Seniors Discover Bangkok

Travel & Leisure ranked ranked Bangkok  the # 1 tourist destination in 2012. So seniors, pack those bags, check out the sites below and get ready to take in exotic and beautiful Thailand with a focus on Bangkok, “The City of Angels.”

 With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination. Yet despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that adroitly avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences while maintaining its own rich heritage.

Friends and folks I have met who have been to Thailand have rave reviews. The headlong pace and flawed modernity of Bangkok match few people’s visions of the capital of exotic Siam. Spiked with scores of high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, it’s a vast flatness that holds an estimated population of eleven million, and senior visitors say that it feels even bigger, whatever that means.

They also state that they feel a “sensory overload” in Bangkok. This site will put you on an overload of information if you have time to read through each of the links. Rough Guides offers 20 Things Not To Miss on your vacation to Bangkok.

Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. It is the nation’s capital and one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

All That History Draws Seniors

The history of the city of Bangkok dates at least to the early 15th century. In the span of over the past two hundred years, Bangkok has become the political, social and economic center of Thailand, Southeast Asia as well as all of Indochina.

Its influence in the arts, politics, fashion, education and entertainment as well as being a business, financial and cultural center of Asia has given the city the status of a global city. Bangkok is as intoxicating as it is diverse; a melting pot of exotic aromas, interesting sights and visual delights.

Bangkok can easily occupy senior visitors for a week although we suspect that many visitors stay for just a day or two and then travel either up country or to some of Thailand’s numerous beaches. Bangkok, however, has its own gems and if you do a little research, you can find plenty to see and do.

 To put it simply, Bangkok can seem like a labyrinth to senior visitors in the city. Causing even further confusion is the lack of a true “center” to the city, with various districts scattered throughout town. The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS Skytrain, is an elevated rapid transit system that has made it much easier to get around.  Taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and motorcycle taxis are also plentiful. I think that you will find this city a real treat. It’s now on my bucket list.  jeb

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