Street Shopping in Bangkok: Where to Visit

When it comes to enjoying a fun-filled street shopping spree with your friends, Bangkok is one of the right destinations to explore. The capital city of Thailand is home to a myriad of shopping locales and await shopaholic travellers like you with surreal shopping experiences.

These shopping places in the city are worth the visit:

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1) Chatuchak market

A visit to the Chatuchak market is a great way to make the most out of your weekend in the city. Chatuchak market is revered as one of the largest markets in the world, and the place certainly lives up to its reputation as it boasts of having over 15,000 stalls that welcome keen shoppers with every product imaginable.

Given the vast expanse of sprawling space of the market, it’s worth wearing comfortable clothes and footwear for an enjoyable shopping experience. You can take either the subway (MRT) or the sky train (BTS) to get to Chatuchak market.

2) Chinatown

If you want to indulge in a traditional and budget-friendly experience, head over to Chinatown. The shopping locale offers a completely different shopping experience as compared to that of mega malls. Here, you can haggle on anything you see that’s worth your money.

From hi-tech electronics to fancy wear and exquisite handicrafts, there’s nothing that you can’t get in the crowded alleys of this market. Chinatown is located to Hualamphong; getting a tuk-tuk or a taxi is the easiest way to get there.

3) Floating markets

Your shopping spree in Bangkok is incomplete without exploring the uniqueness of the city, the floating markets. If you haven’t visited floating markets before, exploring boat shops is surely going to be a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for you.   

Most of the floating markets in the city sell organic and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. So, if you are someone who prefers fresh grocery picks, a visit to some of the floating markets is surely going to be worth your time. The large and must-visit floating markets of the city include Amphawa floating market and Damnoen Saduak floating market.

4) Pratunam

Pratunam is the wholesale fashion district of Bangkok; well, at least that’s what the place is popular for among local shoppers in the city! If you want to stay updated on the latest fashion trends, and that too on a budget, Pratunam is the right place to be.

Shops in the locale offer fashionable and quality clothes, footwear, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Given the myriad of shops in the fashion district, it’s a guarantee that you’ll find what you want. Also, do not forget to bargain politely to bag the best deals.

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Kashi Vishwanath: Intriguing Facts for the Visitors

If there’s one must-visit temple for devotees of Lord Shiva, it’s Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is considered as one of the most important places of worship in the Shaiva philosophy.

Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all around India visit Varanasi and flock the temple to offer prayers and seek salvation. Planning to travel to Varanasi? Book one of our India tour packages for Varanasi at http://www.tourient.com/holiday-packages/Rustic-Varanasi and enjoy a hassle-free visit. Tourient is one the best hotel booking sites in India.

These interesting facts about Kashi Vishwanath temple will surely compel you to pay a visit:

1) One of the holiest Shiva temples  

Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The temple houses the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Jyotirlinga is a devotional depiction of Lord Shiva. There are only 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in the country.

2) The temple has gold domes

Yes, you read it right. The three towering domes of the temple are made of pure gold, making them one of the biggest highlights of the structure.

3) The temple houses many other small temples

There small temples situated in the complex of the Kashi Vishwanath temple that are dedicated to several prominent deities, including Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Virupaksh Gauri, Virupaksha, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Kaalbhairav, and Dhandapani.

4) An architectural inspiration to other temples

Due to the high popularity of Kashi Vishwanath, the temple has inspired the architectural style of many temples in the country.   

5) Timings of aartis performed in the temple

In case you want to attend an aarti when visiting the temple, here are the timing details:

. Mangala Aarti – 3AM to 4AM (Morning)

. Bhoga Aarti – 11.15 am to 12.20PM (Day)

. Sandhya Aarti – 7PM to 8.15PM (Evening)

. Shringara Aarti :- 9PM to 10.15PM (Night)

. Shayana Aarti :- 10.30PM to 11.PM (Night)

These aartis are conducted every day and with the utmost security. Make sure not to bring lighter, cigarettes, metal accessories, or a camera when visiting the temple as they aren’t allowed inside.  

6) Visited by many spiritual leaders

Some of the leading spiritual leaders in India, including Guru Nanak, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Goswami Tulsidas, Swami Vivekananda, Adi Sankaracharya, Bamakhyapa, and Ramakrishna Paramhansa have visited the temple.

7) A secret chamber to hide the Jyotirlinga from invaders

The temple houses a small well called the ‘Jnana Vapi’ (pronounced as Gyaan Vapi) which was built to be a chamber to hide the precious Jyotirlinga when the temple was invaded. Legend has it that a priest of the temple jumped down the well along with the Jyotirlinga to protect it from the attackers.

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6 Things to Know About Acropolis Museum in Athens

The Acropolis Museum in Athens welcomes thousands of history buffs every year and fascinates them with dazzling displays of the exquisite surviving treasures of Acropolis of  Athens. It has now become one of the must-visit places for travellers exploring Greece.

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