Venice of the East: Bangkok and its River – The River of Kings

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It’ll come as no surprise that the Mae Nam Chao Phraya is known as the Venice of the East, as not only is it one of the most beautiful waterways in the country, but still acts as a popular trade route that’s still in use. Along with merchants and vendors still using the river and khlongs as a trade route, you can also go on a river cruise. Bangkok has a number of attractions dotted on the banks of this river and a cruise organized by providers such as Anantara Cruises, Thailand is the ideal way to look at these attractions. Along the river, you’ll be able to see attractions such as Wat Arun, Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew as well as Wat Pho.

The Chao Phraya River got its nickname Venice of the East as a number of khlongs, both natural and manmade; started connecting various parts of the city which then play a major role in contributing to the local’s lives and changed the cityscape. The Chao Phraya river stems from the north of the country where the Wang, Ping, Nan and Yom rivers meet at the Paknam Pho District, which then flows towards the south of the country connecting Chai Nat, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok to name a few, before meeting with the Gulf of Thailand.

Today, the river plays an important role in acting as a transport route for the shipment of teak and rice to the city of Bangkok. The banks are often seen crowded with local markets, manned by locals who sell fresh fruits and vegetables – some have even set up their houses on the river banks. The river has been regarded as the bloodline of the local people since for the longest time! The Chao Phraya River plays a significant role in the vibrant festivals of the country such as Loy Krathong and Songkran.

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Enjoy a Night in Bangkok – The Nightlife Hub

Bangkok is no stranger to the world of entertainment, where vibrant night shows, cultural performances, red light districts and a pulsating nightlife all add to endless nights of fun.

Bangkok is a city that comes alive at night, with energy quite unlike any other. High-end rooftop bars, edgy lounge bars, and ritzy nightclubs are drawing in visitors from all around the world, who are looking to have a good time. If you are looking to live it up in style, at a hotel in Riverside, Bangkok, you will not be disappointed; this party destination will light up your senses. There are many accommodation options in the heart of the Thai capital. Look into a place such as AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel which has easy access to the entertainment venues, shopping precincts, nightlife and the major attractions.

Relish a delicious cocktail to the impressive views of the cityscape. At night Bangkok twinkles with a million lights and rooftop cocktail bars are quite popular. The Vertigo and Moon Bar is an alfresco restaurant and glitzy bar 61 floors up. The ambiance is chic and drinks are smooth. Enjoy designer cocktails, champagne, and delicious mocktails.

The night markets of Bangkok are just the ticket for serious shopaholics. If hitting the bars at night is not to your liking consider the thrills of night shopping in one of the best shopping destinations across Asia. Most shops and malls stay open until 10 pm while nightly bargains and great deals are not uncommon.

The most popular night market is the Patpong Night Market while Asiatique combines the lures of a modern shopping mall with the traditionally popular night bazaar. Khaosan Shopping is ideal for budget shoppers. Here you will find travel offices for planning your journeys across Thailand, supermarkets, banks and the largest collection of second-hand bookstores. Khlong Lod Night Market is popular for second-hand goods and food while Khlong Thom Market sells just about anything and everything.

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Lumpini Park – Finding Tranquillity in the City of Angles

Bangkok (also known as the City of Angles) is a modern metropolis that is constantly on the move. Of course, amidst all this hustle and bustle one needs a place to take a breather and unwind; for this, Lumpini Park is just the place.

Green Oasis

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Easily accessible for those staying at a Bangkok hotel near BTS, Lumpini Park offers a lush green escape where one can enjoy walking under tree shaded paths or just relax by a tranquil lake.

Meeting feathery friends

Apart from little egrets, Lumpini Park features a variety of other birds that add to the site’s charm. So if you are staying at nearby hotels or resorts like Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites, you can even plan to get in some bird watching while on holiday.

Recreation on land & water

Lumpini Park is a great spot for cycling, practising Tai Chi or jogging. For some fun with the family, friends or that special someone you could even head to the lake and go out on a paddleboat.

Taking some “me” time

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Nik Cyclist from Bangkok, Thailand, Suan Lumpini (8924155257)CC BY 2.0

Of course, when the day is done and you have had your fill of adventures in Bangkok, Lumpini Park is the perfect place to just sit down, chill out and watch the world go slowly by.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.