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

Anantara Dream | Photo by Anantara Cruises, Thailand

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.

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


Getting to Know Thai Culture – Know Where You are Going…

Thai girls in traditional costumes


Thai traditional costumes Chiang Mai 2005 033, CC BY-SA 3.0

Thailand is one of the most culturally rich countries in the South East Asia. It holds a unique position in the region, as a country that remained unaffected by the strong colonizing powers of Europe in the early centuries. Made up of around 96% Thai, 2% Burmese, and other ethnic groups such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Hmong, and Mein, as the balance, Thailand is diverse in its ethnicity and culture. However, the most important and prominent cultural values of Thai people have emerged with a strong background in Buddhist philosophy. Self-control, respect for elders and for those ahead of you in the social hierarchy, and friendly attitude are the essentials among moral values of the people in the country. People are often compelled to maintain their calm and dignity, even at difficult times, as the expression of emotions in public is viewed with a disapproving eye.

Even though you can read pages and pages of a country and its history, there is no better way to get the real experience of its culture and its people than paying a visit yourself. You can make your expedition worthwhile by choosing a hotel in Asoke to stay during the visit. From there, you can easily roam around to see the city’s famous cultural centres, museums, and art galleries. It is not very difficult to find a good stay, as there are many options like AVANI Atrium Bangkok that gives you the chance to meet locals and mingle with the city life. Knowing the basic rules of Thai culture, your life in Thailand will be much easier than you ever anticipated.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.


Have a Great Time in Bangkok Without the Hangover – Yes, you Can!

Wat Arun at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rolf Heinrich, Köln, Wat Arun 03-2012-01, CC BY 3.0

So you’re in Bangkok with your buddies, your soul mate or even by yourself; and you explore all there is to explore during the day. And then the sun goes down, you prepare yourself to experience the famed nightlife of the city dubbed to be Asian version of Las Vegas, the sin city. Hopping from one night club to another, dancing from dusk to dawn and of course chugging down many, many glasses of tequila, beer, vodka and lord knows what else; and you wake up next morning (or afternoon) with a splitting headache that totally ruins the entire schedule of exploring you had planned for the day. So here are a few ways that you can try out to have a great time in Bangkok without drinking and having a really bad hangover.

Skip the drinks and learn about Thai history. The world renowned Thai cultural and heritage show, Siam Niramit is held every day from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM at the colossal 2,000-seat Ratchada Theatre. Once you’ve seated yourself, you will have to get ready to witness an enchanting performance that’s divided into 3 acts namely, ‘Journey Back into History,’ ‘Journey Beyond Imagination’ and ‘Journey Through Joyous Festivals’. Featuring over 100 professional artists, the show happens to be one of the largest stage productions in the world.

Hop on board a luxury cruise! The mighty Chao Praya River is a major river in Thailand which runs through Bangkok before finally flowing to the Gulf of Thailand. There are agents who provide these cruises, however the best is to go with a hotel. Due to the rising demand, luxury Bangkok city hotels such as the AVANI Atrium Bangkok are offering these cruises while adding a fine dining experience to it as well. So, when you hop on board such a cruise, you will be able to feast on delicious gourmet food while passing some of Bangkok’s finest sites such as the Grand Palace.

Embark on a foodie adventure. Thai food is amazing, and Thai street food is even more so. One of the best places to try out Thai street food is Bangkok where you can find many streets and markets dedicated to selling some of the most exotic and delicious of street foods around the world. The best of these is Yaowarat or Chinatown where street food was first introduced to Thailand over 200 years ago when the capital city was the main trading hub of South East Asia. Here you can find everything from juicy Thai-style BBQ chicken to the beloved Pad Thai and even fried insects!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.