Places to See
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand that offers stark contrasts to visitors with its rapid modernization as well as its preserved heritage. On one hand, there are hi-tech malls, and on the other, old temples that reminiscent the glorious past of the country.
The Golden Buddha Temple or Wat Traimit is a divine destination and very humbly houses a statue of Buddha in a seated position made of 5.5 tons of gold and 3 meters tall. It is believed to be 700 years old. The statue is placed in a newly constructed temple called “Phra Maha Mondop.” Besides catering to religious sentiments, Bangkok is also perfect to visit for nature and wildlife enthusiasts as there are several natural and man-made areas that allow wildlife a safe environment to live.
If you are a party animal and love to venture out into the night, then Pattaya is the city to visit. You will get tired counting the beer bars, nightclubs, and massage parlors the city dons, including sexy beaches. Everything you need to explore your raunchy side is available here. Besides fun and frolics, you can also go for shopping and there are mega malls and action-packed adventure at various attractions
Places to Eat
Bangkok is famous for authentic Thai food and street food. It has a district called Bangrak where you can savor scrumptious local food. The hallmark of the restaurants in this town is the fresh seafood and varieties of meat. The eateries in this town is also renowned for its cool atmosphere. What's more, you can also enjoy music while eating, and the art exhibition after your meal. If cheap and delicious food is what you aim for, then try street food. The pad Thai and egg noodle soup are best served by street vendors. Another busiest place to taste street food is the Chinatown, where you can savor a variety of Thai and Chinese food. To experience the difference between dining in the open and in a classy place, visit the “La Table de Tee Restaurant.”
Like Bangkok, Pattaya too has fantastic restaurants and open-eating places in the street. The restaurants here just don't serve Thai food alone. They are adept at serving several international cuisines as well. Many street vendors are lined up alongside the beaches that serve fresh seafood. In short, there are an abundance of options to taste Thai food. Some of the famous restaurants in Pattaya are the Glass House, Casa Pascal, and Mantra Restaurant and Bar.
Things to Do
It will take more than a week to complete all the things to do in Bangkok and Pattaya. In Bangkok alone, there are several shopping malls, temples, museums, and nightclubs. It is particularly famous for its magnificent temple architecture, nature, wildlife, and glitz and glamor. If you want to sneak a peek into its past, visit Bangkok National Museum, where art and history of Thailand will welcome you. If you love shopping and haggling with vendors, visit the shoppers' paradise on the Khao San Road. To have a panoramic view of the city, rent a boat and enjoy sailing on the Chao Phraya River. Across this river is the most revered temples in Bangkok called “Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn.” Its architectural beauty is worth rejoicing in the day as well as in the night when the temple is lit up.
Fulfill all your cravings for exciting escapades in Pattaya. The type of attractions this city poses are enticing and seducing. Whether you are involved in any activities that is a part of Thai tradition or have been taken from the western culture, you are going to have an exciting time. To explore, the city has lots of attractions to indulge in from nature, culture, arts, science, and nightlife.
With numerous sleek, modernized, and climate-controlled shopping malls, and street markets, it's no surprise that Bangkok is called “Shopaholic's Paradise.” There are several amazing options to shop everything from antics to the latest in fashion. There is everything for the young, adults, old, and kids to shop here. You can buy jewelries, latest mobile phones to laptops, exotic handicrafts to adore your living room walls and the floor, and the best fashion materials that look expensive but are cheaper. This city will offer an exclusive shopping experience. Hop into a taxi and ask the driver to drop you at the Chatuchak market, where 5000 stalls selling all types of dubious and genuine items are waiting for you. If you are a gadget freak, then Pantip Plaza will satiate your demand. If you want to shop in the night, then Sukhumvit Night Market has stall selling everything you need. To buy clothes at a wholesale price, head to the Pratunam Market.
If you love genuine antics and latest fashion clothes, Pattaya has lavish malls and street markets to buy what you need. Besides antics and clothes, the markets here are best to bargain and shop electronics, cosmetics, toys, movie and software DVDs, novelties, etc.