Saturday, July 22, 2017

5 Experiences You Just Can't Afford to Miss in Bangkok

Budget-friendly, awe-inspiring, and proximate - Thailand makes the perfect spot for a quick holiday. And if you're going to Thailand, you obviously cannot skip the visit to the hustling bustling city of Bangkok. With grand temples, floating markets and some delicious street food, this is just the place for anyone infected with the travel bug. What's the best of Bangkok, you ask? Here's what!

1. Experience a Spiritual High



Even as a really busy city, Bangkok doesn't disappoint you one bit when it comes to offering you a spiritual treat. In order of grandness, The Grand Palace (known for Wat Phra Kaew), Wat Pho and Wat Arun are the three temples that amaze you not only with their royal beauty, but also with their spectacular architecture.

Note: A strict dress code is followed at all the temples in Thailand. Wearing tank tops, shorts, or dresses is strictly prohibited in the premises. Too late now? Don't you worry. You can rent pyjamas and wraparounds at the stalls outside the temples.

2. Board the BTS Skytrain




Extremely convenient and cheap, the BTS skytrain is absolutely the best way to commute around Bangkok. All you have to do is Locate Your Station on the Ticket Machine, Select Fare, Insert Coins and voila, you have yourself a ticket. The only challenge here is the absence of actual station boards, which instead direct you to Mo Chit (towards Chatuchak) or Bearing (towards  Asoke). I found this video very helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWZH32VS0A . An interesting tip: make sure you board the last coach, if you want to enjoy the beautiful skyscape of Bangkok; the others are usually covered.

3. Shop at Chatuchaak Market




Chatuchak is more than just a market, it is shopping paradise spread out in approximately 70 acres with as many as 15,000 stalls that grace it every weekend. It can be a real challenge navigating through the market, so make sure you pick up a map at the information booth. There's nothing that you won't get here, be it t-shirts, trendy denims, souvenirs, bikinis, and home decor items, and so on.

4. Hop into a Tuk Tuk 



You cannot go to Thailand and come back without having ridden in a Tuk Tuk. Although it costs you almost the same as a taxi, the Fast and Furious-like experience is something everyone should enjoy once in a lifetime.

5. Relish the Massages



1 hour massages at 300 rs! Now who's gonna say no to that, definitely not us. They're just what you need after a long hard day of trotting around. We got them at the end of each day, there's nothing more heavenly, trust me.

A few more unmissable experiences include the street food (which my choosy taste buds didn't allow me to relish), the floating market, the Sea Life, and a dinner at Rang Mahal.

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