A great mix of food, nightlife, monuments, spirituality and adventure, Bangkok City, Thailand’s capital city and has never been colonized, therefore showcasing a myriad of South Asia’s indigenous cultures and customs and is an unescapable journey that showcases the best of Thailand.
1) The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace covers around 2,351,000 square feet and is easily number one on your itinerary. Built in 1782, it is a symbol of traditional Asian architecture and home to the country’s monarchs and also doubles as a museum in some of its wings. One of its most fascinating possessions includes the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), a sacred statue, carved from a single piece of Jade. An essential sight to visit in your Bangkok itinerary.
Timings: The palace is open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Your tour will last up to 3 hours.
2) Wat Arun and Wat PHO (The Buddha Temples)
Wat Arun and Wat Pho are two famous temples that are located close to each other. The “Temple of the Dawn’’ or Wat Arun is known for its stunning tall architecture, the many Buddha statues and its location by the river. The Wat Pho is home to over a thousand Buddha images as well as the world-famous sculpture of the reclining Buddha.
Wat Arun is open every day from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Wat Pho is open from 8.30am-6.30pm
3) Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River has been called the “River of Kings” by King Rama where one can explore the views of the skyscrapers, temples and Bangkok city. You can take a ferry or a boat and explore this majestic river, both of which are operated by the many boat companies.
Boats and ferries operate between 6.00 am and 7.30 pm daily.
4) The Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak District)
A must-visit in Bangkok to get a glance at the local life. Watching the local vendors sell vegetables, fruits, breakfast in their floating shops (boats) makes for an exciting boat ride and also gives you great exposure to Bangkok’s culture. You can visit shops and buy Thai handicrafts, silk, spices and other souvenirs. It is advised to go during the early hours of the day to avoid the crowds.
Boats start operating from 8:00 am in the morning
5) Chatuchak Weekend Market
With more than 8000 stalls, it is believed to be one of the largest markets in the world; Souvenirs, handicrafts, street food and a whole range of other consumable products make up this incredible 35-acre market district. Chatuchak is highly recommended for anyone who wants a feel of the Bangkok’s shopping district.
The market is open from 9:00 am to 6 pm, so set aside about 3 hours to shop to your heart’s content here.
6) Khao San Road
Be it a pit-stop on the way to your next destination or a shopping expedition, Khao San road has enough and more to whet the traveler’s appetite. This one kilometer stretch of road has several guesthouses and moderately-priced hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, book stalls, travel agents, internet cafes, tattoo parlors, and so much more – the list is endless. Its laid-back and easy-going vibe makes Khao San road hugely popular with students and locals as well.
Time: Post noon, but evenings are the best
So, whether you swear by any of the tourist Bangkok packages, or if you’re a stickler for solo travel, you can be sure not to be bored in this bustling city that’s full of life. Take your pick, for Bangkok, is waiting to be explored.