Bangkok is an intoxicating mix of hedonistic pleasures. From glistening temples and palaces to boundless shopping opportunities, pulsating neon, and heaving bars to gridlocked traffic and blaring horns. Bangkok can be a frantic assault on the senses, with even the hardiest travelers soon wearying of the madness.
Escape the Crowds in Bangkok
Before you throw in the towel and flee the city, here are three relaxation options to revive your flagging energy. Suitably refreshed, you can prepare once again to indulge in a city that barely even naps, let alone sleeps. Take a day out and follow this bliss-inducing itinerary.
Adverts for foot massages line every corner, and young girls coquettishly attempt to coax passersby into their salon to be presented with a bewildering array of options for the travel-weary body. My favorite Thai indulgence, however, is the foot massage.
The description simply does not do this treatment justice, so if you have never had one before, pick your establishment and settle in for one of the best value treatments you will ever experience.
For around $5, you will find your calves and feet soaked in soapy water, gently dried, and then massaged and pummeled into mellow oblivion. Firm, sweeping strokes expertly release tension from your muscles while you sip green tea and relax to the sound of tinkling melodies. After an hour of this divinity, you will practically float from your reclining chair.
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Swim in a Rooftop Infinity Pool
Bangkok is notoriously crowded, with a population of around 8 million and more than 21 million visitors every year. Ranked as the most popular city in the world for travelers in 2016, real estate is crammed into every nook and cranny. Though this does not augur well for finding resort-style establishments with huge pool decks, it does mean that you can take your pick from a variety of fabulous rooftop swimming pools.
Take this one at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Bangkok, where the expansive, infinity pool plunges into an abyss. You can revel in magnificent, far-reaching views as you slot in a morning or evening workout or simply gorge on sultry sunsets while lounging on your sun bed sipping a cocktail.
Become an Expert Mixologist
Not far from the hotel Indigo is The Alchemist, a cocktail bar playing live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Here you can become a master mixologist in your very own cocktail class or leave the theatricals to the bar staff and simply indulge in a few colorful creations while chilling out.
A Perfect Day of Relaxation
If you feel like indulging in all three, it might be best to give your muscles a swimming workout first, head for the foot massage next to release any pent-up tension, and finally let your hair down over cocktails. Just be careful not to get too carried away — you might reverse all the good you’ve done!
What’s Your Favorite Relaxation Activity in Bangkok?
Do you have any other suggestions for relaxing things to do to escape the Bangkok hustle and bustle? Maybe you’ve attended a fabulous yoga studio or undertaken some other awesome activity. I’d love to hear about it below.