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Eating Out in Bangkok

Bangkok lives up to Thailand’s reputation for great food- it’s got lots of places, big and small, luxurious and modest, expensive and economic. Most of the large hotels have specialty restaurants, where you can get not just authentic Thai food, but also nearly all the other popular cuisines of the world.

Patara , Naj and Ban Kanitha are great if you are in the mood for typical Thai food. Expensive but well worth it!

There is no dearth of choices for international cuisines as well.

Outback Steakhouse has a wide range of Australian foods. Burgers, steaks and ribs are all excellently prepared in true down-under style.

Indus is known for its fine Indian dining and it is here that Indian DJs come and perform.

Giannis is popular for its exquisite Italian food.

Sirocco on 63rd Floor of State Tower on Silom Road offers a wonderful view of the city at night with food conjured by the best chefs of Asia.

Lower down in the pecking order (price wise not in quality of food) are a range of food parks/courts, stand-alone restaurants with almost every variation of Asian cuisine represented, river side restaurants, and open-air garden restaurants, which are very popular indeed. As in almost every other South Asian country, some of the best food can be sampled at the roadside stalls set up by vendors- but if you don’t like your food extremely hot, make it a point to request- very politely, of course- that the chillies be kept to the minimum.

Bangkok has plenty of avenues of entertainment, and that too of a very varied kind. Bangkok has a pretty vibrant nightlife, and there are lots of discotheques, nightclubs, and bars.

Soi 4, Soi Cowboy and Soi 33 are very popular streets to head to if you’re looking forward to a thriving nightlife. These streets are lined with pubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants that spill out onto the street, with so much choice you can be pub hopping and partying the night away.

Some really great places to check out are Admakers and the Londoner Brew Club , both are fun places to enjoy a drink and have a great crowd.

Nana Plaza , which is lined with many pubs and strip clubs, is a thriving entertainment area and is said to be the largest red-light district in Bangkok.

The capital also has cinemas, some of which feature English movies, others offering a more Asian choice of films. They can be great fun to watch especially on a rainy afternoon.

Theatres present drama as well as musical concerts featuring Thai and international artistes. The National Theatre often has dance dramas, as does the Thailand Cultural Centre .

For those fond of the outdoors, there are some lovely gardens around Bangkok- such as Suan Luang Gardens and the Khao Din Zoological Garden .

Besides these, there are quite a few amusement parks with rides etc, including a mini-safari park with Asia’s largest aviary of over 4,000 birds. The flip side of an ancient culture offers wild and weird options to travellers. Known by various nomenclatures like the sex capital of Asia, AIDS incorporated, sleaze dives, opium dens, massage parlours, prostitution, transvestite shows and cabarets – Thailand offers the lot for the visitor looking for more than sights to see and bazaars to shop in. And not all of a trip to Thailand need be restricted to a temple tour or a sun seekers holiday.

Bangkok has massage parlours offering the real McCoy- a body toning, nerve tingling, truly relaxing massage by pro masseurs.

The transvestite shows are truly magnificent with stylised oriental dances and western style cabarets. The sleaze though is never far from the surface in districts like Patpong in Bangkok and the Central Market Square in Pattaya.

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