If this is not your first time in Thailand, then you already know the gist. Have you got a friend or family member that has visited Thailand in the past years? If yes, try to ask them how it went, and they will tell you that Thailand is a vibrant and captivating country, known for its exotic culture, stunning scenery, and delicious cuisine. In fact, majority of tourists and foreigners that visit Thailand usually do so because they also want to partake of the fun, and have their share of the cake. Although the fun and party atmospheres are everywhere in Thailand, Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket remain the three most popular destinations. This is partly because these cities combine a healthy dose of civilization, development and locality to create the kind of perfect spots and destinations for people looking forward to having fun.
Thailand is undoubtedly a home to events, clubs, parties, lovey-dovey activities and all sorts of fun, but like a sailor needs a compass to direct his ship, you also need a guide to navigate your way here. Whether you are a foreigner, you have been to Thailand a couple of times in the past, it is assumed that most things will be foreign to you, including the foods, drinks, people, roads, money, transportation, culture, tradition—everything will be totally different such that you may feel alienated even as a regular visitor, who employs an event planner to have everything sorted out for them. Now, imagine if you have plans to organize an event in a foreign country! Where do you start from? Where are the best clubs? Which area or club matches your taste, goal or personality? How many local stores can you point to? Can you find your way to the next barber’s shop? Oh! What mode of transportation are you opting for? Can you even correctly pronounce the name of your destination? These are funny questions; even funnier is the fact that you may not have an accurate answer to them without proper consultations and guidance.
In this book, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of planning and executing a successful event in the beautiful cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. From choosing the perfect venue and working with vendors to understanding cultural nuances and creating a menu that will impress your guests, this book has you covered. So, whether you're a seasoned event planner or a first-time host visiting Thailand for the first time in your entire life, let's get started on creating an event that will be talked about for years to come; an event that will leave a lifelong lasting impression.
A lot of work has gone into this book, and it is designed to fully immerse you in the local culture, featuring detailed pre-planning information, amazing experiences, city walks, and insider knowledge. After reading this book, you are going to be confident about your choices, and handle your event and stay in Thailand like a pro. are many books promising to guide one through their tour-journey to Thailand that anyone can easily pick up from the shelf. However, this particular book is not just another book that you can pick up from the shelf, as you will find out later. These guides are the most comprehensive available and will help you discover the best sights, while also getting you off the beaten track.
With our planning features and itineraries, you have the freedom to create your ideal trip, while our expert authors uncover local secrets and hidden gems to make your visit unique and worthwhile. In addition to detailed listings of top sights and activities, our guides also provide information on where to eat, shop, enjoy the nightlife, and find accommodation. There’s a lot that you will acquaint yourself with just as much as there’s a lot of activities you can do in Thailand. In a sentence, consider this book your dictionary or map to uncensored fun in Thailand.
WHAT IS AN EVENT?
An event is a momentous occurrence or gathering that is planned and celebrated to commemorate a particular occasion or achievement, with the intention of creating lasting memories and experiences. Although we experience many events throughout our lives, we are unlikely to remember them all, as our memories are influenced by the significance and emotional impact of each event. Fundamentally, an event is a premeditated happening that encompasses a sense of significance, remembrance and importance all at once. It goes beyond being a simple festivity or a well-organized gathering or assembly with pleasant decorations.
Whatever your definition and scope of events are, there’s surely more to know about events. It is not just about the cliché that you already have in mind. An event can be a mini party, a big party, a corporate event, an activity between you and your friends, a show of love between you and your lover, or just a “you” time between you and yourself alone. There’s really no standard definition as to what an event can be as it is usually dependent on the celebrant and how far they are willing to go. All that said, there are different categories of events. Regardless of your choice of caterer, extra services, location, scope, etc., your event will eventually fall under one of these categories, which are:
Leisure Events: from the name, you may have picked up a clue, and yes, you are right. These kinds of events are organized and designed purely to have fun and spending your free time with your selected and chosen audience. No one saddles you as the celebrant with the responsibility of performance and impression. It is just you and the event is all about you.
You can think of pool parties, entertainment events, musical nights, bonfire, proposals, club parties (spending time with Thai bar girls, Ukrainian escorts, European escorts and Russian escorts in Bangkok), and the likes.
One unique thing about this category of events is that it doesn’t have to follow any set standard, rules or policies, and you don’t need a reason to host it. You don’t need a reason to want to have an explosive time in a 5-star club in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket because you are in charge, and you decide what goes and what doesn’t.
Cultural Events: cultural events are gatherings arranged to commemorate heritage and traditions, and typically involve active participation from the community. Festivals and religious observances fall under the umbrella of cultural events. Thailand is a land of festivities and you have a high chance of witnessing one on your trip to Thailand. Therefore, it is noteworthy.
Organizational Events: organizational events, otherwise known as corporate events are typically meticulously planned with a clear agenda and goals, often focused on commercial, sales-oriented, or political objectives. They are typically organized by specific groups within organizations to raise awareness. When talking about corporate events, you can think of an event organized to celebrate your boss. In the case that you are the boss, you can imagine it as an event you design to meet with or celebrate with your workers. Organizational events can also be a product launch, fundraising event, educational event, etc.
Personal Events: Personal events refer to celebrations held at an individual level for family and friends. Such events are usually organized to commemorate and enjoy personal milestones with acquaintances. Typically, attendees at these types of events are either invited or part of the group organizing the event. Examples include birthday parties, wedding events, baby shower, anniversaries, etc.
As you read further, you will discover different types of events and parties, and maybe then, you will be convinced that there’s a lot to know about events.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a city that never fails to amaze. Upon arrival, visitors are immediately struck by its diverse array of attractions and the unique interplay between tradition and modernity. On one hand, there are floating markets, stilt houses, and ancient temples steeped in history. On the other hand, towering skyscrapers and bustling urban chaos abound. With such a fascinating blend of old and new, it's hard to resist approaching Bangkok with a light-hearted spirit.
Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the whole world, putting it side by side with tourist attraction places like Paris, New York, Rome, and others. It’s almost impossible to mention Bangkok without referencing its street and night life, as well as cultural landmarks. The bubbling almost starts from the Suvarnabhumi Airport till the far end of the city. What is even more fascinating is that night times in Bangkok witness more fun, people and activities than the day. It wouldn’t even be a fair comparison to compare Bangkok to any other place in Thailand, and the whole of Asia. Indeed, Bangkok is simply the perfect place to go if you want to have explosive moments with your friends and loved ones.
If you are looking forward to having an event here, be it a very small party featuring you alone in a VIP club, or the one that features you and your close pals at a hotel rooftop, or an elaborate party that features a crowd of well-wishers and bystanders, you have all the resources to turn it into a reality. It is just a matter of knowing where to look and which people to meet. As a first timer in Thailand, you surely need all the help that you can get. Help comes in handy for you whether you have been living in Thailand since ages, or you are only planning your first ever visit to this wonderful city of Bangkok, rich in culture, vibes and fun. Thailand is a fast-paced country, where citizens are either having fun already, or planning to have fun, and no other city exemplifies that more than Bangkok.
Having said that, things can get unsurprisingly disorganized so fast that you easily lose track of time, and perception of reality. Some holidays have patterned, but fluctuating dates, and can become confusing to know when the season is right for an event. Depending on the type of your event, or its magnitude, you want to make sure you are not missing a vital information. After all, events are every moment of life. All you need is to design it well, and the celebration will worth every penny and effort.
When it comes to designing an event, there’s really no standard definition confining its scope to some litigation and ethical processes. Event can be anytime and can be fashioned any way; for example, if you wish to travel with your best mate to Thailand for some fun and upon reaching Bangkok, you discover that your date coincides, or in a worst-case scenario, clashes with an important holiday, that alone shouldn’t hamper your plans.
In such a situation, instead of searching around for clubs, that may expose you and your activities to the public, you can decide to have a private party where you simply book a VIP table in an exclusive club, hire a bodyguard and ask him to dress casually, bearing the appearance of a friend to join your party, order some flower to be placed on your table and let your VIP table shine in a club and stand out of crowd.
Arrive at club by limousine, go to skin care before the clubbing, go renew your shopping, look sharp etc.
Every second of catching a breath is worth celebrating, and nothing should stop you from doing that.
HOLIDAYS TO TAKE NOTE OF
Just to reiterate, nothing should stop you from celebrating your achievements; nothing should hinder you from having a nice time with your lover, or friends; nothing should come in between you and your family members. Everything is worth celebrating. However, it is also very important to put some things into consideration. This is for your good. In fact, having some things at the back of your mind could potentially help you take advantage of the moment. For instance, you can creatively design your event or party to include and incorporate a festival celebration in Bangkok. In that way, you not only get to celebrate with your friends and close relatives, but with the whole of Bangkok people that honor such festival. Moreover, holidays are a great way to apply for visas and plan yourself ahead.
Like every other city around the world, there are a lot of peculiar holidays and special events native to Bangkok that are worthy of notes to visitors and immigrants. Whether you are flying from Yemen in the far Middle East, Mexico in North America, Philippines in Southeast Asia, or Chile in South America, things are pretty much the same when it comes to holidays and festivities. Some holidays are strictly observed, while some are not necessary. It will be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with the city’s calendar to avoid bad plans and getting yourself into an unnecessary mess that you could have otherwise avoided.
Below is a comprehensive list of holidays and events worthy of note as at the time of writing this book. Before we delve into the holidays, please note that in Thailand, holidays are scheduled based on a consistent pattern regarding weekends. If a public holiday coincides with a weekend, then that weekend is considered as part of the holiday. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, then an additional day off is given on Monday. However, if a public holiday falls on a weekday, it is observed on that specific day without extending to the next weekend.
New Year's Day Holiday (30th of December to 2nd of January)
Thailand observes three New Year's Days, with the first one being International New Year's Day on January 1st. This holiday period spans four days, starting from December 30th and continuing until January 2nd of the following year. The public holiday for January 1st and 2nd is extended to include the next weekend, but only if they don't occur midweek.
Across Thailand, festivities such as fireworks displays and New Year countdown events are organized nationwide. Although it's not the Buddhist New Year, numerous Thais visit nearby temples to offer alms to the monks. If this piques your interest, you may decide to book your flight on time to share in the fun. Furthermore, this kind of a holiday usually grounds almost every corporate activity, meaning that your friends and family members will most likely be available for some fun.
Makha Bucha Day (24th of February)
This Buddhist public holiday is observed for one day in Thailand and commemorates the teachings that Buddha delivered on the same day, centuries ago. Thai individuals usually observe this day by visiting their nearby temples to meditate, offer alms to monks, and perform acts of kindness as a tribute to Buddha. If you, yourself are a Buddhist, you can take advantage of this holiday to perform an act of kindness as a tribute to Buddha. An act of kindness can be as simple as inviting your friends to dinner at an expensive hotel in the city.
The Songkran Holiday (13th to 16th of April)
The start of the Thai New Year is signaled by the Songkran Festival, which takes place on April 13th. This four-day Buddhist festival is usually held from April 13th to 16th, but could last for up to 10 days in many places in Thailand. More so, the Thai government may reschedule the dates as required. So, it would be in your best interest to keep yourself up to date with the eventualities that may arise.
Also referred to as the Water Splashing Festival or the Festival of Water, Songkran is observed by dousing one another with water. This act signifies the purification of sins and the eradication of bad luck accumulated in the past year. During this period, one can hardly think of a better way to have a nice time with your friends, your lover and of course, family members. You can salvage this opportunity to organize an outdoor event, like a beach party in your villa, to celebrate the milestones you guys have achieved so far in life, and of course, to wish one another a great future ahead.
Labor Day Holiday (1st of May)
Similar to many other nations, Thailand observes Labor Day on May 1st. This public holiday is set aside to recognize the labor movement's social and economic accomplishments and to enhance the rights of employees. Nonetheless, the way Labor Day was commemorated in the past is no longer prevalent in Thailand, as many individuals now regard it as just another day off. However, you may want to fix your event date to before or after this day.
Visakha Bucha Holiday (22nd of May)
Visakha Bucha Day, another significant public holiday in Thailand, honors the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing. This day is determined by Thailand's lunar calendar and usually falls in May, with 22nd of May being the observed date. The holiday lasts for three days and is extended to include the adjacent weekend, except when it falls between Tuesday and Thursday. Committed Buddhists gather at nearby temples to engage in acts of kindness to honor the Buddha, which involves making donations and performing several rituals. These may include releasing birds and fish, among others, to create merit, or visiting a zoo with your friends to watch and feed some animals.
