Bangkok Markets: The Best of Bangkok Culture

For travellers, Bangkok’s street markets, food bazaars and floating markets combine shopping and sightseeing into one great adventure. And they offer an unforgettable look into the life and spirit of Thailand’s past, present, and future.

The street markets, food bazaars and floating markets dotted around Bangkok offer a fascinating insight into the life and tradition of this exotic and legendary South East Asian city. In fact, the markets of Bangkok could well be considered one of the world’s defining travel experiences. And they are reason enough to travel here.

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Or Tor Kor Market

Or Tor Kor Market is one of the most famous fresh goods markets in South East Asia. Without a doubt, it’s also one of the most famous in the world for passionate foodies, cooks, and travelling chefs. With such a huge range of exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, meats and seafood on offer, it is hard not to be inspired to want to purchase everything you need to make a memorable meal. Of course, there’s plenty ready-to-eat meals available here too – like steamed fish curry custard, som tam, chilli paste dishes, green and red curries, vegetable stir-fried dishes, deep-fried fish, grilled prawns, and much, much more. Or Tor Kor is a food experience of a lifetime. Or Tor Kor is next to Kamphaeng Phet Station, in the central art of the city (opposite the Chatuchak Weekend Market). Opening Times: Every day from 6 am until 8pm.

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Klong Suan ‘100 Years’ Market

It’s been said that the best way to ‘see’ Klong Suan is too sample small taste offerings from each of the food stalls as you make your way around market, before settling down to a sit-down lunch of whatever takes your fancy. Khlong Suan is a canal which once provided the easiest way to journey from Bangkok to the more easterly Bang Pakong River. The market sprung up along this canal more than 100 years ago, and it is packed with lines of tiny, old-fashioned wooden shops and storefronts that are filled with an endless array of food products and household supplies. This is classic old-style Thai market territory. So do not come here without your camera! Klong Suan is located around 20 kilometres east of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Opening Times: Every day from early morning to around 4pm.

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

Chatuchak ‘Weekend’ Market is the largest market in Thailand. Its sheer size – there are around 8000 market stalls here – and the availability of all different kinds of merchandise here is truly astounding. It’s been said that if you can dream it up in your mind, the market at Chatuchak probably has it in stock! The whole area is divided into several sections – the clothing and accessories section; handicrafts; ceramics; furniture and home décor items; foods and beverages; plants and gardening tools; art; pets and pet accessories; books; antiques and collectibles; and a miscellaneous and used clothing section. Chatuchak is located next to Kamphaeng Phet Station, in the central part of the city (opposite the Or Tor Kor Market). Opening Times: The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays (9am to 6pm), and Fridays (6pm until 12pm). The plant sections are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays (7am until 6pm).

Bangkok Flower Market

Bangkok Flower Market (also known as Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. For travellers, the prices are incredibly cheap. And the range of flowers and flora-related items is spectacular. Some tourism guides suggest the best time to visit the market is in the early hours of the morning – from around 3am to 4am – when flower vendors prepare their merchandise for the day ahead. The Flower Market is located on Chak Phet Road, near the Memorial Bridge, in central Bangkok. Opening Times: Open 24 hours a day.

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Rod Fai Market (‘Train Market’)

Rod Fai Market is one of Bangkok’s more modern market offerings. It is an open-air bazaar home to a bunch of passionate vendors and hobbyists selling vintage collectables from days gone by – from antique furniture, to vintage car parts, iconic brand memorabilia, and much more. Rot Fai Market is located just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall, between central Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport. Opening Times: From sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

Bang Nam Pheung is one of Bangkok’s slower paced and more low-key and peaceful floating markets (although it stills gets very busy at times). It is surrounded by lush, green, tropical vegetation, and is more a combination of ‘floating market’ and ‘land-based market’, as there are vendors selling their wares from boats in the river, as well as a series of stalls and market stands located on solid ground. The array of freshly prepared traditional dishes on offer here – either prepared by cooks in the river on their long-tail boats, or by the hard-working stall owners on land – is truly astounding, and makes for an unforgettable Thai cuisine adventure. Bang Nam Pheung is located about 10 kilometres southeast of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: On weekends from 7am until 3pm. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Damnoen Saduak is the most popular and well-known floating market in Thailand. Because of this, it tends to be somewhat touristy and overcrowded, but it remains a place for excellent photo opportunities, excellent food, and an excellent experience of the beautifully organized chaos and colour of a Thai floating market. Many travellers visit Damnoen Saduak as part of a day outing tour group, as it is 110 kilometres west of Bangkok. Opening Times: Daily from 7am until 11am.

