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Discover the magic of Bangkok
Discover the magic of Bangkok
- Gong Therapy: Bathe in Good Vibrations
Gong Therapy: Bathe in Good VibrationsSound therapy has been used for centuries to detoxify, heal, and clear emotional blockages. A gong bath, of course, has nothing to do with water, but it is immersive in a deeper sense: the resonant rolls and soaring crescendos from the ancient instrument sweep over and through you to raise the frequencies in your body to more optimal levels, like an energizing sound massage. Join Jen – a professional dancer turned yoga teacher, Reiki healer and sound therapist – for your vibrational reset. In her candlelit, verdant sanctuary, sunset is optimal relaxation time, and her regal symphonic gong takes center stage. All smiles and warmth, Jen settles you in with some breathing exercises as the dusk deepens in the city beyond her vast windows. Lie down and the gong bath begins, releasing waves of sound that wash over you and send your brain into a theta, dreamlike state. Whether you’re a wellness junkie or a meditation newbie, don’t be surprised if you see colors, find inspiration or fall into a trance. Jen’s gentle use of Tibetan singing bowls and tinkling Koshi chimes adds to the fairyland effect.The conclusion of your session brings a feeling of peaceful exhilaration; stretch and linger over a cup of homebrewed yogi tea. For an even more profound experience, start with a yoga lesson. Drawing on more than 15 years of yoga practice and training in Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Yin styles with internationally recognized teachers, Jen will guide you to bring awareness to your breath and body – the perfect ease in to your gong bath.
An evening with a legendary storytellerAn evening with a legendary storyteller
An evening with a legendary storytellerWhat makes for a great night out? Exploring new areas and stumbling on hidden gems? Or chilling at your favorite local in the embrace of a familial community? At Roadbook we say all of the above. And you can have it all in Bangkok, as long as you have the right guide. We want to make you a local, and we have just the man to do it. Consummate insider Joe Cummings is an award-winning journalist who’s also a musician, actor, influencer, connector, and linguist. Since writing the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook, he’s been fully immersed in the rhythms of life here and throughout the region — and with him you have an all-access pass to Bangkok’s best night spots.
Single Malt Vault: Whisky Tasting in a Bangkok SpeakeasySingle Malt Vault: Whisky Tasting in a Bangkok Speakeasy
Single Malt Vault: Whisky Tasting in a Bangkok Speakeasy
A whisky repository might not be the most obvious way to describe Bangkok, but that undercover nature is what makes the burgeoning “uisge beatha” bar scene here all the more exciting. In a riot of hidden venues and tucked-away gems, it never hurts to have a spirit guide or two… say a gent from Scotland and one from Japan, homes of the world’s best single malts, unlocking the door to a whisky experience that ranks as the Thai capital’s most intriguing.
Where does one go to find the best street food in Bangkok? Don't know what to order? Roadbook will connect you with passionate people who will bring you to experience street food in neighborhoods off-the-beaten-path. With traditional street food rapidly disappearing in Bangkok and relocating to air-conditioned shopping malls. Tailored to fit your schedule daytime or evening, Roadbook will dine with you at authentic, street-level culinary gems at impromptu sidewalk stalls and traditional markets.
Make your visit to this great city memorable. Soar into the skies and experience a breathtaking view of Bangkok. Roadbook takes you on a flight in a luxuriously equipped Airbus helicopter with experienced pilots. After liftoff, you'll fly over Ratchamangkala Stadium and glide over the city to the architectural marvel that is the King Bhumibol Rama 9 Bridge. You'll then hover over the lush Bang Kra Chao — the Green Lung of Bangkok. From there you'll see the contrasts of a rapidly evolving Bangkok skyline and traditional life on the Chao Phraya River.
The “Jewels in the Crown" of Bangkok, the seven royal temples of eight Siamese kings also represents the finest of Rattanakosin art and culture. Roadbook will take you on a specially arranged journey of Thai architectural and decorative styles over the last two hundred years. The Temple of King Rama I: Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, constructed in the 16th century during the Ayuthaya period and then almost completely rebuilt in 1781 by King Rama I. It features the largest reclining Buddha and collection of Buddha images in Thailand and was the earliest center for public education. The Temple of King Rama II: Wat Arun is named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. Wat Arun has a long, elongated, Khmer-style prang, or the tower. And four minor towers symbolize Mount Meru, the terrestrial representation of the thirty-three heavens. The prang are covered with pieces of porcelain, which Chinese trading boats coming to Bangkok used as ballast. The Temple of King Rama III: Wat Ratcha Orasa. King Rama III, before ascending the throne built this temple from the ruins of Wat Jom Thong which is known as the Monastery of the Royal Son. It is a unique temple in Bangkok period, strongly influenced by Chinese architecture. The Temple of King Rama IV: Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram. The most outstanding characteristic of the temple are the mural paintings in the main abbey depicting royal ceremonies undertaken throughout the 12 months including the legend of the eclipse of the sun. The Temple of King Rama V and King Rama VII: Wat Ratchabophit. The mother of pearl doors and windows of the Bot (main hall) are refined, and the hand-painted tiles show European influence. During the reign of King Rama VII the temple underwent a major renovation. The Temple of Rama VI: Wat Phra Pathom Chedi. It's the most venerated Buddhist monument in Thailand. The original chedi was built by the Mon in the 10th century. All sorts of interesting items surround the chedi, including Buddhas in every pose, holy trees, replica chedis, museums and ceremonial halls. The ashes of King Rama VI, who completed the present day restoration, are here. The Temple of King Rama VIII: Wat Suthat. It houses a 14th century Buddha surrounded by surreal depictions of Buddha's last 24 lives. The courtyard is filled with statues of scholars and sailors brought as ballast in rice boats returning from China. In an annual ceremony to celebrate the rice harvest, men rode on the Giant Swing outside and tried to grab a bag of silver coins attached to a pole; only the red teak arch remains.
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