It's hard to take time off from work for a vacation, but sometimes we could try to squeeze in a quick trip over a long weekend. Some of us may prefer to travel abroad instead of 'Cuti-cuti Malaysia'. But certainly most of us want the most value for our vacation dollar with dining, accommodations, shopping and entertainment within affordable budget. Bangkok is always at the top of the Malaysian's preferred travel destination! Scroll down and find out why.
1) Cheap Air Tickets
If you are lucky, you can get a return ticket (KUL-BKK) from Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia or Thai Airways at RM300++ during promotion period. It only takes 2 hours to reach Bangkok by flight and you have plenty of time to visit different places, eat and shop without wasting time travelling too long on the plane.
2) Food Heaven
Malaysians love food! While Bangkok is famous for their cheap street food and classy fine dining, there has been a growing number of cafes that are sprouting out to cater to the growing needs for good coffee and desserts. You can easily grab a bottle of Chang, Leo or Singha which are the best drinks ever under the hot weather. Malaysians wouldn't leave the country without trying Bangkok's famous hot and spicy tom yum goong and mango sticky rice etc.
3) Easy To Get Around
From the local tuk tuks, meter taxis, motorbike taxis to the MRT underground train and ultra modern BTS skytrain, you are sure to never be stranded. A one day pass costs THB140 for unlimited rides is available at BTS. Everything is simple, fast and convenient - Malaysians surely like!
4) Shopping Paradise
Shopping is one of the most popular reasons why Malaysians like to visit Bangkok. Affordable prices, decent quality and the variety of products are just amazing. The shopping malls are cater to suit every lifestyle of yours - from luxurious to practical. Chatuchak weekend market and Terminal 21, Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Square, MBK, Central Embassy, Platinum Fashion Mall, Union mall are the shopping places Malaysians wouldn't miss.
5) Thai Massage
Thai massage is always in Malaysians' a to-do list. With non-stop shopping marathon, a Thai massage will set you in good stead for the remainder of your trip. It is impossible that you will miss a massage shop when walk on any street in Bangkok because they are really as ubiquitous as 7-Eleven.
6) Tailored Suit
One of the joys of Malaysians visiting Bangkok is to acquire tailor made clothes. While tailors are everywhere, the trick is to search for the best quality and price. The most amazing part of these tailors are their quick turnaround time where some may be able get your suits ready within 24 hours. Prices for top quality suits range from THB3300 to THB10,000. The best recommended tailors in Bangkok are Narin Couture, Perry's, Rajawongse Clothier, July Tailor and Duly.
7) Variety of Snacks
Malaysians love to buy snacks as souvenirs when they travel to Bangkok. The must-buy snacks include Lays chips, durian chips, chicken/pork floss rice crackers, Tao Kae Noi Seaweed, Bento Squid, Mama instant noodles, etc.
8) Rooftop Bars
To get a better glimpse of Bangkok, the rooftop bars such as Vertigo restaurant and Moon Bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel and Sky Bar, the world's highest outdoor bar with stunning vistas across Chao Phraya River are becoming one of the favourite spots for Malaysian tourists. What better way to drink in views on a balmy evening than from a skyscraper rooftop?