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Must Do things While in Bangkok -A Travel Guide to Bangkok

Bangkok may be the ideal destination for the shopping fanatic, but there is much more to do in the city, than shop. Here are five things that you can do when in Bangkok.

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Must Do things While in Bangkok -A Travel Guide to Bangkok

Must Do things While in Bangkok -A Travel Guide to Bangkok

Lumpini Park, named after the birthplace of Buddha, dates back to 1920 and provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located within walking distance of Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, this Park is up to par with its counterparts in the Western world. There is an artificial lake where visitors can take swan boat rides in, and is an ideal place to people watch – as several activities including outdoor dance classes and jogging groups are found here throughout the day. It is ideal even for families, as the kids can have a frolic in the large playground while the adults sit on the blanket and enjoy a relaxed picnic in the middle of a city that is rushing past.

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Have a drink (or a snack) at the Vertigo bar

Have a drink (or a snack) at the Vertigo bar

While "A Travel Guide – Bangkok" will not be complete without mentioning the Vertigo bar, you might want to forgo this experience if you have vertigo. As is hinted at by the name, the Vertigo Bar, situated on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree Hotel is without roof or walls, removing everything that could stand between you and the view. This is a dizzying experience even to the most hardened tourist, for the bar is in two parts, each connected to the other by a narrow bridge alone. You can take your pick from a range of cocktails, mocktails, and wine; or enjoy a scrumptious dish of your choice and sit back to marvel at the panoramic view that this vintage point allows.

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Sail along the "Venice of East"

Sail along the "Venice of East"

Bangkok is shaped around the river Chao Phraya, making it a true Venice in the East. Take a boat ride along the river, and you will catch a rare insight into the life of the locals. The view will vary from serene Buddhist temples to imposing hotels to markets to street vendors to locals going about their day. The river cruise, which starts at Sathorn pier, will provide you with a unique insight to this melting pot of cultures where modernity and tradition coexist in tranquil harmony.

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Take a cycle tour

Take a cycle tour

If you want to take a break from the well-trodden tourist pathways, try a cycling ride along the streets of Bangkok. You can rent a bicycle within the city itself, grab a map so you won't get lost and cycle through Sathorn and Silom and any area that takes your fancy. You might find yourself at hidden temples, secret passageways and the hospitality of the locals on your wanderings.

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Get an authentic Thai massage

Get an authentic Thai massage

If you happen to be in Thailand but leaves without experiencing an authentic Thai massage, it would definitely be a tour wasted. Do a bit of research, talk to your hotel and find out a reputed spa and subject yourself to the amazing relaxation offered by an authentic Thai spa. There is nothing like having a Thai massage in Thailand by a Thai masseur, that's for sure!