Travelling allows us to gain new experiences, try new things, and meet new people. It gives us an opportunity to explore environments not known or familiar to us. That said, it’s important to plan the trip carefully. This will ensure that the experience will be worthwhile.
Choosing a destination is a significant part of the planning process. If you wish to travel to Asia and you love a combination of solitude and adventure, Bangkok in Thailand would be a perfect destination for you. As one of the most popular cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok offers so many things that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Whether you are going to Bangkok for business or pleasure, there are certain places you cannot afford to miss. Bangkok is a treasure trove of spectacular architecture, sights and sounds that draw in 21.5 million tourists each year.
The sheer number of tourists that visit Bangkok makes the city one of the most popular in the world. It had more visitors than London, Paris or even New York. Its modern skyscrapers and shopping facilities mixed with beautiful historic landmarks mean that there are always great things to do in Bangkok.
Definitely something not to miss in Bangkok, the Chatuchak Market is every bargain hunter’s dream. This sprawling open-air market is almost 30 acres big and is chock-full of anything and everything you might want to buy: clothes, shoes, accessories, furniture, jewelry, spices, fruits, vegetables, street food, pets, and much, much, much more.
THE GRAND PALACE
The Grand Palace offers a fantastic photo opportunity. The stunningly designed and painted buildings were home to Thailand’s royalty. Constructed in 1782 for the Kings of Siam, it remained a residential home for successive kings until 1925. It has likewise served as government premises. Today, it is used for ceremonial purposes and as a tourist attraction.
Located along Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a sight to behold: rows upon rows of some of the best street food Bangkok has to offer, amazing temples, and a nightlife that’s hard to beat. It’s home to some of the cheapest, most delicious street food in the entire city. Pro tip: if you’re not sure where to eat in Chinatown, just find the stall with the most locals, that’s definitely the spot to go! Chinatown is definitely one place you don’t want to miss in Bangkok.
KHAO SAN ROAD
Party-goers and revelers know full well of Bangkok’s reputation as one of the party capitals of the world. At the center of all this fun is Khao San Road, world-famous for its jam-packed road full of bars and clubs and is every backpacker’s destination for great nightlife. This is one of those things you don’t want to miss while in Bangkok!
THE EMERALD BUDDHA TEMPLE
Also called Wat Phra Kaew, the Emerald Buddha Temple is a religious temple adjoining the Grand Palace. It boasts golden spires and intricately detailed mosaic artwork throughout the buildings. The famous emerald Buddha is located in a glass box, perched high above people’s heads. The statue wears a diamond and gold robe during summer, a solid gold robe during winter and a gilded robe during the rainy season.
THE TEMPLE OF DAWN
Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is a spectacularly decorated temple and is home to 120 depictions of the Buddha. It can be accessed via a canal tour. Visiting this temple is a good activity for you if you want to experience serenity and reconnect with your inner self.
Located just south of the Grand Palace complex, Wat Pho is the oldest, most prestigious temple in all of Bangkok. It is home to the world-famous Reclining Buddha: a 45m long and 15m high statue of Buddha in a reclined position. The statue’s feet are inlaid with precious stones, 108 in fact, that symbolizes the virtues of true faith. It something you don’t want to miss in Bangkok, and should be at the top of your itinerary.
THE EAST ASIATIC BUILDING AND ART GALLERY
The East Asiatic Building is one of Bangkok’s most futuristic examples of architecture. At an attractive riverfront location, the famous building is now home to an art gallery featuring both Thai and foreign artwork. Show your love for the art and be amazed by the variety of masterpieces displayed in the gallery.
For a more interesting, one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed experience in Bangkok, take a tour of the famous Damnoen Saduak, or the floating market. Located in Ratchaburi just an hour or so away from Bangkok’s city center, the floating market was once called the “Venice of the East”, and is a great place to find fresh fruits and amazing produce for a cheap price.
Tourists who want to treat themselves to some pampering can try the Away Spa for ultimate luxury and relaxation. Here, customers can enjoy a body scrub and a massage using real and pure powdered diamonds. If the view is more important to you, the Harnn Heritage Spa Krungthep offers spa treatments from the 12th floor of the Zen Tower, which offers bird seye views of Bangkok.
Whether travellers love historical sites, art, modern architecture or relaxation, Bangkok offers something for everyone. Schedule your trip soon and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.