Virtual Vacation: Travel to Bangkok Without Leaving Your Home
Bangkok is one of the most popular cities to visit in the world, welcoming more than 22.7 million travelers each year. It's easy to see why travelers have fallen in love with Thailand’s historic capital. Bangkok has friendly locals, glistening landmarks and a world-famous food scene.
Unfortunately, Thailand's COVID-19 outbreak began in January, hitting the country's capital the hardest. As a result, traveling to the city has been banned, and many businesses have temporarily closed.
Despite the lifting of a few restrictions, traveling to Bangkok isn't allowed, but you can still experience the sparkling city from the comfort of your home. We here at Ask have put together the perfect virtual vacation to Southeast Asia's glimmering jewel.
Take Free Virtual Tours of Bangkok's Most Popular Destinations
Bedazzled in gold and dramatic designs, the Grand Palace is a must-see attraction in Bangkok. Since 1782 the Kings of Siam have called this royal fortress home, and until 1925 it was also the site of the royal government. Made up of buildings, gardens and courtyards, the palace is a spectacular sight full of jewels and color. Take a virtual walk through the beautiful palace and temples, and marvel at the intricate statues.
Get Some Tasty Thai Dishes in Your Belly
A trip to Bangkok (even if it’s virtual) wouldn’t be complete without dining on some traditional Thai dishes, so feast your eyes and stomach! Don't worry if you don't have access to a local Thai restaurant; some delicacies are easy to make. For instance, tom yum is a popular hot and sour soup. Putting together lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, lime juice, chilies and fish sauce will form the tasty and flavorful base for the soup. You can also add any type of meat to it.
Watch Inspirational Stories and Learn About Famous Myths
Travelers can't stop talking about Bangkok's legendary food carts and market. It's no surprise that a story on the restaurant scene exists. Netflix’s Street Food shares the heartwarming story of chef Jay Fai in its premiere episode. The street food chef is known for rocking goggles and bright red lipstick while cooking crab omelets, which have earned her Michelin stars.
Listen and Dance to the Country’s Greatest Musicians
Thailand’s music reflects its history, culture and growing diversity, and these are some artists that will make your trip perfect. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band combines traditional Thai music with different elements, like blues and folk-rock. The band formed with the express purpose of bringing many music styles together. Thailand isn't the only country they've performed in; the group has actually appeared in several international shows, such as the Off Festival in Poland and Festival Mundial in the Netherlands.
Get Lost in a Book
Valuable Organizations to Support
We’ve explored Thailand’s most famous attractions, tasted traditional food and found some unmissable books and music. It's almost the end of your virtual vacation, but there are a couple of good causes that are worth mentioning and supporting. For instance, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital's Faculty of Medicine is currently raising funds to cover the expenses of COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment to treat affected patients. The pink document in the middle of the webpage provides further information in English.