Seeing Bangkok the Right Way

There are so many amazing places in Asia to visit, and one of the best that you absolutely must consider is Bangkok. The Thai capital is often considered a vanguard of South East Asian travel, and one of the first places that people love to go when exploring that part of the world. It is, in essence, a relatively tourist-friendly way to experience Asia, and you’ll find that there is so much there to see and do, whether you are visiting for the first or fiftieth time. Here are some of the things you should definitely make sure you do when you are there.

Stay in Luxury

One thing to note about Bangkok and Thailand in general is that it is relatively inexpensive to stay in absolute luxury. If that sounds good to you, there are a lot of ways to achieve this, the simplest being to just find a top 5 star hotel in Bangkok and go from there. You’ll be amazed at the prices of these hotels, and just how much of a 5-star experience they really give you too, so it’s something you should definitely think about to help you make the most of your time there.

Throw Paint & Have A Water Fight

If you want to have as much fun as possible while you are in Bangkok, you may want to time your visit so that you are there in time for the Thai New Year. The corresponding festival to this, known as Songkran, sees everyone out in the streets throwing paint on each other and blasting each other with super soakers - yes, really. It’s wild and out of control, and probably the most fun you are ever going to have for a new year experience. It is really amazing how much you can get out of something like this.

Check Out Sambuttri

If you are going to be in Bangkok, you absolutely have to make sure that you are going to check out Sambuttri at least once. It’s the tourist center of the city, and somewhere that a lot of people usually end up for the day and far into the night - and it’s at night that it really does come alive, hosting some of the more raucous elements of the city’s nightlife. So make sure that you at least check this out once or twice while you are there, even if you're only in the area for a week or less.

Eat Some Street Food

Many parts of the world, and of Asia in particular, are known for their street food. But it’s in Bangkok that you get the very best of this, and it’s something that you are definitely going to want to consider. If you don’t try any of the street food while you are in Bangkok, you are simply not seeing Bangkok in all its glory, so that is something you should definitely try out. It’s going to make the whole experience so much more amazing and special.

**Post contributed by peer travel writer and adventurer, Jay Norman, who is based in Japan.**

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