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More Than Bangkok

An Art Escape from Bangkok to Samui

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Natthapong Bunlunusorn
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Thailand has many intriguing and gorgeous islands, but the infamous Samui has to be one of the most popular destinations for relaxation and wellbeing. Whether you plan on having a glass of something refreshing while gazing at the beautiful beach all day or stress detoxing, this island has virtually everything you could want.

Samui Island is a wonderful destination for anyone seeking a healthy, relaxing holiday, and if you're traveling from Bangkok to Samui, there are plenty of activities you can do in Bangkok to make the most of your time before heading to the island, and we may have just the right suggestion for you. It is ideal for those who are on a detoxification journey and are looking for inspiration.

The first location we recommend you check out is the Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, better known as BACC, which is located in the heart of Pathumwan District, adjacent to Siam area

With its eclectic mix of exhibitions, the BACC offers a glimpse into the diverse and dynamic world of contemporary art.And if you’re the type who enjoys learning something new, attending a workshop or class at BACC may be a good idea, as it offers a range of workshops and classes for all ages and skill levels. You can learn everything from painting and drawing to printmaking and digital art.

Whether you’re an art lover or simply curious about contemporary culture, the Bangkok Art & Cultural Center has something for everyone. 

With its diverse range of exhibitions, workshops, and events, the center is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Bangkok. 

The next destination worth visiting is River City, which is located at Si Phraya Pier and is a renowned tourist destination in Bangkok.

River City is well-known for its antique stores and art galleries. Here is the place to go if you're looking for one-of-a-kind and real antiques. Anything from vintage furniture and pottery to unique Buddha sculptures and old Thai textiles may be found here.

Throughout the year, River City Bangkok organizes a variety of art exhibitions and cultural events. 

Although the temporary exhibitions at River City Bangkok are constantly changing, they also have a variety of permanent exhibits that showcase the history and culture of Thailand. 

River City Bangkok houses galleries, retail boutiques, and eateries. In addition, not only will you get to be inspired by many contemporary art exhibitions, but you will also be able to enjoy a scenic view and a breezy wind at coffee shops and restaurants situated next to Si Phraya Pier as well.

Another interesting option is to explore the nearby Chinatown. River City is close to Bangkok's Chinatown district, which is noted for its vibrant street food, gold shops, and markets. When you've finished visiting the art exhibitions, take a stroll around the streets and alleys to find undiscovered temples, shrines, and street-side food stalls.

Finally, if you're looking for a picturesque approach to exploring, consider taking a river cruise. Si Phraya Pier is a starting point for many river cruises along the Chao Phraya River. You can take a scenic boat ride to see some of Bangkok's famous landmarks, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the iconic Rama VIII bridge.

These are just a few of the many things you can do in Bangkok before heading to Samui. With so much to see and do, you’ll never be bored in this vibrant city.

Photo: BACC, River City,  RPST, Chanut Husbumrer

Text: Natthapong Bunlunusorn

Aquarel: Natcha Eaknava

Style: Bangkok Art City

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