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Vibrant and sprawling, Bangkok is steamy and ritzy and glittery all at the same time with nowhere else in the world quite like it. Known to the locals as the ‘City of Angels’, Bangkok is a madcap mix of traditional Thai culture, merged with modern western framework of high-rise buildings, motorways and shopping malls. Not to be missed sights include the enormous array of Wats (temples), with their glistening glass mosaics, gold statues and towering Buddhas. If you’re heading to Bangkok for the shopping, you’ll not be disappointed as markets and malls dot the city. Wining and dining reaches new heights in Bangkok with an amazing range of rooftop restaurants & bars. While treated as a stopover city by many, Bangkok has much more to offer than the couple of nights most people spend here. Stay longer & immerse yourself in more than the usual!


Hua Hin

Conveniently located just 2.5 hours from Bangkok, the area is lined with oceanfront resorts and offers a great escape from bustling Bangkok. With seas that are warm throughout the year, shoreline swims are a daily occurrence at Hua Hin. But there are plenty of activities on offer too for those wanting to get out and about.


Pattaya lies south east of Bangkok and is only a two hour drive away, a perfect spot to add onto your Bangkok stopover. You won’t be short of choices in accommodation or dining options, with an excellent range of restaurants helped by a population that has a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far. Make sure you try some of Thailand’s freshest seafood at any of the many seafood restaurants.

River Kwai
River Kwai & Kanchanaburi

Visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Stopping in the local town, you’ll visit the Allied War Cemeteries and museum before taking an hour train ride on the historic Death Railway. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking a long-tail boat ride along the Kwai Noi River.


Cruise up the river to the former capital of Thailand. It is home to many ancient ruins and artworks. Five dynasties have ruled this kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese. Picture many Buddha statues and beautiful gardens and you will come away with a true appreciation of Thai architecture.



Shopping in Bangkok SHOPPING

Shopping in Bangkok is an experience that will make even the not-so-keen shopper into a professional wallet opener.  There are many places to spend your baht and variety of markets and malls to choose from.  Bartering is the go in a market, so bargain to your heart’s content and be prepared for a lively affair.  Too many malls to list, but a highlight is Asiatique, located on the riverfront boasting 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants and the prices are cheap cheap cheap!

Bangkok waterways BANGKOK WATERWAYS

Take a tour of Bangkok’s canals (or klongs, as they are known locally) by boat. See the serene family homes and temples dotted along the waterways which inspired Bangkok’s reference as the “Venice of the East”.  Or grab a day pass for the Tourist Boat and you will get you a full day of stops on the river and can visit many major points of interest – Grand Palace, Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) - all short walks from the ferry stops. It’s a great way to see the city from a different angle. Start at Asiatique Mall & head up to Khao San Road.

Rooftop bars ROOFTOP BARS

Wining and dining reaches new heights in Bangkok with an amazing range of rooftop restaurants & bars. Think Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree, The Roof @ 38th at Mode Sathorn Hotel, Red Sky and Cru Champagne Bar @ Red Sky in Centara Grand Central World, and of course, Sirocco and Sky Bar at Lebua (From The Hangover movie). Amazing food & cocktails with fantastic views of the evening skyline. However, you definitely pay to be drinking at these heights.  

Tuktuks TUK-TUKS
Tuk-tuks are famous & fun, but be aware that many come with a fairly hefty fixed price & you may end up at the hat stall owned by the drivers cousin.  Sign up for a tour that takes you whizzing around Bangkok for a night of eating and adventure on your private tuk tuk. Experience local street food, regional specialties and sweet surprises. Finish the night in Chinatown for some of Bangkok’s most famous street food.
temple TEMPLES

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without visiting at least one of their grand temples. Playing a huge role in Thai culture, temples can be found dripping in gold and are steeped in history, far from anything you would find in New Zealand. Among the temples, a favourite is WaT Pho – here you’ll see the Reclining Buddha at 46 metres long! Don’t be surprised if you also see Buddhist monks in their traditional orange robes within the temple complexes as many also live on site. Please do respect their culture and cover your shoulders and knees when entering a temple.

Eating local EATING LOCAL

Sukhumvit is an area with lots of sois (lanes) filled with many great restaurants at prices that won’t break the bank. Be sure to dabble in some street food too - cheaper still & great for a meal on the go.  If you want a guide, street food tours are the way to go - tantalise your taste buds with must-try dishes and mouth-watering desserts including satay skewers, fish cakes, traditional rice noodles, banana fritters and the old favourite Pad Thai. Save some room for dessert because the banana fritters and mango sticky rice are not to be missed!


Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Bangkok.
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Mode Sathorn Hotel

This chic, urban style hotel is Bangkok’s first ‘Fashionable Lifestyle Hotel’. Located in Bangkok’s elite and accessible boulevard, along North Sathorn Road, you can enjoy a choice of dining outlets, tapas and drinks on the 38th floor with views over the skyline. With great facilities including a spa, fitness centre and rooftop pool.
Siam@Siam Hotel

Think ‘industrial chic’ and you’ll conjure up images of this hotel’s unique concept. A contemporary and luxurious design that will provide you with an unparalleled experience. An artistic, well appointed, luxury hotel with high ceilings and expansive windows, this is truly a funky and hip hotel.
Pathumwan Princess Hotel
★★★★half star

Clear your credit cards and pack lightly, you’ll need the extra space for all your purchases! Situated directly above the famous MBK shopping centre and near four other malls, this hotel is a shopper’s dream. If you need a break from shopping, try the Olympic Club gym, one of the largest in Bangkok, or the Desheli Diamond Treasure Spa.
Grande Centre Point Hotel
★★★★half star
Located in the heart of Bangkok, experience a heavenly stay like no other and enjoy all the convenience of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Just a short walk from well-known shopping complexes and entertainment districts. Choose from Studio Rooms and One, Two or Three Bedroom Suites with fully-equipped kitchen, cutlery, glassware and daily servicing.

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