Its very easy to enjoy a luxurious Bangkok vacation because the city seems to have almost been designed for tourists. To the Asians is the Krungthep Mahanakhon (the Great City of Angels): they do not like the name Bangkok so try to refer to as locals do when you visit. The official name of this city contains 21 words and 167 characters, and is named by Guinness Book of Records as the worlds longest place name. It should not be repeated here!
A vacation in Bangkok is an experience of Eastern traditions along with the best of Western culture and this great city has a lot to offer to those interested in oriental history and the way to live that people in this part of the world live. It offers some of the best hotels in the East and Bangkok Oriental is one of the finest hotels in the world. A stay here is worth the holiday yourself, but you get much more than that from a visit to this big city. You can enjoy your vacation while retaining civilization with your acquaintances - if thats what you want.
Its a shame that this wonderful city has the unconscious reputation it has received, but the authorities take action to stop all this, and a Krung Thep vacation can now be enjoyed by all, including young families. The food, history, architecture, sport and entertainment have something to offer everyone of all ages. Transport systems are excellent, with trains, buses and other local transports, but because of the river and the delta, many people travel in boats.
The Chao Phraya River is the blood of life in this part of Thailand, and a cruise along it is the nicest way to see the city on your Bangkok vacation, and because of this and its associated waterways and canals, it is called Venice in the East . The canals and rivers are khlong and maenam, and are a very important transport for many of the population in this part of the country. It is by the river that you will find most of the trails left by the early Rattanakosin period of Thailands history.
The city itself was low, only about 6-7 meters above sea level, and the monsoons can create many flood problems. The entire area is located on a series of delta plains, and at one point each area of land separated by these streams was a separate neighborhood, even though this system has now been replaced.
You can use these waterways to enjoy the city and outermost regions, and you can take everything from a boat to a converted rice boat to enjoy a luxurious cruise through the city. Why not end with a wonderful relaxing meal aboard or even some Thai dance and entertainment on your boat? You can even visit the water market, where all goods are sold from boats, and you need a boat to visit. Thats where youll find the real Thai delicacies, but you might better not explore any of them too close!
When you visit this city, you are advised to do it with professional guides and escorts who are familiar with the city and its history, as otherwise it is easy to capture the popular downbeat culture that many visit the city to enjoy, rather than to experience the true story and taste of this great oriental city. It contains many unique Buddhist temples, or Wats, who are well worth a visit but easily missed without a guide. What Trimitr (Temple of the Golden Buddha) and Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) are two of the more famous ones you have to visit.
Thai food is famous all over the world, and although spicy has something that offers all tastes. Krung Thep has a great variety of restaurants, and if you can not get used to traditional Thai food, there is also a wonderful selection of restaurants of different kinds. To end, why not enjoy traditional Thai dance after your meal.
Perhaps you will be so impressed by the Thai style that you want to go home? Well, why do not you learn yourself? Enjoying your vacation in Bangkok can also mean learning to cook Thai food. Visit a local market and choose your ingredient - do not worry, your guide will keep you right. Then cook it in Thai style and eat it yourself. What could be a better way to enjoy Thai food than to choose the ingredients, cook and eat it!
Would not it be good skill to take home with you? What about a good dinner party in Beverley Hills or Brooklyn? You would be talking to the neighborhood with your new-found Thai cooking. Its always good to go on holiday and return home with something that will be useful to you and whats more useful than a Thai dinner in a room decorated with all the wonderful Thai souvenirs and decorative you bought in Krung Thep - like you can take pleasure in calling it. It would be a good conversation topic.