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Bangkok Travel Guide: 10 Places You Should Not Miss

Recently some acquaintances of mine who own a heating and cooling company traveled to Thailand for a two week vacation. During their trip they had a chance to take in a lot of the local scenery. If you are traveling to Bangkok, this article will help you plan the best vacation. Here is a list of Bangkok’s 10 must visit attractions.

The Grand Palace
The Royal Thai family used the grand palace for over 150 years. Once in the grand palace do not miss the Emerald Buddha statue.

The Floating Market
This is an authentic shopping experience which is extremely popular with locals and tourists.

Chinatown
The third attraction on our list is the exciting and chaotic Chinatown. Try to visit the area at night when Chinatown turns into a huge night market.

The Chao Phraya River
A great thing to do is to take a day cruise as well as a night one to get the real Bangkok experience. A cruise will also give you an opportunity to spot all the main attractions of the city from a new and relaxing angle.

The Chatuchak Market
This is another one-of-a-kind shopping experience at the Chatuchak market which opens on Saturday and Sunday. The market hosts over 9,000 stalls offering everything one could imagine from authentic Thai music instruments to colorful tropical fish. This is the place to get some of your gifts for family and friends back home.

Khao San Road
This is the most popular street in Bangkok. With its vibrant atmosphere, it is located not far away from the old city and with so many budget hotels it turned into the capital of the backpackers during the night. The place turns into one international party with many pubs, restaurants, and even a knife market near.

The Jim Thompson Museum
The Jim Thompson Museum was dedicated to the American soldier that came to Bangkok after the war and developed its international silk industries. The museum itself was built out of six different traditional houses from various parts of the country making it had hated for architecture fans.

The Roof Terrace
You can go up in the air to get a panoramic view of Bangkok by climbing to the top of the roof terrace and enjoy a breathtaking view day or night. Try the Banyan hotel or the state tower.

CM Paradise
The last attraction on this list is CM paradise for shopaholics. This area is just one big shopping mall next to the other start with a BK center which has over two thousand and five hundred stores or the CM Paragon which on top of its stores offers you the biggest aquarium in Southeast Asia.

There are many more attractions to visit in Bangkok, hopefully, this guide will help you plan your next vacation well.

How to prepare properly for a long distance flight

If you feel the itch to pack your bags and get out there but your dream destination simply won´t come closer to you it is time for a long distance flight. For most people this means – welcome to Economy and welcome to discomfort. But no need to grind your teeth! Here are a few easy tricks to make life, and long distance travel, easier.

Come prepared
You have checked all your boxes for travel preparation, your passport is still valid and in your pocket. It is time to pack your carry-on comfy-bags for the plane:

One of them holds an emergency set of clothes, most importantly fresh underwear and a shirt. This is in case your luggage arrives late or goes missing. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen, however, some airports and airlines have a questionable reputation for losing or misplacing bags. It also turns out to be comfortable if you happen to get stuck at an airport for a little while, see if you can take a shower. You would not believe how much better you feel all clean with fresh clothes on. Pack a pair of support stockings to prevent your legs and feet from swelling up during the flight. Choose wide and flexible clothes for the journey.

Another bag is like a little travel pharmacy. Get some disinfecting tissues to wipe your hands and the armrests on the plane. Earplugs will help with airplane and passenger noises. Nasal spray gives relief when the pressure gets to your head. It is never wrong to have a few pills to help with stomach problems or a headache in your carry-on as well. A toothbrush and toothpaste as well as lip balm and moisturizing cream will freshen you up on the way!

The last little bag contains your personal on-board entertainment. Sometimes the film selection on a plane is all you can ask for. Sometimes it´s just not for you. Choose your toy, make sure your electronics are fully charged, just like your powerbank, maybe you even have noise-cancelling headphones. Get your travel pillow and you’re good to go!

Up in the air
There are two things you should keep an eye on whilst travelling long-distance. One of them is hydration and the other one is physical activity.

It is essential to drink enough water on a plane as air humidity is not at an ideal level of 40-60% but merely 15%. To keep your blood flowing and avoid clots you need to drink at least 250ml of water or juice an hour, avoid alcohol, and keep moving. This might be tricky, especially if you´re caught on the middle seat, but there is little exercises you can do even with limited space. So get yourself comfortable, take your shoes off and don´t cross your legs!

Oh the jet lag
Everyone should be trying to avoid a jet lag as it can make you feel tired and moody and make you lose appetite and concentration. Depending on the time zone your body might need up to 2 weeks to adjust. It is generally easier on your system to travel from East to West than the other way. But there is a few things you can do to help. Already at home you can try and go to bed early or late on the day before your flight, depending on the time zone you´re travelling to. Maybe you even manage to sleep on the plane when it´s night time in your destination. And once you and your luggage are finally there, take time to rest and use the first day for stress-free exploring out and about!

Koh Phi Phi Travel Guide

Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful Island located in Thailand that can be easily accessed through Phuket. It is great for those people that love doing boat trips during the day and partying at night. Friends of mine from Calgary who own a massage clinic there said that this place was definitely a must see adventure on their trip to Thailand. There aren’t any cars on the island and the main form of transportation aside from walking is to take a boat. The accommodation in Koh Phi Phi ranges from low-end hostels all the way up to high-end resorts and everything in between.

For the high-end resorts, however, you actually reach them by boat after you get off the main ferry. Since they are located on the North tip of the island, you can catch a long-tail boat. There is no shortage of things to do on this island and I will go over some of my favorite.

Day Trips
Day trips from Koh Phi Phi are a pretty popular thing to do here and the town is actually quite quiet in the afternoons because everyone is out on the water. You can organize day trips through your hotel or anywhere that sells boat tickets and a typical one costs around $11 a person. These boat tours often take you to places like Monkey Beach, Maya Bay, and other local Islands to go snorkeling.

Food
There’s definitely no shortage of restaurants in Koh Phi Phi and they include a ton of Western food options along with delicious Thai spots. The mini-marts have everything you would ever need in a place. Spending the day tanning at the beach or by your hotel pool is always a good way to relax and take in Koh Phi Phi. Most of the hostels don’t have their own pools, but you can pay a small fee to go lounge at a hotel pool close by.

Night Life
You can’t come to Koh Phi Phi and not enjoy a bucket or two and parting is a super fun part of the island and the beach parties at Slinkys and Stones go well into the evening. There is also the Moonlight bar which I feel has more of the vibe. If you feel like staying in a party place, you can go to Ibiza dorm Sunset. Now, this place is about twice as busy and twice as loud. Each bar actually turns into one another and their music all kind of just like mashes together. It is usually a lot of fun; make sure you check them out when you are in Koh Phi Phi.

After recovering from a night out, going for a quick massage to make yourself feel a little better is always a good idea. Other fun things I would recommend to do during your time here is to hike up to the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint, pet all the Wildcats on the island, and spend a bit of your money on cheap clothing.