Are you headed for the capital city of Thailand? Aside from the country’s rich culture, delectable cuisine, and historic sites, Bangkok has so many wonderful and interesting attractions, activities and places you should visit that are worth any visitor’s time. The beautiful temples, the exotic street food, the vibrant nightlife, and the friendly people: these are just some of the things that you can look forward to when visiting the Country of Smiles.
Getting Around The City
There are two major airports in Bangkok: the Suvarnabhumi Airport (also known as the Bangkok International Airport) and the Don Mueang International Airport. Both of these airports are around forty minutes away from the heart of Bangkok. You can take a bus, train or taxi to your accommodations. Though the traffic jams could be serious at times, there are different ways you can reach your destination in Bangkok.
Tour around the city on a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River. It is a good way to see the different parts of the city: in a tuk-tuk, the traditional form of transport in the city. But if you want to avoid the traffic, you can take the Bangkok Skytrain (BTS), their underground train.
Where to Go?
Bangkok is famous for its temples, but the most famous attraction is the Bang Pa-In Grand Palace. A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without visiting this beautiful place. Take your time as you go around this 214,000 square meter area and be fascinated with its intricate architecture. It is best to go in the morning to avoid the huge crowds.
Located directly south of the Grand Palace is the Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is the home of a massive Buddha which measures 46 meters in length and 15 meters tall. Afterwards, you can go to Wat Arun and get a glimpse of the city from atop the temple.
If you want to experience the sights and sounds of a floating market, you can visit and shop at two of the most popular: the Khlong Lat Mayom and Thaling Chan. The chaos makes it a little more exciting. For more shopping, visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Pratunam Market. After shopping, experience their fun nightlife in Khao San Road or the Soi Cowboy.
For a more relaxing time, you can take a stroll and enjoy nature at Lumphini Park. Bicycles and paddle boats are available for rent. But if you want to know more about Thailand’s culture and history, you can go to the Bangkok National Museum. You can also go to the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World found in the Siam Paragon Mall. It is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, with giant spider crabs, Pacific octopi, and stingray sharks as their main attractions.
The huge city of Bangkok can be overwhelming, especially for first-time travellers. Take time to appreciate its undeniable beauty and the exciting adventures you can make while you are there. Indeed, Bangkok is worth it!