Hoping to take in all the fascinating sights that Bangkok has to offer? Then read on to find out about a very serene and relaxed way to do so.
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Explore the khlongs in a long-tailed boat
Head to the river pier in the morning and hire a traditional Thai long-tail boat, and spend a fascinating time exploring the river’s many canals known as Khlongs in Thai.
Book yourself onto a luxury dinner cruise
Cruise down the mighty Chao Phraya River by booking yourself on to a luxury dinner cruise. It’s a perfectly comfortable way to get a look at the dazzling skyline of the city shaped by skyscrapers, and many a Riverside Bangkok hotel including the likes of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.
Things to see
Once you meander down the waterway, you will be able to get a glimpse of a seamless blend of historic monuments, shimmering palaces and modern buildings boasting sleek designs. Don’t forget to take lots and lots of pictures of the stunning views.
Drift down the river on an antique rice barge
A relaxed ride down the cool waters during a hot afternoon is a great way to beat the mid-day heat and humidity. Board a beautifully restored antique rice barge and get a close glimpse of the bustling locality that’s centered around the banks of the river.
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Phurida, Vimanmek-mansion, CC BY-SA 4.0
Thailand is an enthralling country with an incredibly rich heritage. The nation’s history is filled with many kings who built breath-taking works of architectural accomplishments. The country after all, is still officially titled the Kingdom of Thailand. One of the most beautiful royal residences that were ever created, and still exist today in all its glory, is the Dusit Palace complex, which was constructed by King Chulalongkorn, also known as Rama V.
The lavish compound is situated in the Dusit district, just across of the Chao Phraya River, and close to many Bangkok resorts such as the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. The entire complex features an elaborate network of gardens and a total of thirteen different residences. It is truly a testament to royal luxury. The palace compound was constructed due to the previous royal residence becoming too overcrowded and as a result no longer sustainable.
One of the most remarkable residences in the compound is the Vimanmek Mansion, which is the largest golden-teak construction in the world. The mansion therefore is massive, boasting three storeys and a total of eighty one rooms. This was the first permanent residence built in the Dusit Palace complex. The inspiration for this mansion came to King during a visit to Europe where he was exposed to Victorian architecture. He then commissioned the disassembling of a different residence in order to have it rebuilt into what eventually became the Vimanmek Mansion.
The Abhishek Dusit Throne Hall is another similar architectural wonder made of teak wood. Also built by King Rama, this exquisite hall was built in 1904, and bears strikingly Victorian architecture with strong Thai elements beautifully incorporated as well. It now serves as a handicraft museum and was the first of its kind when it was converted into its new role.
If you ever find yourself in Thailand, be sure to visit these awe-inspiring locales.
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Dominik Tefert, Wat Arun Bangkok Thailand, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE
Often regarded as the shopping and nightlife central, the city however is great for all age groups.Looking through a Bangkok travel guide could give one an idea of the countless possibilities of things to do in the city.
Even though a modern city, the Thai capital has a significant cultural flair to it. Some of the attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Emerald Buddha are great places to stroll around with your kids as this helps them learn about different cultures and history. The grandeur of these monuments could leave them in awe as to how such great structures were built in times where development was not advanced as today. These attractions are easily accessible from some of Bangkok’s riverside hotels such as Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.
A boat ride down Chao Phraya river could be an exciting as well as an educating experience for both you and your kids as the old town shows how the river was an integral part of activities of the town in the past.
Places such as Bounce Bangkok are great to keep your kids on their feet as this is a large trampoline and climb centre.
The centre houses trampolines of all types and the options are plenty. Ice rinks are popular in Bangkok and can be found in various locations, there is one that is even the size of an Olympic ice rink. This is a great place for you and your kids to work on your ice skating skills. The Children’s discovery museum again is a great place to spend the whole day as it allows children to dig up things and get their archaeological hat on.
Most of these places aim to get the whole family involved with activities or have activities that could interest adults in or around the premises.
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