Bahrain Confidential experiences an unforgettable adventure to Thailand’s buzzing capital!
More often than not, travelers overlook Bangkok because of its hectic city life but if you look closely, the city has so much to offer to any type of traveler! Bangkok has it all – the exotic charm, the vibrant culture, the hectic city life and most importantly, the mouthwatering food!
Known as the most populous city of its country, Bangkok boasts its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Over the years, it welcomes more and more visitors than any other city in the world and it didn’t take us long to realize why. Beneath the heat and chaos, Bangkok is packed with tons of things to do and beautiful places to see.
Here are some of our recommendations:
- Go temple hopping
Since Buddhism is an important part of Thailand’s culture, there is a vast array of picturesque temples in Bangkok. As soon as you step into one of the temples, the hustle bustle of the city life immediately dissipates. The must-see temples are Wat Phra Kaew (located inside the Grand Palace), Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
- Check out the floating markets
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Bangkok is a city that truly beats to the rhythm of its canals and rivers. Although many of the waterways have been replaced by the road, their unmistakable charm makes them destinations worth visiting. Among these are the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Khlong Lat Mayom, Bang Nam Pheung and Taling Chan Floating Market.
- Go on a shopping bonanza
Shopping in Bangkok is a delight to the most discerning shoppers. For cheap finds, you can visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market, Platinum Fashion Mall or Pratunam Market. If you’re into high end and luxury brands, the Siam Square is the perfect choice!
- Try out the day trips
Boasting impressive and grand ruins of old temples and palaces, Ayutthaya is one of the best destinations to consider. Only fifty miles north of Bangkok, the city was, for a period, the capital of the kingdom of Siam, and a bustling trading port until it was raised by the Burmese in 1767.
Figuring out where to stay in Bangkok is overwhelming… here’s our top pick!
Amari Watergate Bangkok
A haven amidst the city’s chaos…
Whenever we travel, we do a lot of research in finding the perfect spot to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Who would have thought that we’d discover a haven amidst the city’s chaos at Amari Watergate Bangkok?
Situated across the Platinum Shopping Mall, Amari Watergate Bangkok is close to shopping of all kinds – it literally is the perfect choice for lifestyle aficionados like us! Upon entering the hotel, we were greeted by the stylish lobby complemented with warm earth tones. We couldn’t help but admire the “Water of Life” light sculpture inspired by the hotel’s location – 847 pieces of hand crafted Murano glass signifying the hotels street address 847 Petchburi Road.
Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, Amari Watergate Bangkok offers 569 rooms ranging from deluxe rooms to the presidential suite, all with panoramic views of the city skyline. Since we are staying in an Executive Club Room, we enjoyed the benefits of a dedicated lounge located at the 32nd floor, with a private reception for easier check-in and check out. On top of this, we experienced a scrumptious complimentary daily breakfast and happy hours while enjoying the stunning panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline.
Culinary connoisseurs will rejoice as the hotel takes the foodie scene to new heights with their dining options: Amaya Food Gallery and Cascade. However, if it’s pleasure that you’re after, take a quick visit to the Breeze Spa on the eighth floor. Delight in an extensive array of treatments from massages to haircuts and mani-pedis to facials!
Overall, we had an exceptional stay at Amari Watergate Bangkok. The hotel proved to be a haven for hedonists and we can’t wait to be back. Definitely one for the books!
To make the most of a stay in this city guests can plan ahead using Destination Amari destination.amari.com/en/bangkok/ a guide to where to EAT, where to SHOP, where to GO and what to DO. Visit www.amari.com for more information.