Bangkok is one of those places that’s so much like Manila and yet so different at the same time. It feels so much like home in some respects, but it also feels like a whole new world in many others. That’s just one of the appeals of Bangkok to Pinoys, one of the reasons why many keep on booking a Bangkok tour package every year or so.
Are you still on the fence about booking that trip? Or are you looking for an “excuse” to have another vacation? Here’s a list of just a few things to love about Thailand’s bustling, exciting capital.
The Food Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world. From traditional dishes like pad thai and mango sticky rice to exotic delicacies like deep-fried bugs, you definitely won’t go hungry when you visit the Thai capital. It’s a paradise for foodies and those who travel for the sake of trying unique and delicious food. In addition, like Manila, Bangkok is full of street food options. Food carts and stalls are on every corner, just waiting for you to try their yummy offerings. You can also find even more food options when you visit the malls. Here, the choices expand to neighboring Asian countries’ cuisines, like Japanese and Korean. You’ll also find a lot of Western dishes with a Thai twist. In short, if you love food, then you’ll love Bangkok!
The (Nearby) Beaches Like the Philippines, Thailand has plenty of beautiful beaches that visitors can explore. And like Manila, Bangkok is surrounded by plenty of nearby beach destinations. Cha-am, Hua Hin, Koh Larn, Koh Samet, Pattaya, and Pranburi are just a few of the places you can visit to get your taste of the bright sun and sparkling sea. Even if you’re just staying for three or four days, it’s easy to go on a beach day-trip and still have enough time to explore the city.
The Variety Speaking of day-trips, Bangkok has a crazy mix of tourist destinations. You can visit temples, shop around in floating markets and night markets, go sightseeing in parks and museums, and more. You can even find cooking classes that specifically cater to tourists who want to learn how to prepare Thai food! No matter what kind of traveler you are, you’ll be able to find something to do in Bangkok that aligns with your interests.
The Freedom Today, Thailand is a fast-developing nation. However, there are parts of Thailand, especially those that can be considered regional or more “provincial,” that are still steeped in ancient traditions. You have to be very mindful so as not to disrespect any customs and other sensibilities. In Bangkok, though, anything goes. As long as you abide by the law and exhibit proper behavior in more religious locations, you’ll be able experience the freedom and liberty that the city is known for.
The Affordable Rates The Thailand baht and the Philippine peso are close in value (1 baht is more or less equal to 1.70 pesos). This means that it’s easier to convert the currencies and keep track of your expenses. What’s more, you’ll find that almost everything is at the same rate or at least only a little different. If you’re wise about researching and grabbing the best deals, Php15,000 worth of pocket money would be more than enough for a 3-day, 2-night stay in Bangkok.
The Nightlife Bangkok is popular for its heart-pumping nightlife, but parties are not the only kind of “nightlife” in this bright and beautiful city. Food carts and night markets also pop up when the sun goes down. In fact, if you have a limited shopping budget, it may be wise to shop at night to maximize your pocket money! (Of course, your skills in haggling also come in handy. Just remember not to be too kuripot, okay?)
The People Thailand’s unofficial nickname is “The Land of Smiles,” and this is evident especially in Bangkok. Like the Philippines, almost everyone is welcoming and ready with a smile. It’s hard to feel homesick or feel like a foreigner if everyone is always greeting you with a sunny disposition.
Bangkok is easy to love. With all of these reasons we mentioned and more, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most visited cities in the whole world!