Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand known as the City of Angels. Most tourists enter the country at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and will pass through it prior to going off to other popular destinations such as Phuket, Koh Chang, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai. Bangkok is also famous for its nightlife. However, there is much more in this city than only the nightlife. There are plenty of spectacular things to see and do here that are reflective of the culture and distinctiveness of the Land of Smiles.
Here are 10 things for you to enjoy when you come to this beautiful city.
Probably the most awe-inspiring attraction in Bangkok is the Grand Palace. It strikes awe in both visitors and Thai people alike because of its distinctive architecture that reflects the rich Buddhist history of Thailand (once known as the Kingdom of Siam). It was built in 1782 and served as the palace for the Thai King, Royal Court and other government bodies. Inside you will find Wat Phra Kaew which in English is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There is much more inside and the Grand Palace holds many ceremonial events as well.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This is a weekend-only marketplace with thousands of stalls where you can buy just about anything from local crafts to edible insects. Some of the specialties here are ceramics, hill tribe clothing, plants, pet supplies, modern clothing, and much more. You can also bargain with vendors to get the best prices as well.
This is one of the most famous premiere shopping centers in Bangkok located in the heart of the city. This is where you can find designer clothing, CDs, books, computers, mobile phones, and just about anything you would expect a modern mall to have. It is also easy to get to with two legs of the Sky Train commuter rail interchanging right next to it.
Not too far from the Siam Paragon is another shopping mall known as MBK Center (Mahboonkrong). Here, you can find anything a modern mall would have but at more affordable prices. You can also find a lot of casual clothing at sizes for foreigners. Some of the floors have individual vendor stalls where you can buy perfume, hand bags, t-shirts, accessories, and much more. You can negotiate with vendors here as well.
Bourbon Street Restaurant
While there are many fine restaurants in Bangkok, Bourbon Street is among the most popular with foreigners and Thai people alike. It is located on Soi Ekamai and can be reached by the Bangkok Sky Train (Ekamai Station). Once you get off the Sky Train, just tell a taxi to take you to the restaurant that is down the street. It is within walking distance as well. Bourbon Street has steaks, Cajun food, Mexican food, and seafood.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
There are several floating markets near Bangkok and Damnoen Saduak is one of them. It is located a little over 100 km from Bangkok in a province named Rachaburi. Floating markets are unique where long boats run through canals and shop as they pass by the docks and piers. You can find any fruit you want, local crafts, food, and souvenirs. You actually get to ride in the boat as it takes you throughout the market.
Khao San Road
This part of Bangkok is the famous backpacker’s paradise. It is a road close to the Chao Phraya River where you can find budget accommodations. The road is lined with many shops and outdoor food stands. You will find many backpackers just spending a relaxing day having a beer and watching the surrounding bustle.
Chinatown is located close to the Chao Phraya River in one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. The charm of Chinatown is its packed busy streets with vendors selling just about anything you can imagine. You can find souvenirs, antiques, computer parts, gold, clothing, and musical instruments. In fact, Chinatown is the area where most musicians living here recommend buying an instrument. You can also find a vast array of Chinese delicacies. Try out the roasted chestnuts prepared by one of the street vendors there. They are a real treat.
Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest in the city. At one time, it was the center for traditional Thai medicine before becoming a temple. It is located not far from the Grand Palace. You can admire the statue of the golden Reclining Buddha as well as the inspiring temple architecture. Wat Pho is also the school for massage therapists to learn traditional Thai massage.
Crocodile Farm at Samut Prakarn
Samut Prakarn is a community just outside of Bangkok and is famous for its huge crocodile farm. They breed them here with the purpose of preservation. You can see hundreds of them plus enjoy crocodile wrestling shows. You can also enjoy elephant shows, monkey playground, camel rides, and much more.
These are just 10 of the attractions in and near Bangkok. There is much more to do and see here as it is the country’s major population center, capital, and cultural icon. Every visitor to Thailand comes through Bangkok because it is the main port of entry. Many trek off to other destinations within the country and forget about what this city has to offer. Make Bangkok a place to tour on your next trip to Thailand.