H.M. The Queen's Birthday Holiday (1st to 3rd of June)
The national H.M. Queen's Birthday holiday takes place from June 1st to 3rd. This public holiday in Thailand celebrates the birthday of the current queen, Queen Suthida, which falls on June 3rd. Throughout the holiday, government offices will be shut down. The general public typically cleans and adorns their residences and establishments as a tribute to the queen on this day. Perhaps, this could be the perfect time to invite your lover over for a to spend the night in nice, clean and premium nearby 5-star hotel.
The Queen Mother's Birthday Holiday (10th to 12th of August)
This particular holiday, commemorating the birthday of Queen Sirikit (the Queen Mother), is scheduled for August 10th to 12th. As the mother of King Vajiralongkorn and the late King Bhumibol's widow, Queen Sirikit's birthday (August 12th) is observed with great fervor in Thailand.
In addition, this day serves as an occasion to pay tribute to mothers all across the nation, essentially making it Thailand's equivalent of Mother's Day. Needless it is to state the obvious fact that this day makes up for a perfect surprise party for your mother, sister, daughter, wife or girlfriend.
Chulalongkorn Day (23rd of October)
Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V, was a former King of Thailand who is commemorated with a public holiday dedicated to his memory. This day serves as a tribute to his life and achievements, which included major reforms during his reign that greatly influenced the economy, labor rights, and human rights in Thailand. During his reign, King Rama V abolished slavery, instituted freedom of speech, and introduced Western economic models, resulting in improved income levels for the Thai people.
King Bhumibol's Birthday (5th of December)
Every year, 5th of December is a public holiday for Thai people to pay respect to and honor the late King Bhumibol, whose birthday falls on that day. Thai people will have a day off from December 5. The day doubles up as the Thai version of "Father's Day," as this is the day when fathers are honored for their devotion to their children. On this day, you can take your father, brother, son, husband or boyfriend on a yacht ride to show them how much you care for them and love them.
Constitution Day (10th of December)
The holiday serves as an opportunity to celebrate both the Thai monarchy and its constitution. In the 1930s, Thailand faced an economic depression, and King Rama VII worked hard to lead the country through this difficult period. As a result, he implemented reforms that led to the transformation of the country's governance into a constitutional monarchy, thus reducing some of the monarchy's power. The holiday serves as an opportunity to celebrate both the Thai monarchy and its constitution.
Fun fact: “Thailand observes approximately 20 national holidays each year, with the Songkran Festival being the most significant and widely celebrated. Also, nearly every month of the year has a holiday associated with it.”
There are a couple of other holidays that you can easily make your findings on. You can ask people around, or just watch follow the local TV and radio stations because they usually announce holidays as they happen.
If you plan on traveling to Thailand during a public holiday, keep in mind that tourist attractions and hotels tend to be very crowded during these periods. Additionally, it's important to note that banks and government buildings typically remain closed during these times, so plan accordingly.
Despite the closures of banks and government buildings during public holidays in Thailand, many businesses continue to operate. This means that you can still enjoy visits to malls, restaurants, and popular tourist spots, and even organize and design your event around them. However, due to the expected crowds, it's crucial to book flights, accommodation, and any attraction visits well in advance. Additionally, arriving as early as possible for all travel arrangements is highly recommended.
BEST SEASONS FOR HOLIDAYS AND CREATING EVENTS/PARTIES IN BANGKOK
You see, you are free to visit Bangkok any time of the day, week, month or year. This is because all year long, Bangkok is always crowded with tourists. Nevertheless, ideal time to visit Bangkok is during the period between November and March when temperatures are moderate and rainfall is relatively low. This time of the year is also perfect for experiencing various cultural celebrations, such as the Chinese New Year festivities in February. Keep in mind that the date of this event varies each year based on the lunar calendar, so be sure to check the specific dates before planning your trip.
Winter is the mildest season in Bangkok, but at the same time, the busiest in terms of tourism visits. It's important to carefully consider booking your holiday in advance, particularly between late December and early January, to avoid any difficulties with availability.
TOP SPOTS IN BANGKOK
Thailand is a land of honor, a land of creativity, a land of good people, and a land of original culture, custom and tradition. It is a place anyone should want to visit at least, once in their lifetime. In case you didn’t know before now, Thailand is among the few countries that were never colonized. So, you can imagine the uniqueness, distinction, and originality in their way of life. Bangkok, being its state capital is just a 100 per cent embodiment of everything you can get in the whole of Thailand. Bangkok is like a compressed version of the whole of Thailand. You are definitely not missing out on any fun if you find your way to Bangkok. Now, let’s take you on a ride to the top spots in Bangkok, the city of liveliness. These spots are usually the most preferred options for first time travelers, and even return travelers. You can design your event around any of these places, and be rest assured that you will be getting value for every of your penny.
The Temples of Bangkok
The temples in Bangkok are an essential aspect of the city's essence and character, and no trip to the capital would be truly fulfilling without exploring at least a few of them. The striking architecture and dazzling ornamentation are unparalleled, with thousands of vividly hued pieces of glass and pottery combined with intricate gilded structures, creating a breathtaking spectacle. It's an experience that truly embodies the spirit of the "City of Angels."
For most temples, the optimal time to visit is early in the morning, as it is cooler and tends to be less crowded. These temples are not merely tourist attractions, but are also integral to Buddhist customs. Within the temple grounds, monks reside and follow a strict schedule that involves waking up around 4am to engage in prayers and other duties. Afterwards, they venture out into the streets to collect food and other essentials from the local community. If you're up bright and early in Bangkok, you may encounter monks wandering about in their saffron-colored robes. This daily ritual of collecting alms, known as "tak baht," is a fundamental practice of Buddhism in Thailand and embodies the philosophy of giving and creating positive karma for a better life beyond this one. Out of the 20+ temples in Bangkok, you cannot afford to miss these three:
Wat Pho: perhaps, the most renowned temple in the Thai capital is Wat Pho, which is widely recognized as one of the city's largest and oldest Buddhist temples. This temple houses the iconic Bangkok Reclining Buddha, which stretches an impressive 46 meters in length and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Additionally, Wat Pho boasts the most extensive collection of Buddha statues in Thailand. Visitors can also take advantage of the massage services available on the premises, with air-conditioned massage pavilions and a dedicated massage room. No trip to Bangkok would be complete without experiencing an authentic Thai massage at this esteemed location. For photography lovers, this is one cool place to get those nice shots with stunning backgrounds.
Wat Arun: regarded as one of the most sacred temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun boasts an 82-metre-high Khmer-style tower known as a prang. This tower is adorned with a beautiful mosaic comprised of vibrant pieces of Chinese porcelain. As night falls, the temple illuminates, creating a magnificent display that shimmers across the waters of the Chao Phraya River. This is a perfect spot to chill and unwind with your lover as you bask in the serene beauty of nature, sacredness and original art.
Wat Phra Kaeo: situated in the heart of the city within the Bangkok Royal Palace, the Wat Phra Kaeo, or Buddha Temple, is an essential destination for visitors to Bangkok. The palace is home to the iconic Emerald Buddha, one of the most renowned statues in Thailand. However, it's worth noting that access to only a limited number of buildings within the palace is granted to the general public.
There are many other temples to visit, including Wat Traimit, Wat Saket, Loha Prasat, Wat Mahathat, Wat Suthat Thepwararam, Wat Prayoon, Wat Benjamabhopit, Wat Pathum Wanaram, and so on. Finding your way to any of these places is as simple is just booking a ride with Bolt or Grab
The Markets of Bangkok
Exploring the night markets in Bangkok is a great way to immerse oneself in the local lifestyle of Thailand's bustling capital. These markets are widely dispersed throughout the city and offer a diverse selection of goods, snacks, and entertainment, making for an enjoyable shopping experience under the moonlit sky. With an ever-growing number of night markets opening up each year, you as a visitor can discover new and exciting options, but the original Rod Fai Market located in the eastern part of the city remains the largest.
Several small-scale night markets have recently sprouted up in various locations around Bangkok, offering you the chance to indulge in affordable food, drinks, and retro fashion finds. These markets provide a unique combination of after-dark retail therapy, dining, and socializing. Don’t be deceived by the “night market” name; a lot of these markets have pop, bars and even clubs.
Rod Fai Market One (Srinakarin Road): the appeal of the vintage aesthetic is alive and well at the Rod Fai Market, an expansive open-air bazaar located in the eastern suburbs of Bangkok. Here, visitors can browse through an eclectic assortment of memorabilia and collectibles from ancient eras, including antique furniture, bohemian fashion, and Mao-inspired kitsch. Standing out from the countless outdoor markets scattered throughout Bangkok, the Rod Fai Market is a must-visit destination. However, due to its extensive size and location situated behind Seacon Square on Srinakarin Road, it may be challenging to locate. But that problem could be solved by simply booking a ride with your preferred hailing platform, including Bolt, Grab, etc., and inputting the exact address in the destination section. Note that this market opens only Thursdays to Sundays, from 5PM to 1AM.
Rod Fai Market Two (Ratchada): the Ratchada location of Rod Fai Market, which is newer than the original, offers the same lively atmosphere of a night bazaar, along with unique vintage items and delicious street-food delicacies. What sets it apart is its convenient accessibility near the Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station, making it easier for visitors to explore this part of Bangkok. The recently opened train market in Bangkok is located in a more central and condensed area, making it convenient for you to drop in for a casual stroll and browse through the shops. Like the old market, it’s open from Thursday to Sunday, from 5PM to 1PM, so you can visit at your leisure during those days and hours.
Khaosan Road: Khaosan is considered the hub of the backpacking community, offering a plethora of entertaining, quirky, and practical items to spend your money on. You'll find an abundance of travel agencies that can assist you with booking trains, or bus tickets for journeys related to your events. Additionally, if you want a costume for your event this is the market to visit as there are numerous mini and large boutiques you can easily walk into to get them. If you are a book lover, there are several top-notch secondhand bookstores in the city and you can grab some captivating books of your choice. You won't have to compromise on modern necessities either, as you'll find plenty of internet cafes, pharmacies, convenience stores, banks, and currency exchange services in the area, making it a good place to exchange your foreign currencies, especially dollars. The exact address is Khao San Road, Phra Nakhon, and it opens from 3PM to 2AM every day of the week. it's also a nostalgic place that ex backpackers (now milorares) also visit, and you can meet people from all over the world. It is indeed a very friendly atmosphere that you can casually visit. Rock your t-shirt, shorts and sleepers there and try out one or two of the many clubs and bars that are there.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada: located near Lad Phrao MRT Underground Station on Ratchada Road, Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada is a bustling night market that offers a wide range of options, including 1,800 stalls, shops, restaurants, clubs and various forms of entertainment. The market aims to recreate the experience of the original Suan Lum Night Bazaar, which used to be a popular tourist destination until it shut down several years ago. Compared to its predecessor, the new location has a more contemporary atmosphere and is situated a bit further from the city center. Additionally, The Bazaar Hotel, a massive 800-room accommodation, complements the night market in this area. From restaurants, gyms and fitness center, convenience stores, locker room, rooftop swimming pool, supermarket, to outdoor walking street, there’s hardly anything you cannot get here. The best part is that it opens daily, from 5PM to midnight.
Sukhumvit Street Market (Nana): the street is filled with numerous Nana shops, and roadside vendors create a market along the main road in this section of Bangkok commonly referred to as 'Little Arabia' or the Middle Eastern quarter. Here, several Arab enterprises have established their presence. The lively atmosphere of the area is boosted by the presence of street vendors offering almost anything you can think of. It's an excellent spot to find unique souvenirs to bring back home for loved ones. It also makes up for a busy-background appearance for your pictures worthy of showing to your friends, and yourself in the future. While some stores may close early, the open time of the general market is from 7PM to 1AM daily, and it is very easy to locate regardless of the means of transportation you opt for. Unwinding here can be a great idea with its offering of pops, bars, clubs, and the likes. It’s no wonder Sukhumvit road is the go-to arena for explosive nightlife among tourists and locals.
Khlong Lat Mayom: Khlong Lat Mayom's floating market is a conventional market that caters to locals, and it's situated just a short distance from the heart of Bangkok. Apart from the boat-borne fruits and vegetables, you can relish some delectable freshly made meals in a serene ambiance that's a world away from the commotion of the city center. Even if you're not interested in buying anything, you can take a two-hour long-tail boat ride with your lover and savor the market's sights and sounds before retiring to bed later at night.
There are a host of other markets in Bangkok like the Box Space Ratchayothin Night Market, Khlong Thom Market, and the Chatuchak Friday Night Market that opens from 9PM to 3AM on Fridays only. You can visit all or any of these markets for different reasons and purposes.
