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As I said in my last Bangkok article, Bangkok is one of our favorite cities in the world. We absolutely love the atmosphere, the restaurants, the people and the pure vibrancy of the city. Thailand is on our short list of retirement places. So today I am blogging about a few more things to do and see while you are there.
Visit Lumpini Park
To the right is Lumpini Park which is a great place to visit and a place where you can see monitor lizards wander by as you are walking. It is reminiscent of Central Park in New Your city, an oasis in an urban, concrete jungle. Once you are there, you will make your own memories and it will certainly be time well spent.
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme important city, significantly dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.
Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam—later renamed Thailand—during the late 19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was at the centre of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule and underwent numerous coups and several uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact on Thailand’s politics, economy, education, media and modern society.
The Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s led many multinational corporations to locate their regional headquarters in Bangkok. The city is now a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a regional centre for the arts, fashion and entertainment. The city is well known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its notorious red-light districts. The historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations. It is named the most visited city in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, and was named “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Get a Thai Massage
From Wikipedia; “Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.
The massage generally follows designated lines (“sen”) in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.”
Visit the MBK Mall
MBK Center is probably Bangkok’s most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and filled with shoppers every day. MBK has eight floors with over 2,000 shops that sell everything from the latest clothes, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. Opened in 1986, MBK Center is a bustling center of activity, especially on weekends and holidays, when seemingly half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. It’s not as up-market or luxurious as the nearby Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the fashionable Siam Paragon, but it offers a mind-boggling range of products spread over 89,000 square metres and is considerably less expensive.
One thing that always fascinated our family is the vast array of phone stores. There are hundreds of little shops selling the latest phones, apps, cases and phone accessories. They can also fix everything related to phones from broken screens to charging ports, you name it. Your iPad not working. Don’t despair they can disassemble it and have it working again in no time. A fascinating place and one evry tourist should experience.
Ride in a Tuk-Tuk
One fun way to get around is by Tuk Tuk.
Take a Motorcycle Taxi
If you have ever experienced Bangkok traffic where it can take you an hour to travel one block by car on a Friday afternoon you will come to appreciate the Bangkok motorbike taxis. They are probably the fastest way to get from one place to another unless you can take the metro. If you love amusement parks and roller coasters, you will love motorbike taxis!
Ride the Metro Train
One of the fastest and easiest ways to get around in Bangkok is to ride the metro train. It is fast, clean and truly a great experience. Get stuck one time for hours in Bangkok traffic and the metro will become your friend.
The Metro is currently undergoing a huge expansion which is supposed to be completed by 2020. So, in a couple of years the Metro will be even more useful than it is today.
If we have a place in Bangkok someday, it will be close to one of the stops on this map. 🙂
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