Bangkok is an exotic nirvana, sheltered in a maze of broad streets, twisting alleys, and languidly-flowing waterways, all wrapped in a veil of divine pleasures and glam galore. An animated buzz resonates from the city, a sound formed from the combined noises of locals chattering at lively outdoor markets, the sharp hiss of fresh ingredients sizzling in woks, the incessant beeping from cars and scooters, and the harmonious melodies of Thai songs emanating from stereos in shops. Unrestrained consumerism, rule-breaking exhilarations, pulsating rushes of adrenaline –are all synonymous with the nature of the city; Bangkok is a myriad of raging hotspots, entwined deeply with the contrasting serenity of traditional, Thai culture and mystical Buddhist lore.The fragrance of freshly-lit incense gently tickles your nostrils as their scent weaves spirals of ecstasy around your body. Excite your senses further by stimulating your taste-buds with a vast selection of mouth-watering Thai cuisine –pad see ew, flavoursome curries, freshly-squeezed longan juice, and much more –making Bangkok perfect for the nourishment of your appetite, and a wrecking-ball to any self-imposed diet you may have. Spoil yourself further with a fish pedicure, one of the city’s most popular trends. Immerse your feet in a tank and watch as shoals of garra rufa fish gently nibble away all the dead skin in a tingling sensation that will leave you callous-free and more importantly, worry-free.
Sacred temples, holy shrines, the mesmerising chanting of Buddhist monks, every stone and brick containing a bounty of knowledge, and echoing with the voices from a rich and vibrant history. Step into Chatuchak Weekend Market, where a tantalising display of handicrafts and decorations, traditional artworks, and uncountable souvenirs, accessories, affordable clothing and cheap bargains, await your picking. Located in the midst of the Chao Phraya River basin, where a series of river deltas lead into the Bay of Bangkok and create a network of klongs or canals, making an afternoon, sight-seeing cruise, one of the most pleasurable treats the city has to offer, and giving rise to the city’s moniker as the ‘Venice of the East’.
The city’s versatility also allows you to teleport between worlds in a glance, where the simple turn of a street corner yields rewarding treasures. One moment you’ll be awestruck by the majesty of Thai palaces, and the next you’ll be absorbed into a metropolitan jungle of flash and glitz, highlighted by sparkling high-rise buildings, gleaming shopping complexes, and countless, beat-blasting party venues. Enlighten yourself further with visits to temples like Wat Pho and soak in the city’s exuberant personalities. Bangkok beams brightly with a never-ending supply of innocent joy, good-natured laughter and warm smiles that are interlocked with tall tales, raucous cackles and roguish jokes.
Bangkok –a travel destination of infinite possibilities and even more satisfactions.