Nightlife in Bangkok

With 12.2 million visitors making it a point to visit Bangkok in 2012, the capital city of Thailand has managed to remain in the limelight. A perfect reason enough for existence of vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is the on priority list of those seeking fun-filled atmosphere.

Bangkok holiday packages pay special attention to this component, as the city is abuzz with music shows in jazz clubs to steamy local cuisine awaiting those who wish to explore the same. For Jazz lovers, a visit to Head to Check Inn 99 is highly recommended. Jazz sessions are underway on Sunday evenings and you can relish the choicest Thai menu even as the soothing music makes the evening lively.

A range of Bangkok packages from Delhi are also available and you can customize the same by giving your preferences on the nightlife destinations you wish to explore in Bangkok. You can also check out Levels Club, DJ Station, and The Bamboo Bar amongst others to have a feel of the nightlife of Bangkok.

Bangkok packages also include a trip of the various Ladyboy shows through which performers showcase their talent amongst the audience. The specialty of these shows is that transgendered people perform at these shows. Si-Lom sub district caters to international tourists and has a range of nightclubs. In case you wish to mingle with the local crowd, try heading towards Lamsalee sub district that has number of nightclubs offering a feel of local culture and some authentic Thai cuisine too.

Top 5 Places to Shop in Bangkok

If you’re the one who cherishes the excitement of shopping, then, Bangkok is just the place for you. Shopping is never boring for some of us, whether it’s morning, noon, evening or night! Here’s a look at the top five places for shopping when you’re at Bangkok.

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bangkok shopping

MBK – MBK is an iconic mall for shopping and it is one of the oldest malls of Thailand. This is a building of eight floors providing an array of clothing, bags, shoes, phones, photo accessories and equipments and even kitchenware.  Added to this, is a whole lot of other stuff for your shopping bag. Shopping at this mall saves up some bucks. You can also relax watching a movie or munch some unique eateries at the mall.

CHATUCHAK – Shopaholics, quench your thirst at the weekend market! It’s recommended to go early to this weekend market. As the hour goes by, the rush gradually increases. You can find innumerable stuffs here. Don’t miss out on tasting some quick bites at the street vendors. The Chatuchak – weekend market should be a compulsory itinerary in your tour. Keep a check on your wallets because some petty thieves may be eyeing yours!

SIAM – Commonly known as the ‘Siam Paragon’, is the second largest mall of South-East Asia. Shopping experience is one of a kind here. Kinokuniya is destination for voracious readers. There is a theatre and an endless store of retailers. Siam Aquarium or Siam Ocean World is absolutely stunning.

ASIATIQUE – Visiting the Asiatique is a good choice. Spend an evening here and experience the exquisite dining at the Waterfront.  

NIGHT MARKET – After covering the various venues during the day, you can still go shopping! Night shopping is one of a kind at the Patpong market or the Sukhumvit night market.

 

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Floating Markets in Bangkok

Thailand earlier depended heavily on its rivers and canals for trade and transportation. Even now, it does, even if not as much, and now there is the added icing of tourism. Floating markets in and around Bangkok give you a glimpse of the Thai way of life, one of hospitality, vivacity, and culinary excellence. Thailand holidays are incomplete without paying a visit to these floating markets, indulging in some bargaining and enjoying some local treats. Fresh fruits, vegetables, handcrafted jewelry, embroidered handbags, and various other trinkets are sold on boats at these markets. Quite often, Thailand packages offer boat cruises along these floating markets.

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The Taling Chan market is located in Bangkok city, and is a conventional Thai market frequented mostly by locals. You will see fewer tourists here compared to the other markets outside the city such as the Damnoen Saduak or the Amphawa. It operates on weekends only, and it is a good idea to reach slightly early, around 8 am. Take a long-tail boat cruise along the canals and watch the vendors sell their ware. Sample some excellent roasted seafood that is served in the floating restaurants.

Even before it featured in a James Bond film a few decades ago, The Damnoen Saduak floating market was already popular among tourists. If you want that perfect shot of the vibrance and color of a Thai market, this is where you should head. Traditional puppets, handbags, the wide-brimmed hats characteristic of the Thai, and a variety of knick knacks can be found here. Most Thailand tour packages offer a trip to the Damnoen Saduak market. Located in the Ratchaburi province, this market is always brimming with tourists, but it is also always teeming with life. So don’t let the fact that it’s a cliched tourist experience put you off, because it’s well worth a visit when you’re in Thailand.

Drive an hour outside of Bangkok, and you will be in Samut Songkram, home to two famous markets, the Amphawa and Tha Kha. On your way, you will see traditional Thai houses and several salt fields on either side of the road. The Amphawa sees fewer Western tourists than the Damnoen Saduak. Pick up a few souvenirs here, they’re less expensive here than in the other markets. Sample some local pastries and if possible, go on a Firefly Tour, which takes you to spot thousands of fireflies after dusk.

The Tha Kha is a 10 or 15 minute minute drive from Amphawa, and is an equally authentic Thai experience. Take a boat ride along the market, and perhaps also visit a local palm sugar factory.

A visit to a floating market in Thailand is an opportunity to see life in Thailand, as it is. The friendly faces of the locals as they yell out to each other, the sweet coconut pancakes and delectable Pad Thai, the hundred different colors of the landscape – it’s all here. So the next time you’re checking out Thailand holiday packages, make sure you have a trip to at least one floating market on your itinerary.

About Author:

Nandini Muralidharan is an engineer-turned-writer, possessive bibliophile and a travel junkie. She loves love collecting random bits of information about any place she visits, and weaving a story out of it. An obsessive photographer, she records any memory of a place from the beautiful Helsingor castle to the “Delizia icecream – keeps you tongue tied” signboard on the highway. Currently, she writes for WeAreHolidays. At WeAreHolidays she is responsible for writing about holiday packages.