To discover a country's past and traditions, museums are an exceptional resource. To gain a profound insight into a location, it's recommended to explore its museums and galleries. These impressive structures showcase a vast array of artifacts that offer boundless knowledge about a destination's heritage and way of life. Visiting a couple of museums could turn out to be the best moment you can have with your partner, or even the best and most thoughtful gift you can give them. Also, the memories can last a lifetime, even without clicking any camera’s shutter. Here are some museums that you can visit on your trip to Bangkok:
The Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center: construction of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center commenced in 1995, and it was inaugurated in 1997. It's the primary all-inclusive exhibition center in Thailand, capable of accommodating vast commercial expos and diverse conferences, making it one of the best exhibition centers in Thailand. If you wish to attend an exhibition, you can peruse the exhibition's details beforehand and determine whether it piques your interest before deciding to visit.
The Siam Museum: the Siam Museum, a Western-style yellow edifice, endeavors to showcase the historical developments and cultural traditions of Thailand and beyond. Along with artifacts, the museum employs contemporary technologies, such as models and video screens, to engage younger visitors, and organizes events intermittently to entice audiences. In proximity to the museum is a wholesale flower market that offers an array of exquisite blooms. If you think that a museum is an odd place to propose to your girlfriend, perhaps, you should rethink that now because how can you explain the probability of having a wholesale flower market close to a museum? Getting to the Siam Museum is very easy. You can even trace the map yourself, or simply use a taxi.
National Museum Bangkok: established in 1874, the precursor to the Bangkok National Museum was originally situated within the Grand Palace, later relocating to Thammasat University adjacent to Sanam Luang. In 1926, the museum transitioned into the National Museum. Along with classical cultural artifacts from diverse eras, the museum began amassing contemporary art pieces in 1993. Characterized by an airy and alluring floor plan, the National Museum features a central exhibition hall, several adjacent pavilions, and numerous lotus ponds the National Museum feels like a museum housing another museum. You can your partner can leisurely enjoy the serene surroundings while holding hands and taking a slow walk.
Thailand Cultural Centre: the Thai Cultural Center boasts an expansive layout and easily accessible transportation. Comprising of two theaters and an exhibition hall, the center hosts a wide range of concerts and events periodically. It's an excellent destination to add to your cultural itinerary and even a potential venue for your corporate event.
Museum of Contemporary Art: established in 2012, this relatively new art gallery is a must-visit for art enthusiasts and literary aficionados. The 6-story museum houses over 400 artworks from over 100 artists, each worth savoring. The exhibits boast of trendiness and creativity, and the café adds to the overall ambiance. The museum provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of shopping to take a break and relish the rich artistic atmosphere. Located in Bangkok's Langsit district in the northern region of the city, the Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art is accessible by taking the BTS to Mochit and then a taxi, or by taking the No. 29 bus to Rangsit from the Victory Monument. It is usually open from 10AM to 6PM from Sunday to Tuesday.
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall: this presentation offers an introduction to the Chakri Dynasty's development in Thailand, providing a cultural experience that delves into the country's classics and traditions. The exhibition hall comprises nine distinct halls, each showcasing artifacts of historical significance. Drawing inspiration from the name "Rattanakosin," meaning gemstone, the exhibition uses a color-coded system featuring nine different gemstones, namely moonstone, zirconium, emerald, sapphire, garnet, ruby, diamond and topaz. The exhibits on display are of exceptional quality and provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into the Thai dynasty. If you have a keen interest in learning about Thailand's rich heritage, be sure to visit here at least once before you depart for your home country.
Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre: situated on the periphery of Bangkok's Chinatown, this striking embodiment of Thai Art Deco architecture serves as an impressive setting for the traditional Thai dance known as "Khon". Funded by the royal family, this theater was inaugurated in 1933 and was considered the most extensive and advanced of its kind in Asia at the time. It boasted state-of-the-art projection technology and was also the first in the region to feature a condensate air conditioning system. If you also want to be among the people that can describe and tell the story of this museum, then you may want to consider visiting here.
National Aviation Museum of the Royal Thai Air Force: established in 1952, the museum primarily showcases a collection of decommissioned equipment and aircraft, in addition to offering various dining options and souvenir shops. For those with an interest in military history or a fascination with aircraft of all kinds, this museum is an absolute must-visit destination. Your point and shoot cameras or phones’ cameras could come in handy here.
The National Gallery: The National Gallery of Art, which first opened its doors in 1977, serves as a showcase for the works of local Thai artists while also featuring exceptional pieces from across Asia that possess distinct local characteristics. Boasting a diverse array of traditional and contemporary works created by Thai artists, this gallery is a must-visit destination for all art enthusiasts. It is even worthy of a date between you and your partner. It is open from 9AM to 4PM Wednesday to Sunday, and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the city.
Bangkokian Museum: The Bangkokian Museum can be found at the intersection of Surawong and Sriphaya Road. This historic house was constructed around the time of World War II and boasts three floors, with each level featuring a diverse range of old-fashioned homes that provide insight into the daily lives of people during that period. Do you want to time travel with your partner? Find your way to this museum already. It opens from 9PM to 4PM Tuesday to Sunday, and can be easily accessed from anywhere around the city.
These are some of the topmost museums to visit for knowledge lovers and time travelers. Of course, there are other museums like the Bang Lamphu Museum, KBank Siam Pic-Ganesha Theater, Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), King Prajadhipok Museum, and so on.
ACTIVITIES TO ADD TO YOUR ITINERARY
Family Time Out in Bangkok
Family time out is an essential aspect of any trip to Thailand, where the emphasis is on enjoying quality time together and creating unforgettable memories. From the mesmerizing view of the Sky Bar to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, Bangkok offers something for every member of the family. One of the best ways to spend family time out in Bangkok is by exploring the city's rich cultural heritage. It is home to numerous temples, palaces, and ruins that provide an insightful glimpse into Thailand's past.
Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of Dawn is an impressive silhouette-making scenery at night when the lights hit the back of the structure. This structure reminiscence the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and it is a soothing place to spend some quality times with yourself and your family members. In the same vein, Asiatique, the Riverfront located along Chareonkrung Road is a great place to shop and try new dishes with your family members. There’s usually a lot of fun activities ongoing in this place, and thankfully, you can join in with your family. Don’t worry about not getting along with the environ and commodities because it is an international trade port, and the level of diversity is insane!
Photo Sessions in Bangkok
What is a tour without photographs to show for it? Grab your phones, DSLR, point and shoot cameras and camcorders and get ready to fill up your photo diary and books. A pro tip: make sure you have enough digital storage to contain your photographs. With a good camera, camera skill, and vantage point, everywhere in Bangkok is photo-worthy, but here are some thoughtful locations in Bangkok to get the best shot if you just want to point your camera and shoot stunning pictures.
Asiatique is first on this list because everything about it is just breathtaking. From the layout of the streets, to the arrangements of the boutiques and restaurants, and even the way passersby are arranged. This place is so good for photos such that it is almost impossible to pass by and not see 5-10 persons taking landscape shots with their phones. It is very tempting, to say the least. Equally on the list are locations like the Grand Palace, Wat Prakeaw, Wat Pho, Chinatown, Wat Arun, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Jim Thompson’s House, Vertigo at Banyan Tree, Chao Phraya River and Waterways, Bangkok Floating Markets, Bangkok Museums, Bangkok Temples, and the list goes on.
History Time in Bangkok
Bangkok temples and museums are a great way to dig into the history of the city, and even histories of other regions. These two places are like a portal linking the past to the present, and the present to the future. If you are the adventurous, knowledge-loving inquisitive type, setting apart a time to visit these sacred places would be a great addition to your itinerary. A lot of museums and temples have already been detailed in the preceding sections.
Nightlife in Bangkok
Bangkok is known for an exceptional nightlife atmosphere, among other things. Nights are even more lively than days here, and this is where you can sap most of the fun things you were told about. As a young guy, you cannot afford to miss out on the possible adventure that you can witness here. You can decide to be an onlooker who simply takes a seat in the most expensive, luxurious and decorated table in a very cool club or hotel, sipping his champagne and just observing the environment. Or you can decide to be an active participant where you can dance away all the stress you may have accumulated from your home country, while toasting to the good life. This is also a great opportunity to celebrate your birthday, and for this occasion, you can go as far as booking the whole hotel or club to yourself, and dedicate every of its activities to celebrating your birthday and eulogizing your presence.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong in drawing all the attention to yourself as you bounce out of your limousine ride or even hop out of a private jet or helicopter while your bodyguards do everything to make sure that you walk and enter your destination in grand style. The kind of attention you get doing this surely will attract quality people to you, both men and women and in their numbers of course. Imagine a well-dressed handsome man in an expensive attire, wearing an expensive perfume, coming out of an expensive ride, heading for the most expensive table, ordering the most expensive drinks in an expensive hotel or club; will you not love to associate yourself with such a man? Yea, you definitely want to.
Even better is if your girlfriend tags along with you to the club or bar of your choice. Let’s say you are in Thailand for a very short visit, but need a girlfriend in quick time, you may check out legitimate dating platforms. If you are lucky, you may match with someone on there. However, it is advised to proceed with caution so you do not end up with someone you would rather not. Also, bear in mind that the process may not be as fast as you want because of the talking stage, and the other formalities of starting a new relationship.
While many tourists easily think of escorts (Russian, European, Ukrainian and Thai escorts) as their best option in (Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket) Thailand, you would rather want to proceed with caution. To begin with, you are most likely a stranger in Thailand, and you are vulnerable, and appear as an easy target to these escort ladies, and they cannot wait to use their pretentious, predatory and opportunistic prowess on you. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid these kinds of girls by every means. Most of them are not even worthy of you and your status. They are not fair, fresh or even eloquent, and you have to be the luckiest person on earth to not pay for through the roof for the services of an overaged attitude-giving ladies (escorts).
Don’t even think about using (Russian, European, Ukrainian and Thai escorts) escort sites in Thailand unless you wish to give in to the sheer deceit with their overly edited, fake and unreal photos. In fact, they are not worth your stress because most of these escorts registered on escort websites are nothing far from gold diggers and love pretender. Everything they say or do is just an act to siphon your money. Nothing is real with them. Lastly, you don’t want to pick a random girl from the street. They are not in any way different from their sisters on dishonest (Russian, European, Ukrainian and Thai escorts) escort agencies. Having said all these, the best way to get yourself the lady that matches your persona is to set yourself for the best ladies around. If you visit the spa and get your skin treated and cared for before hopping into the club, you will simply attract the finest ladies (including nice local ladies or even foreign tourist girls) therein automatically. Now, couple that with your luxurious appearance and you are just unstoppable and invincible, even to the guys with the same intentions as you. You may even end up with a tourist lady like yourself.
Another good way to partake of the nightlife fun in Bangkok is by eating out at a local restaurant where intercontinental dishes are served. The diversity in Bangkok also finds its way into the kitchens of most restaurants therein. Therefore, you avail yourself the opportunity of tasting intercontinental dishes from around the world. You can walk in as a regular Thai, place your order and enjoy your savory meal, but it is not a taboo if you wish to steal the show. In fact, steal the show!
One other way to get yourself immersed in the night atmosphere of Bangkok is by sampling taking a walk down the street. Perhaps, this is the least talked about option for visitors, but it is a great way to while away time, feed your eyes, meet new people, and stretch yourself as an icing on the cake.
When it comes to which location to use or specific markets to drive to, creating a list will end up as a confinement. In the real sense, everywhere in Bangkok, other than museums and temples, is great and suitable for nightlife. What will help you trim down your options can be your tastes, preferences, needs, mission and interest. For example, if you want to eat out, then you will be talking about the best restaurants in the locality. If you want to chill out, then you will be considering the 5-star hotels in the area. And if it is a drive through, you will be scanning though your list of hailing apps and transport services, which we will discuss in detail in the latter chapters.
Shopping in Bangkok
Shopping is one of the most popular tourist activities in Bangkok, and it's worth including in your itinerary as it showcases the vibrant culture and bustling energy of the city. From luxury malls to street markets, there's something for every budget and taste. Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as the world's largest outdoor market, is a must-visit shopping destination. It has over 8,000 stalls selling everything from clothing and accessories to handicrafts and antiques. The market is open on weekends only and attracts a huge crowd of locals and tourists alike.
Another popular shopping spot is Siam Paragon, one of Bangkok's premier shopping malls, which offers a wide range of luxury brands, restaurants, and entertainment options. You can enjoy designer fashion, gourmet food, and even catch a movie at the cinema. For a more traditional shopping experience, the floating markets of Bangkok are worth exploring. These markets are located on the canals of Bangkok and offer a unique shopping experience where you can purchase fresh produce, souvenirs, and try local street food among other things that you can do therein. A lot of markets have been detailed already, and you can go check them up one more time.
