Bangkok, a city of street life, nightlife and shopping is perhaps best known as the capital of Thailand. The city shelters a grand palace, temples and the Chao Phraya River that flows past the Rattanakosin royal district. A famed shopping and tourist destination, Bangkok offers a bundle of excitement to its visitors.
A Visit to the Grand Palace
Revolved in a history that spans back to the year 1782, The Grand Palace is encircled by a 1.9-kilometre long wall and is located at the edge of the Chao Phraya River. The palace was home to the sovereigns of Thailand in the past but is however seldom visited by the monarch at present. A mere 45-minute ride is all it takes to reach Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel, a convenient distance to travel from any Sukhumvit hotel in the area.
The Golden Wat Pho
Located within proximity to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho can simply be reached on foot. Rated as the second most popular attraction in Bangkok, the largest reclining Buddha in the city lies there in a mighty 15-metre height and 45-metre length. The complex comprises the Buddha Gallery which hosts 394 golden Buddhas, the four royal Chedis and the Phra Ubosoft, a shelter that harbours the ashes of King Rama I.
Cruising Down the River
The Chao Phraya River which flows from Bangkok to the Gulf of Thailand is the major river of the country and is popular for dinner cruises, among tourists. When the night comes creeping in, surrounding buildings start to illuminate in night lights, adding shades of colour to your journey down the river. The temples and monuments in the city that stand tall and mighty can be spotted as you cruise down while enjoying a simple dinner in breezy Bangkok air.
Shop till You Drop
Shopping is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a vacation in Bangkok. The city caters to all levels of shoppers with malls that are designed to fit your bill. The MBK Centre offers garments, electronics, souvenirs and even a bazaar-like section for the budget shopper. However, if you seek luxury boutiques and chic fashion trends, the Siam Paragon is your spot to shop. The city is also home to one of the largest malls in South Asia, which is equipped with a food court that serves local and global cuisine.