Bangkok Thailand is the capital of the “Land of Smiles”. This lively metropolis is an incredible and exotic melting pot of traditional Thai life mixed with ultra modernity. The pulse of the city is hectic and is a full experience of all the senses with its sites, smells, colours, pace and congested city sounds. Famous for its temples, shopping and markets, street food and nightlife, Bangkok’s atmosphere will not disappoint.
Shopping: Chatuchak weekend market is the largest market in Thailand, covering 35 acres with vendors peddling everything from souvenirs to the latest fashion to exotic plants and animals. Although the bowels of the interior of the market seem disorderly there is some reason to the layout with sections arranged by a category such as handicrafts, clothing and accessories, food, plants and animals. Red-faced and sweaty, tourists with “shoppers fever” and rest their weary feet at any of the abundant massage stalls within the market before continuing to shop until they drop.
Multi-level humungous shopping malls are scattered across the city, with many selling goods in bulk for wholesale prices. The most popular malls in central Bangkok for upmarket brands and retailers, boutiques and restaurants are Emporium, Central Embassy, Central World, Siam Paragon and ICONSIAM. For clothing, accessories, technology, food courts and entertainment, visit MBK, Central Plaza, Siam Discovery, Terminal 21 and Platinum malls. All malls are easily accessed via the public train lines.
JIM THOMPSON HOUSE MUSEUM
Chao Phraya River
ROD FAI NIGHT MARKET
KHAO SAN ROAD
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Food: Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the best dining destinations in the world, no matter what time of the day or night. Much of daily life is conducted on the street and thus locals prefer to pick up breakfast from food hawkers scattered all along Sukhumvit road which you can easily find outside your hotel. Thai cuisine is cheap, tasty and an intense mix of spices: sour, sweet and salty. For those looking for more fine dining, there are many higher-end restaurants to choose from. For food aficionados who want to explore further, there are lots of speciality food tours and cooking classes to choose from.
The floating markets in Bangkok are among the city’s most popular attractions. The chaotic atmosphere mixed with unique smells and colour makes it an unforgettable experience. There are several floating market across town and a variety of tours to get you there and in the thick of it.
Temples: Some of the most impressive Bangkok temples are within the heart of the city and should be seen. Wat Phra Kaew or The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most frequented temple in Bangkok. Located in the grounds of the Grand Palace, its prized jewel is the Emerald Buddha, carved from a block of pure jade which was originally housed in Chiang Mai. Next to the Grand Palace, is Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. Here you will be astonished by the 43-metre-long Reclining Buddha statue covered with gold leaf and feet encrusted with exquisite mother-of-pearl decorations. Located on the Chao Phraya River, opposite the Grand Palace is the magnificent 17th century, Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn. The distinctive shape of the temple resembles ancient Khmer-style towers and is a beautiful spot to enjoy the sunset by the river. Bangkok tours can take you throughout the city to all the main temple sites.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, near the Gulf of Thailand.
Tourist attractions in Bangkok Thailand are focused around temples, shopping and markets, street food and nightlife. Bangkok’s street life is industrious and lively with something always happening somewhere. One night in Bangkok is not enough to take in the exotic anthropology of this oriental city.
Bangkok Thailand is generally safe, but from time to time there are political tensions and public protests, so check your home country’s travel advice on this. Like any bustling metropolis, there are scams to be aware of. Only use metered taxis or risk paying triple the usual fare. Avoid buying uncut gems from traders- this is a well-known scam. Further, Thailand has strict laws about defaming the monarchy, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family at all.
Bangkok weather is warm all year round. The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to March during the dry season when the weather is cooler. May is the hottest month when the heat in the city feels like a pressure cooker until its relief arrives with the wet season.
Siam Square or Sukhumvit are the best areas to stay; anywhere along with one of the longest boulevards in Bangkok. With easy access to all parts of the city via the BTS or MRT train system, you can walk the various sky bridges and hop on/off the metro. Bangkok Riverside sits alongside the Chao Praya river is very picturesque with its temples, historical monuments and the marvellous ornate Royal Palace.
Silom is in the city centre and infamous for its busy Patpong Night Market and Red Light District. By day Silom is a hectic business and financial district, but at night it morphs into the lively party scene. Additionally, Khao San Road area is also known as party central. Perfect for budget travellers and backpackers, with tons of affordable hotels and hostels, it is in close proximity to the major attractions.
Bangkok is the epitome of a typical Southeast Asian metropolis. Congested traffic, pollution, skyscrapers, smouldering heat, enormous shopping malls, street food and markets. But amongst all this, there is an energetic undertone of authentic modern Thai life mixed with the traditional and the exotic. It is a true experience of all the senses.
When translated from Thai, the traditional city name of Krung Thep roughly equates to the City of Angels.
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