Housing majestic spires, traditional markets and golden palaces, there are few places like Bangkok in the world. Enjoy luxury shopping in Pratunam or Siam Square before exploring the regal gardens of Dusit. The majestic Wat Arun temple resides in Thon Buri. Wat Pho template of Reclining Buddha is just situated in Phra Nakhon. Feed yourself with mango rice at food vendor, and take a splendid tour at the Grand Palace.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – NOV 11: Bangkok Airways crew members on November 11, 2014. Bangkok Airways is a regional airline based in Bangkok. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (Sorbis / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – SEPTEMBER 7 : Coffee corner in Don Mueang International Airport on September 7, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand. (Settawat Udom / Shutterstock)
Wat Benchamabophit or Marble temple in Bangkok, Thailand against blue sky (Copyright: Pla2na)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – JANUARY 9: Benchamabophit Temple in Bangkok, Thailand on January 9, 2015. Known as the marble temple, one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples and a major attraction (cowardlion / Shutterstock)
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand (Copyright: wasanajai)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – JANUARY 24, 2015: Unidentified tourists visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Grand Palace in Bangkok is the most famous landmark of Thailand (gumbao / Shutterstock)
Bangkok, Thailand – February 22 , 2016 : Chakri Maha Prasat The Grand Palace in Bangkok Thailand, Major sights and attractions of Thailand with most tourists visit. (Phawat / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK,THAILAND – 6 OCTOBER 2015 : Giant King Statue at Temple ofÃ?Â Daw,The famous and should not be missed scenery in Bangkok. (TOMPOST / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – JANUARY 3, 2016: Wat Pho known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a royal temple built during the first king, located in Bangkok, Thailand. (Krissanapong Wongsawarng / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – APR 12: unidentified Thai people and tourist joins celebrations of the Thai New Year or Songkran on Sanam Luang on Apr 12, 2015 (kowitstockphoto / Shutterstock)
Vimanmek Mansion, Bangkok, Thailand. Many tourists visiting at Vimanmek Mansion on November 6, 2015.The palace is now a major tourist attraction and is the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion. (KitsakYan.G / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – OCTOBER 30: Old Castle in Thailand amusement park “Darnneramit” covered with dry ivy at Phaholyothin Road on October 30,2015 in Bangkok, Thailand (GOLFX / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 : Tourists are excited and enjoy in Tuk-Tuk, Samlors or three wheeled bikes that should not be missed in Bangkok trip. (TOMPOST / Shutterstock)
THAILAND DAMNOEN SADUAK – January 24,2016 : Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Featuring many small boats laden with colourful fruits, vegetables and Thai cuisine (tewpai dechpitak / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK-DECEMBER 13: floating market Damnoen Saduak with unidentified people on December 13, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The market that is a great tourist attraction is located on a Khlong in Thailand (Christian Mueller / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – OCTOBER 10: Tourist shopping in Chatuchak weekend market on October 10, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand Open 8am – 6pm Sat Sun , It is the largest market in Thailand (themorningglory / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – MAR 16: Shoppers browse stalls at Chatuchak Weekend Market on Mar 16, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai capital’s Chatuchak or JJ is one of the world’s largest markets with 15,000 outlets. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – MARCH 15 : Unidentified tourists gets massage with Thai traditional techniques at Jatujak Market on March 15, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Jatujak is the largest market in Thailand. (Settawat Udom / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – FEB 14: A man makes a face mask and massage the woman on the street on February 14, 2016. Population of Bangkok is over 8 million, most populous city of Thailand. (Viktoria Roy / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – JUN 30: An unidentified woman is sketched by an artist at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC) on Jun 30, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Opened in 2010 BACC is home to many art studios. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
Bangkok, Thailand, February 22,2016: musicians use traditional folk instruments of Thailand. Play for visitors to listen to wat Putthaisawan. Ayutthaya In Bangkok, Thailand (photonewman / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – FEB 22: People view art at an exhibition in Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) on Feb 22, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Opened in 2008 the BACC showcases local and international artworks. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – NOVEMBER 06: The Promenade Mall on November 06, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Promenade Mall Shopping and Entertainment Centre is one of the luxurious shopping mall in Bangkok. (PrinceOfLove / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – October 24 : Public sky-walk at sky-train station ‘Chong Nonsi’ in Bangkok downtown square on October 24, 2015. Bangkok, Thailand. (joloei / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – APR 12: unidentified Thai people and tourist joins celebrations of the Thai New Year or Songkran on Khao San Road on Apr 12, 2015 (kowitstockphoto / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – OCTOBER 4: Thai traditional dance. This is the parade of making traditional merit of people from the northern territory of Thailand, October 4, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Noumae / Shutterstock)
