First Time in Thailand – Where to Go, What to Eat

Are you planning to visit Bangkok, Thailand for the first time? Here is a quick and straightforward guide of where to go, what to do and what to eat.

The Weather in Bangkok

The peak season to visit Bangkok is November to February when it’s cooler and rains less. However, prices are highest as is the population of tourists. If you’re not averse to a little rain, June to October is when prices and tourism to Bangkok are at its lowest.

Getting to Bangkok from the Airport

You will arrive at one of the two international airports; it’ll probably be Suvarnabhumi Airport. You can get to Bangkok by train, bus, taxi or private transfer from your hotel.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

It’s advisable to stay in a city hotel in Bangkok as it will be harder to find transport further into the suburbs you go. For example, Avani Atrium Bangkok is right on the MRT line and has close access to Terminal 21.

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Image Credit: Avani Atrium Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

You can take the temple hopping route and explore the old city or visit the night and morning markets for a street food tour. Most resort hotels offer a Thai cooking class. If you’re into a bit of adrenaline, watch a Muay Thai match live, it’s quite the experience.

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Where to Eat in Bangkok

Despite a probable 5 hour wait, check out Jay Fai’s Raan Jay Fai. She is an iconic street food chef who is considered the best cook in Thailand. Try her crab omelette. Try the pad Thai, tom yum goong, the Wattana Panich beef stew and mango sticky rice.

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Plan Your Ultimate Holiday in Bangkok – An Experience to Cherish

The perfect place for an exciting holiday, the capital of Thailand – Bangkok, is truly a vibrant city with plenty to do. Here are a few reasons as to why this city is a must to visit!

The Grand Palace

Paying a visit to the Grand Palace when in Bangkok should most definitely be in your travel itinerary. At one time, the palace was the King’s home and a place where the government of Thailand carried out their work. You have up to 214,000 square meters to cover!

The sky train

If you want to get a clear view of Bangkok whilst you maintain your cool, hopping onto a sky train is ideal! Not only do you get to witness spectacular views of the city, but the trains also take the most direct route.

Chatuchak Market

Regarded as one of the largest markets in the world, there’s plenty to do, see and enjoy at Chatuchak. Roughly a 40-minute drive from Avani Atrium Bangkok or any other similar hotel in Asoke, this market is home to over 8000 stalls.

Wat Arun

Known as the Temple of Dawn, this impressive building is one of the most recognized structures in Southeast Asia. If you’re planning on a visit, going during the morning hours is best, before the crowds start pouring in.

Floating markets

Bangkok is known for its floating markets! Damnoen Saduak is the most famous floating market in Thailand but is located 100 kilometres from Bangkok Look for an authentic floating market within Bangkok, such as Khlong Lat Mayom.

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The Water Festival of Thailand – Splashes all around!

The Songkran Festival is the Thai New Year and is celebrated nationwide with a whole variety of festivities. Want to know more about this festival and what happens during it?

1) Central

When the new year approaches, people in this region clean their houses and dress up in colourful clothing. They offer food to the monks and then offer a requiem to their ancestors.

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2) South

The people in the south have 3 simple rules for Songkran, which are to work as little as possible and to avoid unnecessarily spending money, to not hurt other people and animals and finally to not lie.

3) North

In the north, it is celebrated with firecrackers and gunfire that is believed to repel bad luck. They then prepare food on the next day to offer it to the monks. They also pour water on the hands of their elders asking for their blessing.

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4) Bangkok (Capital)

Bangkok is where all the water festivities happen. The Khao San Road and Silom Road are the hubs and are usually closed down for traffic. People equipped with buckets full of water and water guns take to the streets in celebration. If you’re looking for a great Siam hotel, Bangkok has many, such as the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel for instance.

5) East

Similar to the other parts of the country, the people of the eastern region prepare food for the elderly and make merits at the temple. They also, however, create gorgeous sand pagodas.

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