Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in tourists visiting Thailand with Bangkok by far the most popular destination. The capital city of Thailand has a population of over 8 million and is one of the most heavily populated cities in the world. The Thailand and Bangkok which many people know from years gone by has changed radically over recent times and become one of the more popular business and tourist centres of Asia.
There is a post on the forum entitled “Bangkok” which covers the subject of travel to the region and accommodation. Initially the original poster had been looking to take a course in Bangkok but due to a change in circumstances the poster is now looking for a vacation in Thailand. The thread has proven particularly useful when discussing potential hotels and other types of accommodation available in the country, cost and location.
As we touched on above, Bangkok is a massive tourist attraction and there are more than enough hotels and alternative accommodation available for those looking to travel to the region. It would appear that the December January period is the peak tourist season when costs are at their highest and it may be more difficult to arrange accommodation in some of the better venues in the city.
There is some discussion about potential tourist venues in and around Bangkok which include parks, swimming pools and shopping venues not to mention the famous temples and culture of the region. It would appear that while the country, and Bangkok in particular, has managed to retain its culture the authorities have also introduced more western-style tourist attractions which are proving very popular.
Bangkok dominates Thailand to such an extent that it is the first and possibly only destination which many people consider when looking at a visit to the country. However, Bangkok has had something of a controversial image in the past due to various adult entertainment venues and red light districts which still affect the image of Bangkok and Thailand to some extent even today. The authorities in the region have made great strides in “cleaning up” the image of Thailand and Bangkok although there is still work to be done with confusion as to whether certain hotels and alternative accommodation are near the infamous red light districts.
The Internet and the Expat Forum in particular are proving a very useful discussion tool for those looking to visit Thailand with a number of suggestions regarding hotels and alternative accommodation as well as some very helpful review sites. As with any trips overseas it is vital that you do your homework before you go so that you know what to expect, the overall cost and the vicinity in which you will be staying and the surrounding area. As one poster mentioned in the thread “You get what you pay for” which is something we should all consider when looking to visit the various tourist attractions around the world.
Cost of staying in Bangkok
There are various comments regarding the cost of staying in Bangkok and the surrounding areas as well as suggestions regarding different hotels to consider. As you would expect with any tourist venue, there are a number of different opinions for the same hotels with a number of posters suggesting that those visiting the area should also consider apartment accommodation which is very popular but sometimes not as well advertised as hotels.
The comments regarding the cost of accommodation and general living costs in Bangkok indicate that it is not as “cheap” as many people would expect. There appears to be a consensus that living costs and accommodation costs are less than many Western countries but they have risen over the last few years – then again there have been major changes to both the business and tourist sectors over the last few years.
The attractions of Bangkok
Throughout the thread there are numerous mentions of temples, parks, shopping centres and other tourist attractions in the region. It appears obvious that the country has managed to not only develop into a major tourist attraction but also maintain the basic culture of Thailand while improving some of the more controversial themes associated with the region in the past.
The country itself has a history which is both controversial and colourful but many people would find great difficulty recognising the Thailand of today with the Thailand of 50 years ago. Political and military friction has played a major part in the country’s history although thankfully there appears to be general calm in these particular areas of late. In all honesty, the country has far too much to lose to go back to the days of political and military instability because the authorities have invested massive amounts of money to attract business and tourist visitors from all around the world.
Thankfully the culture of Thailand has survived many stormy periods over the years and has proved to be a great magnet for visitors to the region. Slowly but surely we have seen an increase in accommodation and living costs but when you consider the massive investment undertaken over the last few years there needs to be some kind of return on investment for those involved.
While the main subject of this thread is accommodation and potential tourist attractions in the region of Bangkok and wider Thailand it has brought to the forefront a number of cultural issues and stigmas from the past. The country’s historic link with the sex trade is still evident in some areas of society although the authorities have made great strides in stamping out this particular industry which has had a negative impact upon the worldwide impression of the region.
The Internet has assisted countries such as Thailand with more and more people able to check out their preferred accommodation prior to arriving in the country – there is an indication on the thread that you would have no problem finding a hotel room even if you turn up without booking. A mixture of culture, business and an ever expanding portfolio of tourist attractions are proving very useful in building and expanding the economy of this growing Asian country.