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Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

The chance to float around one of Bangkok’s canals on a traditional long-tail boat tour is one of the main reasons why visitors love making their way to Khlong Lat Mayom. That – and the food. At Khlong Lat Mayom, next to its main canal, are dozens and dozens of food stalls serving everything from fried squid to spicy salads, tropical fruits, barbecued pork and chicken kebabs, red and green Thai curries, and dried fish. This delicious food can be partnered with smoothies, potent coffee, iced tea or freshly prepared fruit juice. Like all of the floating markets of Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayom gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of the Thai river people – and also what ‘Old Thailand’ must have been like hundreds of years ago. Khlong Lat Mayom is situated about 18 kilometres west of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: Weekends and public holidays from 9:30am until 5pm.

Talin Chan Floating Market

One of the fascinating attractions at Talin Chan, are the hundreds of huge catfish swimming along the surface of the canal waters – and waiting to snap up any sort of food titbit thrown into the water. Floating markets seem to be irresistible destinations for tourists, and Talin Chan is definitely one of the better ones. A morning or afternoon here can be spent sampling some of South East Asia’s finest food delights, being guided in a long-tail boat around the canals here, shopping through a vast array of market homeware, clothing and gift stores, and even getting relaxing foot massage for a very good price. There’s also often traditional Thai music on the go here, which adds to Talin Chan’s allure. Talin Chan is situated about 12 kilometres northwest of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: Weekends from 9:30am until 5pm.

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Shanghai

There are not many cities in the world that showcase a skyline better than Shanghai

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Second tallest building in the world!

An insight in the life that resides on the street and unfolds each passing day in Shanghai.

shutterstock_182442122Maglev Train is something not to be missed in Shanghai. This train reaches high speeds in a short period. Its highest speed is 431 km/h

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Adventure Holidays In Oman

If you love adventure travelling, Oman is the place you should visit now. Its impressive scenery pleads for discovering a wide range of activities which will delight your inner adventurous traveler.

Rock climbing & Abseiling

If you wish to go a bit further and want to increase that level of excitement and if Rock Climbing and Abseiling is your game then there is no better place than the Hajjr peaks. These beautiful sea cliffs are visited by climbers from all over the world. First timers can also try ‘by wire’ routes at Bander Khayran, Snake Canyon, and Jebel Shams.

 

Four Wheel Drive Tours

Hajjr Mountains are stunning when it comes to a four wheel drive tour, it is one of the most breathtaking journey you can ever imagine.

 

Marine activities & water sports

Oman has an exceptional blend of natural coral reefs, vivid coastal scenery and inspiring wreck-diving (ship wrecks) experiences. After all Oman is currently considered one of the top ten dive spots in the world, with scuba divers coming from across the globe.

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Oman’s coastline stretches around 3,165 kilometers. These beaches overlook Sea of Oman, Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz. These beaches are tourist friendly and are perfect for summer holidays. Fishing and marine excursions are also ideal with such diverse geographical make up.

 

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AMSTERDAM

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Amsterdam has 165 waterways which creates a seemingly floating city of 90 islands connected by 1,281 bridges. A canal cruise is a must-do activity in Amsterdam on your next visit.

 

Amsterdam City

Amsterdam City

Amsterdam has the largest historical inner city in Europe and with a modest population it is by far a very friendly city.

 

Rent a Bike

Rent a Bike

Amsterdam is the biggest bicycle friendly city in the world and renting a bike is an ideal way to see the city.

 

The Beautiful Tulips

The Beautiful Tulips

A visit to Keukenhof Gardens, one of the world’s most famous flower gardens, is a must when you visit Amsterdam.

 

Windmills

Windmills

Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape and with eight windmills located in and around Amsterdam it is a great way to see the city.

 

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Fjords of Oman

Fjords of Oman

A Fjord ride on a traditional Omani Dhow is one of the must do activity in Musandam, Oman.

 

Dhow

Dhow

A Dhow is an important symbol in the Omani culture. These are used for tourism, fishing and trade purposes.

 

Barr Al Jissah

Barr Al Jissah

Barr Al Jissah is a stunning place overlooking the Gulf of Oman. It is a perfect place for weekends if you want to relax.

 

Bandar Al Khayran

Bandar Al Khayran

Bandar Khayran is an ideal place for diving in Oman. It is always buzzed with divers from all over the world. The pleasure of watching those dolphins swim alongside your boats is something else.

