August 9, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


What’s in a name? Well a lot if it’s Bangkok you’re talking about: it’s traditional name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. Directly translated means: “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukam”. Even Thais find it a bit of a mouthful and usually refer to Bangkok as Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep, or City of Angels to Anglophiles.

Another popular name for Thailand’s capital is “Venice of the East”, owing to the fact that Bangkok used to be a city of canals and the original buildings were on stilts. While most canals have been filled and paved over, there is still very much a Venice feel to the city, with its floating market where traders ply their wares from traditional longtail boats. And, just as Venice is sinking, so too is Bangkok at a rate of two to five centimetres a year – thanks to heavy urban development.

More than anything, though, Bangkok is a city of extreme contrasts. Ranging from spectacular temples to the vibrant and famously risqué nightlife, from the many orange-robed monks walking its streets to its busy corporate centre. This is clear from the city’s most famous attractions, which include the Grand Palace, Buddhist temples such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho, and the nightlife scene at Khaosan Road and Patpong.

A fun way to explore the temples is to use the local currency. All Thai Baht coins have all the temples stamped on their back, all found in Bangkok. You can visit them all in one day using the coins as clues.

Also stop in at  Yaowarat, the local Chinatown. It is the world’s largest Chinatown, home to over a million Chinese people, and one of the most vibrant places in Bangkok to shop and eat. Speaking of markets, a trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting Chatuchak Weekend market. Divided into 27 sections, it is one of the world’s biggest weekend markets and a heaven for foodies and bargain-hunters.

It’s no secret that Bangkok is one of the biggest foodie destinations in the world. Who would have thought that Mango and sticky rice makes for the most delectable flavour combination? You will find several permanent mango dessert stores throughout Bangkok and it is a must-try dish.

Salty, spicy and a little tangy, the “morning glory” should be another dish on your foodie list. Made from water spinach, it is a good idea to pair it with pork neck and a spicy Thai sauce. For a night out, try one of Bangkok’s famous dinner cruises. Mix your dining with a disco-themed cruise or opt for something more romantic and subdued offering live performances onboard.

Stopover on your way to the Thailand’s amazing beaches, or make a trip of it. Whichever you choose, make sure you see this City of Angels.

Experience the city with many names and experiences. See it from the inside with Trafalgar Tours’ 14-day Treasures of Thailand package.


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