Food Date Event/Party in Bangkok
Food is a major attraction for tourists visiting Bangkok and it's definitely worth considering. It showcases the city's unique culinary scene and prowess. Bangkok is renowned for its street food, which offers a wide range of delicious local and intercontinental dishes that could make the difference as you treat your partner or the lady you met while on holiday to a food date. One of the best places to experience street food is Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat. This vibrant area is home to a plethora of street vendors selling mouth-watering dishes such as dim sum, seafood, and noodles. The area also has a number of popular restaurants, some of which have been around for generations.
Another popular food destination in Bangkok is the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which not only offers a shopping experience as mentioned in the previous section, but also a chance to taste some of the city's most famous street food. You and your date can indulge in dishes such as pad Thai, grilled meats, intercontinental dishes and fresh fruit smoothies while exploring the market.
And if you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, Bangkok has a number of world-class restaurants offering a range of cuisines from Thai to international. Some of the top restaurants in the city are located in luxury hotels such as The Oriental, where guests can enjoy gourmet food with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River. It is a total package in there.
Couple Time in Bangkok
Your travel to Bangkok would be incomplete without creating that special moment for you and your other half. Where to go is a problem of choice and communication between you and your partner. Every temple, every museum, every market, every hotel, every club and every restaurant are all places you can visit with your partner. Also include in the list beaches, riversides, zoos, resorts, cafés, and so on. There’s really no place you cannot utilize for a “couple time.” The most important thing is to discuss with your partner so you are sure you both are on the same page, unless of course, you are trying to surprise them. There are a lot of ways in which you can treat your partner to a surprise dinner or outing, and we will discuss them in the next chapter.
Doing It Differently in Bangkok
Most times when tourists visit Thailand, they are so concerned about the city life that they never imagine what could be missed in the faraway remote places in Thailand. To say the least, it is wholesome, chilling, clean, serene and therapeutic to enjoy a party or a drink with your friends in the local communities of Thailand. You get to enjoy the best of Thai local communities especially when you and your friends are the only foreign people around—all of the attention will be on you and your friend, and consequently, you will enjoy special treatments. Oh! You will meet beautiful local Thai ladies (and not escorts) that will genuinely like you. Just make sure to be on your best behavior towards the local people you meet; be respectful towards them and watch them reciprocate the respect. To ensure that you are respect all of the time, do not get drunk. Oh! You will
You won’t get much information regarding this, but thankfully, you can ask locals around, they will be more than willing to help. Just do it differently and see what you may be missing.
TYPES OF EVENTS
Bangkok is home to all sorts of events, parties and occasions. From very casual events to the most corporate events, there’s absolutely nothing that misses the list of events that you can possibly hold in Bangkok. Here is a list of events, parties and occasions that you can make arrangements for in Bangkok. Note that this list is not comprehensive—cannot even be comprehensive to be honest. As days go by, new kinds and fashions of parties come into existence, and it is supposed to be so. After all, we don’t need any reason at all to celebrate. The ability to respirate is enough reason on its own to celebrate. So, this list rather enumerates some common types of events.
Birthday Party in Bangkok
Birthdays are unique occasions that remind you of both your age and your achievements. They provide an excellent opportunity to show appreciation for someone special, and giving gifts is a way to express our love for them. Celebrating a birthday isn't just about acknowledging how long you have lived; it's also a chance to reflect on your accomplishments. Birthdays make you feel special and loved by your family and friends, and it's essential to celebrate your own as well as others' birthdays. Celebrating your birthday is a way to show self-love and appreciation for yourself. Therefore, how you celebrate your birthday matters a lot. For a special occasion such as your birthday, you really need to get the most out of that day.
Thankfully, Bangkok is ready for you and your day. With countless locations befitting for the occasion, you surely have no excuse to not celebrate. It can be a very modest party of you and your girlfriend in an exclusive restaurant or hotel sipping champagne, or a not so modest party where you invite your closest friends to your preferred location and treat them to a nice dinner to commemorate the big day. It could be in a mini, but expensive party in a boat ride in the floating markets of Bangkok, or a yacht in a beach. It can also be an elaborate party where you invite as many people as possible, serve them nice intercontinental dishes and even local dishes. There’s really no scope and limit to what you can do with and on your birthday. It is your day, and you call the shots. Whatever you say, Bangkok has the enabling environment.
Party in a Bangkok’s Club Alone
Borrowing from the initial iteration and assertion, you need no reason to celebrate! Contrary to the popular belief that partying alone is off, or say, weird, partying alone in the club of your choice happens to be one of the most liberating things you will ever expend your money on, leaving you with no trace of regrets in the future. It is very therapeutic go out all by yourself into a club. It feels like you are in your own world, where you decide what happens, and when it happens. It leaves you with no worrying about the safety of a second or third person. Remember, you are all by yourself. You can party alone in a club in Bangkok to celebrate your birthday, or commemorate the milestone that you have reached so far in life, or just to relax, unwind and have some fun with new and exciting people. As a young guy who has been working all his life, trying to secure his financial security, you can see partying alone as the perfect time to reflect on your life so—to pause and see how far you have come, and of course, forge ahead. In a nutshell, this kind of a party is usually an avenue for you to pause and take that break that you have been longing for. It is also one of the best ways to position yourself to meet quality and great people. The alluring prospect of going out alone is the uncertainty of who you may encounter. Many people have met their girlfriends, and even wives from partying alone in a club.
Partying alone in a club can be very simple as you walking into a very random club near your hotel or residence, but it can also be as sophisticated as it can get. Major determinants here are your tastes, preferences, how creative you are, and a bit of your personality. You have the option to keep it simple, modest, and yet classy, just like you have the option to go all out on it. For this type of a party, you can use the services of bodyguards for security and aesthetics purposes, hire a makeup artist to make your face up, and trim your hair. You may even visit the spa one or two days prior to the clubbing day just to make sure that you are appearing in your best look and attire. There is no limit to what you can do and achieve with this kind of a party. You just have to know what you desire, and be creative with it.
Party with Your Friends, Coworkers or Boss in Bangkok
Parties, regardless of your fondness or aversion towards them, hold significance. They serve as a venue for you as an individual to meet and mingle with potential business partners, romantic interests, and friends. Mundane conversations can transform into meaningful encounters. Most of the things you can actually enjoy in a party alone can actually be better enjoyed with your friends, including your colleagues you’ve worked with over the years or the one you met on the football peace a fortnight ago, or even the one you met at the bar two days ago.
When arranging an event or a party that will feature you and your friends, a lot come into play. But you have to bear at the back of your mind that the party will mostly likely be about you as the host, and therefore, most of the activities should be tailored to your needs. Even if you happen to be the most generous and selfless person, you still have to be a bit selfish here, and so for good reasons. First, you cannot design an event that will equally match the taste of every attendee. No matter how perfect it is, one person must find it imperfect. Therefore, the best thing to do is to host the party, design it according to your taste, and let your friends come partake of it.
Partying with your friends can happen in a hotel, in a nightclub, at a bar, in a boat, by the riverside, in a club, at a hotel rooftop, in an escort of limousines, in a luxurious bus, in a restaurant where you can easily order delicious foods, and even golf courses. A boat ride at the floating markets is not a bad idea too as you not only get to have a nice time with your friends, but you will also immerse yourself deeply in the cherished culture and tradition of Thais.
As a matter of fact, designing an event or a party that will feature your friends is a lot of work to do, and the first line of preparation starts mentally. Take a deep breath and breathe out and ready yourself for the task ahead. You have to ask yourself where you want the party, what activities you wish to feature in the party, how you want the party, what kinds of foods and drinks. You also have to ask yourself if a dress code is necessary, or friends can just turn in with whatever they feel comfortable in. Conveying your friends to the venue is also an important consideration. This is even more important if your friends are visitors and you do not want them stressing and spending so much on fare. To this end, you can easily book rides for each of them, or in groups if they are together. There are many hailing platforms that offer great services in Bangkok and you can afford to choose at random. Language is not even a barrier as some of these hailing platforms give you the option to book English-speaking drivers. More on transportation and hailing platforms will be discussed in the coming chapters.
Honeymoon Events in Bangkok
Whether or not a honeymoon is in your plans as a newly married couple, it remains a customary and valuable privilege that many couples opt for if given the chance. It's not difficult to comprehend why, especially if you hold the financial resources. A honeymoon provides an opportunity for bonding, unwinding, commemorating as a couple, celebrating your relationship, and anticipating what lies ahead. And there quite a number of places to consider as the venue for your honeymoon in Bangkok. Mostly, you will be getting the best deals from premium hotels, and resorts. Many hotels in Bangkok are complete package, and they have a lot of offerings, especially if you book their most premium rooms. Typically, you will have unlimited access to pools, spas, mini bars, clubs, gym and fitness centers, etc. If you love nature and its views, then you want to make sure that whatever hotel you book for your honeymoon is situated around a beach—there are actually a lot of them. Doing this, the fun starts right in the hotel and you can be creative with each activity and opportunity. For example, you can enjoy a balloon ride with your partner in the evening, or set up a table for the both of you by the riverside of the hotel. If you are conservative enough, you may not need to step out of the hotel premise at all, but it is all up to you if you wish to take the fun elsewhere. It is totally fine. Make sure to add spa and massage to your honeymoon
Bachelor Party in Bangkok
A bachelor party presents an opportunity for you as a man to gather with your closest friends, bid farewell to your bachelorhood, and embark on a new journey with your chosen life partner. You as the groom are usually the only focal point of attention. The nature and scope of the bachelor party can vary depending on your preferences and tastes as the groom, ranging from a laid-back weekend getaway in an exclusive hotel with a handful of close buddies to a lively day of coastal golfing and drinking in a bar that you book to yourself and your friends alone.
There’s really not much difference between a bachelor party and any other regular parties with friends. Bachelor’s parties feature males only, and yea, that is the only major difference. What this means is that it has similar preparation considerations with partying with your friends. Options of location are bountiful; all you have to do is to choose your most preferred location. You could make use of some help from your friends if you want to.
Wedding in Bangkok
Tie the knot with the love of your life in grand style in Bangkok in one of the most exquisite and luxurious locations. Depending on how elaborate you want your wedding to be, there are a lot of wedding-related services for you to take advantage of in Bangkok. Starting from the flouring flower market, the numerous nerve-relaxing spas, gyms, catering shops, decorators, hailing services and whatever you can think of. Surely, you cannot become stranded in whatever you decide to do with your wedding party. When it comes to location, you have them aplenty. With the subtraction of places like temples and museums, you have every other place to yourself.
Bangkok has a lot of event halls dedicated to big ceremonies, and you can utilize same for your wedding. However, if you want something extraordinary, nothing really stops you from using a zoo, picnic on nature, as a location for your wedding, provided you are ready to decorate and design it to your taste. Talking about decorating and designing, it is advisable that you are in Bangkok, at least a week to your wedding day if you really want to have it well designed, decorated and planned, leaving no detail untouched.
Proposal Event in Bangkok
As a man, you may never understand how much women value proposals, and their imaginations about how to be proposed to may sweep you of your feet, if it doesn’t catch you off guard, at least. It will make perfect sense for you to make very special for her. If you don’t want a lukewarm kind of proposal, then you have to prepare to do something not lukewarm. It goes without saying that proposals in shopping malls, grocery stores, boutiques have become so rampant and cliché that they no longer spot that interesting feeling. To be explicit, those kinds of proposals are now mundane, boring and too common. By the way, you shouldn’t fly all the way from your home country just because you are in search of the best restaurant, store or hallway to propose to your girlfriend. You should try something new, something refreshing, and something adventurous. It could even positively affect your chances of getting an affirmative yes.
Proposals that happen in a yacht, at a hotel rooftop, in a resort, a moving private luxurious bus, an air balloon or a private jet will surely make up for a very pleasant surprise. What about a horse ride by the beach? There are a lot of unconventional approaches to arrange a proposal for the beautiful love of your life. There’s nowhere you cannot plan a proposal, from nature to landmarks, restaurants, the list is endless.
Romantic Dinner Event (Date) in Bangkok
If you're planning a romantic dinner, there are a few factors that you should take into account. These include lighting, music, decor, and, of course, the food and drinks. Candles and soft music can be an excellent way to create a romantic atmosphere. It's important to choose unscented candles or those with neutral scents so that they don't overpower the flavors of your meal. Additionally, if the weather permits outdoor dining, you can use glass candle holders to add to the ambiance.
