A Guide when Visiting Bangkok for the First Time – The Truly Essential Hotspots

Thailand offers an astonishing range of sights and experiences and if you’re embarking on a visit to this nation for the first time, there are a few places that are absolutely crucial visits.

Ko Ratanakosin

This artificial island is definitely an ideal starting point for your adventure due to its central location. It is also considered as the birthplace of Bangkok and has a surreal range of heritage sites, royal residences and Buddhist palaces to explore.

The Legendary Riverside

The Chao Phraya River is quite honestly Bangkok at its liveliest, and some of the most wondrous attractions of the city are situated along its banks. Everything from Thailand’s finest restaurants to various Bangkok city hotels and the iconic Lumphini Park are all situated nearby.


This is truly Bangkok’s international zone where you can experience the mind-boggling diversity of the city. This area features Middle-Eastern nightlife locales, French restaurants, and Japanese zones. There are many hotels and resorts nearby, such as AVANI Atrium Bangkok, so if you find yourself near Sukhumvit, be sure to visit.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is one of the most colossal markets in the world, and the ideal place to visit towards the end of your adventure. At this market you can get anything from vintage sneakers to traditional souvenirs, to baby squirrels. It’s best to visit this place early since it can get quite congested towards the afternoon.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.



Why You Should Visit Wat Pho in Bangkok – The Home of the Thai Massage

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Diego Delso, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Tailandia, 2013-08-22, DD 16, CC BY-SA 3.0

The capital of Thailand has many wonders. Thus, Bangkok city hotels never have a dearth of patrons, the malls and food courts overflow and the chief sights such as Wat Pho are abuzz with locals and foreigners.

What about Wat Pho

Just like the AVANI Atrium Bangkok stands out from among the other abodes, the Wat Pho stand out amidst all the hive of activity. The large expanse of land that is dedicated to the temple allows it to be the home of one of the largest collections of Buddha images in the entire country.

The Royal Connection

This temple had been treated with much reverence and esteem by the royal families of Thailand. Thus, King Rama III is known to have made several developments to the premises during his tenure. King Rama IV is the last to have made substantial improvements to the temple, though renovations and restorations occur frequently.

How Thai Healing Began

All tourists should know that they should pay homage to this temple each time they enjoy a heavenly massage in Thailand as Wat Pho is considered the home of traditional Thai massages. The temple had been a centre for public education much before the era of universities of formal education systems.

The Wat Pho Today

To date Wat Pho houses a separate unit which functions as a school for medicine, literature, Buddhism, history, custom and lexicography.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.


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.