An escape to Bang Krachao, known as Bangkok‘s Green Lung, can offer welcome respite from the crowded city. Just across the Chao Phraya River, this largely agricultural area comprises 16 sq km of mangrove forests, small homesteads, and elevated pathways precariously perched above the canals. You’ll find a floating market, 250–year–old Buddhist temples and a fully integrative wellness retreat– RAKxa, where a team of visionary doctors and specialists will guide you on a path to flourishing, empowering you to make profound lifestyle transformations. For more information, visit RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat | 2023 Condé Nast Award Winner
Home to what could well be the world’s most vibrant street food culture, Bangkok offers travelers a mind–boggling variety of light bites and cheap meals, dished out on almost every street corner. From Thai–style fried noodles, dumplings in myriad flavors, platters of fiery curries and jasmine rice, meaty skewers sizzling on barbecues, fresh–cut tropical fruit or a vast array of deep–fried desserts, the choice of street food in Bangkok is endless.
Spectacular and majestic, the royal complex made up of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace was established by former Thai kings as the nerve center of a capital city that soon expanded far beyond its original boundaries on the island of Ko Ratanakosin to become the modern–day Bangkok.
Consecrated in 1782, the sprawling complex – which formerly served as the official residence of the Thai monarchy – is home to a number of imposing palaces, reception halls, temples and courtyards, and is easily the city’s biggest tourist attraction. The best reason to come here, however, is to visit the adjacent Wat Phra Kaew temple, home to Thailand’s most sacred religious artifact, the Emerald Buddha – actually made from jade and dating back to the 12th or 13th century.
A photographer’s muse, a foodie’s dream, a shopper’s paradise and a cultural anthropologist’s fantasy – that’s Bangkok’s Chinatown. Packed into one of Bangkok’s oldest boroughs, the district is a riotous supernova of smoke–spewing food carts, gold–laden jewelry stores, atmospheric temples, vibrant food markets and quaint family homes.
Depending on your choice of vessel – options stretch from sophisticated teakwood boats with curated fine–dining facilities to hulking catamarans outfitted with flashy lights and loud onboard entertainment – you’ll be treated to either an atmospheric candlelit dinner served up by a private chef or a raucous floating party with thumping music and a buffet to feed a few hundred guests. Either way, it’s worth an evening of your time, not least for the cool evening river breeze that blows away the discomfort of a hot Bangkok day.
Blending ancient healing techniques and natural products aimed at holistically reviving the mind and body, Thai massage is one of Bangkok’s top experiences. The city has an unshakeable reputation as the massage capital of the world, and a vigorous kneading, particularly after a long day of sightseeing, can be heavenly.
In this shopping–obsessed city, malls daisy–chain into an almost continuous shopping precinct, and the pavements in between the malls serve as a spillover retail space for vendors without a postal address. As well as top international brands, Bangkok is a long–established destination for bespoke tailoring, and has its own emerging fashion scene.
Cooking schools in Bangkok range from formal affairs for amateur chefs to home cooking for the recipe–phobic. Everyone always has a grand time – visiting a wet market, fumbling with ingredients, tasting the fruits of their labor and trotting home with new cooking techniques.
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Traveling within Thailand is relatively simple with buses, trains, planes, and boats making it possible to reach nearly all areas of the country rather easily. Within the city of Bangkok taxis, motorcycles, cars, and an extensive subway system connects the entire city. For those who choose to drive in Thailand, there are some important points to consider regarding the laws and regulations that govern driving in Thailand. The website “Driving in Thailand” provides comprehensive information on the rules, regulations, and expectations that come along with driving in Thailand.
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