Over the past few decades, Thailand, and in particular Bangkok has become more and more of a popular destination amongst tourists.
Gone have the days where most Europeans would only consider the likes of Spain and France as go-to holiday destinations. With flights to South East Asia becoming ever increasingly more reasonably priced and hotels, restaurants and activities being on the cheaper side of the budget spectrum – it’s no wonder why scores of families and fun-seekers alike flock to the land of the Thai.
But what about accessibility? In an emerging economy situated in an area not widely renowned for its wheelchair accessibility – how does the Thai capital match up when compared to European counterparts? This articles serves to give you a rundown of four accessible things to do in Bangkok!
1- Baiyoke Tower Viewing Deck
The fact that you’re elevated over 300 metres into the Bangkok skyline offers you wonderful views of the city sprawled out below. What better way to experience the city than from a birds eye view position? Tickets onto the viewing deck cost around $10 US, and the decks are fully wheelchair accessible.
2- Chatuchak Weekend Market
Whether you’re looking for cheap clothing, plants, books, nik-naks or just general street food, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the place to be. Known globally as one of the biggest street markets in the world – the Chatuchak Weekend Market has the obvious bonus of being outdoors, and so there’s not much in the way of building access to contend with. Beware though, the market can get extremely busy, but if you’re slow and methodical, you can see and do a lot whilst there.
3- Lumphini Park
Why not take time out from the hustle and bustle of the busy Bangkok streets and spend some time wandering around the largest green space within the city? The park not only offers visitors the chance to see some of Bangkok’s great beauty, but it also allows you to relax and unwind. Given that the park is outdoors, the vast majority of the parked area is accessible for wheelchair users, with pavements throughout.
4- Khao San Road
If you don’t visit Khao San Road whilst in Bangkok, did you really visit Bangkok? What better way to soak up the vibrance and diversity of Bangkok than by taking an evening stroll down this famous road. Get ready for a senses overload as you pass street food vendor’s, souvenir floggers and many different bars along the way. Khao San Road is widely tipped as being the backpackers Mecca, and with so many cheap bars and hostels, it’s easy to see why.
The sheer size and breadth of Bangkok make it impossible to list all of the cool things to see and do in the city, and of course there is the added factor that accessibility in South East Asia isn’t at it’s strongest – but having said that, Bangkok is definitely doing their bit to try and ensure the Thai capital is ever increasingly inclusive for all.
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