Posted February 27, 2009 by Kate Hamman
As a major metropolis, Bangkok is always on the move. However, you can slow down its pace by meditating alongside a gigantic Buddha, dining at a riverside restaurant, and staying in a hotel designed to help you relax. Plus, at the low prices you'll find throughout Bangkok, you can check "worrying about money" off your travel list.
Wat Pho: The Wat Pho temple is many different things to many different people. Some come to sit in the tranquil courtyard, others come for treatments at the massage school. Most, however, show up to view or meditate by the 150-foot long, 49-foot high reclining gold Buddha. There is a minimal admission fee to enter, but you can spend all day on the grounds.
Khinlom Chomsaphan: As you enter Khinlom Chomsaphan, you're greeted by large aquariums filled with live fish that may end up as your dinner. Grab a seat outside on the wooden terrace overlooking the Chaophraya River, and enjoy views of the Rama Seven Bridge. You can choose from a range of seafood options, including charcoal-grilled crab and lobsters. Live music plays nightly until 2 a.m.
Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel: Though there may be cheaper places to stay in Bangkok, Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel provides an oasis in the city for prices that are far more affordable than other big city hotels. Try a traditional Thai massage given by the professional in-house masseuse for 300 baht per hour, or relax in the open-air living space known as the "sala" where "slow life" is key. Double rooms start at 2,200 baht, or about $61 U.S., per night (check XE.com for current exchange rates).
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(Photo: Maureen Roihl)