When it comes to table decor for a romantic dinner, you might consider adding fresh flowers or adding personalized touches such as handwritten menus or place cards. To keep the romantic atmosphere going, you can also extend the ambiance throughout the rest of your chosen location. It's important to take into account the preferences of your significant other when planning the menu for the evening. This includes considering their favorite foods, any food allergies or intolerances they may have, or if they have a particular favorite chef. By answering these questions, you can better determine what dishes to prepare to create the perfect romantic dining experience. As for the matter of location, there are a plethora of hotels, bars, restaurants, riversides, eateries, and a host of others.
Graduation Party in Bangkok
Bangkok gives considerations to all forms of parties, and it cuts across academic endeavors and achievements. Just like any other party, you can decide to celebrate your achieved academic milestone in Bangkok, and you will end up having a bang of party. For academic parties, there are special and dedicated halls and event centers. However, you can decide to use any other location because it is your celebration, and you reserve the right to celebrate it wherever and however you like and want it.
Festival in Bangkok
If you are a fan of the festivities of Bangkok, then you want to plan your next trip around of the festivals. In the earlier chapters, we covered a comprehensive list of the major festivals and events that happen in Bangkok year in, year out. From the list, you can check which event coincides best with your itinerary to make informed decisions regarding your tour to Bangkok.
Corporate Events in Bangkok
With loads of event centers and executive halls, corporate events are a huge success on their own in Bangkok. A walk down the streets will unveil the numerous halls that you can use for your next corporate event in Bangkok. Apart from that, there are many other executive services that will ensure that your event is as “executive” as it can get. From executive forms of transportation to executive forms of catering, to executive forms of accommodation and even executive escorts and security. If you have already a business in Thailand or planning to have one, make sure to meet your clients in style.
VENUES IN BANGKOK
To make sure that the venue matches your party requirements, make sure to explain your event in details to the managers of your chosen venue. Also don't just trust and rely on the beautiful photos you see online. Instead, go and see for yourself or ask the venue manager to video call or take a brief video of venue. Also, take a list of your need and ask the venue manager or owner, as they always deal with events and parties, they may even have access to lightning, video and photographers, decorator, etc.
A lot of venues have been mentioned so far in this book, but this section is dedicated to it. This section of the book will be recommending several locations that you can use for your event, and also suggest the best events most suited for each location.
Hotel Venues in Bangkok
For most part of it, a hotel can cater to all forms of events, especially 5-star rated hotels that usually come with all the amenities that you may expect. In Bangkok, hotel managements are quite aware that most of their customers need extra services, and such services have now been included in their total packages. For example, you can find hotels with street views, lake views, event centers, gyms, spas, bookshops, mini markets, boutiques, etc. One good thing about hotel as a venue is that your accommodation throughout your stay in Bangkok is usually taken care of.
Locating hotels in your vicinity or area is as simple as taking a stroll down the street, asking around, checking Google or opening the Google Map application on your Android or Map app on your iPhone. You can really rely on these platforms to get accurate information about your reservations. The best part of it is that you can always phone them to be double sure.
Hotel Rooftops in Bangkok
Some hotels have dedicated spots on top of their roofs for partying and merriment. Perhaps, the most special thing about hotel rooftops is the breathtaking view of the city landscape, sky, moon and stars that the height presents you.
Restaurants in Bangkok
Thailand is often considered one of the top countries with the best food, particularly when it comes to street food. In fact, Bangkok is recognized by many groups and individuals as the world's best city for street food. Finding delicious food in Bangkok is easy - simply visit one of the many food enclaves or markets and you'll come across vendors serving up mouthwatering Thai dishes like pad thai and hoy tod. Restaurants in Bangkok are a great place to chill out, but more can be achieved with them. For example, you can set up a dinner date with your lover to enjoy some intercontinental dishes. Restaurants are also a perfect place to just go by yourself and make new friends. Since time immemorial, food has connected people way more than historians can admit. Just like hotels, restaurants are littered everywhere on the street, and a five-minutes ride is enough to spot more than five of them. Pick up your phone, head on to Google and do a simple search and you will be presented with an exhaustive list of restaurants surrounding you. Also, Bangkok hosts restaurants from every country food, so don't miss that as you feel at home.
Bars in Bangkok
Bars are great places to wine and dine with your colleagues, friends and lover, and thankfully, Bangkok has them aplenty. Apart from having a lot of standalone bars, most of other locations have their bars. For example, most hotels, villas and the likes have their bars. Bar is a place where money speaks, and it is a place where people come to appreciate their wealth. For this kind of a location, you want to ensure you look your best because you definitely will meet classy, wealthy and humble people.
Whatever you decide to do in a bar (whether you plan to visit one all by yourself, go with a friend, or a couple of friends) you want to make sure that you are well dressed, groomed and made up. Take note that you are not going to a bar to show off, but you cannot afford to not look your best. Visit a spa to relax your nerves; visit your favorite barber to get your hair done; visit the boutique to get yourself some nice-looking suits; get yourself every other thing you may need. If you have heard anything about Bangkok Nightlife story, this is where it happens. This is where fun gets uncensored. Bring all your imaginations of fun and you will be surprised to see that you have all the resources and enabling environment and atmosphere to help you realize them. So, the importance of your allure and appearance cannot be overemphasized. Just like hotels and restaurants, bars are littered everywhere on the street, and a five-minutes ride is enough to spot more than five of them. Pick up your phone, head on to Google and do a simple search and you will be presented with an exhaustive list of bars surrounding you.
Golf Courses in Bangkok
The serenity of golf courses cannot be undermined or underrated. Not every individual is thrilled with bubbling and loud locations. Some people like it clean, serene and nature-exclusive. If you are such a person, then golf courses are your best bet. It becomes an icing on the cake if you yourself are a golf person surrounded with golf-loving friends. Bangkok has a lot of golf courses, including the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Golf course like Thai Country Club Golf even offers exclusive and private day tours to their visitors, making it perfect for golf enthusiasts as well as people who just want to see what a golf field looks like. As with all other locations, a simple Google search is all you need to locate the golf courses near you.
VIP Table at a Club in Bangkok
Getting a VIP table at a club is like creating a special venue in a venue, and making it all about yourself. Every club in Bangkok offers customer the opportunity to book the best tables they have and make the evening all about them. As a classy person that you are, you want the best spot to yourself where you are the cynosure of attention. A VIP table includes VIP entry (which will be discussed better in the next paragraph), seating, a dedicated cocktail server, and complimentary mixers like sodas and juices, all bundled together as a package. One of the many benefits of a VIP table at a club is the fact that you get a dedicated place to sit down and have enough space to dance by yourself, with a beautiful girl (including hot local ladies or international foreign tourist girls) of your choice, or with your friends and not get interrupted by bystanders. A VIP table at a club signals a glimpse of your worth to the crowd, even without you lifting a finger. VIP sections are always swarming with beautiful international ladies, and the best part is that you don’t have to stress yourself to get their attention. Your table will do the talking and the calling while you simply observe with your arms folded.
Talking about a VIP entry to a club, this is when you hire an executive ride, for example, a limousine, an AMG, or even a Helicopter to drop you off at the entrance of the club, and you are led in by your bodyguards. If you want, these bodyguards can dress very casually to appear as your friend to the audience that you create. But even acting as your friends, they will still ensure to accord you the respect that you need—the kind of respect that will distinguish you among the rest. It really is a great feeling to experience, at least once in a lifetime, and if you can afford it, please, go for it. Make sure your VIP table shines, so you may arrange some flowers etc. to be placed on your table.
Party in a Villa in Bangkok
Villas offer an ideal vacation destination for groups such as bachelor parties, girls' trips, boy’s day out, family vacations, graduation party, mini corporate party or hangout, honeymoon and a host of other parties, private pool party, ceremonies and events. Villas are temporary apartments; therefore, hosting a party therein is very synonymous with hosting a house party. Where villa parties are superior to ordinary house parties is that you typically get a lot of services readily available in villas. For example, a villa can have a functional spa, gym center, unisex salon, swimming pool, simulated street view, bar, lounge, zoo, boutiques, pet and children care centers, etc. Some even have a special and dedicated transportation service that you can use throughout your stay in Bangkok.
Yacht Party in Bangkok
If you're looking to organize a truly unique and unforgettable event, why not consider throwing a yacht party? It's an incredible way to create lasting memories with the special people in your life. Not only will it provide a serene and exceptional setting, but it will also bring your closest friends and family together in a way that's hard to replicate elsewhere. Although dining on a yacht can differ from dining on land, with thorough planning, you can create unique party recipes to make the experience truly special. The food served at an event often takes center stage and becomes a topic of conversation long after the occasion. In addition, when it comes to dining on a boat, the emphasis is on the taste and presentation of the dishes, so it's worthwhile to make them especially remarkable. While cocktails are a must-have for any event, it's important not to let them overshadow the main focus of the celebration.
Partying in a yacht is definitely a sure way to enjoy the wealth that you have accumulated over the years, and the experience, usually one of a kind, makes up for a very pleasant moment that you probably will remember for the rest of your life. There are a lot of places you can get book or rent a yacht for your party or event. For starters, some hotels have it on their list of special offerings. But a quick Google search will give you an exhaustive list of places you can rent a yacht and arrange for a yacht party.
Traditional Thai boat party in Bangkok
Parties can be fun in traditional Thai boats too. But you have to bear in mind that if you are looking to host a lot of people, then you have to rent a good number of Thai boats too. It is very important you start planning ahead for any kind of event you wish to host in traditional Thai boats. Typically, any river or beach where you can find boats, you may also be able to rent one or two. But if you don’t want to stress yourself around, kindly head to the floating market of Bangkok, and you will surely find the most fitting traditional Thai boats, and in whatever quantity you want. You can host such parties like parties with friends, a private date between you and your lover, and any other casual party. Hosting a corporate party may sound fun and novel, but not advisable.
Private Jet Party in Bangkok
The idea of hosting a private jet party is appealing to many, and with the option of private jet charter in Bangkok, it's now a viable choice for anyone. There are a lot of ways to host a party in a private jet. For example, you can rent a private jet for a short getaway and, while in transit, enjoy a game. Numerous private jets come equipped with HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you and the friends to easily watch live matches together. Even if your favored team doesn't emerge victorious, at least, you'll have fond memories of an entertaining evening spent with friends. Also, you can host your bachelor party in a private jet. You can even order catering and on-board services ahead of time so you have everything ready before you become airborne.
Helicopter in Bangkok
A city tour in a low-altitude flying helicopter with your buddies might be a great addition to your bucket list of things to do in Bangkok. Usually, flying a helicopter around the city adds as a part of the activities of a main event. There are a couple of places you can rent a helicopter for this purpose; the prices are not so much. While you can rent some helicopters for a full day, some can be rented on hourly basis. Do well to check with the renting company before the day of the tour.
Air Balloon in Bangkok
Air balloons are a thing in Bangkok, and you sure want to have a glimpse of what it is light to float and hover around the city in a slow and steady manner with your lover. Air balloon rides can be an unforgettable part of your event. You can place it at the beginning, in the middle or to mark the end of your event.
Private Pool in Bangkok
If you are not the football, cricket, handball, basketball or hockey type, then you want to try some pool games. Pool games include pool racing, pool volleyball, music water balloon toss, water balloon games, water guns n’ balloons and the likes. You can enjoy all these games as you party and swim with your friends, overs, and the girls you invite over to join in the fun.
On the Beach in Bangkok
Bangkok is full of beaches, and just about anyone of them could do the trick. There are a lot of activities that you can do on the beach just as much as there are different types of events you can hold there.
River Side Bar in Bangkok
Similar to beaches, you can host your event by river side bars, and every possible activity on the beach is possible in river side bars too. You can be creative enough to create a fun environment and have the best moments of your life with your loved ones. You can order foods and drinks ranging from the local Thai dishes to intercontinental dishes. But make sure you check with the management to be sure they are not against outside foods and drinks. If they are, then you have to make arrangements with such bar to provide foods and drinks.
In a Limousine in Bangkok
Limousine cars are obviously for luxury and fun, and less of transporting people. So, you partying in a limo is the same thing as using it for its original purpose. Makers of limousines already have it configured for executive fun in transit. However, you can finetune it to match your taste. Limousines are best for executive meetings on the go. You can also use them as your ride to a club, bar or even your wedding venue. Lastly, you can tour round the city with your friends in one, or two, or more limousines. If you want to rent a limousine, just pick up your phone and hit the search button on Google.
Nature Picnic Party in Bangkok
Undoubtedly, Bangkok is a bustling city that offers numerous activities and sights to explore. Nevertheless, if your goal is to escape to a tranquil location for a picnic, there are several parks in the capital that offer a serene ambiance, from the popular Chatuchak Park, Lumpini Park, Rama IX Park, Bang Krachao Park to the Benjasiri Park or even country side.
