By Joshua H. Liberatore
Bangkok
Thailand
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The bustling megalopolis of Bangkok presents visitors with a dizzying array of choices and experiences. As friendly Thailand’s capital and a major site for Buddhist and Siamese architecture, Bangkok’s cityscapes delight the senses at every turn. Thailand’s busiest commercial hub springs to life along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, where water taxies compete with barges and fishing boats for primacy. By booking a trip to Bangkok on EscapeWizard.com, the first-time tourist to Thailand can observe the full range of local market life in action.

Many EscapeWizard.com travelers will spend their time frequenting the world-class malls and shopping establishments at Siam Paragon and Emporium, and cruising avenue Sukhumvit for great street food, crowded flea markets, and people watching. Others will prefer the placidity of far-flung temples, museums, and historical sites. Bangkok’s nightlife offers no end of distractions, ranging from the seedy to the exotic. But wherever your Bangkok adventure takes you, you will be struck by the welcoming and friendly Thai demeanor, which prides itself on its warm reception of faraang, “foreigners.”

Bangkok’s three most important architectural wonders are indisputably Wat Po, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace, all of which are conveniently explored via water taxi in the city’s historical center along the Chao Phraya. Many of the city's international-class hotels (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) are nestled in this area, and EscapeWizard.com recommends it as a good place to begin your tour. Wat Po contains the splendid Reclining Buddha, an enormous supine figure whose golden length and scope challenge even the most skilled photographer. Don’t miss the mother-of-pearl-inlaid soles of Buddha’s feet, an artistic masterwork unto itself, alone worth the 50 baht entrance fee. A visit to Wat Arun requires a short ferry ride across the river, but rewards the steep climb up the Khmer-style temple mount by revealing a breathtaking vista of the city behind. Finally, EscapeWizard.com recommends the spectacular Grand Palace, home to the famed Emerald Buddha, which can occupy a whole day of wandering and snapping photos. Though no longer the active residence of Thailand’s royalty, this colorful and ornate complex of buildings dates back several centuries and speaks to both the historic and present glory of the world’s most continuous monarchy, whose citizens revere their king with a mark of devotion not found anywhere else. Guides are available for a fee, but the grounds are also sufficiently well-curated with maps and descriptive plaques for the independent visitor.

No EscapeWizard.com visit to Bangkok would be complete without a trip to one of the city’s most famous markets. The Chattuchak Weekend Market in the northeast part of the city – reachable by Sky Train – is a colossal labyrinth of vendors of every conceivable variety, from household wares to clothes, from pets and plants to spices, incense, and oils, and offers the best single collection of regional handicrafts in all of Thailand. Practice your haggling skills here and never accept the vendor’s first price. Bargain aggressively but fairly, and you will gain face in the eyes of the proprietor and walk away with a great deal. If perusing the stalls of Chattuchak is too sweaty and hectic for your tastes, a more tranquil market option is the Suan Lum Night Bazaar off Rama IV Road in the central city, near Lumpini Park. Open weekday nights from early evening into the wee hours, the night market presents a charming assemblage of souvenir items, local crafts, and fine gifts of every quality. The attached food court is also one of the best ways to sample nearly every dish and regional flavor that Thailand has to offer. Visitors purchase meal tickets of different denominations and use them as a sort of universal currency, cashing out unused tickets as desired.

Regardless of your destination in Bangkok, the transportation options are endless. For ease and comfort, EscapeWizard.com suggests the city’s two light rail systems – the BTS Sky Train and underground MRT – which offer excellent and reliable transit to most central destinations. Metered taxis are very cheap, clean, and comfortable. And for the adventurous, there is no end to more colorful options, ranging from motorized pedicabs called tuk-tuks (fares are negotiated), motorcycle taxis, public and private buses, and song-taews, literally “two-benched” pickup trucks or minicabs shared with other riders for 5 to 15 baht a lift. Bangkok is served by two major airports, with most international flights arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) from cities worldwide. The older Don Muang airport caters mainly to regional and domestic flights. Visit EscapeWizard.com to book your flight (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to Bangkok, Thailand, today.
Hotels in Bangkok
By Chelsea Herskovitz
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
Sukhumvit Soi 15 Bangkok, Thailand
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When you arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, you will immediately notice two things: it is very hot and crowded. The Four Points by Sheraton in Bangkok is conveniently located in the heart of the city in Sukhumvit to help you escape the havoc of this city.  Are you ready to experience “The Land of Smiles”? Let EscapeWizard.com start planning your vacation now with the Four Points Sheraton. Located only 25 minutes from Suvarnabhumi airport, the Four Points by Sheraton can arrange complimentary shuttle service or you are welcome to utilize the free parking. Check-in is available after 3:00 PM, at which point you can enjoy the free Wi-Fi in the lobby and other public areas around the hotel.

For your stay, choose from a variety of rooms available, ranging in size from Extra Comfy Style rooms to Executive and Terrace Suites you are sure to find the one the best fits your needs. All rooms come with the option of either two queen beds or one king sized bed. Regardless of the room or suite you choose, you will enjoy a flat-screen LCD television, DVD player, free bottled water, a safe for your valuables, and Wi-FI available for an extra fee. The western style bathroom includes separate bathtub and shower along with a hair-dryer.

