It was a hot and sultry day when I landed in Bangkok. There was a typical smell in air that followed me everywhere—on streets, in market places, and even beyond. But, I must say one thing; Bangkok assures you of a fascinating experience of old world charm with all modern day conveniences.
I am going to tell you what I loved the most during my five days stay in Bangkok…
Dinner Cruise on the River Chao Phraya
As soon as I checked into the Grand Tower Inn on Rama VI, May (I don’t remember her real name, she told me to call her May as it was very easy to remember)—a lady on the travel help desk in the hotel—sold me a ticket for an evening cruise on the winding Chao Phraya River that bisects the city into two parts.
You can witness the grandeur of the Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pra Khew, Wat Arun, Bangkhunprom Palace, Kalayanamitr Temple while relishing a wide selection of dishes ranging from Thai food to continental cuisine on the Dinner Cruise. The melodies tunes of saxophone and soft Pop and Jazz songs by the Thai singers double the pleasure.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The famous Chatuchak Weekend Market has diverse collections of merchandise to bring even seasoned shoppers to their knees. The market is home to some 8,000 stalls selling great variety of merchandise, from a Moroccan lamp to an antique wooden chest, and from a pitcher plant to a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans. It is a place where one can find almost everything! Though, while buying anything, be little cautious and don’t buy if you are not getting it at the price you want.
The Siam Square is the main shopping address of Bangkok. Siam Paragon is definitely an international fashion hub with a profusion of leading designer flagship stores in the mega size shopping malls.
The Grand Palace & Exotic Temples
They speak a lot about the rich cultural history of the country, and are probably the most favored landmarks of Bangkok. The Grand Palace is simply spectacular and the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. The Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is located within the Grand Palace, contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
Boat Ride in the Klongs
A boat ride in the wide network of back alley canals offers a glimpse into the traditional life of the local residents. Klongs—the long, winding canals—are used by the locals to traverse long distances and ferry their household goods in their own, long and narrow boats. This is perhaps the most unique experience that I had had in the city.