Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is a big city known for vibrant street life and ornate shrines. Visiting Bangkok in November 2018, left me mesmerized by the energy embodied like a village while holding up the traditional busyness of a city.
With a population of eight million folks, you will find all walks of life from rich to poor. If you’re looking to get a hint of Bangkok’s culture at every corner, read along as you will find some of the best travel tips that are highly recommended.
Take A Boat Ride along the Chao Phraya River
For centuries, the river known as the River of Kings is an essential waterway for the people of central Thailand. The Chao Phraya River is for the canal system, drainage, recreation, fishing, and as a source of water.
On the river, you’re able to sightsee a vast area of Bangkok and can explore the notable attractions which we will get to later. You can go to the Central Pier or the Sathorn Bridge Pier for a boat ride.
Visit Wat Pho
Off of the Chao Phraya River, you can visit one of the Buddhist temples called the Wat Pho, also called the Reclining Budhha Temple. Wat Pho is connected to Wat Arun Ratchawararam and behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Recognized for one of the largest temple complexes, it’s famed Buddha measures 46 meters long and 15 meters tall. The community of the temple will ask you to remove your shoes and ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing (nothing too revealing) before entering.
Other than the reclining Buddha, you will find four chapels that contain Buddha images, lines of golden statues sitting in lotus positions, and detailed murals covered walkways. The temple complex has detailed Chinese figures and ceramic pottery flowers with colorful tiles.
Visit the Grand Palace
One other pit stops you’re able to make off of the Chao Praya River is the Grand Palace. It’s the most famous attraction in Bangkok since it’s 2.35 million square feet, and a king once lived there.
With a vast amount of ground to cover, I suggest leaving Grand Palace as the first or last place to visit. There won’t be a time of the day where you won’t run into crowds. It’s one of the highest-ranked tourist attractions in the city.
The Grand Palace also contains Wat Phra Kaew, commonly referred to as the Temple of Emerald Buddha. It’s one of the utmost sacred temples and is the palladium of Thailand.
If you get hungry while exploring Grand Palace, they have food available inside where you can purchase snacks or traditional Asian meals like Pad Thai.
Go for a walk in the Chatuchak Market
Take a stroll in the Chatuchak Market or go shopping! There are 27 acres of space at the Chatuchak Market, better than shopping malls, and you’re bound to find anything you want.
The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays and attracts about 200,000 visitors a day. You can make a day out of this trip since it offers massages, coffee shops, and areas to relax.
The Chatuchak Market is right off of one of the sky train stops and easy to navigate. You will find yourself squeezing through tight spaces or crowds; however, it’s a contribution to experiencing Thai’s lifestyle.
Pro Tip: Don’t always accept the initial pricing offering, negotiate, and bargain when you can.
Explore The Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum is where you can discover various elements linked to the Thai culture. You will find art, collection of artifacts, stones, clothing, textiles, and Chinese weapons. The Bangkok National Museum is the largest one in Southeast Asia.
Hop-On A Boat Again and Visit The Floating Markets
Floating markets are located everywhere in Bangkok and stunning to see. All the floating markets have different options offered to the public. Listed below are options you can visit and what to expect from each one:
- Amphawa Floating Market: shops, restaurants, vendors who sell food and pastries.
- Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market: traditional Thai food, fish market, and fresh produce.
- Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market: home-cooked Thai meals.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: handcrafted souvenirs, fresh fruit, traditional puppets, noodle soup, and bamboo hats.
Relax at Lumpini Park
Take a break from the city and visit the Lumpini Park. It’s an inner-city haven with fresh air, shade, and pure tranquility. It dates back to the 1920s and destined to be the exhibit center of Thai crafts and flower displays.
Though the original goal never was fulfilled, over the years, it’s grown into outdoor leisure for the local’s activities, including jogging, a light workout, and other recreation activities. Lumpini Park embodies foresty trees, a crisp lake, indigenous flowers and has a glistening view of skyscrapers.
Explore the Nightlife for Drinks and Dancing
There is almost too much when it comes to the nightlife. Bangkok has restaurants, bars, and clubs located all around the city that I guarantee a glorious time.
Depending on what kind of mood you are in, Bangkok’s nightlife offers a variety of types of places that will fit your needs. If you want to enjoy food and drinks by the river or have a view of Bangkok’s Skyline – you will find it there.
The eight things to do above are only a few of many more activities you can be a part of when visiting the city of Bangkok. Additional options include taking cooking classes, participating in food tours, booking a tuk-tuk for a city tour, and much more.
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