Bangkok, Thailand





Spas & Massages
With the large number of rich business visitors to Silom, the district is an excellent destination for high-class spas and traditional Thai massages. Particularly well-regarded spas include the Devarana Spa 
at the Dusit Thani Hotel (BTS Sala Daeng or MRT Si Lom Stations). There are 15 treatment rooms here including five spa suits. Another is the Oriental Bangkok Spa and Ayurvedic Penthouse housed at Oriental Mandarin Hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The spa is probably the most expensive in Bangkok and a six-hour Oriental Romance package for two cost a whopping 16,000 baht!

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Ruen Thep Thai
286/1 Silom Rd (BTS Surasak at the Silom Village Trade Center). Opening: from 8:20 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. daily.
This is a cultural (dinner and entertainment) event held at the Silom Village Trade Center. The centre comprises of a group of traditional Thai and teak houses, serving as a shopping, entertainment and dining complex. Ruen Thep Thai is held in the evenings and you can catch authentic performance of various forms of traditional Thai dance. The event is very popular with tourists as well as locals and might be a good idea to make a reservation beforehand.

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
Rama IV Rd (MRT Lumphini). Opening: Tuesday & Friday  starting at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
An enjoyable way to understand more about Thai culture is to visit a Thai kickboxing (Muay Thai) match. Foreigners pay 1,000-2,000 baht depending on proximity to the ringside, while Thais squeeze in for 230 baht. Matches are quite long and the more interesting matches tend to happen at the end (you might want to skip the first hour).

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium by Mark Rauterkus

Mambo Cabaret
59 Rama III Rd (BRT Wat Darn, between Rama III Soi 57 and 59). Showtime: daily in the evenings at 5:15, 8:30 and 10:00.
Touted as the "queen" of drag shows, the one hour entertainment has all the glitz and glamour you would expect. You can take a picture with the performers after the show but have to pay extra for it. Booking beforehand is recommended.

Traditional Thai Puppet Theater
1875 Rama IV Rd (MRT Lumphini). Opening: daily from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 
This theatre was inspired by Sakhon Yangkhieosot (also known as Joe Louis) who wished to preserve the art of operating "Hun Lakhon Lek" puppets.  Each puppet is operated by three puppeteers, who require the basic skills of Khon performance to move their footsteps and hand gestures with those of the puppets. The puppet performance tells the story of Ramakian, the Thai version of the (Hindu) Ramayana epic. The show is in Thai with translations into English and there is a segment where the puppets interact with the audience, which is popular with children. There is a corner inside the theatre where Khon mask making is demonstrated and a gallery of Hun Lakhon Lek puppets exhibited.

Historic Bangrak Food Tasting and Culture Tour
(Meeting at BTS Saphan Taksin exit 3). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a culinary walking tour through Bang Rak and takes about three hours. The tour includes tasting of seven to eight menus from five local eateries, as well as visits to local landmarks. Each participant is given a wireless earpiece for use during the tour. Contact the tour organiser at (telephone) 66 2 252-9683.

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