A new shopping mall has become one of Bangkok’s must-see attractions due to its sheer size and variety, and to its location on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.
In the midst of the renowned Asiatique night bazaar, come share the fun and the exquisite cultural experience of the Joe Louis Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre. Thai puppetry, known as hun lakhon lek, is an art form similar to Japanese Bunraku puppetry. A favorite among children, the intricate structure of these puppets allows performances of astonishing realism.
Bangkok’s traffic jams are notorious. On any given day as you explore the unique cultural, gastronomic, shopping and entertainment wonders of this city, you could easily find yourself in the midst of a new gridlock horror story if you get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately, big advances have been made in the development of the city’s mass transit systems. For many of city’s most impressive sights, the BTS Skytrain is the best way to travel.
There is a fun and friendly place with big ideas about what the savvy traveller needs to enjoy a stay in the bustle of Bangkok’s busy Sukhumvit shopping and entertainment district. It is Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, one of a collection of excellent 4-star hotels owned and operated by the 5-star Chatrium Hotels & Residences Group.
Chatrium Hotels & Residences offers a virtual gastronomic tour of 12 fantastic Bangkok street food vendors among the restaurants found in the Michelin Guide Bangkok website under the Asian cuisine listings.
Day Trips from any of Chatrium’s fine central city properties don’t have to involve hours on the road. There are plenty of places to visit on the outskirts of Bangkok that will provide the opportunity to soak in more of Thailand’s amazing cultural diversity.
The 2018 Traditional New Year water festival, celebrated in Thailand from 13-15 April as the Songkran Festival and in Myanmar 13-16 April as the Thingyan Festival, is one of the “must join” festivities of both cultures.