The city of angels, Bangkok, really is a cosmopolitan metropolis that has become the gateway to South East Asia, and for the adventurous tourist has much to offer. There aren’t many cities in the world where you can be standing in the middle of a concrete jungle and a few steps away is a heavenly garden. Bangkok is a mixture of old and new, a fusion of modern living and a traditional way of life that remains unchanged. In order to really experience the city, you need at least one week, but if you had to narrow that down to a few days, here are some must visit areas of downtown Bangkok.
- Banglampu – This is traditionally the backpacker’s haven, and is filled with guest houses, quaint restaurants and some fascinating street stalls that offer all kinds of Asian products. This is a great place to spend a day and an evening, and the place does come alive when the sun goes down, and you can enjoy a luxury stay at the Compass Skyview Hotel located at Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the skytrain. This area is also the home to the much revered Grand Palace, which absolutely must be on your list of places to visit.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market – This is an absolute shopper’s paradise and of course, is only open at the weekend. Much more than a tourist market, thousands of Bangkokians flock to this famous market, where you can buy just about anything. A tourist can actually shop for large and bulky furniture, as they have shipping agents within the market, and everything can be arranged and the goods shipped to your address, wherever you might reside. This convenient export service allows you to engage in some serious shopping, and with a huge area to cover, you would need more than a single weekend to experience all it has to offer. A great place to buy the many souvenirs for the family back home, and with local prices, there are some real bargains to be discovered.
- Chinatown – Every major city in the world has a Chinatown and Bangkok is no exception, and if you like great Chinese street food, the vendors are renowned for serving up some amazing dishes, and this is another area where you can shop until you drop. Hire a Tuk-Tuk to take you back to your hotel at the end of a hard day’s shopping, where you can relax on the rooftop bar and enjoy the sunset. Moving around the city has never been easier, and by using the metro, you can avoid the unpleasant traffic jams that Bangkok is known for.
Staying in the Sukhumvit Road area offers you a central location, and there are many interesting places along that road, all the way to Soi Nana, where you can experience the raunchy side of Bangkok.