Co-working Space in Bangkok
Bangkok extends beyond its famous islands and beaches. Boasting an array of mouth-watering cuisine, lively scenery, and thrilling nightlife, Bangkok is a bustling metropolis that attracts digital travelers from all over the globe. As a result of this surge, there is now a thriving coworking culture with a plethora of workspaces available for selection. From TLoft, located around the Charoen Krung area, to WorkWize, The Hive Thonglor, Hubba, Paperwork, Spaces Chamchuri Square, WeWork and Maven Mesh, the list of co-working spaces there are in Bangkok is almost infinitive already.
Spots for Photography Lovers in Bangkok
Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, offers a plethora of photographic opportunities for art enthusiasts. Its stunning temples and fascinating prehistoric creatures make it an ideal subject for photography. Every spot that has been mentioned in this book so far makes up for great spots for photography lovers. In Bangkok, and perhaps the whole of Thailand, you don’t need a special place for photography.
Public Parks in Bangkok
Hosting a birthday party, proposal, honeymoon vacation, etc. at the park is an excellent way to go. Among the many options available, parks top the list as they offer ample space for hosting such events. Furthermore, compared to your conventional living rooms, parks are more spacious and less cluttered, providing an ideal setting for the occasion. Lastly, you and your guests can freely interact with one another and socialize, making the park an excellent choice for a birthday party or any other party of your choice. Benjakitti Park, Benjasiri Park, Chatuchak Park, Lumpini Park, Queen Sirikit Park, Rama IX Park, Romaneenart Park, Rod Fai Park, etc., are all parks that you can consider for your next big event.
Indoor Recreational Sports in Bangkok
If you've exhausted yourself with visits to temples and shopping in the Thai capital, Bangkok offers a variety of extreme sports that you can indulge in. While some visitors may find riding through Chinatown in a tuk-tuk at breakneck speed to be exciting enough, there are numerous other thrilling indoor recreational sports and activities that you can include in your vacation itinerary. Visits to places like YOKKAO Training Center, Rajadamnurn Stadium, Rock Domain Climbing Gym, Sivalai Clubhouse, and so on will surely add to the holiday vibes and merriment.
Animal Sanctuaries in Bangkok
Have you seen the biggest land animal in person before? If you haven’t, then this is your opportunity to not just see, but also ride on an elephant with your friends and families. There are a lot of animal sanctuaries where you can find tamed and friendly wild animals to ride on and feature in your photographs.
Aquariums in Bangkok
Talking about aquariums, perhaps the first place that comes to mind is the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, but there’s also the Bangkok Aquarium and others. Aquariums are wonderful and breathtaking places to host classy events and even propose to your girlfriend. And yes, good for photographs too!
Botanical Gardens in Bangkok
The parks and green areas in Bangkok are a noteworthy draw for visitors. Despite Bangkok's recent economic expansion, the city is dedicated to maintaining its public green spaces, which provide both locals and tourists with chances for relaxation and leisure. These parks offer refreshing jogging paths and well-kept bike trails, as well as lush grounds that entice visitors to bask in the sun. Additionally, culture abounds here; you can find a variety of street food vendors in the parks, and visiting these public spaces provides opportunities to engage with and observe amiable locals. There are many botanical gardens that you can consider visiting in Bangkok like the Phutthamonthon Park, Chatuchak Park, Benjakitti Park, and so on.
Sports Stadium in Bangkok
The Rajamangala National Stadium which happens to be the national, and unsurprisingly the biggest stadium in Bangkok, and the whole of Thailand is not only useful for national sporting events. It can also be utilized for private and personal purposes like an elaborate birthday party, wedding anniversary party, party with friends, graduation ceremonies and even corporate events. Following suit are other stadiums in Bangkok. These stadiums can be utilized for sporting events featuring you and your friends, or just any other casual party. As you would have imagined, stadiums in Bangkok are popular, and well linked to major roads from various parts of the city. Therefore, the problem of transit is half solved already. All forms of transportation to these stadiums are recommended. If your hotel or residence is close enough, you can charter tuktuks to convey you and your friends. Apart from significantly cutting the cost of transportation, you will also be having a one-of-a-kind fun with your buddies.
Airbnb Unique Stays in Bangkok
Fun can be brought to anywhere in Bangkok, including your Airbnb accommodation. Depending on the contract and agreement, you can have any kind of party that you want. Whether it is a birthday party, a bachelor/bachelorette party, hangout with friends, or honeymoon, you can set up your accommodation to fit the occasion.
NIGHTLIFE IN BANGKOK
Bangkok is an incredible destination that offers a multitude of experiences, making it a popular choice for first-time visitors and regular travelers alike. The city is buzzing with activity throughout the day and transforms into a lively and colorful metropolis filled with bustling markets and exciting nightlife after dark. Whether you're looking for souvenirs, branded clothes, electronic goods, traditional massages, serene temple tours, or high-end luxury brands, Bangkok has it all. One of the highlights of Bangkok is its street food scene, which is renowned for its creativity and variety. The night markets and streets of Chinatown are especially popular for their unique creations, which can range from exotic ingredients to unconventional preparation methods. You can even find fried scorpions, snakes, and giant bugs if you're feeling adventurous. Additionally, Bangkok is home to a mix of traditional Thai cuisine and world-class international restaurants, making it a food lover's paradise.
Temples are a common sight throughout the city, providing sanctuaries for peace and cleanliness. The floating markets are a popular attraction, as they hark back to the traditional use of water canals as trade routes. These markets continue to thrive, with locals exchanging goods such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, and food without leaving their boats. Bangkok is also a hub for travelers and foreigners who visit the city as a stopover or choose to stay for an extended period. With its close proximity to gorgeous beaches, rainforests, and mountains, Bangkok serves as a gateway to other destinations in Thailand. It's also home to thousands of foreigners from around the world, providing a diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Whether you're traveling alone or with family, for a short vacation or an extended stay, Bangkok is a city that offers limitless fun and unforgettable experiences and the best of them happen at NIGHT! If a club is not enough for you, remember that you can book two or more VIP tables in two different clubs so you can party and club back and forth as you wish. Doing this even increases your chances of meeting a lot of international girls in the clubs or bars that you choose.
There are a lot of things that you can do at night in Bangkok: club, eat, drink and be entertained on a dinner cruise, do a walking tour of Chinatown, tour Amphawa floating market, enjoy a midnight food tour by tuk-tuk, party on Khao San road, spend an evening at Asiatique the Riverfront, shop for bargains at Chatuchak weekend market, go clubbing, go on a night tour in a helicopter ride, etc.
Talking about clubbing, Bangkok boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene with world-class mega-clubs and underground haunts operating 7 nights a week. The city draws party lovers from all corners of the globe with its plethora of musical genres, ranging from the latest EDM trends to classic hip hop and drum 'n' bass. Whether you're seeking an underground hotspot or a mainstream clubbing experience, Bangkok caters to every taste. What sets Bangkok apart as the ultimate clubbing destination in Asia and one of the most energetic party cities worldwide is its blend of fun-loving crowds, Thai charm, and limitless options. Try any of these clubs for an explosive night.
In Bangkok, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has emerged as the dominant genre of choice for party lovers, with Onyx, a popular club located in RCA, serving as a prime example. Boasting a capacity of 2,000 people, this club is renowned for its spectacular CO2 cannons, confetti drops, and mesmerizing laser shows. With its expansive dancefloor and numerous standing tables and stools, Onyx is among the largest single-party venues in Bangkok. The club exudes a European flair, as evidenced by its impressively high ceiling and a striking LED screen positioned behind the main DJ booth. Foreign visitors typically pay an entrance fee of 400-500 baht, which includes a few drink vouchers. It's also worth noting that Onyx was the first Bangkok club to be ranked among DJ Mag's prestigious Best Clubs in the World list. Here, you can meet both local and foreign girls from Russia, Europe, Ukraine, and all over the world.
Sing Sing Theater
Sing Sing Theater in Sukhumvit is a remarkable nightlife destination, featuring a stunning interior design that creatively pays tribute to the beauty of the Far East. The intricate wrought iron patterns, hanging lanterns, and dragon motifs combine with the elegant girls dressed in Chinese Qipao, known as 'Muses,' to create an enchanting atmosphere. Sing Sing Theater offers a diverse range of music that transcends the boundaries of typical Bangkok clubs, making it stand out. In addition, the venue boasts elaborate entertainment that delights and captivates the audience. This one-of-a-kind club offers just the right blend of fun and sophistication that is hard to find elsewhere in Bangkok.
Levels Club & Lounge
Levels Bangkok is an exciting clubbing destination, also in Sukhumvit, featuring a rooftop lounge and two club rooms that offer a diverse musical experience. The terrace offers funky beats, the plush main room plays R&B hits, and the box in the rear pumps out house and techno music. With free admission and an active PR team, Levels attracts a sizable crowd of party lovers throughout the week, with themed events on Wednesday and Friday that often feature bikini-clad models. This club caters primarily to Western sensibilities, with limited seating and an atmosphere that encourages mingling and exploration of the various areas.
Bobo Club Bangkok
Bobo Club, situated in the bustling Sukhumvit district of Bangkok, is a vibrant nightclub that exudes energy. Its strategic location between Nana and Asok BTS train stations makes it easily accessible from any part of the city. The club boasts an opulent setting with magnificent chandeliers, plush VIP tables, and a top-notch bar, which is well-known for its luxurious ambiance. However, the nightclub has only eight VIP tables downstairs and two upstairs, so it is advisable to book your table in advance to experience the VIP treatment.
Beam is the ultimate destination for lovers of minimal house and techno music in Bangkok, renowned for its unparalleled sound quality that emanates from the floor beneath your feet. The VOID Acoustics sound system is exceptional, and the LED laser and light display adds to the electrifying atmosphere. The club's music policy is exclusively focused on the trendier aspects of the dance music scene, so you shouldn't anticipate hearing mainstream hits or vocal EDM tracks. For hip-hop enthusiasts, the downstairs area is devoted to hip-hop music, and it consistently exudes a lively and affable atmosphere.
The Club at Koi
The Club at Koi Bangkok is an elegant nightclub and lounge that caters to the high-end crowd. Dressing to impress is highly recommended, whether you plan to show off your moves on the dance floor or unwind with friends in one of the central booths while sipping on top-shelf liquor. If the excitement becomes overwhelming, you can take a break on the open-air terrace and relish the stunning views of central Bangkok. The lighting and sound system at The Club at Koi Bangkok is phenomenal, and the music genre varies significantly based on the night.
If you have an affinity for youthful, attractive Thai ladies, you should make your way to RCA and explore Route 66. RCA, also known as Royal City Avenue, is a dedicated party street, featuring bars and clubs on both sides, and Route 66 is the cream of the crop. The club has three adjacent rooms playing live music, hip hop, and trance, but it's the hip hop area that garners the most attention. Route 66 epitomizes the Thai-style clubbing experience, with most patrons arriving and purchasing a bottle of whiskey before staking out their base for the night. The premium areas are reserved for those who purchase bottles, leaving those who stick to beers to search for a place to stand. The entry fee for foreigners is 400 baht, which includes complimentary drink tickets.
Located in Bangkok, Mustache is a club dedicated to house and techno music, with a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere for both expats and knowledgeable Thais who appreciate soothing and danceable music. Operating exclusively on Friday and Saturday nights, Mustache values the music over fashion, making it a judgment-free zone for everyone. Patrons can enjoy a complimentary bar from 9pm to 10pm, as well as half-price drinks from 10pm to 11pm. Admission after 11pm is around 300 baht, which includes a free drink. The club has two levels, with the main room featuring tech-house, while the second level, called The Lab, features talented DJs who often spin groovy house on the open decks.
Insanity has found a new lease of life by relocating to Sukhumvit Soi 11, offering a nightly experience of bass-heavy tunes, big room EDM, open format, and electro house. The club regularly features top-notch international and local DJs, drawing in crowds of over 1,000 during the weekdays and over 1,500 on weekends. As one of the largest clubs in the city, Insanity boasts a grand entrance leading into a spacious room with 14-meter-high ceilings, an impressive retractable halo lighting system, and an 'L Acoustic' sound system. The club also offers captivating dance shows, enticing podium dancers, and a central stage for those who wish to fully indulge in the dancefloor experience.
Enjoy Massage All Through the Night in Bangkok
If for any reason you wish to spend the night in tranquility and self-healing, then you should consider getting a massage at any spa of your choice. Even though tropical island regions of Thailand have had popular retreats for a while, the spas in Bangkok have a distinct approach that distinguishes the city from other destinations worldwide. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for a different kind of tourism in the Thai capital, which is wellness, and Bangkok's spas have been at the forefront of this new trend. There are a lot of spa and wellness centers in Bangkok, but here are a few you can consider if you are not up to do research.
