Our Long Haul Product Director, Richard, explored Thailand to put together our escorted tour. Here are his reasons to visit the amazing city of Bangkok.
To get a real feel for Thai life – and an overview of many of the country’s terrific sights – Bangkok is a great city to base yourself in.
Compared to Europe, here daily essentials and eating are all very cheap. There are tons of restaurants, serving all sorts of food from around the world, and menu choices are usually extensive. You’ll also find ‘7-11’ stores everywhere, selling basics like water and drinks plus interesting, local snacks at a fraction of hotel prices.
As a city, Bangkok is quite easy to get around. The new Skytrain is cheap, clean and very easy to use, and you can also experience more traditional methods of travel like the tuk tuk or the Chao Praya River’s public waterbus (the best way to reach the Grand Palace). It’s a very safe city too – do consider walking from place to place in the shopping and tourist areas as it’s often not that far.
Bangkok’s incredible sights include the Grand Palace and the amazing Buddhas – an emerald one, one that reclines and a five and a half ton golden one! Most people head for the night markets of Patpong too, where, as well as some very colourful and imaginative nightlife, you’ll find clothing and souvenirs on numerous popular stalls.
Just outside Bangkok you’ll find more fascinating places to visit. For a poignant reminder of the events which took place in Thailand during WWII, head out to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the River Kwai. You can walk across the bridge itself (now largely reconstructed) or take the train through the dense jungle along the route of the Death Railway.
For another unique experience, get up early and travel by speedy long-tail boat to the famous floating markets. See colourful local sellers plie their trade with a vast range of wares, which they offer from their boats.
You can visit Bangkok with Newmarket Holidays on the ‘Follow the Mekong – Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam’ tour. Departures are available in 2015 and 2016, flying from Gatwick Airport.