The wind is starting to blow very cold, and the reality is that you are already tired of this climate. This year, you don’t want your fingers to freeze in clumsy numbness and your lips
The wind is starting to blow very cold, and the reality is that you are already tired of this climate. This year, you don’t want your fingers to freeze in clumsy numbness and your lips to turn blue in the bitterly cold winter wind. You’ve decided to go on vacation to enjoy the warm weather, but you’re not sure where you’re going yet. Have you thought about Bangkok, Thailand? Considered one of the hottest capitals in the world, the city also has a lot more to offer. There, you will be able to taste delicious food, experience thrilling adventures while visiting the landmarks, and be charmed by its lively nightlife.
Are you still hesitating about this destination because you don’t really know what you can do there? Don’t worry; all is well! We’ve compiled a list of 6 things you can do in Bangkok. Keep reading…
1. Get an Expert Guide Freely
Okay, first things first! Get help from an expert guide for no charges. How? Take a free walking tour where you will be accompanied by a local who can give you suggestions on what to visit and who will guide you around the city. This will also be an excellent opportunity for you to see the major sights and learn more about the culture.
2. Explore the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the place you wouldn’t want to miss if you’re on vacation in Bangkok! It is indeed the most visited tourist site of the city. Originally built as the King’s residence between 1782 and 1785 by the late King Rama I after the fall of Thonburi and when Bangkok officially became the capital, the landmark includes more than 100 buildings, palaces and pavilions. The complex, which is open daily, has an entrance fee of 500 baht (Thailand’s currency).
3. Discover Wat Pho and Wat Arun
Accessible on foot from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the second main tourist attraction in Bangkok. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples of Thailand and is famous for its massive golden reclining Buddha statue, which represents his death.
There, you can admire the Buddha gallery with 394 golden Buddhas, the 4 royal Chedis (like a Pagoda where there is Buddha’s relics) covered in unique colorful ceramics and the Phra Ubosoft where the ashes of King Rama I are kept.
After this visit of one hour and a half, you can take a shuttle to go to the other side of the river to Wat Arun. This temple is also worth the detour with its 82 meters tower surrounded by 4 small arrows. All are completely covered with colored porcelain. If you go to the top of the central tower, you will get a breathtaking view of the city.
4. Eat at Chatuchak Market
With more than 15000 stands, the Chatuchak market is the largest market in Thailand, and the Thai people give you a map to get around. Although a large part is dedicated to food, you can also buy clothes, shoes, jewelry, and souvenirs. However, you must note that the place is only open on weekends, and if you are in Bangkok from Monday to Friday, you can always go to the shopping malls and commercial streets to find similar products sold at the Chatuchak market.
5. Experience the Floating Markets
Bangkok is also famous for its floating markets, and the two main ones in the city are Thaling Chan and Khlong Lat Mayom. The inhabitants paddle in their tiny canoe on the water, and you can buy their products as they come near you. It is a fun experience that you should definitely try.
6. Stroll in Chinatown
While Chinatown now exists in many countries, the one in Bangkok is one of the biggest in the world. The colors, noises, and smells will transport you to China as you stroll in the alleys of the district. There, you’ll be able to shop but also to taste some authentic Chinese food.