Nitra Serenity Centre at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok
Located in the heart of the bustling city center, this boutique hotel offers a tranquil oasis for guests to escape to. The beautifully furnished suites and gourmet dining options are just the beginning, as the hotel's exceptional spa and wellness center is a major draw. On the 27th and rooftop floors, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the city from two infinity-edge pools, or work out in a state-of-the-art gym with private yoga and Muay Thai sessions. The highlight of the hotel, however, is the Nitra Serenity Centre, a holistic spa on the 28th floor that offers both traditional and contemporary treatments for the face and body. Among the most notable therapies are Reiki and The Sleep by Design Therapy, which is tailored to the needs of travelers suffering from jet lag. It is a nice experience to enjoy, at least once in a lifetime.
Auriga Wellness at Capella Bangkok
Capella Bangkok, which is located next to the expansive Chaophraya River, not only offers an inviting retreat but also boasts Auriga Wellness spa, a true sanctuary for wellness enthusiasts and spa patrons alike. The spa provides a range of treatments that cater to different preferences. For those who want to experience Thai tradition and culture, they can choose from treatments such as Tok Sen, a massage technique that dates back to the ancient Lanna Kingdom and uses rhythmic tapping along the body's energy lines to ease muscle tension; Luk Pra Kob, an Ayurvedic therapy that involves a warm herbal compress to massage the body; and Nuad Bo Rarn, also known as Thai Massage, a time-honored practice that combines acupressure with yogic stretches and originated at Bangkok's Wat Pho Temple.
Divana Scentuara Spa
Divina strikes a balance between the modest street-side massage parlors and the luxurious, high-priced hotel spas. The atmosphere is cozy and curative, and it offers excellent value for your money. Nestled within a charming, old-fashioned Thai house with a serene garden, Divina exudes tranquility that perfectly matches its treatments. Prior to the session, patrons are asked a few preliminary questions about their preferred pressure, areas of sensitivity, and preferred scent of massage oil, while relaxing in the soothing lobby where a blend of citrus and orange essential oils is diffused. Inside the private treatment rooms, the customary spa music plays softly, and the therapists communicate politely, listen well to feedback, and regularly check on the pressure being applied. While this approach may be commonplace in spas, Divina excels in the details that matter.
Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok
Nestled within the towering Banyan Tree Bangkok is a peaceful retreat that offers respite from the busy city life. The Banyan Tree Spa provides a serene environment where the outside noise fades away, and serenity takes center stage. Upon entering the spa, visitors are greeted by a brightly illuminated exhibit of bamboo stems and guided through a sleek, black-stone corridor, evoking the feeling of being transported to a secluded sanctuary of wellness, which is in many ways accurate.
Wat Phra Chetuphon Traditional Medicine School (Wat Pho Massage)
Although Thai massage is now a popular practice worldwide, involving a blend of yogic stretches and acupressure to alleviate joint and muscle pain, enhance mobility, and improve alignment, it all originated at the Wat Pho Temple in the heart of Bangkok. While the temple is most well-known today for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it was once renowned as a center for medicine, and it remains the top destination to learn Thai massage, even for visitors to Bangkok.
For the past six years, Suvarnaveda Wellness, also called Ayurvedic Wellness Center Bangkok, has impressed both locals and tourists with its traditional Ayurvedic treatments and proven herbal remedies. Situated in Bangkok's Asoke Neighborhood, this wellness retreat doesn't rely on decorative elements or amenities and instead focuses on delivering top-notch therapies. In addition to its Ayurvedic treatments, Suvarnaveda Wellness is known for its more extended, time-intensive therapies. Visitors willing to commit to up to three weeks can select from programs like Weight Balance, a 15- or 21-day therapy that involves a custom diet, lifestyle changes, and yoga poses to decrease body fat and tone muscles.
Harnn Heritage Spa
Located on the 12th floor of the Zen Tower, appropriately named for its peaceful ambiance, the Harnn Heritage Spa is a hidden treasure in the heart of Bangkok. The spa offers a unique approach to traditional Thai therapies and features ten treatment rooms, along with a foot massage lounge that provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Guests can instantly relax as they admire the spa's beautiful minimalist design, carefully chosen artwork, and luxurious celadon green walls. Among the treatments offered are the Lumpini Body Brilliance, which employs Harnn's array of scrubs and a calming body mask to reveal skin's natural radiance; the Nana Infusion Herbal Steam, which uses Asian herbs and curative oils in a steam therapy to eliminate toxins through sweating; and the Sukhothai Passage, which includes a calming tea bath, an acupressure foot massage, and a Thai Aromatic Massage, delivering the ultimate in stress relief.
RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat
While wellness retreats are no longer a novelty in the travel industry, RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat in Bangkok remains a unique haven. Situated on Bang Krachao island, also known as the "Green Lung" and just a short boat ride from the city center, this sanctuary offers customized wellness programs. These programs are carefully crafted by acclaimed medical doctors and traditional healing experts to cater to individual needs, preferences, and objectives.
Omroom stands out from other wellness destinations due to its focus on the mind. One of its standout treatments is the Memory Therapy, which analyzes childhood thought patterns, induces a meditative state, and releases negative thoughts and energy through theta brain waves. Another similar treatment, the Shamanic Light and Transformation, explores the subconscious mind using color, shape, and metaphor to release blocked energy and help clients connect with their authentic selves. Another popular treatment is the Past Life Regression Therapy, which allows clients to revisit their past lives to gain insight into their current beliefs and patterns.
TRANSPORTATION IN BANGKOK
Bangkok provides an affordable and varied range of transportation options for traveling within its cities and different regions. Transportation services start right at the airport where you can easily arrange for airport pickups to pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel or residence. Here are some exciting transportation options available in Bangkok.
Taxi in Bangkok
In Thailand, taxis offer a convenient and affordable option for short-distance travel around Bangkok. If you're looking for a respite from the city's sweltering heat and desire a comfortable, air-conditioned travel experience, taxis are a great choice. However, due to the city's notorious traffic conditions, motorbike taxis may be preferred in some cases. Due to the lack of meter systems, fares may vary widely, as drivers can charge arbitrary rates. It is advisable to confirm the presence of a meter in a taxi before boarding it. Better still, sharpen your negotiating skills. In the event that you encounter any conflict with a taxi driver, you can contact the taxi helpline at 1164.
Tuktuk in Bangkok
The tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled vehicle designed to transport 2-3 passengers over short distances within cities. As a locally developed mode of transportation, it is a popular tourist attraction. With over 35,000 tuk-tuks on the roads of Thai cities, especially Bangkok, fares can range from approximately 80-150 Baht.
While boarding a tuktuk, ensure that your belongings are kept securely between your legs, and remain alert for notorious snatchers who roam the streets of Bangkok. Tuktuks can be more expensive than taxis, so it is advisable to compare fares and explore alternative transportation options before booking a ride. Additionally, there is always a risk of potential scams, as some drivers may resort to unethical means to extract additional money from passengers.
Limo in Bangkok
Traveling by limousine is a luxurious land travel option where you get to enjoy an executive ride to and from your destination. The beauty of using this medium of transportation is in the comfort and luxury. With a limo ride, you typically get assigned a personal professional driver that drives you all around the city for as long as your contract covers. Don’t forget that the transit can involve your buddies and at no additional cost. So, it is like a party on transit. A lot of car rental companies in Bangkok offer beautiful limousines for hire and rental, and the base price usually starts at $500. You could get lesser from some companies though. You can check out Limousine Express, Bangkok Limousines, Thai Limousine Center and the likes.
Helicopter and Private Jet in Bangkok
Traveling by helicopter in Bangkok is basically, yet essentially a luxurious means of transportation for those that are willing to pay for the luxury. In other words, it is not a public means of transportation. If you hate to be stuck in the traffic for hours that you would rather expend on something more productive, then book a helicopter to fly you straight to your destination from your current location. A typical helicopter ride costs around a thousand dollars per hour, and you will be picked up from wherever you are in Bangkok, and dropped off wherever you want. You should always check online to compare prices from different companies to be sure you are getting the best value for your money.
Ride-Hailing Apps (Bolt and Grab) in Bangkok
Thailand’s transportation and ride-hailing app industry is constantly changing, and currently, Grab and Bolt are the major players in the market. Grab gained significant prominence when it acquired Uber’s Southeast Asian operations four years ago, and the company based in Singapore that owns the app has since dominated the ride-hailing scene in Thailand. But as a visitor, you may ponder which is better to use. In fact, there’s no significantly better one than the other. It all boils down to the matter of preference and availability. Both of them render identical services, and it is as if they are each other’s role models. For example, you get to choose an English-speaking driver on both Grab and Bolt apps. But generally speaking, short rides are typically cheaper with Bolt while Grab covers more cities. It is not a bad idea if you have both apps on your phone. After all, that is the beauty of having options.
Motorcycle Taxi in Bangkok
If you are not affected by weather changes and traveling with minimal luggage, a motorcycle taxi may be a suitable option. They can navigate through almost any part of Bangkok, except for some remote regions. The fare for a motorcycle taxi is determined by the distance traveled. When boarding a motorcycle taxi, bear in mind that as these taxis are primarily used for short-distance travel, the estimated fares typically range from 20-100 THB. Also note that the drivers are typically well-informed about the various locations, thereby reducing the likelihood of arriving at the wrong destination. Finally, it is possible to travel in pairs on these motorbikes without a significant difference in fare rates.
Bus in Bangkok
Bangkok has the most extensive bus service network in the country, ranging from air-conditioned VIP buses for long-distance travel to non-air-conditioned government buses for short routes. When boarding a bus, there are a few important factors to consider. Even in smaller cities and towns, buses are available that can take passengers to other destinations, including popular tourist spots. In Bangkok, for example, the least expensive bus service costs only 7 THB. Additionally, private buses with air conditioning can offer a more affordable and comfortable option than taking a flight or train. Furthermore, government-run buses are a convenient and economical choice for short routes, especially when compared to the cost of taking a taxi or motorbike taxi.
Bangkok BTS Skytrain
For commuters who are tired of navigating Bangkok’s congested streets, the elevated Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain can be a welcome relief. This mode of transportation is not only one of the fastest options available in Thailand, but it is also quite affordable. By avoiding the city’s notoriously heavy traffic, you can save time and reduce the stress of your daily commute throughout your stay in the city.
If you plan to take the train from Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain, there are a few important things to keep in mind. The Skytrain is a relatively inexpensive, reliable, and fast mode of transportation, operating from 5:00 AM until midnight on weekdays. With its Sukhumvit and Silom lines, the overground railway system connects passengers to up to 32 stations, including popular tourist destinations and major areas of the city. While the Skytrain can be an affordable travel option, it is also quite crowded during peak commuting hours on weekdays. Additionally, it is worth noting that the Skytrain does not cover all areas of Bangkok. If you need to travel to or from the airport, there are Airport Link trains available between 6 AM and midnight.
Bangkok MRT Subway
The MRT subway, also referred to as the Blueline, is an underground railway system that serves as an alternative mode of transportation for parts of Bangkok that are not accessible via the Skytrain. When taking the train on Bangkok’s MRT subway, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. The subway covers 18 stations and offers an affordable and efficient means of travel that avoids the city’s congested roads. Operating from 6:00 AM until midnight, five days a week (excluding weekends), the ’RT intersects with the Skyline at various points, providing passengers with even more transportation options. Some of the essential stops on the MRT include the airport, Chatuchak Market, and Sukhumvit. The MRT trains run from 5 AM to midnight and operate on a frequency of every 10 minutes, except during rush hours (6 AM-9 AM and 5 PM-8 PM), when they run every 5 minutes. Finally, it’s worth noting that the airport rail link offers a single line that connects the city to the airport.
Train in Bangkok
Although the railway system in Thailand doesn’t cover every part of the country, it remains a popular and comfortable mode of transportation that offers a unique travel experience not found with other alternatives. The Eastern Railway Line extends to the Cambodian border and passes through the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, while the other end of the line reaches the coastal town of Pattaya. The Northern Line travels directly to Chiang Mai, while the Western Line covers Nam Tok and the Southern Line extends to Malaysia. For train travel throughout Thailand, the Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok serves as the central station.
If you’re planning to travel by train in Thailand, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First-class train tickets can be quite expensive compared to budget airline tickets, but they provide an incredibly luxurious and comfortable experience, complete with air conditioning and a double bed. Second-class tickets are more affordable than first-class, while third-class tickets are the cheapest option. For short distances, third class may be the most suitable option. It’s worth noting that train tickets on weekends can sell out quickly, so it’s advisable to book in advance when traveling.
