Welcoming more visitors than any other city in the world, Bangkok is adored because of its vibrant street life, the varied food offerings and the contrasting districts. It is a colourful, high-energy megalopolis that offers a unique take on life.
Bangkok comes out on top as one of the most popular destinations in the world for medical tourism, as Thailand rapidly emerges as a popular centre for health and wellness. With high-quality medical care offered at far lower prices than other countries, this comes as no surprise. With attentive, discerning treatment, patients who travel to Bangkok for cosmetic treatments get some of the best care in the world.
Before and after your surgery there is time to unwind, recharge and explore your chosen destination. Make the most of it with these suggestions.
Sometimes you just want some peace and quiet, which can be hard in such a busy city. To enjoy some tranquillity, wander around Lumphini Park, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had left the city as the sound of traffic melts away. If you really want to unwind, head to the Vipassana Meditation Center at Wat Mahatat temple and learn some meditation techniques.
Cultural explorations are a must in Bangkok, as is dabbling in unique streetscapes, try:
When it comes to shopping, Bangkok exceeds expectations. If you fancy getting lost in a giant mall, try Siam Paragon, CentralWorld Bangkok (the largest of the lot) or MBK shopping centre. Or perhaps you want to pick up some bargains before heading home? Bangkok Fashion Outlet offers unbelievable deals, as does GRI at Emporium. If you are after a more authentic shopping experience, try Chatuchak Weekend Market which will leave you in awe, or the floating markets in Damnoen Saduak, which have dozens of boats laden with farm-fresh fruits, vegetables or flowers.
There are plenty of places to try Thailand’s iconic dish, Pad Thai, and also brave varying authentic delicacies. Victory Monument is a good hub for street food, as is Saphan Leung. Ratchawat is another must do as it is the oldest and most traditional market in Bangkok. Another option is Khao San Road, where East meets West, which means the food is altered to suit the Western palate. A must do in Bangkok is taking to the Chao Phraya River at night, drifting past the lit up temples while enjoying a dinner cruise. If you want to try something even fancier, try rooftop dining in Vertigo at Banyan Tree or try Asian fusion at Le Du Restaurant.
Population: 8.281 million
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Weather: July-October is monsoon season and high season falls between November and March, when the temperatures are comfortable. Through April to June, it is generally very dry and hot with temperatures averaging 30°C in Bangkok.