Cheap Holidays to Bangkok
Cheap Holidays to Bangkok: Bangkok has the ability to tickle the taste buds with its world-class cuisine, bedazzle with its majestic temples and shock shopaholics with its jaw-dropping maze of a market!
It is one of Asia’s most exciting capitals owing to a variety of places to see and things to do to fill one’s holiday with.
Attractions to see in Bangkok
The lifeblood of Bangkok runs via the major artery of Chao Phraya river that separates the capital in two areas, the majority of temples lie on its banks.
It’s difficult not to be exhausted from temple-hopping, like so many tourists each day, as there are hundreds to be found in Bangkok.
One of he most famous ones include Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) located near the River, that is recognised as one of the highest religious structures in the country and Wat Po which houses the reclining Buddha, the longest in the world.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, is at the Grand Palace, where the most sacred Emerald Buddha holds fort.
It is known to usher blessings for the Kingdom.
Also in the same vicinity, the Vimanmek Mansion, a beautiful golden teak building is a must to see.
Shopping in Bangkok
If you’re ready to spend in crazy amounts, then you’ll find Bangkok much to your liking.
Handicrafts, textiles, jewelries, art and antiques won’t burn a hole in your pocket as prices are affordable!
The best place to find everything under the sun is Chatuchak Market (more commonly known as JJ market amongst locals).
Be prepared to spend your Saturday and Sunday here as it is virtually impossible to explore hectares and hectares of stalls amidst the heat and crowds!
So wear light clothing and do keep an eye on your purse as pickpockets can pull a fast one on you.
Worry not if you’re skipping a weekend in Bangkok, there still is the relatively new Suan Lum Night Bazaar in Lumpini area which is open every night.
Size is not as daunting as JJ and the items are more pricey but choices are good and watching the live bands playing on the big stage up front is a good way to relax those tired feet.
Traders opt for the wholesale markets of Pratunam’s garment district and Sum Pang in Chinatown to haggle their way for some bulk purchases.
For a more relaxing time however, you can always seek the much cooler confines of shopping malls in the heart of the city.
Mah Boon Krong or MBK is of gargantuan proportions having six levels of shops and eateries for another wearisome experience.
Siam Square, on the other hand, has trendy boutiques laid out in mini arcades one after another, becoming a hangout for local youngsters.
And for upmarket finds, the Emporium Mall in Sukhumvit Road and Central Chidlom along Ploenchit is screaming with designer savvy!
For a bit of local fare, the stadiums of Lumphini and Ratchadamneon holds Thai boxing matches for those interested to learn about this sport.
Right across from the National Stadium, Jim Thompson’s House has exquisite Thai silks woven directly from this charming compound comprising of six traditional teak houses.
Events in Bangkok
Bangkok starts the Thai New Year in April with a splash by celebrating Songkran festival involving fun water fights in the streets.
The highly anticipated Loy Krathong encourages Thais to make penance for their sins or by lighting candles inside mini-boats made of paper, banana or lotus leaves then letting them float in the river.
During the King’s birthday on December 5, Bangkok is buzzing with festivities and all avenues are well lit to pay honour to their beloved head of the monarchy.
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