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Indian Travel Blog - Bangkok Travel Tips

Well, this is my first travel post of 2018 and this year has been amazing so far. I cannot thank enough for the year 2017. It was brilliant. Not only I turned 30,  but also joined new work and bagged some great collaborations. On my 30th birthday, V and I had planned a quick trip to Thailand. 

Many consider Bangkok as a gateway to islands and beaches. We didn't move around too much and go to the beaches. I had enough time to spend only in Bangkok and explore the city. Bangkok is known for street life, finest food and shrines.

We stayed at the gorgeous Grand Mercure amidst all the hustle and bustle of the Sukhumvit area. Everything around was walking distance. V had booked a gorgeous king bedroom which included high tea and evening cocktails at the club lounge.

Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant, Bangkok
Checked into this gorgeous Grand Mercure, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
At a pop-up market outside CentreWorld mall in Bangkok, Thailand
Cielo Sky Bar - 360 Bangkok Skyline Restaurant. 
How can I not pretend to do Buddha pose in the Temple of Reclining Buddha!
Cielo Sky Bar - 360 Bangkok Skyline Restaurant. 
Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, Thailand
All set to explore. Posing at Grand Mercure, Bangkok

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There are many people who say they hate Bangkok and stay only for a day to fly to beach destinations. But there is a lot more than the city has to offer. It is not only known for great nightlife but also stimulating culture. Well, you really need to explore the city and enjoy the tourist attractions including retail therapy. 

Explore Glistening Buddhist Monuments:
We took a boat trip around Chao Phraya river which is the lifeline of Bangkok. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. They say you have not visited Bangkok if you not been here! Grand Palace is the home of the Thai king. 
Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. The Wat Pho, the temple of reclining Buddha is covered in gold leaf.
You need to pay only the entrance fee to Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Be aware of the potential scams outside. Also, you do not really need a tour guide.

Bangkok is every shopper's paradise. Be it luxury shopping, street shopping where you can haggle or window shopping!
Take a trip to Chatachuk market. It is one of the largest markets on the weekend with 8000 stalls.  It is an open-air market hence visit only in the evenings to avoid the heat.
Shop till you drop in Siam Paragon. If not luxury shopping, then MBK and platinum mall are your best bet. MBK centre is the heart of Bangkok's shopping district.
You should also visit the Asiatique riverside market. There are a plenty of shopping stalls along with food joints.
You can get some good deals but just so you know, there is only one standard size for everyone.
There are several roadside stalls for shopping. Try to haggle with them.
Also, being a fashion blogger I respect all the craftsmanship that goes behind making a luxury product. Hence, I do not recommend picking up second-hand products.

Bangkok is also an urban hub peppered with skyscrapers. The city is known for Rooftops and the breathtaking skylines.
Try to get a reservation in advance so you can grab a nice table for unobstructed views.
My best tip is to go just before sunset to get the best pictures. 

Culinary Delights
The Thai food is very well known worldwide. It is a perfect blend of exotic flavours and spicy edge. I just could not get enough of thai-omelette, fiery red and green curries thickened with coconut milk and the local coconut water. Being a weird health-nut I always skip the rice and have curries like soup. 
One must try the juicy fresh fruits that are available in all the streets. 
I went gaga over Tom Yum soup. A perfect blend of chilli, lemongrass, lime leaves, lime juice, fish sauce and galangal to take your taste buds on a culinary ride. Their flavours and aromatic components make it one of the most popular cuisines. 

- Plan your travel and itinerary well. Like Paris or Rome, Bangkok is not eminently suitable for walking. 
It is best to travel in the metro. Cabs are fine once in a while. Try to haggle with the local cab drivers. Uber works as well. You can always keep a tab on the fare. Tuks-tuks are a great fun too. Stay away from those waiting outside touristy spots.

I hope you read my first travelogue about Bali, Indonesia in the previous post here.

If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to me anytime!

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