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If you want to go shopping in the Ratchada area, the best place to shop is the Esplanade Mall. It’s a seven-storey commercial complex, where you can go shopping for various items, while being entertained by its cinemas, ice skating rinks, bookstores, supermarkets and the 1500-seats musical theatre. So, the shopping mall can be accessible for your needs, you need to book in a hotel near Esplanade mall for your accommodation. It should save you more money for commuting.
If you’re booked somewhere else, you can easily find the Esplanade mall. At its doorstep is the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT underground. From the outside, you’ll see the organic contours of the structure with steel and glass. At night, the colourful LED lightings shine brightly for a futuristic look. Designed similarly like the Siam Paragon and the Emporium by Paris-based architects, the malls have the same feel to those found in Sukhumvit and Siam areas.
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If you’re booked in a hotel near Esplanade Mall, all you need is step out from your accommodation and find branded products like clothing, jewelleries, electronic gadgets and beauty products. The products and services offered are usually catered for the younger generation, especially when it pertains to sports. It also offers electric gears from notable brands, as well as several health and wellness outlets to slim down and get in shape. You may wish to pamper yourself by treating your hair and nails, or venture into a spa menu. At its basement are the supermarket, fast food outlets and restaurant chains, where you can taste various Thai and international cuisines.
The Esplanade Shopping Mall
This mall is different than other shopping malls in downtown Bangkok. It offers a variety of experiences that can give you a boutique feel. It’s neither too big nor too small, but just right to provide relaxation and entertainment to a great number of locals and tourists. This shopping mall has a great mix of lifestyle shopping and entertainment outlets. However, some serious shoppers may not be happy with their purchases as it has less diversity of products. If you’re opting for entertainment, Esplanade can provide you a delightful option than other downtown shopping malls. For this reason, have yourself booked in a hotel near Esplanade Mall for convenience.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. The city is popular for its nightlife and street food. Scores of tourists visit the city from around the world to experience the happening nightlife of the city and shop at the high-end designer malls and the Street Side shopping destinations.
The city has a range of tourist attractions and accommodation options to suit the budget and preferences of different travellers. Family and business travellers looking for a convenient hotel in Sukhumvit can book their stay with the hotel in Ploenchit, which offers world class amenities and modern conveniences.
Apart from shopping in the glitzy malls and experiencing the high-end nightlife at the happening bars and fine dining restaurants, Bangkok also has some budget friendly attractions for the tourists.
- Lumphini park
It is the largest park in the city. Tourists can enjoy taking a boat ride in the lake or explore the beautiful garden on foot. There are many activities like yoga classes, kite flying sessions, orchestral concerts, and Tai-chi classes happening in the park. The park is just ten minutes away from the convenient hotel in Ploenchit and can also be reached through BRT and MTS trains.
- Dusit Zoo
The zoo is located near the Dusit Palace. The zoo is home to over sixteen hundred animals from around the world. Kids love visiting the zoo and have a look at the different animals like the hippos, Bengal white tigers, Asiatic Blacks bears and the giraffes. The zoo conducts plenty of entertainment activities and shows all through the day. The zoo is located in the old city. Tourists staying at the hotel in Ploenchit, can take the BTS to victory monument and then a taxi to the zoo.
- Bang Krachao
Tourists wanting to get away from the maddening traffic and crowded streets of the city can plan a day trip to Bang Krachao. The man-made island hosts a floating market on the weekends. You can also visit the Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park on the green island and explore the wide expanse of green space. The island is located at Samut Prakan. Tourists staying at the hotel in Ploenchit, close to the Ploen chit BTS, can take a train to BTS Bang NA and hire a taxi from the Bang Na BTS to Bang Na pier to take a ferry to the Bang Krachao.
Tourists and their liveaboard in Thailand can no longer stay the night in Similan Island starting in October of 2018, as new regulations are put in place by the local government to limit the impact made by travellers to the tourism destination, marked as a national park.
The island will only be available for day trips starting by October, with the government putting in a new policy in order to make it easier for them to maintain the island’s natural resources, according to Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine ecologist, Deputy Dean of Kasetsart’s University’s Faculty of Fisheries and the Chairman of the committee the Thai government set up in order to draft a new national master plan for the care and maintenance of the country’s marine resources.
Dr. Thon says that the Moo Koh Similan National Park sees an overwhelming volume of travellers, and these new regulations, starting with the day-trip only option is the first, concrete step for dealing with the issue. Tourists, he say, can still trek, swim, dive, and travel in their liveaboard in Thailand but when the day ends, they have to leave.
The ban will start in effect by October 2018, when the marine park officially opens its doors to tourists, following its closure early in May. The island is the only island, out of nine in the national park, that has bungalows and camping space for visitors. The overnight stay facilities on the island were operated by the state government.
The announcement was made by the National Park Office of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on the 25th of May. With regards to the ban, the department has already started work dismantling the bungalows and camping facilities on the island, and Director SongtamSuksawanq says that they’re almost done getting rid of them all.
He says that, while environmental concerns were the primary concern, there have also been inquiries on the cost-effectiveness of maintaining these facilities. He says that the island is an ill-fit for overnight stays given the limited space and lack of fresh water, compared to the larger islands in the country.
In response, Director Suksawanq says that they are currently working on an alternative policy for the island.