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The words diverse and vibrant don’t really do justice to the city of Bangkok. Thailand’s capital is such an intense mix of golden temples, ultra-modern skyscrapers and bizarre attractions that you won’t have time for culture shock.
Bangkok’s original – extended – name is one of the longest place names in the world, fitting for a metropolis home to just over six million people. This intoxicating city has been named the top tourist destination in the world and receives over 15 million visitors each year. Package holiday deals to Bangkok are popular now and a cheap option for a short summer break but with the amount of attractions on offer you may wish you had booked for a month. Here’s a quick guide on how to do Bangkok in style, without breaking your holiday budget…
Yes that is a 29 metre-high, 250 tonne, three-headed elephant towering above the Erawan Museum. This immense statue took 10 years to construct and part of the museum is actually located inside the elephant’s belly. The Erawan is definitely one of the world’s most unusual and fascinating museums, and exploring the three spectacularly colourful levels, each symbolising the Thai cosmos, is similar to wandering in a dream. Take the time to explore and find your spiritual centre at the museum’s lush tropical gardens.
Eating out in Bangkok
If you’re a lover of spice-rich Thai cuisine then Bangkok will afford you the opportunity of enjoying dishes from all regions of this country. Even if your cash flow is restricted, you will never go hungry here as a meal for two in a medium-range Bangkok restaurant is incredibly inexpensive. Don’t be scared to try out food served from the stalls along Bangkok streets in the Chinatown area where you can sample delicious deep fried chicken and meat balls on skewers. If you’ve saved up for a first-class treat (even the best restaurants are comparatively cheap here) then try D’sens at the top of the Dusit Thani Hotel: superb food and stunning views of Lumphini Park.
Bangkok has been a magnet for backpackers for years thanks to its inexpensive cost of living. If you are looking for hustle and bustle, bright lights and a chance to meet other travellers then head to the famous Khao San Road. This 1Km strip of tattoo shops, restaurants bars and clubs attracts the young and free spirited, and it’s a buzzing and fun area. The Khao San Road is also an ideal base from which to explore attractions such as the spectacular Grand Palace and the famous 46 metre-long reclining Buddha.
Take a Tour
An official tour of Bangkok’s attractions is an inexpensive way to pack in some sightseeing. Tours can include the best of Bangkok’s hundreds of temples including the Grand Palace and the 3 metre-tall Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit. Take a river cruise to Ayutthaya to explore the city’s ancient palaces and ruined temples. Bangkok’s many floating markets are a definite attraction not to be missed, and the 100 kilometre Damnoen Saduak is one of the most famous, although you need to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds.
If you’re on a limited budget then your holiday money will stretch much further in Bangkok, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s favourite destinations when it comes to low-cost travel.
In collaboration with Falcon Holidays.