Planning a holiday? Bangkok is one of the most vibrant destinations in Asia. This 24-hour city has everything you need for a fantastic holiday, from cultural and historical sites, to mega shopping malls to relaxing urban green spaces. Here are our top 20 reasons to stay in Bangkok.
The city is a tapestry of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Apart from mainstream Thai culture, you’ll see elements of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Islamic, Christian and other cultures throughout the city.
Bangkok has several public transport systems, from elevated and underground train to canal boat. And since BTS, MRT and Airport Link are interconnected, getting just about anywhere in the metropolitan area is quick, cool and convenient.
The River of Kings courses right through downtown Bangkok and is a truly majestic sight. One great way to experience the Chao Phraya is during an elegant dinner cruise, when you can glide past the illuminated spires of famous Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).
In the mood for a very different kind of river travel? Try a canal boat/water taxi and zip along the city’s waterways like a local commuter.
One of the most significant of our 20 reasons to stay in Bangkok is that it’s incredibly cheap compared to many metropolises around the world. For instance, you can enjoy a meal of Thai food for about a dollar (see next). You’ll pay much less for any range of accommodation as well.
Yes, Thai is one of the world’s most popular cuisines and for good reason. Its deft blend of flavours and textures with a spicy kick has made it a global favourite.
When it comes to seafood, Bangkok has many choices. Try Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit for one on the best seafood buffets in Bangkok.
Bangkok has arguably the world’s best street food. Meals and snacks are cheap, delicious and available just about everywhere. As mentioned, everything is unbelievably cheap too.
Chinatown or Yaowarat is one of the best spots for great street food, and especially seafood. It’s a favourite with visitors and residents. While there’s some daytime dining, night-time is the best.
Established in 1782, Yaowarat is the centre of Chinese culture in Bangkok and comprises hundreds of shops and restaurants as well as important Chinese temples.
Within Yaowarat is Wat Trimit, a temple containing a 5.5-ton solid-gold Buddha statue, the largest solid-gold statue in the world.
Bangkok has a beautiful old town district. Situated on a river island, the area includes temples, palaces and many major historical sites. There’s so much beauty and history packed into one area you could spend your entire holiday exploring the old town.
When you’re in the old town, don’t forget to visit Wat Pho or Reclining Buddha Temple. Besides housing a famous giant Buddha image, the temple operates an equally renowned massage school. Give it a try.
Bangkok’s shopping is unrivalled in variety. From multilevel mega-malls, to huge night markets to street vendors lining pavements – almost any kind of shopping experience is available. There are too many to list, but one of the city’s main shopping districts is Ratchaprasong adjacent Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit.
CentralWorld is the eighth-largest shopping mall in the world and covers an area of 550,000 square metres. Inside are approximately 500 shops and services including two department stores, many international brand outlets in addition to cinema and ice-skating rink.
It’s sometimes called JJ Market, but either way Chatuchak Market is the world largest weekend market and encompasses more than 8,000 stalls. Wander in and out of the maze and you’ll spot everything from clothes and housewares to artworks and pets.
Bangkok’s nightlife is full on. You probably knew that. But it’s also wide-ranging with various districts offering an assortment of ambiences. Among some of the best-known spots are Silom, Thonglor, Ekkamai, RCA, Ratchada and Kaosan Road.
Every big city has them, but it shouldn’t be a surprise some of the world’s best are in Bangkok. Why are sky bars here so good? Because you’re sipping a drink while enjoying a spectacular skyline view – and you’re in Bangkok! Our top pick is The Speakeasy at Hotel Muse Bangkok, a sky bar with an American Jazz Age theme.
In a more down-to-earth mood? Settle into a relaxing outdoor beer garden with an ice-cold beer at your side while listening to great live music. Where? you ask. On the lobby floor of Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit at what we consider the best Bangkok Beer Garden.
Travelling to Bangkok from anywhere in the world is uncomplicated and provides yet another reason the city remains so popular. In addition to taking one of many international flights arriving every day from all continents, if you’re nearby you can, for example, catch a train from Malaysia or even book a cruise from Singapore. There are also convenient ground-transport options from neighbouring countries.
There you have it: 20 reasons to stay in Bangkok. But there are many, many more. Once you’ve decided to visit Bangkok, you’ll want to be sure and stay in a well-located hotel. Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit is directly adjacent BTS SkyTrain – Ploenchit Station, so getting around and seeing all the great things about Bangkok listed above will be comfortable and convenient.
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