Bangkok is more than just a jam-packed metropolis with gilded temples and palaces. As the economic, cultural and culinary capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience in Southeast Asian. Must-sees include exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday. Here’s where to eat, sleep and play in Bangkok, Thailand.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
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Located in the heart of Asia’s most vibrant city, VIE’s tasteful blend of European elegance and contemporary Thai design provides a superb location for both business and leisure travelers. The luxury boutique hotel comes complete with it’s own TukTuk driver for guests and is just steps away from Bangkok’s most renowned shopping malls in the Siam Area. During your stay, enjoy a “Memorable Moment” at the VIE Spa by ORGANIKA with a rare silk oil massage treatment or visit the stylish fitness center. If you’re seeking fine dining, make reservations at the YTSB (Yellow Tail Sushi Bar) for cutting edge Japanese cuisine.
While Thailand is justly famous for its wealth of Buddhist temples, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok is the biggest must-see. Thailand’s most sacred statue, the Emerald Buddha, resides at the grandiose Wat Phra Kaeo, right next to the former residence of royalty, the Grand Palace. The temple and palace, located in the historic Rattanakosin Island, is only a short walk from other marvels such as Wat Pho, home of the Reclining Buddha, a traditional Thai massage school and a plethora of other temples in the area.
To appease a thrifty bargain-hunter and the moneyed antique collector, head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. For a shopping spree of epic proportions, visit Siam Square for top department stores and luxury shopping malls concentrated in the area, namely Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, MBK, Tokyo, Central World, Gaysorn Plaza, and more.
Bangkok’s best live shows offer the perfect experience after a day of sightseeing in the capital. There are many cultural shows in Bangkok featuring traditional Thai music and dance performances. The best Thai cultural show is the Siam Niramit Bangkok Show. Khon shows are also popular and the ticket for the Grand Palace features a free Khon Cultural show.
Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture. Traditional dishes like Tom Yam Kung (a spicy broth laced with lemon grass and fresh shrimps) and Phat Thai (Thai-style noodles) have become a globally renowned and are so delicious you’ll never want to return to your local Thai take-out. Street Food is a heaven for those looking for good taste and they are on almost every street in Bangkok. Food stalls are open in the evening, ranging from rice, pad thai, noodles, somtom, grilled chicken to fresh seafood.