Why Bangkok is a lively tourist destination
There are well known tales on how soldiers from the elite US army would come down to Bangkok, from their hideouts in Vietnam and then again return back to their hideouts. Bangkok was popular as a place full of fun, and Thailand even in the middle of the last century was a popular resting place for the Americans. Things have changed since then, the city of Bangkok has grown economically, and the city has developed its infrastructure to attract tourists.
However, Americans certainly played a great part in promoting Thailand as a tourist destination. The reviews about this place have pulled many Americans to this beautiful country. And then the word spread to the European countries, and with time Thailand was seen as a tourist hub. Bangkok grew in stature. Its shopping malls, and attractive night life was one reason, why even tourists from Asian countries began travelling to Bangkok, and other places inside Thailand.
The city of Bangkok is not just about night life. It is a place where a person can shop to his limit. There are major shopping malls – Siam Paragon, Central World, and the MBK. If Siam Paragon is expensive, shoppers can take delight in purchasing products from central World and MBK, which is relatively cheaper.
Chatuchak Market is probably, the cheapest place to buy stuffs in Bangkok city. Tourists can buy everything right from books to antiques and cloths and even have food in the market. Chatuchak market is a weekend market where temporary stalls are lined up. People from across the country come with their products to sell them and make money. There are also lots of handicrafts available in the market.
Patpong’s night market is another throbbing shopping destination in Bangkok. It is not the shopping alone, Bangkok also has active night scenes, which attracts tourists to its fold. There are areas near Silom, which has a thriving night life, with erotic dances, and an opportunity for tourists to have a real fling with women. The Sukhumvit area at night is also a popular spot with bars opening late at night and girls trying to woo the tourists.
Though, Bangkok has lots of lively night scenes, on the other hand, it also has historical places. The Grand palace being one of them, and tourists will also come across many museums across the city. But what has been most striking about Bangkok is its cheap food and hotels. These are two important reasons why tourists can afford to travel a number of times. Cheap hostels allow tourists to stay for a long time. Many backpackers choose Bangkok, as it allows them to visit many places in Thailand. The presence of cheap food stalls allows tourists to spend less on food. One of the striking features of food stalls is that they are clean, and they are cheap as well. Those who are not accustomed to eat on street stalls can try food in the restaurants.
There are all kinds of restaurants in Bangkok, the Chinese and the local Thai food being the most popular. Bangkok also has a lot of Japanese food restaurants. There are Indian food restaurants as well. The availability of entertainment, cheap food and cheap accommodation certainly makes Bangkok, one of the best tourist destinations in Asia.