There are many reasons why Bangkok tops a lot of traveler’s must-see lists. The Thai capital has a little bit of everything to suit your taste: think splashy rooftop pools and parties, mouthwatering cuisine, and a fascinating blend of both the past and present. These are just a few reasons you should visit Bangkok.
“Sawadee Ka” is a phrase you will hear over and over again from random strangers in Bangkok bowing and bringing their hands together in prayer as you pass by. The common greeting means “hello” and will immediately leave you feeling welcome and at peace despite Bangkok’s buzz. Within all the chaos, the residents have somehow maintained a serene demeanor. Even their dancing is delicate. Dancers in traditional garb gracefully wave their slender arms and fingers in the air in a slow motion choreographed dance at the Jim Thompson House, an American silk magnate’s old home within the modern city.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we have included food on our musts when you visit Bangkok. Food is Thailand’s most popular export, and understandably so. Whatever noodles or papaya salads you have ordered back home will seem dull in comparison to the explosion of flavors you will experience from Bangkok menus. Wash it all down with refreshing coconut, cracked open so you can slurp up the chilly water within. Trust us: it’s much needed in Bangkok’s humidity.
Even though at first glance Bangkok may seem like a sea of soaring glass skyscrapers, there’s actually a lot of history to discover too. A private Ker & Downey guide leads you to the Grand Palace, a sprawling royal complex dating back to 1782 that will mesmerize you. The Siam court didn’t hold back when it came to displaying their passion for color and curves. Find a whole lot of glimmering tiles in red, blue, green, and yellow decorating its ornamental spires.
Next door, take some time to wander around Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. A massive rendition of the Buddha swathed in golf leaf stretches out to his pearl inlaid feet. Like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is a visual masterpiece of gilded Buddha images, lotus seated statues, and ceramic tiled stupas.
Brand new properties are constantly popping up around town, but we can help you choose the best for your journey. Pull up a front row seat to the Chao Phraya River views at the Capella Bangkok, pour some afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, or slow down your pace at the Siam. Bangkok’s selection of properties are hard to beat and they knock it out of the park when it comes down to service and style.
Ready to take a trip to Thailand to see what Bangkok has in store for you? Contact your Ker & Downey designer to start planning a journey to Asia.