Best of Bangkok For First Timers - By: Gregory Smyth
Bangkok is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. As a convenient location for stopovers, a growing destination for medical tourism, and a city that has a beautiful climate, year-round, this is hardly a surprise.
The city has had amazing tourist numbers for so long that now that choices can be overwhelming! Which Bangkok airport hotel should I stay at? Which temples are the best to visit? Which shopping districts have the most authentic wares, or the cheapest, or the most Western styles at the best prices? Which massage is the best sort to have? Bangkok can be overwhelming for first timers, so here we look at the best of the busy city.
The first thing you'll need is a place to stay, and there are a few truly great airport hotels in Bangkok. The new Bangkok airport is Suvarnabhumi, and the Novotel Suvarnabhumi is the ultimate in luxury here even the location feels like pure luxury, being able to roll off the plane directly into a plush, tranquil bed only 400m away!
The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel in Bangkok is set far away enough from the city that you can relax at night-time, away from the crowds and noise of the city. The spacious, clean and beautifully designed grounds, as well as the luxuriant king size beds with high-thread count sheets at this airport hotel in Bangkok are a great start your Thai adventures.
The shuttle to get to your airport hotel room is free with Novotel Suvarnabhumi, to top it off. If you are on family vacation, there are rooms available to accommodate all of you, as well as a handy car rental desk in the lobby so that ou can easily escape! A highly recommended hotel at Bangkok airport.
If you are looking for more budget style accommodation for your Bangkok airport hotel, Queens Garden Resort is a great choice. The in-house massage service is one of the highlights of the hotel, while the location is somewhat further from the airport than Novotel, but still extremely convenient.
The river and temple are close by, and the in-house restaurant has great views of the river. Rooms at this hotel near Bangkok airport are comfortably appointed, freshly and cleanly styled.
Once you've reset your psyche from a long plane trip, you can begin soaking up the uniquely Thai atmosphere in Bangkok. Your Bangkok airport hotel will be around 25 minutes from the city centre, and if you've made use of massage facilities, fitness centers or swimming pools at your airport hotel in Bangkok, you'll be ready for some action!
The MBK Center in Sukhumvit Road is a great place to start. For those that always discover what they've forgotten to pack only when they get to their destination, it offers the perfect opportunity to restock - and go a little further! The shopping center is 8 storeys high, and contains 2000 shops. They sell clothes, DVDs, cameras, handbags, and all at prices that seem ridiculous to Westerners.
South East Asia's largest mall, Central World, is in Bangkok also. However, if you have had enough of fluorescent lighting and crowds, the outdoor markets offer a chance to shop in more of a true Thai way.
Opposite Central Mall is an undercover market called Narai Phrand - traditional Thai jewelry, clothes and crafts are sold here, along with a surprising and refreshing lack of electronic goods and other 21st century trappings.
If all the walking has been a bit much, there is no need to head back to your Suvarnabhumi airport hotel in Bangkok for a massage or sauna. You can combine two uniquely Thai experiences at Wat Pho temple. This is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
The Grand Palace temple is just opposite Wat Pho, and is much more popular - but therefore much busier. The foot reflexology massage will probably be your choice for tired, shopped-out feet, although the full body traditional Thai style massage certainly makes you feel that you've had an authentic Thai experience!
Complete your day with a refreshing dip in the pool at your Suvarnabhumi airport hotel in Bangkok, for a well-rounded Thai experience for first-timers.
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The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is a 4 star hotel 10 minutes away from Bangkoklargest International airport. The five-storey atrium, merging the elegance of polished stone and marble harbours the main lobby and 6 individually themed restaurants and bars.