WELCOME TO BANGKOK Welcome to the best city in the world. Well, we would say that, it's our home. But we truly want you to love being in Bangkok as much as we love living here. That's why we've put together this guide.
This guide we have put together will not only help you find your way around, but also show you what we think are some of the city's highlights. We hope it gives you a taste of what it feels like to be a local in Bangkok. For any new discoveries, great finds or just a top tip, please feel free to give us your thoughts.
Start your day off perfectly with an early sunrise walk to Wat Pratumwanaram and an offer of food to monks, a way of making merit in Buddhist culture. Continue to Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s largest public park, where you can enjoy the fresh air while exercising. On your way back to the hotel, stop by the famous Erawan Shrine, known for bringing good luck and fortune. Now, time to fuel up with our delicious breakfast buffet at the Espresso restaurant, before you head out to Jim Thompson Museum, a traditional Thai-style house and residence of the man who helped restore Thailand’s silk industry after World War II. The well-preserved structure holds a collection of fine Asian art objects. Then, whet your appetite with definitive Thai cuisine in a Dempsey Hill heritage venue with a stunning interior design.
Continue your perfect day by taking a taxi to the Royal Grand Palace, also known in Thai as Wat Phra Kaew. It's a place you should not miss. Inside, visit the Royal Chapel and see the most sacred Buddha image in all of Thailand, the pectacular Emerald Buddha. Just across the street is Wat Pho, site of Bangkok's famed Reclining Buddha. Then, for your travel back to InterContinental Bangkok, avoid late-afternoon traffic by taking a shuttle boat from Tha Tien Pier to Saphan Taksin BTS station and then catching the BTS skytrain to Chit Lom station, which is directly in front of the hotel. By then, you'll be keen to refresh with an expert massage at Spa InterContinental.
Experience a wonderful riverfront dinner at Asiatique where you can choose from many cuisines including Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Italian, with seafood dishes a specialty here. There's also simply enjoying the scenery along the Chao Phraya River and a decidedly romantic atmosphere at night. [Located outside of map coverage] For a gala evening of entertainment, attend Siam-Niramit, a showcase of Thai culture on an intricate stage where performances depict a voyage through Thailand's history, myths and culture.
Thailand is a Buddhist country and Buddha images are regarded as sacred. Sacrilegious acts such as climbing on a statue or touching an inappropriate area are punishable by imprisonment, even if committed by a foreign visitor.
Dress properly when entering temples. Mini-skirts and shorts are not allowed. Take your shoes off before going inside places of worship. Ladies must not on any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things directly to him or receive things directly from him.
Thai is the national and official language.
Avoid placing your feet on the table while sitting, and never use your foot to point things out or to touch any part of another’s body as this is considered very rude. Do not the head is considered the noblest part of the body in Thai culture.
Avoid raising your voice. It’s considered rude.
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Classical Thai paintings found mostly inside Buddhist temples and palaces depict themes relating to Buddhism, such as the Buddha's life story.
Most Thai food is already cut into small pieces before being served or is made soft enough to be cut with a spoon or fork, making knife use unnecessary.
THAI BOXING OR MUAY THAI
Attending a Muay Thai bout is a must-do for sports fans seeking a quintessential Thai experience. Bangkok’s two major boxing stadiums are Lumpini Stadium and Ratchadamnoen Stadium. Match cards alternate between these two sites.
If you would like to obtain a VAT refund, please make sure your goods are available for examination at the airport. Customs officers must inspect all purchased goods before a VAT refund can be given.
When visiting nightclubs or bars, please take along your ID card or passport copy verification.
To arrive at InterContinental Bangkok, it takes approximately 40 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport. BMW 7 series hotel limousines are available upon your request. For a reservation, please call + 66 2656 0056 at least two hours prior to your arrival time.