Bangkok has been called the Venice of the East, the City of Angels, and the Eternal Jewel City. Whatever name you use for Bangkok, you’ll be describing an exciting city that magically mixes the ancient and the modern. You’ll find century-old canals next to towering skyscrapers, floating markets near ultra-luxury shopping plazas, and performances of traditional dance steps away from chic dance clubs. Helping to drive this economic and cultural powerhouse is the gem and jewelry industry.
Places to Eat (7)
Experience top ramen in a unique experience designed for the solo eater in mind. You’ll find menus in English and it’s easy customize your order. Open 24 hours a day, every day.
Taco Bell is an American-based fast food restaurant chain from California. It offers your favorite Mexican-inspired menu items including tacos, nachos and quesadillas and burritos.
Diners say Seven Spoons has delicious food, a warm atmosphere, and is one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Seven Spoons has only four tables and the meals are also extremely affordable. The only problem is getting seats, so be sure to book in advance.
Himali Cha Cha
Every great city seems to have an Indian restaurant that has been around for decades. Himali Cha Cha holds this title in Bangkok, and has been a favorite for generations of Thais. You’ll find delicious Indian cuisine. The chicken kebab and masala papadum win rave reviews. Fodors recommends breads and the mango lassi. Go and enjoy an unforgettable meal.
Come aboard one of the city’s many river cruises. The food and entertainment are typically traditional: authentic Thai cuisine, ancient Thai dance, and classical Thai music. The views are both ultra-modern and a step back in time. You’ll see the gleaming towers that are the city’s skyscrapers and get a glimpse of the Grand Palace aglow in the evening.
Samyan Food Legends
This food court is located close to campus in the Samyan Mitrtown Tower and features 17 different restaurants covering a wide variety of foods you can find throughout Bangkok, including several famous local restaurants.
Considered the ultimate shopping destination on Bangkok River, this modern complex features unique architecture mimicking a traditional Thai ‘krathong’ and is close to many to top activities and restaurants.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
This contemporary art venue is about 2 miles (3 km) from campus and offers many events and exhibitions related to art, music, theatre, film, design, culture and education.
There are outdoor markets…and then there’s Chatuchak. Just a few facts to put Chatuchak in perspective. The world’s largest market spans 35 acres with more than 35,000 vendors. That means you’ll find anything you’re looking for: crafts, food, artwork, clothing, household goods, and whatever else you might want.
Blue Elephant Cooking School
Thailand is home to world-renowned cooking schools that teach how to whip up delicious dishes. Out of the many in the city, CNN named the Blue Elephant Cooking School as Bangkok’s best equipped. The school specializes in Royal Thai cuisine. Classes include trips to the market and instruction by a master chef. Take a class and start loving what you cook.
Thailand is a land of breathtaking beaches, so picking one is unfair if not impossible. Railay, Phra Nang, and Nai Harn are just a few of the popular ones. We chose Phi Phi because you’ll find the essentials – a beautiful beach, stunning views, water sports – plus nearby hiking trails. You can spend your day lazing on the beach or exploring the lush hills that rise up near the shore.
Club Culture is four dance clubs rolled in to one. Hit the dance floor on the first floor. Go to the martini bar on the second. Live music rocks on the third. Special exhibitions and events have their home on the fourth. There’s a world of entertainment all under one roof and all the fun takes place in a funky colonial French building.
Jim Thompson House
A popular destination, this arts venue is named for the American who assembled a Thai and Southeast Asian art collection in his traditional teak home.
Things to See (6)
The Grand Palace is an eclectic collection of breathtaking buildings. The architecture reflects the styles and tastes of generations of kings. With temples, forts, and a museum spread over its two million square feet, you’re sure to find something inspiring in this monument of living history. Be sure to visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the royal chapel of the king.
Bangkok’s floating markets are one of the most unique shopping experiences in the world. Here you’ll find hundreds of vendors whose boats are overflowing with tropical fruits, vegetables, coconut juice, and even local dishes prepared on floating kitchens. Find a picturesque place on a dock and enjoy a leisurely lunch in this scenic spot.
Delicious foods, stalls piled high with gold, and ancient temples are waiting for you at Bangkok’s Chinatown. A favorite destination for shoppers and those who enjoy food, Chinatown is alive with energy. Be sure to go at night, when it’s especially vibrant and the streets are packed with visitors. Start at the Odeon Circle Gate and make your way to Sampeng Lane Market – the center of the action.
What can be more relaxing than being in the presence of a 46-meter, gold-leafed reclining Buddha? If the magnificent statue of the “Awakened One” isn’t enough to put you in a meditative mood, then Wat Pho’s school of traditional Thai massage should do it. It’s regarded as the finest in Thailand, and you’re sure to receive a massage that will leave you feeling blissful.
Bangkok has been called “Venice of the East” – and for good reason. Hundreds of canals snake their way through the city, making travel by boat a popular way to get around the metropolis. Hop on a boat, drift down a canal, and take in the sights of local life. It’s one of the best ways to experience the essence of this unique city.