Three cities in Thailand and all offering something different for your travel experience. From Bangkok to Phuket, to Koh Samui, find out what each city has to offer you, hotels you should stay in while there and why you don’t want to miss them, or the city, on your next visit to Thailand.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Lying in the southeast of Thailand, it has quickly become one of the favourite cities for foreign visitors. It is well known for its beautiful people, with its cultural giving and kind nature of its people, it is probably why people love visiting and even making this place and country their new home.
Bangkok is definitely a place for city lovers. Skyscrapers, public transport, cars exhaust everywhere, fuming up the city streets; this is a city that thrives as the heart of Thailand. The diversity of people and assorted culture gives this city a sense of belonging to even the most nomadic traveller out there.
Terminal 21 is an astonishing and worldly designed shopping centre made for every need. With each floor serving different regions of the world, you can be shopping for handbags in Paris and then go to the Caribbean for some beachwear in a matter of steps. It’s a place to satisfy your cravings for any food. With a diverse selection of Thai food and well-known international franchises, your growling stomach will be in paradise in their amazing food court.
If you want to not spend so much so quickly then go and check out Chatichak Weekend Market. With vendors lining the streets selling everything from T-shirts to keychains, this place will be found overflowing with people, both local and tourists and remember to barter for everything!
Even with Thailand’s impressive transportation services, your bodies might ache after all that sightseeing. The Wat Pho Temple is the original Thai medical and massage school and has trained the best practitioners of massage you can find. Go ahead and indulge yourself. Remember to pay some respects to the Reclining Buddha as well, undoubtedly the largest and most relaxed statue you will ever pray and bow to.
A strong influence of Buddhism evidently exists in Thai culture. Wat Pho is just one of many temples that exist. People revere monks and put their palms together and bow their heads when in sight of a monk (known as “wai”). Monks follow the principles of something known as “dhutanga,” a set of 13 ascetic practices. Always respect them as there are also known to be some of the most highly skilled warriors in the world.
Great places to stay in Bangkok;
Volve Hotel Bangkok: Located just 3 minutes’ walk from the BTS Thong Lo Skytrain station, on a quiet residential street in the heart of Thonglor, the cosmopolitan and cultural melting pot comprising some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. Book them through bidroom here
Banyan Tree Hotel: An Urban Resort in the heart of Bangkok. The city’s only 5-star all-suite hotel combines a luxuriously spacious accommodation with world-class dining experiences. Meeting and event spaces, and an award-winning Spa; all offered with unparalleled hospitality and service. Book them through bidroom here
Phuket, an Island well known for its beach bum atmosphere and filled with party-people taking advantage of the party-life and relaxation on this island of wonders. Here are a few places to go when in Phuket to guarantee yourself some fun in the sun.
Take a stroll around Patong Beach and be enlightened by the tranquil of the ocean and the serenity of the lifestyle. Walk some more until the sun sets and find yourself on Bangla Road. The calm level of ambience from the beach shifts to the flash of neon lights and banging music from clubs and people bombarding you with activities. This stretch of road is where night-clubbers come alive and booze is the staple drink. Take a seat in any bar and, male or female, you will be amazed at the talented pole dancer’s moves. Phuket night-life is vibrant, and this is one of the hippest places to catch all the action.
Ko Phi Phi Island is a beach paradise in Phuket, an alternative destination for those who prefer nature. The water is a brilliantly clear colour, filled with colourful fish, sea plants and starfishes laying in the ocean sand. From snorkelling to jet skiing or banana boating, a variety of aquatic adventure awaits. For a more relaxed time, simply sunbathing on the white sandy shore of the beach is enough to enjoy how luxurious it is. This is the ideal vacation destination, filled with a happy and surreal energy of paradise.
Great places to stay in Phuket;
Bann Laimai Beach Resort: Baan Laimai boasts a contemporary design, punctuated by modern Thai style and elegance. It’s no wonder guests keep coming back to take advantage of the facility’s access to Phuket living! Book them through bidroom here
Chanalai Garden Resort: This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, Chanalai Garden Resort is situated along Kata Beach in Phuket. It features 2 outdoor pools, 2 pool bars, a fitness centre and 2 on-site restaurants. Book through bidroom here
Koh Samui (Samui Island) is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers staying for a month or two in simple beachside bungalows, to the wealthiest holidaymakers dropping in for a weekend at one of the many luxury resorts or villas on the many white sand beaches of Koh Samui.
From the hecticness of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet chilled atmosphere of Lamai Beach to the timeless essence of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. This helps to give the distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart from the more party hard islands of Thailand.
Places to stay in Koh Samui;
Santiburi Koh Samui: Santiburi Samui offers an elegant luxury retreat for discerning global guests on Koh Samui’s pristine north shore. The resort is framed by soothing turquoise waters and champagne sands and set within a garden oasis filled with colourful flowers and flourishing trees. Book through bidroom here
Saboey Resort And Villas: Saboey Resort & Villas is located on Bangrak Beach in Koh Samui. a 10-minute drive from Samui Airport, the resort features an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the area. Book through bidroom here