After a long day in Bangkok, head to the 24-hour gym or cool off in their outdoor infinity pool. The Four Points Sheraton also has 3 different dining facilities including casual bar, international restaurant, and rooftop lounge serving cocktails until 2:00AM.

Being in the heart of Sukhumvit, there’s plenty to do nearby and you may have difficulty choosing! There’s shopping at MBK Shopping Center or Nana Market, seeing the traditional Thai temple of Wat Arun, or going and experiencing a Muy Thai fight (Thai Boxing) at Lumpini Standium. Before heading out, make sure to consult the 24-hour concierge service and utilize the business centers currency exchange.

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Hotels in Bangkok
By Shaina Amienyi
Mandarin Oriental
48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand
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Whether for a wedding reception, business convention, or leisure vacation, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok is the perfect choice for travelers wanting to stay in an elegant hotel close to the city’s hot spots. With its dining, fitness, and entertaining options, guests will have plenty to do inside the hotel and much to see around Bangkok.

Stay in one of 354 rooms and suites and you will have at least a partial view of the Chao Phraya River, daily replenished fresh fruit and flowers, and a personal butler at your service. Rooms feature TVs with on-demand movies, Bose CD player and CD library, mini bar and fridge, and large safe. The spacious bathrooms have a separate bathtub, walk-in shower, and a double vanity, as well as bathrobes and slippers for guests’ comfort.

The hotel accommodates business travelers, who have access to a 24-hour business center. From the stylish boardrooms to grand balls, the hotel provides meeting rooms for both large and small meetings and conferences. When planning a business event at this hotel, keep in mind that the hotel can cater up to 1,000 people.

The hotel provides several restaurants and bars where guests can get meals, snacks, afternoon tea, and cocktails. At Sala Rim Naa guests can dine inside or al fresco while feasting on Thai dishes and watching traditional Thai dancing. The aptly named China House serves contemporary Chinese cuisine. The other restaurants serve international cuisine such as French and Italian.

Good health is important at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel so the hotel contains a spa, the first hotel spa in Bangkok and one voted “Best in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. The spa’s ten private treatment rooms feature a shower and steam area, and its five specialty suites feature a steam section and a Jacuzzi. For a different type of treatment, guests should try the Ayurvedic Penthouse, which has four suites to accommodate guests. The spa’s other amenities are herbal steam baths, heated scrub tables, vitality pools, and pedicure and manicure areas.

Experience the beauty of Bangkok from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, set against the backdrop of the Chao Phraya River. Make use of the hotel’s world-class amenities, including the Children’s Day Care Center, two outdoor swimming pools, and the Oriental Health center, which features weight training, squash, and tennis. Book your stay at this fun, deluxe hotel by clicking the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Bangkok
By Adam J. Mohney
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
494 Rajdamri Road Bangkok, Thailand
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Book Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok on EscapeWizard.com to spend your days in the beautiful Thai capital and your nights in the heart of Bangkok's business district. Located near all of the area's best local attractions, including Erawan Shrine, Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and a variety of famous temples, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is EscapeWizard.com's top choice for luxurious Bangkok lodging.

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok's 380 rooms and suites include a variety of pampering accommodations with your comfort and security in mind throughout your stay. Stay connected with wired or wireless internet connections, a television with pay-per-view movies and two telephones with voicemail capabilities. Guests will stay comfortable and safe at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok by utilizing the individual room climate control, in-room safety deposit box, minibar and coffee and tea maker. Guests will also want to utilize the currency exchange desk and easily communicate with the multilingual staff.

Perhaps Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok's most dazzling attraction is its I.sawan Residential Spa and Club. The spa facility includes six spa cottages with available overnight pampering and nine treatment bungalows with maximum privacy. Also included in the spa is the Greenhouse fitness center, a 25-meter pool, a tennis court, two squash courts, and a whirlpool, sauna and a cold plunge.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok for its wide variety of on-site dining and lounge facilities. Guests can choose from nine different options throughout their stay or the available 24-hour in-room dining. EscapeWizard.com recommends Tables, a smart-casual restaurant featuring a variety of French-style cuisine. With formal or lounge style seating, patrons at Tables can enjoy lunch or dinner in a uniquely decorated Thai environment. Another prime dining option is The Dining Room, which is the best buffet option Bangkok has to option. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the smart-casual restaurant includes a variety of Asian cuisine.

