Esther visits Bangkok

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Esther, our travel consultant, recently had the opportunity to visit Bangkok with Kenya Airways. These are her comments on her experience.

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Emerald Buddha temple. Nearby is Wat Pho with its enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Besides the shopping that it is well known for, Bangkok has several high class family attractions, as well as cultural sites and shows. A true “all round” destination.

We experienced   the spectacular Dream World Amusement Park. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, there are linked paths, pools, legendary castles and more than 30 exciting rides e.g. Speedy mouse, Tornado, Hurricane, Cable car, Sky coaster, 4D movie watch, Alien etc. An exciting full day out.

We visited Madame Tussauds which is like a museum, showcasing wax models of famous people in the world from all areas of life like politics, sports, movies, music, writers etc. And went to Sea Life Bangkok which is a fascinating aquarium. It is the largest on South East Asia with hundreds of different species.

We also saw the Siam Niramit show, which has state-of-the-art cultural performances. It uses special techniques integrated with drama to depict the history of each region of Thailand including hell, heavens, and lands beyond imagination from Thai literature. There is also a spectacular performance of Thailand’s arts and cultural heritage. The show is staged by more than 150 performers in a luxurious theatre with a capacity of more than 2,000 seats.

Kenya Airways operates direct flights from Nairobi to Bangkok daily using the Dreamliner and, provided you book well in advance, they have some attractive fares starting from USD 799 inclusive. There is a wide range of Hotels and apartments to choose from – to suite all budgets.

A great destination for couples and families.