If you are planning a first-time visit to Bangkok, you are indeed in for a special treat, as this exotic and very colourful metropolis leaves its mark on every single foreign visitor, and even with some online research, we figure you won’t know about any of the following.
- Extensive Network of Canals – Bangkok has long used canals as a form of transportation, and if you came and went without exploring these, it would be a disaster! The only way to get accustomed is to ride them often, and they take you past the homes of those who live on the banks of the canal, which is a great way to gain an insight into the local way of life.
- Longest Name – The official name of Bangkok is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. Of course, Thais do not use the full name, rather they refer to the city as “krung Thep” or city of angels.
- Local Markets – Aside from the famous Jatujak Weekend Market, the Thais are great at arranging markets, and they hold them anywhere and everywhere. Called ‘Talad Nat’, you can buy all kinds of fruit and vegetables, clothing and local artifacts, all at very low prices. A local market might occur once or twice a week, usually on the same days and the local people will always attend in the early evenings. If you are staying in one of the Sukhumvit 11 hotels, you are within reach of quite a few local markets, and this is an experience not to be missed.
- Bangkok Floods – During the rainy season (May – November), certain parts of Bangkok flood, simply because the rain falls so hard, the drains cannot cope, and one metre of water is possible at some sections of the city. The districts affected are Bang Kapi, Yaowarat and some parts of Sukhumvit Road, and if you are travelling in Bangkok during the monsoon season, always wear shoes that are waterproof.
- Theme Parks – Bangkok is home to quite a few theme parks, although you might not know it, with Dream World as the most popular, a large parked located at Thanyaburi, just outside Bangkok. Fantasia Lagoon is another water park located in the shopping mall at Bangkae, where young children can play on water slides and meet cartoon characters in the flesh. The Funarium Indoor Playground looks like a warehouse from the outside, and inside, the kids can engage in many adventurous pursuits, and even learn how to bake cakes.
Bangkok has so much to offer the visitor and armed with a map, you can leave your hotel room and immerse yourself in the unique ambience that can only be found in Bangkok. Do some online research and this will help you to plan your daily excursions, and while staying in a 4-star hotel around Sukhumvit Road, you can visit some truly amazing places.