Enjoy Bangkok in a resort-style setting by booking Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok today on EscapeWizard.com. With prime amenities, a luxurious, one-of-a-kind spa and a variety of prime dining options, travelers will not be disappointed. Click the EscapeWizard.com hotel page link to start booking today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bangkok
By Christopher Karns
Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
259 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok,10110 Thailand
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Come visit five star hotel Westin Grande Sukhumvit for a needed recharge, great for both pleasure and business. Situated in the heart of Bangkok's sights to see, best shopping, restaurants, entertainment area and unique cultural attractions are just a few steps away. Westin Grande Sukhumvit within easy reach to leading shopping malls, Terminal 21, Emporium, Siam Paragon, MBK, and Central World. With the added convenience of the skytrain and subway mere steps away, you are never far from all that Bangkok has to offer. Check out is 4 p.m. for any late check outs needed.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit’s 363 rooms offer comfort and refreshing peace. Each room contains a renowned Heavenly Bed for peak restful sleep and relaxation. Wake up to a soft pair of slippers and complimentary bathroom, while relaxing with a hot cup of tea/coffee from the provided tea/coffee maker and surfing through satellite channels on a 37’ LCD TV. Other features include beauty mirror, high speed internet (fees applied), two way telephone line, mini bar, complimentary local news paper, and a large work area should business come to mind. The suites come with even more, including both a 37’ LCD TV and a 40’ LCD TV in the suites and a stunning view of the city landscape and skyline.

VAREENA SPA, a feature inside Westin Grande Sukhumvit offers a unique and original Thai themed Spa experience from the moment one walks through the door. On entering the spa, visitors pass into a tranquil ambience brought on by stylish interior design and tasteful décor that fuse the traditional and the contemporary. The spa includes state of the art facilities and treatments to meet any need. Among the hotel is also a fitness center that keeps care and attention for all those seeking to perfect their bodies even on the go. Among other restaurants in the area and hotel, TASTE offers a taste from all over the world. With hours from sun up to sun down, it’s easy to have the world on a plate.

Westin Grande Sukhumvit has much to offer, and even more to see. With so much to see and do, WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bangkok
By Jessica Howell
St. Regis Bangkok
159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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An oasis of elegance and tranquility in the middle of a bustling urban city, The St. Regis Bangkok is the perfect place to rest your weary head. Timeless, refined design and the luxury of space in a congested city are hallmarks of the 176 guest rooms and 51 suites at The St. Regis Bangkok. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your accommodations at The St. Regis Bangkok. Check in at The St. Regis Bangkok is at 3 p.m. and check out is at noon.

At the St. Regis guests are treated to floor-to-ceiling windows offering up an unobstructed view of the city bordering a sprawling lush green golf course. EscapeWizard.com guarantees that guests won't miss their own beds for a second, because with lavish bedding features, you will think you are sleeping on a cloud. Every bed at The St. Regis is layered with a Sealy Posturepedic Pillow-Top Mattress, 300 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, feather down comforters and hypoallergenic feather pillows. Not only will these beds make you forget about the comfort of your own bed back home, but you will dreaming about the beds at the St. Regis long after your vacation has ended.

After a long day of sight seeing or important business meetings, take some time to relax in a spacious marble bathroom. Soak in oversized bathtub or let the refreshing trickle of the rainforest shower wash your cares away. Lounge around your room in your very own plush St. Regis bathrobe and indulge in luxurious Remede Bath amenities.

To accommodate business travelers, each guest room offers a convenient media hub, which consists of a single panel next to a large writing desk, where you may plug in a notebook, iPad, iPod and even connect them to the television if you wish. Guests are also able to access the LAN line of the Internet connection through the media hub, or wireless high speed internet is available in every room for a small daily fee.

At The St. Regis Bangkok, the friendly, multilingual staff awaits to service your every need. To book your stay at the St. Regis Bangkok, EscapeWizard.com invites you to click on the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bangkok
By Jaclyn Bealer
Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11
35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand
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While on your next stay in Bangkok, be sure to book a room in Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11. EscapeWizard.com knows that you’ll enjoy this hotel’s location in Thailand's trendiest area. Only steps away from the best shopping, nightlife, and dining Bangkok has to offer, the Nana BTS Sky Train and MRT Subway stations are 5-minutes away for a easy access to Bangkok's most popular attractions. Check-in is at 3 p.m.

Guests can choose between a standard Aloft room, an Aloft Touch Room, and an Aloft Suite. All Aloft rooms and suites contain either one king or two queen beds, all positioned on signature platforms for guests to utilize. Each room sports a loft-inspired design and features nine-foot ceilings and extra-large windows for a bright and airy environment. Take advantage of the entertainment system that includes a 42" LCD Flat-Panel Television, a bedside iPhone/iPod docking station, and free Wi-Fi.

EscapeWizard.com knows that you’ll enjoy all of the amenities that Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11 has to offer. When you’re not in your picturesque room, check out the the splash outdoor pool, 24/7 fitness center, and the re:mix lounge that includes the w xyz bar, pool table, and grab ‘n go pantry. Bringing the family with you to Bangkok? Children aged 2 to 12 can have fun in the camp Aloft for kids filled with kid-friendly food options, a splash pool, and many other perks the little ones will love.

For guests interested in eco-friendly tourism, Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11 practices environmentally-conscious hospitality. You’ll notice the elimination of styrofoam packaging as well as a multitude of sustainable food and beverage options.

When it’s time to leave Bangkok, be sure to use the self-service kiosks for effortless check-out (before 12 p.m.) EscapeWizard.com knows that your stay at Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11 will be the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your next hotel stay at the Aloft Bangkok.