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Stay in the heart of Bangkok with the perfect combination of boutique style and luxurious service. Having recently completed the renovation of our lobby, the hotel offers an elegant arrival experience together with one of the most talked-about French restaurants in the city and a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the vibrant Pathumwan District.
Starting from THB 3,850++
La VIE Bistronomy is the perfect place to start your day, offering the best breakfast in Bangkok hotels, with both Asian favourites and Continental fare accompanied by creative cooking. So treat yourself to a rejuvenated morning at the best hotel breakfast buffet Bangkok is home to, before setting off on an adventure!
VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel is a modern and elegant 5-star luxury designed hotel and creation of renowned French architect J + H Boiffils, with a spellbinding atmosphere and complete with works of art, exotic furniture, soft shades and audacious colors. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it is just steps away from the BTS Skytrain Ratchathewi station and within walking distance of the city’s most famous shopping malls such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center, Central World, Central Embassy, The EmQuartier, Platinum Mall and MBK Center.
The world loves Bangkok. Every year millions of happy visitors flock to the city from all parts of the globe. In fact, in 2018 an incredible 20.05 million people were recorded as having traveled to the capital of Thailand for a stay of at least one night, taking in the fabulous variety of Bangkok attractions.
This is an impressive figure, considering that the entire population of the city is around 8.2 million by the official estimate, though it has been known to swell to double that amount during work hours due to commuters from the surrounding suburban districts of Bangkok’s vast metropolis. For another fascinating comparison with the tourist numbers, the population of the entire country of Thailand nearly reaches just 70 million according to the latest census.
This is an amazing proportion of tourists to residents over the span of a year, and Bangkok is certainly handling them well, with a tourism infrastructure like nowhere else and a tremendous range of exciting options for what to do in Bangkok.
If you need any more proof of how universally appealing the Bangkok attractions are to us, look no further than the internationally respected luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler. This high-end magazine keeps its eyes open for quality destinations around the globe and continues to award hotels, such as VIE Hotel Bangkok, which excel in service and hospitality.
After recently updating its website with the latest results from Mastercard’s highly detailed Global Destination Cities Index, an annual report that ranks the popularity among tourists of more than 160 cities around the world and takes into account airfare, accommodations and other expenses and considerations, Condé Nast found that once again the city of Bangkok was listed as the most popular tourist destination on earth!
Astonishingly, 2018 was actually the third year in a row that Bangkok has achieved this recognition and these fantastic tourist numbers! There is little doubt that 2019 will see the same trend.
Much of this intense popularity has to do with there being so much to see and do in the city. When you consider what to do in Bangkok, the list is nearly endless of the various sights and activities counted among Bangkok attractions. Shopping is always significant, as are the temples in Bangkok, and then there are a number of other experiences that visitors will also find interesting and unique, such as a Muay Thai Bangkok match.
Nonetheless, among them all, there are a few quintessential experiences any tourist simply must have in order to say that they have well and truly been to Bangkok, or Krungthep as it is called in the Thai language, which translates beautifully as The City of Angels.
Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sights is the Grand Palace. This fascinating complex was constructed in 1782 and was the royal residence and seat of the administrative government for 150 years. The Grand Palace is mostly visited for the inclusion within its walls of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which may very well be the most beautiful among the temples in Bangkok. It is certainly the most visually striking!
Amidst the comforting feeling of serenity that pervades throughout the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew’s elaborately decorated structures feature such eye-catching details as a long mural of the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayana story) and the very large and gorgeous gold leaf-covered Phra Si Ratana Chedi pagoda, which was built in the 19th century and houses a significant relic: ashes of the Buddha.
Within the chapel itself of the temple is its namesake, the Buddha image, which was sculpted from a huge piece of jade sometime in the 14th century. In fact only His Majesty the King is allowed to touch this image, held sacred by the Thai, changing the image’s raiment to mark the changing of the seasons. This is an important ritual in the traditionally agricultural nation.
If you’re heading there, be sure to go early, though, as the ticket office closes at 3:30 pm. And, like at all temples in Bangkok, be sure to dress conservatively. Long trousers and skirts are preferred, as well as shoes which cover the heel.
Another popular temple and definitely on the list of not-to-be-missed visits is the sprawling garden-like atmosphere of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as Wat Pho is often called in the tourist literature. Actually quite near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this temple was built even before the capital city of Bangkok was established! Wat Pho is famous for its enormous Buddha in the reclining position.
The Reclining Buddha measures 46 meters long and is completely covered in eye-boggling gold leaf. Incidentally, to take a load off your feet during all this sightseeing, you will find the most famous school of traditional Thai massage in the country located right here on the temple grounds. Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is open until 5:00 pm.
A cruise up the Chao Phraya is always highly recommended. And if you do so in the evening, your eyes will be thrilled by the sight of the enchantingly lit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, on the western bank. Its spires decorated with colored glass and sides set with Chinese porcelain take the light and make it a splendid and romantic vision.
Of course, temples are not the only choice of what to do in Bangkok. Thai street cuisine is so delicious that one vender has even earned a Michelin star! To get another taste of the culture, a visit to one of the nearby floating markets is a fascinating journey. There you can stroll along the banks of the waterway, shopping for souvenirs and trying some of the tasty lesser known snacks, treats and exotic tropical fruits sold along the way or by boat from the venders plying their goods.
The traditional Thai martial art is another exciting experience. Muay Thai Bangkok isn’t for the feint-hearted, though. It’s a rambunctious and loud sport, at an exciting fever pitch, so don’t be surprised if you get caught up in the spirit of the contest!
One of the best places to see a good Muay Thai Bangkok match is at Rajadamnern Stadium, a cultural landmark of the city being the very first national stadium built for the sport of Muay Thai. Another is the famed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, which though it has in recent years been relocated to somewhat distant Ram Intra Road, the sport continues to thrive here. It is also one of the few places in Thailand in which people are allowed to gamble, so the crowd is even wilder!
If you would like a chance to appear on Thai TV, even for a second as the camera pans the crowd, the Channel 7 Stadium in Bangkok is also a studio, broadcasting the fights as they happen to televisions across the country! This one can be reached fairly easily via the Skytrain, which has a station just a minute’s walk in front of VIE Hotel Bangkok.
Finally, cool off with some air-conditioned shopping, available one of the many famous shopping malls of the city. These vast structures are in fact mega-malls which house not only shops and department stores but also restaurants, cinemas, karaoke and often a bowling alley or other kinds of fun entertainment such as a kids’ zone. The most high-end of these is certainly Paragon, and you can look for your bargains at MBK Center.
A cluster of other malls and shops are located right around these, forming the shopping district of Bangkok. If you love shopping, accommodation nearby is convenient, such as at the modern and elegant VIE Hotel Bangkok, which offers a just few minutes’ walk to these famous malls, or you can get there by riding the BTS Skytrain which is just outside, or even going there in the fun and traditional Tuk Tuk provided by the hotel.
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