A Guide to a Short-Term Stay in Bangkok

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(Newswire.net — August 27, 2020) —

If for any reason, you are planning a short stay in the unique city of Bangkok, this article will prove to be very useful in more ways than one by offering information regarding accommodation and places of interest to visit.

Staying in a Central Area

Ideally, you should stay at an affordable hotel like the Ibis in Bangkok, which is located on Ratchada Road and that gives you access to the Skytrain, while you are also within walking distance of some great local attractions. The hotel has all the amenities that you would expect in a modern urban hotel, with clean rooms and nice grounds, while also offering great Thai cuisine in the restaurant.

The Grand Palace

Known to the Thais as Wat Phra Keow, this amazing palace is a must-see location for every foreign visitor, with the highlight being the famous Emerald Buddha, along with the fine Buddhist art and architecture. You can hire an English-speaking guide who will tell you all about the long and colourful history of the Grand Palace, home to the Thai Royal Family on occasions. Here is some further reading on interesting things to do in a strange city, which is a good read and can help you during your stay.

Sukhumvit Road

There is a stretch of this long road that caters for foreign tourists, with souvenir markets and fine hotels and restaurants that line both sides of the road, and there are nightspots in Soi Cowboy, which you have to experience while you’re in Bangkok. Thong-Lor is the trendy area for evening entertainment, with private clubs and rooftop bars that offer a great view of the city, and with Phrakanong a little further down the road, you can explore the narrow streets and sample a real Thai market.

Getting Around

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to transport in the City of Angels, with the Skytrain that covers a majority of the inner city, then there are taxis that you hail in the street, which will take you where you want to go. One of the best ways to see Bangkok is via the many canals, and hopping on a river taxi longboat is quite an adventure, giving you a real insight into how the Thai people live their lives, and let’s not forget the many buses that run to every part of this huge metropolis. The buses are of two types; air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned, but be careful, as the same number doesn’t go the same way. If you’re really in a hurry, hail a motorcycle taxi and for a few dollars, he will show you around some of the areas that are off the beaten track.

The Thai People

Thai people have a genuine smile that comes from their Buddhist ‘live for the moment’ approach to life, and here is a link to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which can help you plan your trip. One thing is for sure, after a short visit to Bangkok, you will surely be back to a longer visit, as there is so much to see and do in Thailand, the Land of Smiles.