Bangkok, Thailand – Aug 16 , 2015: Unidentified mother and toddler girl is feeding a Giraffe at Safari World zoo. (somdul / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – MARCH 31: Cute Thai cosplayer (R) dresses as Japanese schoolgirl poses for photograph in 3rd Thai-Japan anime festival on March 31, 2013 in Bangkok. (Crystal Home / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – MARCH 10: An unidentified child uses a swing on March 10, 2013 in Bangkok. Bangkok governor plans to build more public playgrounds for children to improve mental health, reduce violence and drugs problem in urban area of Bangkok. (Crystal Home / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – NOVEMBER 16, 2014: Tourist pedestrians crowd the street on a typical evening scene in the backpacker nightlife center of Khao San Road. (lazyllama / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – APRIL 21, 2014: Street food vendor and tourist shops on Khao San Road on April 21, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Khao San Road is a famous low budget hotels and guesthouses area in Bangkok. (Alexander Mazurkevich / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015: Traffic on Yaowarat Road passes below lit signs in the Chinatown district at dusk. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)
Bangkok, 29 Dec 2015 : Tuk Tuk waiting for tourists in front of Wat Pho (Chetupon Vimolmangklaram Temple) at night. (Pitipat Usanakornkul / Shutterstock)
CHINATOWN, BANGKOK, THAILAND – 28 JANUARY, 2016: Yaowarat Road at night, street food, gold shop. Restaurant,etc., Famous and Popular destinations for tourists. (ponsulak / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – OCTOBER 2, 2015: MBK Shopping Center. It was the largest mall in Asia when opened in 1985 and still receives more than 100,000 visitors daily. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK – MARCH 16, 2016: People walk inside the MBK Center, a large shopping mall that was the largest one in Asia when it opened in 1985. (withGod / Shutterstock)
BANGKOK, THAILAND – NOVEMBER 18, 2015: Panoramic view over Bangkok skyline from the Scirocco Sky Bar over the Lebua Hotel at night time. (pio3 / Shutterstock)
10 Must Visit Places in Bangkok
By Dean Wickham
Bangkok is no doubt one of the most interesting cities in the world. This huge metropolis is the gateway to Southeast Asia, and a complete assault on the senses. This is a place where you will feel truly alive, with traffic filled streets and busy street side vendors and markets, to a rich Buddhist culture with incredible temples and sights to see, along with great food and shopping. Bangkok is ever changing, and you could never get bored here. There is so much to do, but here are 10 of the best to get you started.
1. Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Although it is no longer the actual residence of the Thai Royal Family, the Grand Palace is still the most important place in Bangkok and in fact all of Thailand. Situated right in the heart of Old Bangkok, the palace is a grand example of Thai architecture and a must see in the city.
Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew – the most sacred temple in Thailand and a sight that absolutely should not be missed. The temple is home to the Emerald Buddha – the most sacred object in all of Thailand.
2. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
This old Buddhist temple is located close to the Grand Palace and is another must see temple in Bangkok. The most iconic part of this temple is its huge 45 metre long reclining Buddha that is covered in gold leaf with mother-of-pearl inlaid in its feet. The temple complex also has a lot of other interesting buildings and royal chedis to explore. Wat Pho is also the birthplace of traditional Thai Massage.
3. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun can be seen from miles away. It stands out for its tall and beautifully decorated prangs (towers) that are covered in intricate porcelain details. You can climb to the top of the tower for a great view across Bangkok, and the temple is most beautiful around sunset.
4. Boat ride on the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River winds its way right through the heart of Bangkok, and it is more than just a river – it is like a main highway, and also the best way to get around the city. Ferries and other boats run up and down the river all day and night, and it is a great way to see the city. Ferries are cheap, but you can also take boat rides and night time dinner cruises.
5. Floating markets
Bangkok is known as the “Venice of the East” due to its network of canals. A lot of Bangkok’s original canals have now disappeared, however the river and canal life still lives on in different parts of the city. One of the most popular attractions here are the floating markets, where vendors sell all kinds of things from their boats, right on the water! There are lots of different floating markets in Bangkok, most located on the outskirts of the city. You can take a boat tour of the canals and markets from central Bangkok.
6. Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you love shopping, you are going to LOVE Bangkok. It is a shopper’s heaven. You can literally get anything that you can think of. One of the best places to shop is Bangkok’s big weekend market – Chatuchack Market. It is possibly the largest open market in Thailand, and you can spend all day here getting lost among the isles and isles of stalls and still not see it all. You can get everything here from clothes, shoes, bags and household goods to fresh produce and souvenirs.
7. Wat Saket (Golden Mountain)
Another beautiful Buddhist temple, the highlight of Wat Saket is its manmade “mountain” that you can climb to the top of for amazing views of Bangkok. There is a huge golden chedi at the top, and the views can’t be beat.
8. MBK Shopping Mall
If you prefer the shopping mall experience to the markets, MBK is the best place to go. It is a mall, but it also acts as a huge indoor market, with the comfort of air conditioning. This shopping centre is right in the centre of Bangkok, and it is HUGE.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is located along Yowarat Road and is one of the best you will find. Here, you’ll find interesting markets and temples, and plenty of amazing food options.
10. Street Food
Bangkok is one of the greatest “food” cities in the world, and the best place to try authentic (and delicious) Thai food is right on the street. You’ll see little street side vendors and restaurants set up all over the city, particularly at night. Don’t be afraid to give it a go, especially if there are lots of locals eating there. Your tastebuds will love you for it.
These 10 things should keep you busy for your first visit to Bangkok, and should give you a great taste of this amazing city.
If you would like to read about more things to do in Bangkok, Thailand or many other parts of the world, check out my travel blog: TheRoadToAnywhere.com