Monday, 26 May 2008

City Spotlight - Bangkok

The capital city of Thailand is a vibrant and colourful city and is the perfect destination for holidaymakers who want a vacation that combines culture, relaxation and fantastic nightlife. Here are the top five reasons to visit.


Bangkok has a variety of restaurants offering a diverse choice of world cuisines but if you are in Thailand then why not try some delicious Thai food. The label ‘Thai cuisine’ covers a wide range of foods from curries to seafood so there’s something to suit all tastes.


Bangkok nightlife has something for everyone, from stylish clubs and bars to British-style pubs. There are plenty of chic bars and lounges to chill out in and if you’re after something a little more lively head to Royal City Avenue for some of the best club nights in Thailand.


Bangkok is steeped in culture. The city is home is to some of the most beautiful temples in Asia including the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace. The city has over 400 temples.

And for some traditional Thai culture visit the Patravadi Theatre complex where you can witness classical Thai performing arts. The centre hosts Thai dance and drum classes every Friday and Saturday afternoon.


Shopping in Thailand is a whole new experience. From the trendy ‘Playground’ in Thong Lor, a three-storey, black granite building which creates the impression of being inside a playhouse, to the fascinating markets. The Patpong Night Market in particular is a must see for tourists. This bustling market opens after sunset and is a favourite for shoppers looking for a bargain.

River Cruises

While in Bangkok, treat yourself to a river cruise along Thailand’s ‘River of Kings’ on the Mekhala, a former rice barge converted into a floating hotel. The Mekhala has air-conditioned cabins and a plush restaurant. Sit on the deck and enjoy the stunning scenery including the ancient capital of Ayuthaya and the Bang-Pa Summer Palace.

Russ Pooley writes for Drake & Cavendish who provide a luxury hotel research directory featuring over 5,000 luxury hotels in over 700 resort locations around the world. As a content provider we are committed to developing entertaining and informative travel related information. You can read further articles and details at

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