Bangkok is a vibrant cosmopolitan city located in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is known for its eclectic nightlife, wide-ranging canal systems, majestic palaces, shopping extravaganzas, spectacular temples, and lots more. Listed below are some exciting things to do and some exciting places to visit in Bangkok so as to make it a memorable trip.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew:
The magnificent Grand Palace is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. It is a spiritual center as well as the home of the King of Thailand. Several important government departments also operate out of the palace. Visit it and get awed by the spectacular architecture and intricate designing.
- Wat Phra Kaew is a sacred temple located within the palace. It is home to the world famous jade statue ‘Emerald Buddha’ embellished in gold apparels. Once you are done visiting the palace, venture outside and enjoy the delectable cuisines offered by the street vendors.
The floating markets of Bangkok are a sight to behold. You may traverse the many markets, purchase varied souvenirs, etc., and enjoy fresh coconut juices and other tropical fruit juices. You can also instead opt for a boat tour and cruise across the many colorful markets laden with fruits, veggies, and other items, on top of each other.
Khao San Road:
Previously a major rice market, this small road in Bangkok is now renowned as a hangout for backpackers. The place has cheap accommodation, bars, restaurants, food stalls, stores, and cafes, etc. Enjoy shopping, partying, or a romantic dinner in this mini entertainment hotspot.
A trip to Thailand cannot be complete without a visit to a spa. Couples should especially go to rejuvenate, unwind, and relax via soothing massages by trained masseurs.
A serene place with shaded pathways, artificial lakes, and lush landscape, the Lumphini Park is an oasis in this bustling city. You may sit and relax by the lakeside, take a stroll, or enjoy a boat ride. Free concerts are held at the park on Sunday afternoons.
Wat Pho and Wat Arun:
These are famous temples in Bangkok. Wat Pho is home to the renowned Reclining Buddha, the biggest in Thailand. The temple is also one of the oldest and largest temples in the country.
- The architecture of Wat Arun is representative of Mount Meru, which is the Buddhist center of universe. See it during sunset and get bewitched by the stunning views!
Chatuchak Weekend Market:
With over 8,000 stalls, it is the largest weekend market in the country and one of the biggest in the world. Over 200,000 people descend on this market every weekend! The market has sellers selling just about everything from clothes, furniture, and utensils, to antiques, vintage, and food, etc. It also features live music, dancing, and other forms of entertainment.
- Other great places to shop in Bangkok are CentralWorld, a middle class shopping center, and the second largest mall in Southeast Asia, i.e., Siam Paragon. It is full of shops, restaurants, art gallery, bowling alley, and concert hall, etc.
Bangkok’s other tourist attractions include the Thai Village Cultural Show, eating boat noodles, Wat Traimit, Chinatown, Jim Thompson’s House, a cruise and romantic dinner aboard the Grand Pearl, Dusit Palace, Bangkok National Museum, elephant shows, and riding a Tuk-Tuk!