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A weekend in Bangkok: top 3 things to do

There's a reason why Bangkok is the favourite destination for Indian travellers.

It’s easy to see why the vibrant city of Bangkok is one of the top tourist spots for Indians. Be it the shopaholic in you or the party animal waiting to be set free. Or if you are looking for gastronomical delights or yearning for spiritual insights- Bangkok will not disappoint.

While we believe an ideal Thai holiday should be at least 2 – 3 weeks long, Bangkok is an ideal weekend getaway from all major Indian cities too. We recommend 3 just-cannot-miss things to do for anyone exploring a quick weekend in Bangkok.

Travel bloggers Swati & Sam, who blog at The Tales of a Traveler and Ankita Sinha who shares her travel experience at ankionthemove also chime in with their tips on Bangkok must do’s.

1. Shop, shop till you drop!

Bangkok’s modern, multi-storey malls are a shopper’s paradise – offering a range of goodies from electronics and lifestyle goods to luxury items for the avid shopper in search of retail therapy. Try Siam Paragon for uber-luxury or MBK Center for the more affordable 2000 shops covering 7 floors of retail space! For the bargain hunter, put Chatuchak Weekend market at the very top of your list of shopping places and head there early in the morning to avoid crowds. The character-filled stalls will keep you busy all day, shopping for everything from antiques, handicrafts and souvenirs for back home to clothing and accessories.

Swati & Sam highly recommend shopping in Bangkok:

“Boutiques of homegrown designer clothes, shoes, wholesale shops, souvenirs, accessories, vintage items, designer boutiques to cheap knock offs, you can find everything here. Some of the famous malls are Amarin Plaza, Gaysorn Plaza, Siam Center, Esplanade, Siam Discovery Center and the list goes on from high end to mid range to low. You can endlessly haggle without sweating bullets in any of these air conditioned malls like MBK, Platinum or Indra Market. And the most popular Chatuchak Market, also known as the weekend market or JJ Market. Young designers operate outlets among the 8,000 or so stalls. You’ll need to brush up your skills in the art of bargaining to get the maximum advantage.”

2. Visit the multitude of temples

Visit the architectural splendour and enjoy the artistic inspiration that Thai temples, also called ‘Wat’, have to offer. If you have to visit one temple during your visit, it should be Wat Pho. Witness for yourself the famous statue of reclining Buddha.

Ankita talks about her experience there:

“You enter the hall and you get to see a huge reclining Buddha which starts and ends after 10 or more sections of divided wall. The image of reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long and the 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. There are also different forms of life depicted on the long foot and being human is considered the topmost avatar. It is a belief that if you do a lot of sin, you will eventually be someone in your next life which has a lower chance to upgrade your life, i.e. an animal who can’t always do what it wishes to do. But nevertheless, to wash your sin and do good, do not forget to drop a coin at 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha as that is said to bring good fortune and helps monks maintain the Wat."

3. Enjoy the nightlife

After the sun sets, you’ll find out why Bangkok’s nightlife is rated as one of the world’s best. Whether you want to party the night away, have a few drinks at a pub or continue your shopping spree, you’ll surely find a way to keep your nights as busy, if not busier, as your days in Bangkok.

Swati & Sam explain why Bangkok is a city that never sleeps:

“For all night owls, this is the city to be. Pubs, bars open all night with drinks flowing in, you cannot resist yourself to be part of this madness and craziness. Order a local beer and be part of the insanity that the city has to offer. And for shopaholics the good news is you can shop all night long thanks to the Night Market ;). The night markets in Patpong are lively and exciting with numerous fashionable bars and restaurants. You can find lots of people offering you pass for secret shows for free ;). The city that never sleeps.”

Ankita chose to explore the Asiatic Riverfront night market:

“Enjoy the Skywheel, explore more than 1500 boutique shops, dine with the view of river or just enjoy the activities in the hustle and bustle of Asiatic Riverfront. Asiatique The Riverfront is the newest Bangkok Night Market, opened in May 2012 and also houses 10 warehouses kept intact as it was. We dined, shopped and were just enamored with the lively yet retro music playing in the background with X-mas celebrations. Watch out for some great deals of 200 baht dresses in some of the boutique shops.”