In the United States you have The Big Apple aka New York city, well Thailand has its own little sweetness in The Big Mango ala Bangkok city! The reference to a fruit is suitable in the case of Bangkok, it is a delight when you have a taste of Bangkok lifestyle. Just like the “Mango,” it can be both sweet and sour depending on your personal experience. As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is not exactly what you may imagine it to be. Forget those movies like “Hangover 2”; it is a whole lot more than that. Well, you also do have to admit that behind every great city and as much as the Angel there is also the Devil to play, so watch your wallets, your belongings, and your pants!
Off course, the trademark of Bangkok is the traffic, both vehicular and human. Well, that is what you would expect in a country as big as Thailand where people from all directions of the globe come to get a taste of this “fruit”! Though there is no shortcomings of transportation in Bangkok, one can always rely on the speedy, noisy little tuk-tuks that sound like a buzzing mosquito in your ear but are really nifty at getting to where you want to go in a very short time. Please do bargain the price before you hop on!
The “Big Mango” is a throbbing and pulsating city of entertainment, sights, sounds and the vibe of any metropolitan city that never sleeps. On an all-time adrenaline high, Bangkok is best savored on a high-energy lifestyle. With attractions and entertainment that goes on well into the next morning, you had better have a six-pack of energy to boost!
Top 10 Destinations of Bangkok
A Romantic Dinner Cruise Down The Chao Phraya
They say that there is no experience like floating down the mightiest river in Thailand, which is the Chao Phraya. Well, you can put that to the test with a sumptuous dinner to boot! Take a 3-hour
River Cruise with Dinner in one of those fancy Dinner Cruise Ships that frequently ply the Chao Phraya in the evenings. Lights ablaze, romantic music blaring and tables laid out with rows and rows of food to entice you to a night of indulgence and drinks. We hope you will have your “sea-legs” with you after one too many drinks!
Make A Date With The Elephant
Yes, you can make many dates with elephants in Thailand but this is one of the biggest in the world. None other than Erawan at the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan, it stands several hundred feet tall perched on the top of a dome, making it visible for miles around! The delight of this museum is the many ancient and priceless antiques on display as well as some of the most exquisite sculptures found in the 3-story building. The Thai people believe that Erawan, the Holy Elephant brings good fortune and wealth to those who venerate him …so if you are on a quest for a little bit of extra after spending on your holiday trip, no harm in giving this a try while you are here.
Make A Monkey Of Yourself At Safari World
This is one of the largest open safari in Thailand where you can literally run wild! Watch the many animal performances, or take a ride out to the open Safari in
where tigers, lions and other predators roam freely among the wildebeest. They are kept at bay from ripping each other apart by a series of fences. You will have the opportunity to present your most adorable looks and compete with the Orang Utan for the best picture!
Feel Like A Giant In Ancient City
This does not mean tromping around like Gulliver on his travels but rather a fun way to discover as much of Thailand in the shortest time possible.
Ancient City is also located in Samut Prakan a half hour out of bustling Bangkok. An exercise for your feet and immersing yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Siam in the past to Thailand in the future can all be found in this mini city.
Dinner In The sky At Biyoke Sky Hotel
Get a bird’s eye view of sprawling Bangkok and its spaghetti maze of streets and water canals from
Biyoke Sky Hotel while stuffing it up at their renowned International Buffet. Once you are done with dinner, work off all that food in your tummy, head on over to the in-house Jazz Bar or Discotheque. Spend the rest of the night jiving away until your heart is contented.
Experience Venice Of The East With The Canal Cruise Of Bangkok
Think “O solo mio,” nope! The Canal Cruises of Bangkok are far more interesting. The canals or Klongs as they are known can bring you to the most obscured places in Bangkok seldom seen from the road or streets. These maze of waterways look like a break between jigsaw pieces on a board. Offering an insight into Bangkokian life it can be a revelation!
Feel Like a “King” for a Day In The Royal Grand Palace
Discover the opulence of Kingship in Thailand as you walk the
Royal Grand Palace grounds. This is where big ceremonies such as the King and Queen’s birthday in Thailand is celebrated each tear as well as where Royal addresses are made to the Thai people. The temple within these grounds holds an allure to the richness of Thai culture and artisanship. Look for the wall mural that depicts the life of Kings past in Siam!
Pick Up A Helpful Skill In Massage At Wat Pho
Thinking of how to do a massage for someone? Make your way to the Wat Pho Temple, which not only houses the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand but also the oldest Thai traditional massage school. Try your hand at learning where the body pressure points are in the massage school, you never know when it might come in handy. Alternatively, pay your respects in the Temple where the reclining Buddha is located. Do some merit to purify your soul by distributing coins into the row of bronze bowls.
Pedal Rather Than Walk Your Way Through Bangkok With The Cycling Tours Of Bangkok
Too lazy to walk but do not mind a bicycle ride? You can always get someone else to do the peddling! A
bicycle tour in Bangkok is one of the best ways to discover Bangkok. Visit such places like Chinatown or the lesser-known streets where there are plenty of little sightseeing gems to discover. Take a bicycle tour of Bangkok to exercise yourself after all the indulgence of great Thai food.
Get Cultured The Thai Way With The Cabaret Shows and Traditional Thai Shows
Cabaret shows are a must see if you want a good laugh and to see the performances of the ever popular “Lady Boys” of Thailand. They are a very talented lot and their antics will keep you laughing from start to finish. If you want something more epic to feast your eyes and ears, make your way to
Siam Niramit, which is the traditional and cultural show place of Bangkok.