 

Al Dimaniyat

Al Dimaniyat

Composed of 9 nine islands, Al-Dimaniyat Island features wonderful beaches meeting crystal blue seas. They are a very rich natural heritage with several rare coral reefs, some of them being very rare.

 

 

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Zurich: A Vintage City

The city of Zurich lies in the heart of Switzerland. Zurich has become more than a large financial institution. It’s multicultural people and the variety of leisure and fun activities has made it a top destination for tourists over the years.

Zurich is a global city with a low population and is home to large number of banking giants. It also has the fourth largest stock exchange in the world. The quality of life in Zurich is fantastic and that’s the reason Zurich was ranked first on a list of top 25 cities in the world ‘to make a base within’ by Monocle.

Interesting things to do in Zurich:

  • A journey up to Mt. Titlis to see a magnificent view of the Alps.
  • Take a day off the city life and walk to the top of Uetliberg.
  • Take a walk along the lake side and see how boundless the beauty of the world is.

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It’s a myth that Zurich is a dull city, but these are those people who haven’t been to the street parade that happens in August every year. Initiated by some 1000 enthusiasts’ way back in 1992, this open air dance party entertains around a million people. It was conceived as a demonstration for love, peace, liberty, generosity and tolerance.

Zurich is home to more than 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries with collections that date back to 19th century. Kunsthaus art museum is a must visit in the city which showcases works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Mondrian, Monet and many more.

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A short visit to the old town is worth the time. With ancient art galleries, antique and book shops it’s a perfect place for art lovers. Evening is the best time to visit as the town transforms into an entertainment hotspot as well.

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London

“By Seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said Samuel Johnson. The energy, the diversity and the soothing green spaces is all you need to spend your life peacefully. There is something about London that makes it the city we love, adore and dream of. This cultural melting pot London has grown to become one of the most important financial and cultural capitals of Europe, if not the world.

London Bridge

London is a world to explore with different districts that reflect different national characteristics, London’s strength and character lies in its cultural dynamism which has about 50 non-indigenous communities.

If you are a first-timer to London, here is a breakdown of the most famous tourism spots.

Day planner

Dedicate two or three days to seeing the sights and soaking up the sheer weight of history. Do not forget to fit in a visit to some of the famous art galleries and museums. Then allow for some serious shopping time at world-famous venues such as Harrods, Hamleys and Oxford Street. Finally, soak up some culture with a visit to Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and Camden Lock. For a hair-raising day out, take in the Tower of London and the London Dungeon, and then relax with some laughs at lifelike replicas of some of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. If you are a person of leisure then just strolling around on the streets of London is the best way to past your time and soak in the city’s unbeatable essence.

Double Decker bus

In England, double deckers are either a chocolate bar, or a big red, double layered bus. We are talking about the buses here, which are an iconic feature of London, almost as much as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. They are a fantastic and fun way to get around the city, whether you just want to go shopping or be taken on a guided tour.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.

Big Ben

The clock tower, built in 1288, on the Houses of Parliament houses a main bell known as Big Ben. Although the clock tower is a symbol of London and all things English, and a massive tourist draw card, the actual interior of the tower is not open to the public. It has featured in countless films and TV programs, and is the largest four faced, chiming clock in the world.

London Eye

If the top deck of a bus just isn’t high enough for you, aim for a bird’s eye view of London with a ride on Europe’s biggest Ferris wheel, the 135-metre high London Eye. Once described as London’s Eiffel Tower, its complete rotation takes about 30 minutes, so no stomach-churning rush here!

London Eye

 

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EXPO MILANO 2015

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Expo Milano 2015 started its journey from 1st May 2015 and will run along till 31st of October. Milan will be the epicenter of the world where more than 140 countries will be participating and will showcase their technological prowess in regards to being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone on the planet.

An Expo is an international platform for exchanging ideas and solutions where each country’s creativity and innovations are presented. Expo 2015 will be serving up opportunity to find out about world’s best dishes and agri-food traditions of each country.

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Milan Expo site comprises of an area of 1.1 million square meters which is very easily accessible from all the surrounding areas in Milan. The whole site is constructed with energy efficient and sustainable designs such that they can be reused or removed once the expo concludes.

There are 4 thematic areas in Expo Milano 2015.

