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The Bangkok Experience

The Bangkok Experience

Consider the Thai city for you next international vacation!

by Danielle T. Pointdujour, April 26, 2012

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The Bangkok Experience

long money on young Thai women and lots of partying until the break of dawn. 

Shop ‘Til You Drop

You’ve eaten great food, been pampered and got a much needed tan, now it’s time to spend some of that Thai Baht burning a hole in your pocket.  Like any other city where tourism is booming, Bangkok boasts many street stalls where you can buy everything from souvenir magnets to local art for unbelievably low prices.  Hands down the best place to shop for quality Thai goods on the cheap is Chatuchak Weekend Market (better known as J.J. Market).  This market place is 35 acres and 8,000 stalls of shopping heaven, J.J. market is so enormous that it can literally take you an entire day to navigate its mazes and see everything it has to offer!  Everything is on sale here and if you have a friendly face and some good bargaining skills you can walk away with some of the best shopping deals in Bangkok. 

Street stall shopping isn’t all there is to the city’s shopping scene.  Bangkok’s MBK Center is legendary among locals and tourists and boasts eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything your heart desires.  But Bangkok isn’t just about cheap shopping, luxury is definitely alive and well in the city and can be found in the behemoth that is Siam Paragon. This luxury mall is 500,000 square meters of designer shopping from Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Versace, Burberry, Hermes and more.  Oh, but that’s not all.  Siam Paragon also houses a royal concert hall, bowling alley, movie theaters, karaoke bars, Ferrari and Lamborghini dealerships, schools, a gourmet market and food hall, and if all that wasn’t enough, there is the world-class aquarium Siam Ocean World in the basement. 

Culture, Nature & Elephant Rides…Oh My!

Now that you’ve gotten all the superficial stuff out of the way, it’s time to learn a little something about the majestic city of Bangkok.  The history of Bangkok and Thailand as a whole is a rich and deeply spiritual one and no trip would be complete with a visit to one of their many “Wats” or temples.  Must see sights include Wat Arun, the magnificent temple of Dawn, Wat Po, the oldest temple in the city and home to the Reclining Buddha, the Grand Palace which once served as the home of the King, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), a structure built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadeite and Wat Trimitr, where you'll view the 700-year-old Golden Buddha.  After getting your spiritual fix you can take a relaxing canal boat ride to get a close up view of traditional Thai life or check out a cultural show at Siam Niramit

Temples and cultural shows are great, but if you’re a bit more adventurous, spending the day at Khao Yai National Park should be right up your alley.  Khao Yai is Thailand's second largest park and a World Heritage Site famous for its dense virgin forests, streams and waterfalls.  Here you can get up close and personal with nature.  Hiking trails will test your fitness (seriously), wild monkeys wait to greet you on the side of the road (they’re quite friendly) and the highlight of the visit, an elephant ride through the jungle, cannot be missed.  

The Freaks Come Out At Night

Night life in Bangkok is bananas!  I’m not much of a party person, but I had the time of my life partying with locals at the rooftop lounge of the Banyan Tree Hotel where they played everything from local Thai hits to N***as in Paris.  And before you ask, yes they censored the N-word.  I even got my Hangover 2 fix on the 64th floor of luxury hotel Lebua at State Tower (a few scenes were shot here), where I sipped a Hangovertini with my new Australian pals and took in spectacular views of Bangkok.  However the real excitement when it comes to Bangkok’s nightlife happens in its infamous red light districts.  Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Patpong need no introduction and a quick Google search will tell you all you need to know. 

Men (and a few women) come to Bangkok from all over the world just to indulge in the sexual freak fest of the red light districts.  From go-go bars in Soi Cowboy where the girls wear numbers for easy choosing and glass ceilings provide panty-less peek-a-boos to lesbian spanky shows at Nana Plaza and the infamous ping pong shows of Patpong, sex, sex and more sex rules the night in Bangkok.   Of course you can’t mention Bangkok’s red light districts without mentioning the main attraction…ladyboys.  These “ladies” are a prominent feature in Bangkok’s night life and while most ladyboys are easy to spot,

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