Bangkok is the vibrant capital of Thailand, and it is also a major tourist destination. Providing something for all kinds of tourists, medical visitors & their accompanying guest to Bangkok can do everything from indulging in the famous Thai massage, to spending a day at the beach or shopping for the biggest brands, or even meditating at a Buddhist temple. In fact medical tourism in Thailand is fast growing into a major sector.
Before you can begin enjoying the wonders of this city, you will need to prepare yourself for the trip. Considered the world’s hottest city, visitors need to be prepared for the heat, especially those travelling from relatively colder countries.
Most of the best sights in Bangkok are located on Rattanakosin Island, in the Old City. Though Bangkok has over 100 temples, the best three temples are in fact located in the Old City, all of which are a must visit.
These are the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, where the Grand Palace holds within its huge grounds the most sacred temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. Wat Arun houses a 70 meters high structure, whereas Wat Pho is home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha.
In case you love museums, some great options would be the National Museum, which showcases Thai history, Museum of Siam and of course the King Prajadhipok Museum. For art enthusiasts the National Gallery is a great showcase of the Bangkok art community. Other places to visit include the Siam Ocean World, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, Lumpini Park, the largest park in Bangkok, or even a tour of Jim Thompson’s house, the CIA operative had six traditional Thai houses combined to form his mansion.
But visiting places is not the only activity open to visitors, with a bicycle tour of Bangkok being a great way to explore the city. Many operators can be found within the city, with a trip around Bangkok Jungle being the most popular, though a trip through China Town is also another option. Taking a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River is also a great way to see the city.
Visitors can also take time out to catch a round of Thai boxing, at either the Lumphini Stadim or the Ratchadamnoen Stadium. There are also a wide range of cultural performances that you can choose from, depending on your taste. These include everything from Thai dance, theatrical performances or even a puppet theater.
Thailand is also known for several festivals so checking the calendar to check which festivals coincide with your trip is a good idea. Some popular festivals are Chinese New Year Festival, Trooping the Colours, Royal Ploughing Ceremony and the King’s Birthday Celebrations.
However, one of the most important activities that most visitors indulge in is the Thai massage. Visitors can find a wide variety of massage shops around the city, and checking for authenticity of the shop before getting a massage is a good thing. For medical tourists, it is best to consult their doctor with regard to their condition and the amount of exertion they can take.