Shopping & Entertainment
Exercise your haggling talents at the Chatuchak Market, one of the largest in the world, or at the Damnoen Saduak , a chaotic collection of longtail boats jostling for position, and featured in the Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies”. Alternatively the modern, air-conditioned, easily navigable, multi-story shopping malls (MBK, Emporium, Siam Discovery and Central World Plaza) - accessed via the Skytrain - house fashion stores, book shops, speciality stores and accessory stands alongside luxury designer lifestyle goods and global brands.
Classical Thai dance - the main dramatic art form of Thailand – has been entertaining spectators since ancient times. The uniquely delicate movement of performers dressed exquisitely in traditionally embroidered costumes creates a beguiling form of dance-drama, not to be missed. Daily cultural shows including Thai dance, sword fighting and Thai boxing can be watched at the Sampran Riverside, whilst the Siam Niramit, a world-class stage show featuring 150 performers, depicts Thailand’s historical and spiritual heritage. Many restaurants in Bangkok also include a classical dance performance as part of a traditional Thai style dinner.
(Muay) Thai Boxing - an essential part of Thai culture, Muay Thai is similar to regular boxing but with the addition of kicks, knee and elbow strikes and various clinching techniques. It may have changed and evolved from its original use as a military fighting skill, but the Thai people still continue to train and practice the sport – it was a part of the school curriculum right up until the 1920s – and is gathering an increasing following of enthusiasts and practitioners around the world.
Built upon water, Bangkok’s river and canals (khlongs) formed the city’s main thoroughfares, connecting rice farms, towns, temples and floating markets (until roads were constructed in 1851), earning it the moniker, the ‘Venice of the East’ and visitors often regard a boat trip as their most rewarding city experience, as it provides a completely different perspective of this fascinating city.
The Eastern & Oriental Express
South East Asia’s most glamorous train, the Eastern & Oriental Express travels through Thailand at a gentle pace. What better way to watch some of the most spectacular scenery pass you by than sitting in a comfortable arm chair sipping on a chilled Singapore Sling? Choose from a selection of itineraries, all of which include guided excursions, bringing you even closer to this fascinating part of the world.
|Language||Thai, English is widely spoken|
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Bangkok claims to be the hottest city in the world and its tropical monsoon climate, making it both hot and humid in equal measures, can certainly trick you into believing it. On average, the temperatures are always high, with a lot of rain falling from May to October.
Between April/May and September/October, the city is at its steamiest.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Bangkok.
Thailand enjoys a reputation as one of Asia’s leading wellness destinations, offering an unrivalled breadth of swish spa retreats and hotel spas dispensing indigenous and imported therapies. The 1,560m² Elemis Spa, at the St. Regis Bangkok is a study in contemporary luxury, boasting a serene ambience and Rasul chambers where guests can experience the ancient Arabian bathing ritual that incorporates mineral-rich clay, heat and steam to cleanse, exfoliate, absorb toxins, increase circulation and soften the skin.
Temples & Palaces
Wat Pho or Wat Phra Kaew is Bangkok’s largest Wat and technically the oldest. It’s particularly famous for housing the huge Reclining Buddha statue – a highly impressive gold plated reclining statue of Buddha, some 46 meters long and 15 meters high - it’s also home to a further 1000 images of Buddha, mostly retrieved from the ruins of the former capitals Ayuthaya and Sukhothai.
Once considered the most spectacular city on Earth, the ruined city of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights. Easily accessible from Bangkok, this UNESCO World Heritage site, located on an island threaded by canals, consists of three palaces and over four-hundred temples, built in a fascinating mix of Khmer and early Sukhothai styles.
The Grand Palace with its glittering golden rooftops and soaring chedis (pagodas) is probably Thailand’s most visited landmark, and its greatest architectural symbol. The Palace served as a royal residence until 1925 but is now only used for ceremonial purposes. It's divided into three main zones: the Inner Court, exclusively reserved for the king, his queen and his consorts, the Middle Court, housing important residential and state buildings and The Outer Court, home to royal offices, public buildings and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaeo Morakot) - Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture, flawlessly carved from green jade.
Jim Thompson House - the former home of the legendary American tycoon and entrepreneur who transformed the fortunes of the Thai silk industry – this is a wonderful enclave of six traditional Thai houses nestled amongst lushly landscaped, tropical gardens.
For its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise, the Chatuchak Weekend Market has become something of a must-see for most visitors to Thailand. It’s 35-acres, home to more than 8,000 market stalls, attract over 200,000 visitors who come to sift through the goods on offer.
If you don’t have the inclination to embark on a half or full day river cruise, The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is located on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River and the hotel offers a private ferry transfer to get you there!
Please contact us for flight information.
Bespoke Suits & Dresses
Haberdasheries are plentiful and typically run by Thai-Indians, happy to tailor bespoke suits and dresses (at bargain prices) for those mindful of cut, cloth and details. For best results, we recommend you take a pattern or leave an item of clothing for replication and try to manage at least two fittings over the course of a few days...