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Bangkok: The City That Never Sleeps

by Phoebe Smith on 08 October 2015, 17:10PM

Phoebe Smith, Apprentice Sales Consultant at our Brighton branch reports back on the Bangkok section of the recent Familiarisation trip to Thailand

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After a three hour transfer from Hua Hin we were welcomed at the Rembrandt hotels and Towers in the Sukhumvit area of the city. This is a great location as it’s central to all attractions and also has many sky train stations nearby so you have easy access the whole of Bangkok.

The staff greeted with some cold towels which were soaked in lemongrass which was very refreshing after our transfer from Hua Hin – they also gave us some delicious ice cold tea which was a wonderful welcome.

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The Rembrandt is great for families as they have rooms with double beds, a set of bunk beds and even an extra wardrobe. The rooms do not feed cramped and it’s enough room for all of the family.

The hotel overall has seven different restaurants, we had lunch at The Da Vinci, their Italian restaurent. I chose the Salmon and Ravioli for main and Panna Cotta with berry compote for desert, both of which were absolutely delicious. 

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That evening we headed to the 5* Banyan Tree hotel and it felt as if we had just escaped the city, with a very calm and peaceful feel to it. We headed up to the top floor to their famous Vertigo bar which is an open air bar on the 62nd floor.

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After taking in the views we visited the Horizon room which is their most popular room catergory. It is very modern and has wonderful warm colours where you can relax after a crazy day in Bangkok, you even have your own separate living area.

We peaked into their two bedroom suite which was very impressive, there was a lot of space and it really did not feel like I was in the busiest part of Bangkok. The room has full views of the skyline and is fully equipped with two bathrooms, a huge TV, a separate living area and even a kitchen. The hotel hadsthe perfect balance of a city hotel whilst still maintaining a homely and relaxing feel. 

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Later on that evening we went by Tuk Tuk to Patpong market. The journey there was so much fun and to travel like this really is an experience on its own.

Patpong market was very busy and full of quirky clothes, ornaments, gifts and arts and crafts, it certainly is a great place to go to shop for presents and souvenirs.

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On our second day in Bangkok we moved to the newly refurbished Landmark hotel. The rooms here offer great views of Bangkok and are very spacious. In their one bedroom suites you can fit up to three adults or two adults and two children, making it a great choice for families or friends.

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After breakfast we met Manob, one of our Tour East guides for a tour of the Grand Palace, It was great to have a guide as without one you may not find out about the history and purposes of each temple and building.

We then headed to Chao Phraya River which runs all the way through the city. Taking one of the tourist boats is a great way to see the sights of Bangkok.

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In the evening we headed to the Centara Grand at Central World hotel which had a very spacious and luxurious lobby with many sparkling chandeliers. The hotel is actually located within Central World which is the most famous shopping centre in Bangkok and is also home to the very famous Red Sky Bar, located on the 56th floor. The views from here literally took my breath away – you could just watch Bangkok’s glittering skyline all night and not get bored!

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My short stay in Bangkok was very informative and so much fun. Bangkok is a city which everyone needs to see and experience and I will certainly be returning as I now understand the saying ‘Bangkok is the city that never sleeps!‘.

To get advice on your next trip to Bangkok, or anywhere else in Thailand, come and see me in the Brighton branch or call me on 0207 001 5410.

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