Street Performers (Buskers) in Khao San Road – A Quick Entertainment Fix

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A backpacker’s first choice, Khao San Road in Bangkok is a place to enjoy a one-off Thai experience on a budget. While its vibrant cultural scene, surprisingly delicious street food and friendly atmosphere is a huge hit among travelers, this epicenter of entertainment is also famous for its many street performers.

Who are buskers?

Buskers are more than just street entertainers. Artistes whose works sometimes reflect the social and cultural state of their crowding spectators, the buskers connect to their audience; the end result being an informative and an entertaining experience.

What kinds of buskers are out there?

There are all kinds of buskers. Be it the mysterious and exotic snake charmers, Gnawa groups performing a hats dance or doing flips, individual performers with monkeys, or magicians and palm readers, these street performers add a little bit more life to the buzzing streets.

Buskers on Khao San Road

The types of buskers on Khao San Road might vary. Sometimes amid all the hustle and bustle, street musicians and even DJs might play your favourite tunes. More on such entertaining tips can be found on the best entertainment blogs online including options such as My Entertainment Hub.

Other things to enjoy on Khao San Road

Apart from these cheerful entertainers, the street is also famed for fish spas, whimsical souvenirs, toys and many places to grab a cold one after a long day of backpacking across the best city in the world. Khao San Road is also found close to popular attractions including the Grand Palace, Royal Grounds (Sanam Luang), Wat Pho and more.

Doing Business in Bangkok – Four things to Keep in Mind

Bangkok is now a famous commercial capital with many multinationals locating their regional headquarters here. Remember these pointers if you find yourself in Bangkok on a business trip.

Class and Respect

Much like many Asian countries, Thai people are very class-conscious. If you’re a middle-aged Caucasian in a suit, then you will probably be treated with a lot of respect. Unfortunately, they would also be unlikely to question anything you say or deliver bad news since they would tend to stray away from upsetting authority.

Business Hotels and Meetings

If you’re unfamiliar with Bangkok, then finding your way around can be very difficult. So be sure to organise your meetings at one of many business hotels Bangkok has nearby to all parties involved. There are many hotels to choose from, ideal for corporate functions in the city, such as Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.

What NOT to Do

Never say anything critical of the king since it can even lead to legal action against you. The Buddha is highly respected so always express respect in the presence of Buddhist imagery and never leave the soles of your feet facing a Buddha statue or image. Never pass items over someone’s head or with your left hand and do not point at anything with a single finger.

General Etiquette

Displaying emotion publicly is considered disrespectful, and so is criticising someone openly and causing them to lose face. Always speak courteously and politely.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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Living in Bangkok -Asia’s Capital of Cool

Two centuries ago, Bangkok was a sleepy, little port community where the only things making waves would have been the frolicking ripples on the Chao Praya. Flash forward 200 years later and you have the modern-day Bangkok, Asia’s capital of cool! This city is just buzzing with energy and seems like it never sleeps. This fast developing metropolis is welcoming more and more expatriates every year as a result of the increasing number of job opportunities. So, if you’re planning on moving to Bangkok for work, here are a few tips to get by.

At first, Bangkok with its many dizzying lights, traffic, and the crowds can be quite overwhelming. However, give it a week or two and you’ll find there’s more than what meets the eye in Bangkok. For starters, get yourself settled down somewhere comfortable. Within the urban jungle of the Central Business District of Bangkok, you can find little pockets or areas of serenity like Sukhumvit; that are just ideal for expatriates looking for long term accommodation. Find a good Sukhumvit serviced apartment the likes of the Somerset Lake Point Bangkok and you will get all the cosiness and convenience of a home, with a fully-equipped kitchen, security, gym and pool facilities as well.

Once you’ve settled down, the next question is travelling about the city. Bangkok has modern, affordable public transport options. One of these is the Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems that connect the city’s main business, shopping and entertainment areas. Taxis are the cheapest as well as tuk-tuks. There are also river taxis and express boats, however, these are used for visiting the city attractions.

There’s that popular saying that “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy”, so after work, you will need to reserve some time to play and unwind as well. In Bangkok, there are a wide number of attractions and activities for this. If you’re a history buff, visit Bangkok’s finest heritage sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. If you’re looking for adventure, skydiving, zip lining, kayaking and snorkelling safaris and tours can be booked through agents. And finally, if you’re quite the party animal to whom Friday’s are fun days, you’ve come to the right place. Bangkok’s nightlife scene is thriving and you can find plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to party at!

 

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+