Things to do in Bangkok – Part I

things to do in bangkok

Bangkok wasn’t really ever on my wish-list so I did not know what things to do in Bangkok. But, my husband had an official trip to Bangkok for a few days so I decided to go along. I started to quickly google places to see, things to do in Bangkok and made a detailed itinerary for the trip. I am happy to have returned from that city, mesmerised by all the city had to offer. While I could have covered my trip to Bangkok in one post, I really felt I would be doing injustice to the city. After all, it has something to offer for everyone. It is a destination you can visit with your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, kids, family and yet you will never feel that the city lacks places to cater to your need. If you are the kind of a person who likes visiting all sorts of places  (like I am), you must add Bangkok to your travel list! So, I am going to write a series which will detail all the things to do in Bangkok along with my personal experiences. So, lets begin. I. Flights to Bangkok, Thailand from Varanasi, India We took a […]

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Scuba Diving experience in Pattaya: Sand, Fish & Coral

scuba diving

Scuba Diving is one of the adventures which has found a place in mine and Mr. Daaku’s bucket list. So, during my trip to Thailand recently, we planned out to dedicate an entire day to scuba diving. After all, it was one activity I was desperately looking forward to. It was going to be my first dive ever, almost 20 feet into water. There were several thoughts whirling around in my mind – for all of you who do not know me, I don’t know how to swim and the thought of going 10-20 feet inside water gave me shivers. After spending a week in Bangkok, we headed off to Pattaya (read here about my unexpected encounter with pop-pop show and the experience on the roads of Siam). We researched a lot of places to stay in Pattaya but we weren’t very happy with the choices. It was either very far away from the places we wanted to visit or it was very expensive. Both Mr. Daaku and I are not very keen on luxury for our stay because most of the times we are exploring the city, far away from the vicinity of the room. We preferred a place close to the beach and while […]

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Tale of Neglect

Have you ever wondered how things around us, we do not pay attention to, could mean a lot to others? We go shopping, plunge a lot of money on lavish designer wear and spend a lot on appreciating the work on the cloth (for example, embroidery etc.). We do this without pondering over the work that went behind its creation or the source of inspiration for the designer. Such variety of crafts commonly emanate from spiritual, religious, and customary communities. Take any art/craft form and be rest assured it will be a creation or outcome of sublime aspirations which can be linked with intellect and culture. This forms “merely” one of the facets of the global apprehension concerning traditional cultural expressions and forming a partnership between artisans and designers. One of the other aspect of the debate on traditional cultural expressions is the transformation and swing from traditional handicrafts to industrial handicrafts (basically, the monster of capitalism!) leaving the community with no incentive of sustaining their rich culture. Like every coin has two sides, appreciating a craft requires you to comprehend the spirit behind the art/craft together with understanding the techno-economic side of it. Spirit refers to the importance craft/art/pattern holds for the […]

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