Bound The Bangkok

Sara Loren is an actor and model

Sara Loren is an actor and model who debuted in 2010, in the Pooja Bhatt-directed romantic thriller Kajraare. She later played the role of Nisha in the 2013 film Murder 3. Sara frequently visits Bangkok, the political and cultural capital of Thailand. This time around, she enjoyed a bit of shopping.
 
“I love travelling the world. My most recent trip to Bangkok was in January for some summer shopping. I chose Bangkok since it’s close to India, and there is so much variety as far as shopping is concerned.”
A lot of things make Bangkok a top tourism destination; shopping is one. It has its own thrills and delights, the experience going beyond a stroll in a mall or a morning walk to the market. Be it the gleaming chrome and towering size of modern, air-conditioned malls or the hustle and bustle of a buzzing street market, Bangkok has a variety of places to shop. It also has a variety of things, from antiquities to the latest pair of trainers to designer jewellery. Almost everything is available here!
 
Sara, who’s also the face of luxury fashion house DVAR, likes to travel alone. “Travelling is adventurous, and I do love having my alone time. I hardly get time to myself because of work. For me, being alone and shopping by myself is the most divine experience. Spending time on your own is very important, so whenever I get the chance, I take off to a beautiful location without companions.”
 
Bangkok 
 
Sara’s love for shopping brought her to Chatuchak Market, once popular only among wholesalers and traders. The market is a must-visit for tourists, especially during weekends, when more than 200,000 local and foreign visitors crowd the market. Sara says that it’s a very big and warm place where you can find a truly wide range of products. “It’s really nice to take a walk around the place on a weekend, but be prepared as it’s really warm and humid.”
 
The 35-acre Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, there are more foreign visitors than local Thais. Veteran shoppers agree that just about everything is on sale at this place, though not always at the best bargain rates. But if you have a weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak’s weekend bazaar and you’ll not be disappointed.
 
Central World 
 
“I did a lot of shopping, so I went to Chatuchak Market and Central World, a shopping mall. I did a mix of designer and layperson shopping. I also went for the most beautiful and relaxing spa therapy at So Thai, following which I went to see the golden Buddha statue.”
 
Speaking of Central World, it’s a commercial plaza in Bangkok that shouldn’t be missed. The sixth-largest shopping complex in the world includes a hotel and office tower. And then there’s the famous Khao San Road for night shopping and Pantip Plaza for people who want a new mobile, notebook or the latest gadget. It’s packed from floor to ceiling with stalls and shops selling all kinds of computers, electronic paraphernalia, and even hard-to-find camera lenses.
 
Mandarin Oriental 
 
Sara stayed in one of the best palaces, too, though she prefers to stay on the top floor for the view. “When I travel, I make sure I stay in good hotels, and the top floor is always my priority. I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, which was beautiful and lively. I love Thai food and ended up eating some really good red curry prawns and egg fried rice with chicken satay.
 
She added, “People in Bangkok are extra respectful, really warm and kind. My most special moment was when a bunch of locals recognized me and praised my song ‘Teri Jhuki Nazar’ from Murder 3.”
 
Bangkok Beach 
 
Sara highly recommends that people visit this lovely city. “Bangkok is closer to us; a very interesting place to visit. Since Bangkok is not too expensive, families can have a very good experience. Its beautiful locations, nature, water, beaches and free-spirited people and their warmth make the Thai capital very special.”                                                                                                                    ..... Rahul