Bankok by david falor

Explore the Culture and History of Bangkok on Foot or Cycle by david falor

#Bangkok is a fusion of the past, present and the future, where modernity blends neatly with #tradition and history. There is no better way to experience this amazing than by either #walking or #cycling. Not only does this keep you #active, but it, without a doubt, allows you to absorb the city like never before.


Bangkok; a City of Surprises

From my experience, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, is one that actually gets the balance right between being expensive, the esoteric and the profane. It’s a brash of a place for people of all ages. First time visitors may be taken back by the large amounts of neon, high-rise glass and the glitz and glamour among the many modern shopping malls.

However, they may be delighted to know that the city’s historic and cultural offerings are not far away from the modernity that it offers. Among the concrete jungle, you’ll come across countless number of alleyways, where traditional Thai culture can be witnessed in full by david falor.

Travelling Around

OK, so the quickest ways to travels would be using the super-efficient Sky Train or by using a local tricycle (known as a Tuk Tuk). However, whenever I am in Bangkok, I like to either take a night cruise on the beautiful and historical Chao Phraya River, or I like to walk. Due to the heavy traffic and the sheer pollution, it would be highly advised to walk by the river or through Chinatown, and the areas that I am going to write about here. The best to go walking would be in the winter months, because the weather is a bit cooler, though still hot enough to make you hate the sun! Start off your walking adventure with a tour with ‘Walkin Bangkok’.

Whenever I am in Bangkok, I like to either take a night cruise on the beautiful and historical Chao Phraya River, by david falor or I like to walk

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For the perfect cultural walk, I would actually start at the Erawan Shrine, located next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Pathum Wan district. From here you can easily take walk to the Trimurti Shrine, Ganesha Shrine and the Shrine of Goddess Tubtim.

And the city is not all about religious sites. To truly experience the fabulous history and absorb the culture, head to Rattanakosin District by the Chao Praya River, and visit the splendid Royal Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po, as well as the spectacular Wat Arun across the water.

And the city is not all about religious sites

The walk can provide for an enchanting afternoon, especially if it is not too hot. With a camera wrapped around my neck, the walk allowed me to feel rejuvenated because I actually got to experience the sounds, the smells, the ambience, and the lovely atmosphere of Bangkok’s past and present. Another walking tour that I would highly recommend is Bangkok Walking Tour.

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I also enjoyed walking around the night markets, which can also be touristy and non-touristy. The thing that strikes you about the streets of Bangkok is that they are perfect for either the newly-wed or the nearly-dead! Talking of night time walking, you can also take a night time cycling tour of the city, which usually start at around 6pm as soon as the sun sets down. It’s the ideal way to enjoy Thailand’s sights and smells with your family. The price of most cycling tours includes a tour guide. If you prefer, like I did, you can arrange the tour to include a stopover at a restaurant for dinner.

The good thing about cycling at night is that the historic parts of the city are quiet at night and many monuments and temples are brightly lit up, exposing their stunning gold roof. Take a 10-15km cycling tour with Grasshopper Adventures, through the city.

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I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Erawan, right in the heart of the city centre.

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Hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

 
 494 Rajdamri Road,, Petchburi, Thailand