If South East Asia is on your travel bucket list, then it is almost certain that you are not missing out on Bangkok. If Thailand finds a place amongst the most popular tourist locations, its capital city certainly has a part to play. Anciently known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, the bustling city offers a fine blend of Thai and modern culture which only amplifies your experience. Read on to know more about the things to do in Bangkok, and experiences that you shouldn’t miss out on.
1. Khao San Road
You might remember this location from ‘The Beach’. Literally translating to milled rice, the name is a reminder of the history of this once quiet local lane. Today, the road is a backpacker’s paradise with varying types of accommodations, shops and stalls selling everything from books to fried insects, assorted buckets of alcohol on display, and much more. While it is fairly somber during the daytime, its face changes completely during nightfall with stalls popping up, and crowds are thronging the place, looking for a fun night. While you might not wish to stay here, you can surely visit this place for an exciting experience.
2.Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
You might want to get your camera along when visiting the Damnoen Saduak floating market, one amongst the many popular floating markets in Thailand. The market is filled with a variety of goods, including fresh fruits and flowers, which one might find refreshing. Apart from the boats, you can also find some authentic Thai food vendors along the docks. To allow yourself to explore the market appropriately, it is advisable to book a tour, and begin your visit early in the morning.
3.Jim Thompson House
Now a museum of sorts, the Jim Thompson House, as it is known now, was built by American James Harrison Wilson ‘Jim’ Thompson in the late 1950s. The complex is an assembly of various Thai houses in those days. Guided tours of the house are available, last tours of the day being at 5 pm. Considered as one of the most famous Americans living in Thailand, Jim Thompson is also respected for his significant contribution in saving Thailand’s silk industry.
Once you are satiated with the popular tourist hubs, you can make time to visit the temples in Bangkok. Some of the popular temples include Wat Saket, Wat Traimit, Wat Prayun, Wat Benjamabhopit, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and more. The temples not only offer serenity, they also are a peek into Thailand’s history, by means of architecture and designs. And if various representations of Buddha in Bangkok temples were not enough, you can also visit a David Beckham temple. Yes, Bangkok won’t cease to amaze you!
5.Tuk Tuk rides
One of the primary modes of transport in Bangkok, ‘Tuk Tuks’ are also known ‘Sam Lor’. You can take these for a short trip at night, especially if you are not well versed about travelling in these three wheelers sans doors. However, be careful as they might over-charge people coming across as tourists. Try bargaining. It might help to figure out the approximate charges for your destination. Tuk Tuk tours are also available.
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6. Lumphini Park
Built in the 1920s, the park is a picture of peace in the middle of the vibrant chaos that is Bangkok. The place is home to a lake, a library, and several activities throughout the year. Boating is available in the lake where you can rent boats for a minimum duration of 30 minutes. Apart from this, the park also houses a sports center, an apprentice school, and more.
7. Local food and cooking classes
The cuisine of the region is necessarily an indispensable part of any travel experience. While in Bangkok, you can enhance this by adding cooking classes to the list, which will not only add to your skill set, but also give you an authentic taste of Thailand. Several cooking classes in Bangkok are tailored to suit the needs of tourists, which can be wrapped up in a couple of sessions, where you learn the essentials. This is a must-try for foodies and cooking enthusiasts.
Also known as Wat Chaeng, Wat Arun the beautiful temple is located on the west bank of the river Chao Phraya. The design of this temple is unique and very different from other temples. Fondly called as the temple of dawn, Wat Arun is partly made up of colorful spires decorated to accentuate the beauty of its architecture. The riverside location of the temple along with the design makes this temple a must visit.
Built in 1782, this majestic architecture is so grand that it puts the most modern buildings to shame. This grand palace has been the royal residence for generations. This Palace is still used during important ceremonies. The architecture holds great spiritual importance in the Thai culture. It is advised to dress modestly covering your arms and legs when visiting this palace.
Housing a big statue of reclining Buddha covered in golden leaf, the Wat Pho temple is located to the south of the Grand Palace precinct. This temple is the earliest center of public education and currently houses the school of Thai medicine. You can get the Thai foot massage here. Although, it is a bit highly priced than the ones you get anywhere else in Thailand but it is every bit worth your money.
Believed to be built sometime during the Sukhothai period, this Golden Buddha statue weighs massive 5,500 kilograms. The building that currently houses the Golden Buddha, was inaugurated on 14th February 2010. This building also has the Bangkok Chinatown Heritage Center and exhibits suggesting the Golden Buddha origin.
With over 8000 stores divided into 27 sections, the Chatuchak market locate in Bangkok is the biggest market in Thailand. With more than 2 lakh visitors over the weekend, this place has a large variety of goods on sale to offer. You name it and this market has it to offer; from clothing to antiques, handicrafts to ceramic and many more exquisite items are on sale. Just a point to remember, when you buy any product from this market check if it has any damage as many vendors sell factory reject items.
Covering a whooping 188800 square kilometer, the Dusit zoo boasts of housing over 1600 animals, both domestic and international. This zoo includes a museum, an educational center, a fully functional animal hospital, sight-seeing train and a canteen to satiate your hunger pangs. This park also has a section that has the underground shelter of WW II era for those who are interested in Thailand’s WWII history.
The Erawan museum is well known among the locals due the huge three-headed elephant statue. An amazing beast weighing 250 tons, this green-hued copper statue took almost 10 years for completion. With intricate glass work on the ceilings, this museum presents a mesmerizing view. Do visit this museum and capture the grandeur in your camera.
A slice of India in Bangkok, you can find articles from India ranging from the best of clothing to the finest of tea. A part of this market is famous for mouth-watering Indian desserts at cheap prices which is a must try. In Indian clothing, whether you want to buy silk sarees or suits, children’s clothes or pants this market has it all. Do try the spices, dried fruits and sumptuous Indian snacks and experience the flavors of India in Bangkok.
Coming to Bangkok and not experiencing the Thai massage is a sin. The traditional Thai massage is a bit harder on people who are not used to it. But you can always tell the masseuse to be softer when massaging you. What best way to end a tiring day with a rejuvenating Thai massage. There are many centers in Bangkok where you can have a relaxing Thai massage. Don’t forget to check out the amazing spa packages at economical prices.
Boasting the world’s largest crocodile in captivity measuring 19 ft and 8 inch, this crocodile farm has over 1 lakh crocodiles. Additionally, this farm houses elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, and hippopotamuses. There are daily crocodile shows where performers do tricks such as placing their head and arms inside the Crocodiles mouth. Elephants perform shows such as walking on tight ropes, riding skateboards and dancing. Also, you can take a paddle boat ride, or visit the dinosaur museum in the precinct of this Crocodile farm.
When in Thailand, Bangkok is an unavoidable destination. Whether you’re here for a day or a week, get past the traffic and bustling life of the city to unravel the beauty of history and culture in the ancient city of Thailand. It’s a must visit place for an unforgettable travel experience.