If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, there is no doubt that you can discover it in Bangkok. From authentic spicy cuisine to opulent palaces, temples, and shrines, Bangkok is filled with unique sights, friendly locals, and a captivating landscape. Instead of your typical tourist attractions (museums, beaches, parks, etc.) you can discover the lifestyle of Thailand and all that it has to offer. You can do this by visiting Bangkok’s many historically significant structures (see above), cruising the Chao Phraya River, perusing a floating market, and even watching a Muay Thai fighting event! If you are taking a cruise from Bangkok, staying an extra day or two in the city can be well worth your time. Your bucket list will thank you! A great time to visit Bangkok is between November and March, when its heat and humidity tend to be at their lowest.
Another option is to cruise from the port of Laem Chabang, which is approximately a 2-hour drive from Bangkok. You could arrive in Bangkok by air and then transfer to Laem Chabang to embark on your cruise, or you could begin in Laem Chabang and take the trip to Bangkok.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, along with a brief description:
♦ Local Cuisine
Thai food is a major highlight of Bangkok, so much that you can even book a food tour and try a little bit of everything! From formal restaurants to street food, your taste buds are in for an unforgettable adventure! Among some of the specialties you can discover in Bangkok are spicy curry (which usually comes in a chicken dish), Mango sticky rice, Satay (meat skewers), roasted duck, and pork knuckle. Whether you opt for a food tour (usually led by English-speaking guides who also provide cultural and history insights), or choose to explore on your own, don’t miss your chance to dine locally in Bangkok!
♦ Floating Markets
You’ve been to traditional souvenir shops and artisan markets. For an experience like no other, you’ve got to stop by a floating market while in Bangkok! Floating markets are simply markets set up on a waterway instead of a street. One of the most popular attractions in Bangkok, you can find everything from food to plants to pottery and even massages! There are a large number of floating markets located in Bangkok, many of which you can reach by boat. Among the most popular markets in Bangkok include Bang Nok Kwaek, Koh Kret Island Floating Market, Bang KJju Wiang Floating Market, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
♦ Khaosan Road
If you’re looking to explore more of Bangkok by land, pay a visit to Khaosan Road. This area is popular among tourists and backpackers, as it is home to many cheap accommodations, artisan shops, bars, and more. There are also many tours that leave from Khaosan Road, so if you want to ensure that you see all of Bangkok’s highlights, this can be a good place to begin. With over 40,000 visitors a day during the peak travel season, this is a great place to people watch, mingle with other travelers, and make new connections.
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