Imagine this! The sweet sound of the melodic “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong playing in the background with views of perfectly manicured green fields and cotton candy clouds for as far as the naked eye can see. Truly wonderful, isn’t it? Only this was not something I imagined but rather what I experienced during my recent trip to Bangkok, on Vistara’s newly launched daily direct flights between Delhi to Bangkok. By Amitha Ameen
When I was invited to be a part of Vistara’s inaugural flight from Delhi to Bangkok, its safe to say that I did not know what to expect. We all know Bangkok is known for its vibrant nightlife and grandesque shrines. I was unsure of whether the city was for me. So on the morning of my trip, I boarded the first-ever direct flight between Delhi to Bangkok by Vistara, with no expectations and boy, was I in for a surprise!
At first, the elegant and contemporary interiors in colours of royal aubergine and subtle grey catch your attention. Look closely and you will notice the attention to detail, be it the mood lighting below the overhead cabin or the fresh yet gentle fragrance that flows through the entire cabin. You are greeted with friendly warm faces that take your coats to keep in a dedicated coat rack and usher you to your seats.
It does not matter which of the three cabin options one chooses to fly in because Vistara ensures you arrive at your destination relaxed. I can vouch for this considering I slept like a baby, thanks to soft sheets, fluffy pillows and extendable leg rest, footrest and a height-adjustable headrest with wings. Vistara is also the only full-service carrier to provide premium economy seats.
Coming to the onboard food menu, Vistara has left no stone turned. I was spoilt for choice between a myriad of options. The beverage menu too had a few select alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to choose from.
You would think that was all, but fast forward a few hours, and Vistara makes a before time arrival on its very first flight to Bangkok! Truth be told, the beyond par onboard experience made me wish the flight took a little longer to land.
Having arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport, I was quickly whisked away to Centre Point Hotel Chidlom, one of the best locations to be at if you are visiting Bangkok. This downtown neighbourhood in Bangkok is home to some of the best shopping malls, chic buildings and a slew of exceptional restaurants to choose from.
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There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities in Bangkok. The city is home to a plethora of shops and one can almost argue that it is impossible to cover even a fraction of all the malls and street shopping. While visiting Bangkok, you cannot miss out on Thailand‘s biggest and fanciest shopping mall, Icon Siam. The shopping complex, apart from providing spectacular views of the cities skyline, sits on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is so big that it has been dubbed ‘Mother of all malls’.
Another popular shopping zone is Chinatown. Intricate lanes and colourful buildings that have withstood the test of time welcome you. One of the largest Chinatown’s in the world, this iconic landmark is filled with stalls and street-side restaurants that sell everything from phone covers to wigs and even gold!
I believe in indulging in local food and if you do too, then bookmark these places for the next time you find yourself in Bangkok. A city who’s food is so amazing that it has gained a reputation for itself. For a fine dining experience, you can head to Chim by Siam Wisdom – a Michelin star restaurant that lets you travel back in time by serving authentic Thai food in a traditional wooden house. For a more relaxed meal, you can head to one of Bangkok’s long-standing favourites – Taling Pling. Modern decor, fast service, reasonably priced dishes, and a huge menu are some of the things that set this homegrown establishment apart.
Then, of course, there’s the grand palace, the golden Buddha, and the Golden Mount. Just some of the incredible places to visit in the city. I would recommend leaving really early to beat the queues and peacefully enjoy the monuments and shrines.
All of the shopping and walking around is sure to leave anyone feeling exhausted. The absolute best place to wind down and get a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife is by making a trip to Khaosan Road. This short road, a backpackers paradise is filled with colourful lights, shops on either side, food carts and music blaring from every second pub in the road. Between eating tarantulas, snakes and other bugs to buying chilled beer off a cart and people having a dance party in the middle of the street, there’s nothing that is too extreme here. The best way to call in the night is to walk into one of the many massage parlours and get your self a relaxing and traditional Thai foot massage.
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"The centre of the backpacking universe", is the way Alex Garland describes Khaosan Road on The Beach. Might be, but many would say it is more likely the most hated party street in the universe – and they wouldn't be any less right. . Just as almost everywhere, the sun sets in Khaosan Road as well. This was our second night in Bangkok and definitely the best sunset of our stay. Maybe not the best location to shoot, but the sky alone was worth the shot. . We actually stayed in Green House Hotel at Rambuttri Alley, which is the parallel street to Khao San and much quieter. The hotel was great and cheap, but close proximity to Khaosan Road doesn't bring too much value to us. So next time in Bangkok we will probably stay a bit further away from the centre of the universe. . . . #travellingfinns #backpackerthailand #globalcreator #rejseliv #barsign #bangkokstreet #traveltheworldtoday #streetlife #wearebackpackeuses #globetrotteur #krungthep #amoviaggiare #khaosan #travelingaroundtheworld #worldbestshot_ig #viajenaviagem #sunset_hunter #streetparty #thaitraveling #ilovethailand #khaosanroad #instathailand #ig_thailandia #backpackerlife #iamtb
With Vistara’s new daily direct flights plying between Delhi and Bangkok, experiencing all of this just got a whole lot easier. Bangkok is only the third international destination after Vistara earlier launched direct flights to Singapore and Dubai from Mumbai and Delhi, respectively.