Bangkok is a paradise for shopping. The most common products for sale in this city are the clothes, bags, watches and other items that can be forged. The three main shopping streets of Bangkok are Silom, Sukhumvit and Siam Square.
Among the specific places to shop are the night markets as Patpong Night Market, Suan Lurn Night Market and Chatuchak Market with its colourful atmosphere and low prices, but also the large commercial centres such as MBK, River City, Central World and Siam Paragon, with accessories and clothes.
In addition to the activity par excellence of Bangkok, which is shopping, there are other places of interest and things to do that cannot be missed on any trip to the Thai capital:
Chinatown is a bustling area between the river and the Hualampong Railway Station. Today, Bangkok's Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for gourmets that come here to explore the vibrant cuisine of this place. Tourists come here to trade in gold or pay a visit to a Chinese temple. This area is also fascinating for its maze of streets and shops that sell many articles.
The floating markets of Bangkok are popular among tourists simply because there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The floating markets of Bangkok offer tropical fruits, vegetables, fresh coconut juice and local food, cooked in floating kitchens located on boats.
Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan, De Tha Kha, Bang Ku Wiang and Ku Wian are some of the floating markets of Bangkok that cannot be missed. To enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of these markets you can go to Taling Chan Market and Bang Ku Wiang Market.
Taling Chan Market – in this floating market is best to look for fruits, vegetables, plants and various goodies.
Bang Ku Wiang Market – is a great place to buy fresh products.
It is very easy to get to the floating markets of Bangkok. If desired, you can take the bus and get to these places. They also organize tours to these destinations.
Cruise through the canals
An activity that could not be missed in a trip to Bangkok is a cruise through the canals, called Klongs. Thanks to these canals, Bangkok has earned the name of "Venice of the East".
Formerly these canals were used to transport goods and people and for sale on the floating markets.
Today most of the canals have been reconstructed as streets, leaving only a few in the western part of Chao Phraya River.
There are two regular tours, the one hour and two hour one. The recommended is two hour one because beside its duration it passes through more traditional canals and you can see more of the life of the people living on its banks.
Few travellers have visited Thailand and returned without trying out the different types of massage.
In Bangkok we can find massage centres everywhere and at really attractive prices. You can enjoy a two-hour Thai massage for prices around 250 baht.
Although we can find many types of massage, the three most common and classic are:
• TraditionalThaiMassage: This is the most common massage in Thailand and the one that we should give a try. But we must say that it is really painful and makes you stretch and crack all over the body.
• Foot Massage: The foot massage is a Thai massage that is applied only to the feet and part of the legs. There is a variety of foot massages that include reflexology.
• Oil Massage: This is the most relaxing massage and consists in a whole body massage including the head and is not too painful, but depends on the masseuse.
Muay Thai is also known as Thai boxing and is one of the oldest and traditional martial arts that there are, in which in addition to using fists it uses feet, knees and elbows.
Attending a Muay Thai event is a mandatory experience for any traveller lover of contact sports. The spectacular environment that is created around the ring: the music, fans and bookmakers contribute to a movie atmosphere not to be missed.
The two main stadiums where matches are held are Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen. Lumpini Stadium is located on Rama IV Road and has fights Thursdays and Fridays from 18.30 and on Saturdays from 20.30. Ratchadamnoen Stadium is on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue and has fights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 18.30. The prices, for attending a combat, range between 1000 baht and 2000 baht, depending on the location.
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