Although there are a million things you could do to past your time in Bangkok, going to a movie is still everyone’s all time favorite. To prove how much Thais appreciate movies, we have what is called “Bangkok International Film Festival” every year. Coming back to the main topic today, Bangkok houses a large number of cinemas, ranging from small artsy to huge commercialized ones, scattered around Bangkok. The well known ones are Major Cineplex, EGV (Major Cineplex subsidiary) and SF Cinema. To guarantee the chance of receiving constant revenue, the major cinemas mainly offer foreign blockbusters and local mainstream films. If you’re more into something different, try the smaller cinemas like Lido and House as they have interesting alternative and art films showing. For the 3D fans, you try the IMAX theatres on the very top floor of Siam Paragon, but if you’re looking for a little bit more adventure, you could try a 4D theatre called “Sanyo 4D Xventure” by the Siam Ocean World.
Although the normal ticket prices in Bangkok range around 100 to 140 baht, they depend on the types and the quality of seating that you choose. The prices premium seating such as EGV’s “Gold Class” and Major’s “Emperor” range around 300 to 500 baht. Why? Because you’re paying for the comfortable reclining seats in a smaller theatre. If you’re spoiling yourself at a lower price, you could try the sofa-style seats that some of the cinemas offer.
Because the temperature of the theatres in Bangkok could freeze you to death, do bring light sweaters and avoid wearing short skirts or shorts at all costs. After a series of previews, each theatre will play the Royal Anthum and the audience is expected to stand up to show respect and courtesy to the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Choosing not to do so, you could immediately become a social outcast, and so the best policy is still the “when in Thailand, do as the Thais do”.
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