Thursday, August 2, 2012

Culture in Bangkok, Thailand


Thailand is situated to the North of Peninsula Malaysia in Southeast Asia, which is a very popular destination among Asians and foreigners for its tropical climate, unique culture, temples with golden architectural structure, variety of great food and beautiful beaches. On top of that, Thailand is also well-known for shopping in paradise. 

My last trip to Thailand was about six years ago while I was residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was a short trip, about 2 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand with a budget airline. Traveling around Asia countries can be cheaper if you consider taking the advantage on budget airlines such as AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific and many more. The flight tickets by these budget airlines are very competitive. Even, the most popular budget airline, AirAsia constantly offers promotions and low fares for those who book flight tickets one year ahead.

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand with the most densely populated city in Thailand and also known for its heavy traffic congestion on the streets. Don't be surprised that the traffic takes quite a long time to clear on the streets. Thus, the locals depend a lot on tuk tuk which is a three-wheeler and moves between vehicles during the traffic congestion. It's highly advisable to depend on tuk tuk or Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems while traveling in Bangkok city to avoid frequent traffic congestion on the streets. Most of the rail systems for Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) are connected to shopping malls, attraction sites and business areas in Bangkok city. However, if you plan to travel outside Bangkok city, it's advisable to travel with a taxi / cab as the journey might be quite a distance to travel and takes at least an hour or more.

A famous Chao Phraya River has become the top attractive site to visit besides, the historical Grand Palace in Bangkok city. Chao Phraya River used to serve as the main transportation for business trading during Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century.  


Ronald McDonalds in Thai Greetings, SA-WAT- DEE-KRAP (Hello) with both hands together and slightly bow your head in Thailand culture
Ronald McDonalds in Thai Greetings, SA-WAT- DEE-KRAP (Hello) with both hands together and slightly bow your head in Thailand culture

 
Giant dog statue at Isetan shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand
Giant dog statue at Isetan shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Although Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand but some locals also believe in Hinduism in Bangkok,  Thailand
Although Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand but some locals also believe in Hinduism in Bangkok,  Thailand


Another elephant statue can be found at Isetan shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand
Another elephant statue can be found at Isetan shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand


Ganesha is most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon which also extends to Buddhists in Bangkok, Thailand
Ganesha is most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon which also extends to Buddhists in Bangkok, Thailand


Elephants alike from plants cutting on streets in Bangkok, Thailand
Elephants alike from plants cutting on streets in Bangkok, Thailand

A beautiful temple along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand
A beautiful temple along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand


A long boat ride to see skyscrapers, temples and houses along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand
A long boat ride to see skyscrapers, temples and houses along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand


Wat Arun Temple can be seen along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Arun Temple is one of the most well-known landmarks which can be seen along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is named because the morning sun reflects the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.


Typical houses can be seen along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand
Typical houses can be seen along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand


Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine and some Thai dancing performance next to Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine and some Thai dancing performance next to Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Erawan Shrine is another popular landmark among the tourists and locals to pay respects and make ceremonial offerings to Tao Mahaprom daily.


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