11th, 2012 6:36 am

Of all the destinations in Asia, Vietnam has to be one of the most beautiful. Its tropical settings, untouched landscapes and fascinating history and culture make it an ideal holiday destination. This article takes a look at a few reason to travel to Vietnam, to give you an idea of what’s on offer.

It’s cheap to get here

Everyone’s offering flight deals at the moment. A quick Kayak search on Heathrow-Saigon threw up plenty of flights at the $700 mark, with Air Asia offering an amazing $299 deal. Flying in from neighbouring countries such as Singapore & Thailand has never been cheaper.

Great Holiday

Holidaying in Vietnam is great indeed for sightseeing in Vietnam. The country is dotted with several famous tourist sites in Vietnam. Among many places of interest in Vietnam captivating natural beauty, tranquil villages, serene lakes, ancient pagodas, beautiful lakes especially allure the travel freaks. Even the history lovers like to discover the popular tourist attractions. Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An are major cities of Vietnam that are frequented by visitors.

It’s cheap to get around

OK, so you’ve arrived and found somewhere to stay, and now you want to see the sights. Well, the average taxi ride within Saigon or Hanoi costs around a dollar. Buses up the coast to Mui Ne cost around $7, or you can hire your own car with personal chauffeur for around $50 a day. Internal flights are a steal – around $80 return from Saigon to Phu Quoc Island or Hoi An. Or if you’re either brave or clinically insane, you can rent a motorbike for around $7 a day (though your medical bills might be a bit more!)

It’s cheap to eat

Dining in Vietnam is a joy, with cheap & cheerful street meals available for under a dollar. Most larger towns have traveller cafes where western & Asian dishes are available for around $2-3. Even the 5* hotels do great value buffets with free-flow wine for around $30 – expensive by local standards, but a snip for many visitors.

Entertainment

Entertainment in Vietnam has countless alternatives. Nightlife of Vietnam is pulsating and the party buffs are thrilled by the invigorating nightlife here. Vietnam tourist guide will help you know more about nightlife in Vietnam. Pool, Discos, bars, clubs are a common site here. Even in the far-flung and remote mountainous regions like Sapa, Karaoke bars are very popular amongst the various nightspots of Vietnam.