4 Ways to Enjoy Bangkok’s High-Luxe Side
Bangkok is synonymous with bustling streets, open-air markets, and Buddhist temples, but did you know that the city also offers tourists a host of luxury activities to indulge in? If you are someone who enjoys the finer things in life, then Bangkok will surely surprise you with its glitzy shopping malls, fine-dining restaurants, and cultural expeditions. Here are four ways you can enjoy a luxury vacation during your stay in Bangkok!
Dine With a View
You know what’s better than gorging on Thai food? Having it on a luxurious cruise with a picturesque view. We are talking about Baan Khanitha Cruise, an award-winning restaurant set along the majestic Chao Phraya River. Freshly made authentic Thai food set against a traditional, colonial-style decor coupled with impeccable hospitality is what defines Baan Khanitha and makes it a memorable dining experience.
Some of their famous delicacies include Ayutthaya giant river prawns, Gaeng Massaman Gai (chicken and vegetables in a coconut curry), and Kao Niew Mamuang (mango sticky rice). Baan Khanitha is one of those places you cannot afford to miss. Consider booking an IHG hotel nearby, so you can walk over when it’s time for the cruise.
Shop ’til You Drop
You haven’t shopped in Bangkok until you’ve visited EM District. This shopping arena promises to leave you with a shopping experience you won’t forget. Comprising of Emporium, EmQuartier, and EmSphere, EM District has over 1,000 Thai and international labels in luxury fashion, technology, dining, and lifestyle. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit The World’s Pop-Up Beach — a pop-up beach tucked away inside this mall that has huts, live music, massage centers, ping-pong tables, and lots more.
Private Tour of Bangkok’s Khlongs
Exploring Bangkok’s khlongs (canals) is on every tourist’s to-do list. For those of you who don’t wish to be part of a noisy and crowded affair, it is recommended to book a guided private tour to peacefully explore the Chao Phraya River and Thonburi Khlongs. A remarkable contrast from the rest of the city, the tranquil khlongs will take you to a world of old-teak houses, floating markets, and temples looming over the canals. Get ready to be enamored by the old-world charm while listening to stories of Bangkok’s past and soaking in the scenic beauty around you.
Take a Cooking Class
We have all eaten and relished Thai cuisine at some point in our lives, but learning how to make some of Thailand’s most iconic dishes from the local experts is a culinary adventure worth experiencing.
Blue Elephant, a restaurant known for its world-renowned Royal Thai Cuisine, offers visitors cooking courses to let them truly discover the many culinary wonders Thai cuisine has to offer. From amateurs to professional cooks, this cooking course is open to all. It starts with a trip to the nearby market to pick the local ingredients, followed by learning the traditional cooking methods to cook up a delicious four-course meal. The session ends with having your own-cooked Thai food.
With so many luxury activities to offer, Bangkok is not just another “cheap and cheerful” holiday destination. It truly has lots in store for both the careful spenders and those who wish to indulge.
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