Avani Travel Diary - Bangkok by Coundsheck’s Journey

WANDERLUST

There is something about the Chao Phraya River that has always fascinated me. Many of these riverside communities have remained unchanged from the days of my childhood and make me feel nostalgic. Don’t miss the chance to explore these serene areas after marvelling at the hustle and bustle of downtown Bangkok.

Our tour starts at Wat Prayoonwongsawat temple near the Memorial Bridge. A rare example of minimalist architecture in a city dominated by heavily adorned, gold-plated pagodas, this modern-style, all-white temple will change how you see the city’s religious architecture.

Bangkok temple Monk in Bangkok temple

Next stop is the Pak Khlong Talatone of the oldest flower markets in Bangkok. In a sea of jasmine, marigolds, roses and carnations, you’ll come across flowers so exotic, they look straight from nature documentary series. Challenge your creativity at a flower arrangement workshop run by the Last Minute Flower Shop (you get to keep your fragrant creation).

Flower class in Bangkok Bangkok local restaurant

Feeling peckish? Head to Feng Zhu – a hole-in-the-wall dumpling shop located near Si Phraya Pier in Chinatown. Try Sichuan pepper and Thai northern-style curry dumplings with a variety of toppings: salty egg, melted cheese, Japanese tobiko or spring onion.

For sundowners with panoramic river views, you can’t beat SEEN, the art décor-inspired rooftop bar on the 26th floor of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok. Aim to get there by 6pm to get the best seat in the house, but don’t be surprised if your party ends up staying for dinner. SEEN’s bold cuisine, delicious drinks and stunning setting will make you want to linger.

 

Pre-travel guide for Bangkok, Thailand

Currency

  • THB or Thai Baht

Best time to visit Bangkok, Thailand

  • Between November and February Bangkok enjoys the “cool” season when the heat and humidity are at their lowest. This is a good time to visit if you enjoy long walks and exploring on foot.

How to get to Bangkok, Thailand

  • Flight - Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (IATA: DMK) are the two international airports serving Bangkok. They are linked by free shuttle buses and can be reached from central Bangkok by various modes of transport.
  • Train - The four main rail lines are all anchored at the historic Hualamphong Station near Chinatown in downtown Bangkok. For timetables, fares and online bookings, please visit http://www.railway.co.th.
  • Bus - Tickets can be purchased directly at Bangkok's three public bus terminals. Each of these long-haul bus terminals serves a different direction.

How to get around Bangkok

  • The best way to get around Bangkok is by Skytrain (BTS) or metro, which is fast, affordable and easily navigable for visitors. Taxis and raid-hailing options are fairly cheap but gridlock is a regular issue. Ferries crisscrossing the Chao Phraya river and the Khlong Saen Saep boat service — a water bus through the city's commercial districts — are also popular.

 Helpful local words

  • Hello - Sawadee khrup (for male) / Sawadee ka (for female)
  • Thank you – Khop Khun Khrup (for male) /  Khop Khun Ka (for female)
  • Yes – Chai
  • No – Mai
  • Delicious – Aroy Mak Mak

Where to stay in Bangkok

Avani Atrium Bangkok Hotel is nestled in the heart of the city with easy access to parks, shopping and dining, as well as an expressway access to and from airports, Pattaya and other parts of the city. The stylish hotel is also home to Benihana, the iconic Japanese steakhouse.

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