  1. Pavilion Zero: This area will showcase the history of humankind and its relation with food. The future food district will explain how technology will be changing our food storage, distribution, and purchase ways.
  2. Children’s Park: Children will have the chance to know more about the theme of Milan Expo 2015 while having fun at Children’s Park.
  3. Biodiversity Park: A large garden in which a number of our planet’s ecosystems are reproduced.
  4. Triennale Museum: An exhibition which will explore the relationship between food and art.

Expo Milano 2015 will be showcasing Oman Pavilion which shows Oman’s attempts to take care of its water which is still based on an ancient underground canal system of ‘aflaj’. The ancient underground canal system of the ‘aflaj’ is declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. You can discover it at Oman Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

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MUSANDAM PENINSULA

There are very few places on earth which will take your imagination for a spin. Musandam Peninsula in Oman is surely one of those. Musandam’s beauty is a photographers dream, a poet’s inspiration and a traveler’s bucket list idea! Musandam is where you’ll find the marriage of the forces of the mountain and the sea. Nowhere else will you find such breathtaking scenes!

Musandam

It is located at the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and jutting out into the Strait of Hormuz. Getting to Musandam is a highlight in itself. The beautiful picture perfect coastal region is a sight not to be missed. But the pleasurable ride begins from 30 km or so from Bukha to Khasab, driving along the Arabian Gulf where the serene beaches overlooking Hajar Mountains swivels a dream ride.

Musandam

Along the way, you’ll also see picturesque little mosques with their beautiful minarets near the coastline, tiny fishing villages & herds of goats. In recent years a lot Emiratis have been flocking to Musandam for weekends and mini vacations. They usually drive along the coast, camp at the beaches between Bukha and Khasab, in Wadi Al A’la in the acacia forest or at the back of the deep and marvelous fjords where they go diving.

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THINGS TO DO

  • A Dhow cruise should be on your to-do list for Musandam
  • Snorkeling
  • Camp on a secluded beach
  • Watch the dolphins
  • Drive to Jebel Harim and watch the Arabian Gulf

 

For the travelers without time on their hands, Oman Air flies you to Khasab daily from Muscat. Musandam has become an important tourist destination for Oman and across the region. Come to Musandam you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

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Paris: An Ideal Vacation

Paris is the most romantic and the most beautiful city in the world. A mere mention of Paris brings about a sense of joy to anyone who ever dreamed of visiting this stunning city. The Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, the Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe, Disneyland are just few reasons to visit Paris.

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Paris is a timeless beauty which instantly absorbs your imagination with its imperial architecture, exquisite cuisine, modern elegant boutiques and astounding artistic monuments. Paris is itself an inspiring city in a way that so many cultures from all over the world go hand in hand.

There are a number of things to do when you are in Paris. Head first to the Eiffel Tower. no guesses here. These days clicking a selfie with the Eiffel Tower is what dreams are made of. While walking around, you can’t miss the artistic brilliance of Paris. It has been a major capital for art all over the world. You will witness the true meaning of art, culture and history in these museums.

Eiffel Tower

The Louvre (Louvre Museum) is one such place where you will find art, culture and history beautifully woven together. Built as a fortress in the 12th century under Philip II, it was later chosen as the place to display royal collection by Louis XIV. The museum was opened to public after the French Revolution in 1793. The Louvre is home to ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci which has been acclaimed as the best known, the most visited, the most written about painting in the world.

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But the most important place to visit this summer is Disneyland. It is the most visited place after the Eiffel Tower in France. It is not much different from the one in the US, it is just as entertaining and exciting. Originally called Euro Disney Resort, it is located at Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km east of the centre of Paris. It is the most visited park in the whole of France and Europe. It is a huge theme park with several resorts, a huge complex for shopping, dining and a golf course as well.

Disneyland paris

It is a perfect vacation destination for families, friends or couples. There are more than 50 attractions to pay a visit to. One thing not to be missed is the Disney Parade with your childhood cartoon heroes – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and a lot more!

Oman Air flies you to Paris 4 times week.

Some tips:

  • Visa: If you’re a non EU passport holder, apply for a Schengen visa –this will entitle you to visit any one of 26 Schengen countries. For visitors from Oman, visit the Embassy of the country which will be your main destination that is the French Embassy in A’Sarooj, Qurm.
  • Credit cards are used widely, ATMs are frequent, but Euros is always useful for taxis, buses and tips.

Bon Voyage!

Here are some beautiful pictures of Paris.

Notre Dame, Paris Pont Alexandre III, Paris Eiffel Tower Jardin de Luxembourg

 

 

 

 

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