Prior to this trip, I had never travelled to Asia. However, I was in awe from the moment I arrived in Bangkok airport. With statues and ancient monuments around me, the smiles on everyone’s faces and a warm welcome like no other, I knew Thailand was going to be an unbelievable experience.

When we stepped out of the airport, the heat was incredible but we were greeted with a cold bottle of water and towel. After checking into our hotel, we were ready to embark on a scooter tour of the city. We all hopped onto the back of a scooter and with the wind in our hair, our drivers whizzed us around the main roads of Bangkok. It really was like sampling real city life like a local. Our first stop was King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Bangkok with 78 floors and 314m tall. Other stop-off points included the Chao Phraya River, where we were taught about Bangkok culture. We also drove though Chinatown, passed many temples and monuments, paused at Bangkok’s Flower Market, Pak Khlong Talat and visited Lumphini Park. Apart from hearing about the different culture and seeing the variety of sights, my favourite part of this tour had to be sitting on the back of a scooter, darting through the busy traffic and observing the frantic pace of Bangkok city life fly by. Being able to smell and indulge in a variety of senses while cruising around the city gave me a real taste of Bangkok.

Another highlight was having dinner at the Vertigo Restaurant at the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel. Here, we spent the evening dining at one of the most luxurious and exclusive places in the city. I didn’t really have any idea how spectacular the views would be, but at 61 floors high this was one of the most breathtaking places I have ever visited. With amazing service, luscious cocktails, a heavenly meal and spectacular views of the city lights, this rooftop bar and restaurant is something I will never forget.

This sensational evening was a great way to end our city break. This was the experience of a lifetime and one I will remember forever.

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