Best of Bangkok in a day

26 September 2012

 

 

Planning a trip to Thailand can somewhat be mind boggling as there is so much to see! Let me make it a bit easy for you, lets tackle Bangkok, the country’s capital.

 

 

1. Bangkok by water

 

There are numerous cruise tour options that allow you to explore Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River on a tourist boat which cruises throughout the day.  Be on look out for the Temple of Dawn commonly known as the “Wat Arun Temple”, which is on the rivers border & whose “pyramidal” structure is just over 80 metres high.  You cannot miss the reclining Buddha, so I suggest you hump off at the Tha Tien Pier.

 

2. Feel like Royalty at the Grand Palace

 

Bangkok Royal Palace

Bangkok Royal Palace

Bangkok is very “glitz and glam” with gilded walls & ceilings of the Grand Palace, expect to feel 100% royal.  Not forgetting the colossal 43meter Reclining Buddha in the Wat Pho Temple.  The palace complex also houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this is said to be Thailand’s holiest shrine.

 

 

3. Get your energy levels up at the Cabbages & Condoms

 

How odd! Cabbages & Condoms is a collection of resorts & restaurants that support a non-governmental organisation; Population & Community Development Association.  Enjoy our oh so fresh Thai food & take time to take in the decorations made only from condoms.   Part of your bill is set to support continuous efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDs & family planning amongst other things.

 

4. Don’t miss the Jim Thompson museum

 

Ever heard of Jim Thompson? Let me give you a synopsis of his story.  He was an exiled American, and was living in Bangkok since 1967 and for some unknown reason; he disappeared whilst away on holiday in Malaysia. Turns out Jim, was the man responsible for bringing back to life Thailand’s silk industry.  Be sure to tour the Jim Thompson House for some extraordinary insights into his life and the silk he loved.

 

6. Some cocktails to end the day

 

So you’ve cruised down Chao Phraya, taken in some of the majestic ambience of the Grand Palace and managed to spoil yourself to some Thai Silk… And now? 63 stories high is the place to be with a cocktail of some sort on the upmarket State Tower, Sirocco, with a live band serenading you and breathe taking views of the city…

 

 

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