Thailand boasts six international airports and 23 domestic ones, providing an excellent flight experience for travelers. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, often referred to as the travel hub, offers both international and domestic flights to popular destinations.
If you choose to travel by flight in Thailand, there are a few things to keep in mind. Thai Airlines, the national airline of Thailand, offers flights to popular tourist destinations like islands and other parts of the country. Bangkok Airlines has destinations across the country, from Chiang Mai in the north to Phuket in the south, which can be reached in as little as an hour. Nevertheless, traveling by plane tends to be relatively expensive in comparison to alternative transportation methods such as taxis, buses, or trains. Therefore, it is advisable to be prepared to spend a significant amount of money on air travel.
The Songthaew in Bangkok
Songthaews are four-wheeled vehicles that have been modified to resemble mini trucks, and can transport passengers. If you are seeking an inexpensive and dependable means of transportation in Thailand, Songthaews may be an excellent option. The vehicles typically feature two rows of seats, with space available at the back for passengers to stand and hold on while traveling. Note that you can find buzzers located on the roof that can be pressed to signal the driver to stop the vehicle upon arrival at your destination. For inter-city travel, fares begin and end at a low price of only 10 THB. However, if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, it’s best to avoid using the songthaew as it’s not particularly fast.
Car rental in Bangkok
Car rental services is almost the same thing as Bolt and Grab but with a tiny difference. Car rentals involve more paperwork and documentations, and their services are more encompassing. For example, you cannot book “own” a Bolt or Grab ride for the day whereas you can have a rented car all to yourself for a day, or for as long as you want. Also, you can travel to anywhere within the city anytime you want for as long as the car is in your possession. Like renting a limousine, you also get a professional and experienced driver assigned to you.
While Thailand is a relatively safe country, it is still a great idea to always take pictures of whatever ride you book before onboarding. This is to give you another extra layer of confidence and security.
Also, note that some information in this book is subject to change based on the changes in the country’s or company’s policies, rules and regulations. Therefore, it will be in your best interest to make sure you are up to date with the latest information.
SETTING UP YOUR VENUE IN BANGKOK
Whichever venue you settle for, you still need to set it up to match the occasion, your taste and preference. Even though some hotels or car rentals would have already made some basic and default arrangements, it is still important to make some changes and finetuning, which is why it would be a great idea to contact the management first. Speak to the management and confirm their availability, packages, offerings and special services. Having that in mind, here are some ways to go about setting up your venue.
Contact Clubs, Bar, Restaurant, Rooftop, Hotel Hall for Reservation for VIP Table in Bangkok
In the event that you want to party in a club, the first thing you want to do is to contact the club management or owner to book the table you want ahead. Like you, there a host of other people that want the VIP table in a club to themselves, and the chances of date clash can be high. However, contact the management of your preferred club early enough might be the only thing you need to do to avoid such an issue.
Same can be said for every other venue you wish to use for your event or party. It is very important to inform the management of venues ahead of time so that they can make necessary arrangements for you in advance. For example, if you wish to use a multipurpose hall, you will do yourself a great deal of goodness to make it known to the managers ahead of time so that they can arrange the hall to match and suit your event. To meet with the management, always keep an eye for their contact details when you search them online. Also, a simple stroll to the location to have a meet with the customer rep is not a bad idea at all. That may even get things done faster and more efficiently.
Making Arrangements for Foods, Drinks, Cakes and Flowers in Bangkok
This is one of the most important aspects of your party and your event. Foods, drinks, cakes, flowers and the likes should be the next things in line once you have successfully secured a venue for your party or event. a quick stroll to the floating markets of Bangkok should be enough to get you all these things especially flowers and cakes. If you are a baker who loves and has the time to bake their own cake by themselves, then go ahead and buy all the ingredients that you need from any of the popular markets in Bangkok. You can refer to the previous chapters to choose a market. Going forward, there are a lot of restaurants in Bangkok, and some of them either offer home delivery services or full catering services, and you can choose which one works best for you. Better still, use the services of dedicated catering companies like, Catering Solutions by Kai New Zealand, among others.
Setting Up DJ, Dance Groups, Singer and Music Bands in Bangkok
Music and sounds are up next in the hierarchy. Peradventure you are a beautiful singer blessed with singer friends and you wish to include a karaoke night as part of the activities of your party or event in Bangkok, then you want to buy or rent some musical instruments like a guitar, piano, drum set, saxophone, etc. Strings Shop in Sukhumvit is a good place to check out for all types of guitars. It’s barely up to 4 meters away from Nirunda Clinic. You can check Yong Seng Musical out for your drum sets and many other musical instruments.
What if you just want to hire a good DJ, or dance groups, singers and music bands to entertain you while you and your guest just watch and enjoy the show? Of course, you can also get all those. There are local and traditional DJs, dance groups, and singers. You have to choose them based on your preference. For example, local and traditional dance groups, DJs and singers would be better for an event that’s designed around one of the festive celebrations in Bangkok while their international counterpart may be better for birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, bachelor/bachelorette parties.
Lighting, Decoration, Videography and Photography in Bangkok
Discussing with videographers and photographers and letting them know what you are expecting in terms of visuals may be very beneficial to you and the cameramen. Early consultations will give the cameramen enough time to set up the best lighting for your event. They also can work with the decorators to determine the best spots for decorations, flower vase, etc. Overall, it is simply better to be in touch with cameramen as early as possible.
Event Security Detail and Bodyguards in Bangkok
For your security and peace of mind, you need security and bodyguards. Even though Bangkok is a safe city, it is still important to be on the safer side. No matter the size of your event, bodyguards can have a place, and play important roles. Bodyguards can be used to control orderliness in a very big event. On the other hand, bodyguards can be your companion as your move from one destination to the other in Bangkok. Lastly, bodyguards can double as your friends where necessary, or when you want them to and help you look more decent, and undeniably increase your status.
Hiring Translators and Legal Practitioners in Bangkok
Of course, you don’t have to learn and become a fluent Thai speaker before you can come spend your holiday in Bangkok. If you don’t understand the official language of Thailand, which is Thai, don’t worry; there are a handful of translators that you can hire. You need translators to read documents before agreeing and signing. You also need translators at the embassy and many other places. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised to meet a lot of English-speaking locals and foreigners. Supposing your event is large and you really want to avoid any misunderstanding and headaches with public agencies, then you must hire a legal practitioner.
Medical Checkup and Clinical Visits
Your health is your wealth, and no event may be possible if you are not healthy and fit enough. To be sure you are at your optimal health, medical checkup and clinical visits are highly recommended. You can do a quick scan of your blood pressure, and check your vital signs before any major thing starts. If you care about a bright and catchy smile, you can get your teeth checked by a dentist around your area of accommodation. You can even get your eyes checked too if you want.
Yoga, Spa and Wellness
All the preparations and processes involved in planning a successful event can build up stress in your body over time, and stiffen your nerves. Thankfully, yoga spa and wellness services are littered over the city of Bangkok. If you book a premium room with a 5-star hotel, you will most likely get these services as part of your package. If otherwise, a quick tour around your street will unveil the yoga, spa and wellness spots around you. Better still, you can search Google from the comfort of wherever you are.
Skin Care, Beauty Salons and Barbers Shops
Not only your party needs to put on the best look. You also need to look your best before, on and even after your event or party. Make sure you visit a dermatologist to provide you with professional and medical advises that will make your skin glow. Your hair too can use a better trim and your beards a better shave. You can order these services online or walk in-store to get them. Unless you are planning to say in Thailand for a very long time, you should be good with whatever haircut or hairdo you come in with. If you have a haircut before flying to Pattaya, you will save yourself the stress of looking for the perfect barber.
It is time for the adult, and your kids shouldn’t cut or intrude the fun. Hire the services of nannies to take care of your kids while you go hangout with your buddies. Nannies are paid on hourly basis, and they can extend their services for as long as you want. They can work in your residence or wherever you want them to.
Thailand is a country where people love and cherish pets, especially dogs and cats. Therefore, you are not an alien if you are a dog lover or cat lover. There’s a whole community of pet lovers like you in the country. Consequent upon this, you can expect to have a lot of companies that can care for your pets in the event that you have to be away from them. Feel free to come with your pets to Thailand; you are welcome!
Thailand is filled with guest houses, hotels, Airbnb, home stay, castles and villas that you can book, or rent, as the case may be. No list will do justice to the enumeration of the accommodations there are in Bangkok. Before your travel, make sure to use Google to book a reservation of your choice. On getting to Bangkok, you can decide to make changes to your reservation, or even outrightly change it if you find a better option. Remember, it is all about you at the end of the day.
As You are Coming to Thailand
Thailand is widely recognized as one of the most convenient travel destinations in Asia, owing to its abundance of attractions, minimal inconveniences, and widespread availability of English signage and menus, making navigation a breeze, day or night. Despite these advantages, there are still a few things that visitors should be aware of to optimize their travel experience. If you want to get the most out of your trip to Thailand, follow these tips:
Rainy Season Varies Depending on Where You are
From June to October, the rainy season in northern, central, and southwestern regions of Thailand sees frequent storms and heavy rainfall, rendering sea travel unsafe. The southeast coast and the Gulf of Thailand, on the other hand, experience a similar phenomenon from October to December. While traveling during the rainy season may result in reduced prices and fewer tourists, certain lodgings may shut down, and several ferry routes, including those to the Tarutao islands, may be suspended. Therefore, if you choose to visit during this period, it is advisable to carry appropriate wet weather gear.
Check for Recommended Vaccinations
It's likely that you have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, but medical professionals also suggest receiving vaccinations for tetanus and hepatitis A. Additionally, it's advisable to consider getting vaccinated for rabies due to the possibility of contracting the viral disease from dogs, cats, and monkeys. Along the borders with Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Malaysia, malaria is present, and it's recommended to take anti-malarial prophylaxis such as atovaquone/proguanil or doxycycline if you plan on traveling to these regions.
Book Your Trip Ahead of Time
If you have a specific boat journey, train trip, trek, tour, or boutique stay in mind, it's recommended to make reservations in advance, particularly during the bustling tourist season from November to March or during any religious holidays. On the other hand, if you plan on traveling during the rainy season, it's best to contact your desired destination ahead of time via phone or email to ensure their availability.
Follow Local Etiquette When Meeting Thai People
In Thailand, it's customary to greet locals with a wai, which involves lowering your head and pressing your palms together in front of your chest as a sign of respect. It's not advisable to offer a handshake unless the other person extends their hand first. If you are invited into a Thai home, which is likely to happen since Thais are renowned for their hospitality, it's crucial to remove your shoes before entering and avoid pointing the soles of your feet towards others.
It's typical for Thai women and men to refrain from wearing revealing clothing that exposes a lot of skin. While it's acceptable to wear swimsuits at the beach, it's advisable to cover up with a sarong or fisherman's pants and don something that covers your shoulders if you visit sacred sites. Topless or nude sunbathing is not culturally acceptable and may result in unwanted attention.
Prices May Well be Inflated for Tourists
Thailand is generally known for being hassle-free, but it's not uncommon for tourists to be overcharged for tuk-tuks and taxi rides without meters. To avoid being overcharged, it's recommended to inquire from a local about the standard fare for a particular journey and utilize that information as a benchmark for a reasonable price. To reiterate, always remember to settle the fare before boarding to avoid dispute at the end of the journey. This has been emphasized in the previous chapters
You May be Approached by Local Sex Workers (Ukrainian, Uzbek, Russian or even European escorts)
Whether or not you desire to encounter Thailand's sex industry, it's possible that it may come to your attention. Solo male travelers, as well as couples, may encounter sex workers or promoters trying to solicit business, and it's crucial to be prepared to decline such propositions firmly for reasons that have been stated in the previous chapters. It's important to note that certain establishments, such as bars, restaurants, and karaoke venues, serve as fronts for the sex industry. Signs to be aware of include red or pink strip lights, a large number of scantily clad female personnel, and numerous foreign male patrons.
Be Very Cautious When Riding a Scooter
Numerous travelers opt to rent a scooter or motorcycle in Thailand, but it's important to ensure that your domestic driver's license covers the type of vehicle you wish to rent. Furthermore, have your passport (or a duplicate of the ID pages) with you in case the authorities demand it. While riding a rented vehicle, be sure to wear a helmet, exercise caution, and confirm that the rental includes liability insurance. Thailand sees hundreds of motorcycle and scooter accidents involving tourists every year. Be mindful to yield to larger vehicles and be aware of obstacles like livestock, potholes, and other hazards on the road.
With all this information, you are good to go. Enjoy your visit to BANGKOK!