On a list of dream destinations, Thailand would no doubt be ranked highly – a world center of culture and paradise for nature enthusiasts, it caters to visitors of every kind. Of course the starting point for most travelers to Thailand will be the tourist capitol, Bangkok, city of angels. According to the prestigious Master Card Global Destination Cities Index Annual Survey. Bangkok was rated as one of the top-ranking city destinations worldwide. It holds the top position in the Asia Pacific Region and comes out as third in the world with 12.2 million visitors per year. It also holds 3rd place for growth rate in terms of visitors (6.5%) and has shown a staggering increase in cross border expenditure (16.6%).
Three things that are consistently on the minds of visitors to the Capitol include: eating, shopping and sightseeing! But what can be achieved if you are on a tight schedule of only 3 days and 2 nights?
It’s almost impossible to avoid the popular MBK shopping mall which has literally everything and anything at a cheap price. Not so far away there’s Siam Discovery and Central World where one can find high-street brands and teen fashion. If it’s chic fashion at an affordable price you’re after, then Terminal 21 is the place to be. If you are looking for top-end brand names then look no further than Central Embassy, Emporium & Emquatier Shopping Center. Another interesting, cheap shopping spot with loads of variety is in the Pratunam district. And finally, while on the subject of variety and cheap prices, how could one forget the world famous Jatujak market!
Let’s start at the famous China Town or as the locals call it Yaowarat! It has a variety of dishes to choose from at reasonable prices. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking there is only Chinese food available- there are also plenty of mouthwatering Thai dishes that might take your fancy too! And finally we can’t discuss Bangkok cuisine without mentioning its street food – a major highlight and something that should not be missed by any visitor that can be found in every corner of the city – cheap, delicious and open 24 hours a day!
Sightseeing and nightlife
No visit to the Capitol would be complete without a visit to the Grand Palace and the various temples within the vicinity – The temple of the Emerald Buddha, The temple of the reclining Buddha and The Temple of the Dawn all of which have inherited their own complex history and unique beauty from different generations. In terms of night life, visitors shouldn’t miss out on a trip to Kao Sahn Road or Silom!
A trip of 3 days and 2 nights is not realistically going to be enough time to absorb and see everything. You will, however, be able to get a glimpse of what it has to offer and importantly have an amazing time. You will be able to say you came here for a once in a life time trip – Bangkok, the “city of smiles” and one that never sleeps!