Bangkok is chaotic from thousands of tuk tuks taxiing locals and visitors around and sultry from high humidity and a hotter than hot nightlife. It is also an once-in-a-lifetime destination.
Any of the Samsonite Winfield 3 Piece Set, each with four multi-directional wheels, makes traveling to this capital city a breeze while looking good.
Scenes of the old and new can be found often in the same view. Early morning walkers will find saffron-colored Buddhist monks collecting alms as workers scurry to offices. The Chao Phraya River is full of modern ships. At twilight long tail boats, reminiscent of Old Siam, slowly glide across the waters vibrantly colored by the setting sun.
Known as “Krun Thep” or the city of angels Bangkok is the place to put on one’s best outfit and sit at the Sky Bar of the Tower Club at Lebua either before or after a terrific dinner to enjoy the stunning night-time skyline. Millions of movie fans will recognize the brilliant neon blue bar with the panoramic views from “Hangover II”.
Shopping fanatics can feed their addiction with many outdoor markets and vendors. Thai handicrafts from silverworking and woodworking to delicately painted lacquered umbrellas make wonderful souvenirs. The Soi Oriental is the place to find many antiques shops while the ever-hip nighttime stalls on Khao San Road remain open until 11 p.m.
For fast stress relief consider a muscle soothing de-knotting at one of the many outdoor massage tents.
Other day trips should include a visit to one or more of the nearby wineries. Thailand is developing a reputation among oenophiles for fine wines especially the Shiraz, and Chenin Blanc varieties. One winery of particular note is the Khao Yai. It is located on the edge of a national park with the same name.
Back in Bangkok the sport of kings – horse racing – can be enjoyed either live or via telecast at the prestigious Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
The Jim Thompson house tells the story of a beginning and odd end. An American architect, Thompson helped to revive the country’s dying silk industry in the late 1940’s. His mysterious disappearance in 1967 still remains unsolved, but luckily his house filled with Chinese porcelain and Burmese carvings shows the grand style he lived in.
Among Thailand’s revered sites is Wat Phra Kaew. Known as the Emerald Buddhist Temple the rules for appropriate dress must be respected or visitors will be refused entry by the temple guards. Clothing must cover the shoulders and any skin above the knees. Shoes need to be removed before entering. Anyone is encouraged to light candles and chant. Just know another no-no is to point one’s bare feet at any image of Buddha.
Another tip is to arrive early in the morning to miss the massive amounts of tourists coming to the temple daily.
Bangkok’s treasures are many and waiting for everyone.
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