Bangkok as a Luxury Tourist Destination

By: Wolfgang Jaegel

Bangkok is regarded as one of the top hot tourist destinations in the world, and is now considered the top tourist destination in Asia. The main tourist gateway to the country, Bangkok is located in the central part of Thailand, near the Gulf of Thailand, on the low flat basin of the Chao Phraya River, whose area is often referred to as 'the Rice Bowl of Asia.' It is estimated that each year Bangkok is visited by more than 15 million tourists from across the world.

The major draw of the city is undoubtedly its breathtaking palaces, each of which is much favored for its incredible architecture and craftsmanship. Most popular among the palaces in the city is probably Chitralada, sprawling over an area of about 250 acres of lush green area. The palace once served as the summer residence of King Chulalongkorn, and now it is home to a range of awesome attractions including park with fountain graced with Baroque figures in each of its corner. Also, found within the palace grounds are a school, which was primarily opened for the education purposes of the children of royal family.

Equally fabulous is the region's temples whose number comes to more than 400. Among which perhaps the most prominent is Wat Phra Kaeo, found within the grounds of the Grand Palace. An emerald statue of Lord Buddha in mediating posture, dating back to the 15th century can be seen here. A visit to such ancient temples in the region as Wat Pho - the oldest as well as the largest temple in the city, Wat Tramit boasting of the largest solid gold image of Buddha in a sitting mediating posture with a calm smile, and Wat Arun whose highlight is an interesting monument named Phra Sumen - an octagonal shaped structure, would be a great experience.

In order to get a glimpse on the city's splendid as well as delightful historical past, it would be great to take a tour to the museums in the region such as Bangkok Folk Museum with interesting exhibits such as traditional household artifacts, antiques, and items once used for ceremonies; the National Museum with the displays of the Neolithic era; and Prasart Museum with amazing artifacts of the past. Attractions in Bangkok also cover the largest crocodile farm in the world, with more than 30,000 crocodiles. Above all, Bangkok is a kid's friendly destination and provides a host of options for them in the form of amusement parks consisting of thrilling slides and equipments. Apart from these, the city boasts of excellent nightlife and dining options.

When comes to accommodation, Bangkok has superb choices to satisfy every taste and pocket. Options are incredible for well-heeled, with a continuum of luxury hotels. Majority of the luxury hotels are located within easy reach of almost all attractions and facilities in the region. Usually, these hotels can cater to every level of travelers, no matter it is a business traveler, leisurely traveler, or honeymooners.

For business people and top executives, many of the luxury hotels come with superb conference facilities for conducting seminars and meetings. Likewise, for travelers who are tired after a day's sightseeing or enjoyment of a myriad of activities in the city, these hotels make available pampering spa treatment for ultimate relaxation. In addition, for travelers seeking sports and leisure, many of them provide facilities such as Jacuzzi, fitness center, and swimming pool.

The rooms available in luxury hotels are mostly elegantly appointed with such top end amenities as highly comfortable beds, satellite television, air-conditioning, AM/FM alarm clock, mini bar, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi high speed internet access, soundproof system, and international direct dial. Similarly, dining options available in majority of the upscale hotels are simply amazing with a variety of restaurants and bars, serving a delightful array of cuisines, beverages, and an extensive list of wine.

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