Thailand Travel Information - Bangkok
1. For the hopeless romantic, Bangkok offers a plethora of choices for drinks/dinner with a spectacular view of the city. Sirocco is one of the best places for a dose of romance with its 360-degree view of the city. Be prepared to dig deep if you're planning to wow your lover with a meal here. It's one of the few places in Bangkok that can afford to fly in Michelin starred chefs from Europe, so drinks don't come cheap. Located on the rooftop of the 64-storey state tower, it promises to be a stunner.
Tel: +66 (0)2 624 9999
2. The Grand Palace is one of the most spectacular temples you'll ever see in Asia, even for Thais. Boasting over 54 acres of temple spires and golden-plated walls, the Grand Palace or known by locals as "Wat Phra Kaew" is one place you must see. Officials won't let you in if you're not properly dressed - shorts, flip-flops, hot pants etc. are strictly prohibited so make sure you're wearing appropriate attire. Don't forget to admire the mural of the Ramayana epic along the inner wall, dubbed the longest wall painting in the world.
3. Gold Class Cinema
Nowhere else on earth can you buy a movie ticket and get the VIP treatment. Thais, and especially Bangkokians, are very particular about the element of comfort in their lives, and this also applies with cinemas. Sure, cattle class is always an alternative, but why risk sitting next to someone who (who knows?) might carry the H1N1 virus? Go for the Gold Class ticket at the EGV Discovery centre and theatre is yours to share with just ten other privileged few. With huge reclining chairs, blankets, pillows, socks and beverages served by waiters right at your seat (What? No foot massage? Scandalous!), it really is luxury at its best.
Siam Discovery Centre +66 (0)2 658 0455
4. Street Food
Thais eat round the clock and many westerners have given in to the eclectic food scene on offer here. Street food is big in Bangkok and all you need is $US1 to enjoy a lusty bowl of noodles. Sukhumvit soi 38 is one of the most popular areas (in the city centre) if trekking all the way to Chinatown (another street food haven) sounds like too much hard work. Khao mun gai (Hainanese chicken and rice), noodles and wonton, and khao kar moo (pork's knuckles and rice) are some of the dishes that have stolen the hearts of many a street food convert. Are you ready to cross over to the other side?
Sukhumvit Soi 38 is near Thonglor BTS skytrain station.
5. Forensic Science Museum
This museum at Siriraj Hospital is definitely not your typical tourist scene and certainly not something for the squeamish. Given that Thailand was the birthplace of the world's first Siamese twins, Inn and Chand, it is only fitting to introduce this museum as a choice for visitors in search of something out of the ordinary.
Here, you'll find body parts kept in jars of formaldehyde, mummified criminals including the infamous Si Oui the cannibal. Of course, the museum was originally meant to serve the medical students at Siriraj hospital but through the years, it has also become an increasingly popular tourist attraction.
Siriraj Hospital, 2 Phrannok Road Bangkok, Tel: +66 (0)2 419 7000
6. Vanity tourism
Thais have enjoyed a reputation for being some of the most hospitable in the world and Thai ladies are also renowned for their exotic beauty. It only recently earned itself another name for being the hub of vanity tourism.
Whether its teeth whitening, laser hair removal or dermatological treatments, Bangkok boasts some of the best practitioners in the field and prices won't make you grimace. Look up some of these names if you're interested in a beauty make-over as they are the more respectable in town.
Brite Smile - In search of a winning smile? This clinic specialises in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening along with a host of other beauty treatments but teeth whitening is one of the services they are most famous for.
Apex Profound Beauty - (laser technology, spray-tanning, botox, thermal treatments)
Bangkok Laser Surgery - Owned by renowned skin doctor, Dr. Settha Attakornphand, the Bangkok Laser Surgery offers a range of beauty treatments that will have you turning heads for all the right reasons.
7. Thai massage
To massage or be massaged? That is the question. The spa industry is a mammoth industry in Thailand and it will be difficult not to give in to your hedonistic instincts. But the attraction is not just in the "being massaged" part if it's also the thrill of learning how to give massages.
Wat Pho Traditional Massage school is one of the most reputed schools of its kind in Thailand. Geared towards foreign customers, classes are taught by English speaking professionals on traditional Thai massage, foot massage, and therapeutic acupressure massage. You'll need at least five days to complete the course and take home a certificate. Wat Pho Traditional Massage school
2 Sanamchai Road
Wat Po, Tatian, Bangkok, 10200
Tel: +66 (0)2 221 2974
8. Muay Thai boxing
Get ready for a testosterone fest because this is exactly what it is. Despite all the kicking and socking, it's one of the best ways to appreciate and enjoy this Thai martial art form that's known the world over. Get VIP tickets to guarantee a good view of the boxers executing "the flying knee" or the "naga bid haang" moves. From here, you'll also get the best view of the local crowd cheering on their favourite boxers which is a sight to behold in itself.
Lumpini and Ratchadumnern Stadiums are the oldest and most popular stadiums in town. Lumpini is in the city centre on Rama IV Road +66 (0)2 252 8765, 251 4303, 253 7702. Ratchadamnern Stadium is on Ratchadamnern Nok Road near the Grand Palace +66 (0)2 281 4205
9. Bangkok by bike
With over six million cars roaming Bangkok's streets each day, admiring the capital from the comforts of a bicycle is the most exciting way of getting to know the city and how its people live. There are many tours to choose from but Spice Roads is the one we recommend. Beginners and advanced cyclists will find the half day tour of "Old Bangkok" in Thonburi a right eye-opener. Cyclists will weave through old community roads past local homes, make pit stops at local temples, floating markets and an orchid farm.
10. Impress the locals
In a city of extremes, where we have the world's largest Pad Thai and the world's largest open air market, it comes as no surprise why Bangkok also holds the championship title as the city with the longest name in the world, and every visitor should try to impress the locals by learning it.
Krung-thep-maha-nakorn-boworn-ratana-kosin-mahintar- ayudhya-amaha-dilok-pop-nopa-ratana-rajthani-burirom-udom-rajniwes-mahasat-arn-amorn-pimarn- avatar-satit- sakattiya-visanukam is Bangkok's official name, which translates roughly as:
The great city of angels, the land of immoral divinities who can't be conquered, the royal capital of the nine noble gems where grand palaces and paradise abound.
Sirocco is one of the best places to enjoy drinks
while admiring a bird's eye-view of Bangkok
A visit to the Forensic Science Museum
is not for the faint hearted so do come prepared
Really get to know Bangkok by cycling through the Thonburi side
Street food is an integral part of Thai life
Looking for a million dollar smile?
Britesmile uses state-of-the-art
technology to provide teeth-whitening treatments
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