One Night in Bangkok
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But what if you have one night in Bangkok? Where would you stay during this stopover and what would you do for that one night. Bangkok is an intriguing town, and the intriguing song by the same title asks the question, 'do you have what it takes to do Bangkok in one day'.
'One Night in Bangkok' and now
Bangkok has moved on as a town from 1984 and for many it has changed out of sight. To see the boom in property development in the 1990's and the more sedate yet equally recent development you find a city transformed into one of the largest and busiest commercial Cities in Asia. This bright and emerging town has many new facilites such as the Bangkok Sky train that make Bangkok a showcase for the rest of Thailand. This is not say that life has changed for the majority of Bangkokians. The vast majority live in what could be called simple accommodation and on the West if the Chao Praya river life has not changed much in decades. So Bangkok still has that rich cultural diversity that has made it so appealing for tourists and travellers alike.
What to do with your 'One Night in Bangkok'.
I would head for Siam Square and see how the Thai's live. This is one of the key centers for arts, trendy and fashionable Thai people. It has a bit of an urban University feel as it is next door to Chulalongkorn University. Here you will see the most diverse shopping experience in the world.
Night life, Night markets
The flee market night markets will have every souvenir under the sun which makes for a glorious chance to haggle and negotiate a bargain. The Patpong Night market also is home to one of the key red light district where there are many bars and shows that stay open all night. Another night market in the same hue is Nana Plaza just off Soi 4 Sukhumvit Rd.
The Grand Palace lies on the Chao Praya River and can be reached by the river boat ferries that run the length of the city. The iconic Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is housed within the walls of the Grand Palace. The Wat Phra Kaeo by far and away dominates the hearts of Thai people and represents one of the cornerstones of Thai Buddhism. The Wat Pho temple is close by and this holds the original Thai Massage school where you can get a massage for half price from the students.
Where to stay on your 'One Night in Bangkok'.
Often the key is about the time of the flight or train or bus out of the city. For people who find getting up difficult I would suggest staying in a part of town that is near Suvarnabhumi Airport, South West Bus station, Khao San Road or Hualongpong train station. Many business travellers stay at the very comfortable Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok and take the skytrain into the center of town as it minimizes travel time.
Those travelling on more of a budget might like to look at Khao San Hotels. This area has been famous for travellers since the 1970's. Here you will meet other travellers with advice.
'One Night in Bangkok' by Murray Head.
Murray Head wrote those immortal lines, One Night in Bangkok back in 1984 much to the visitors fun but also much to the authorities chagrin. The Thai government considered the wording and the chaotic juxta positioning of Thai culture along side the red light district as disrespectful and so banned the song.