Has wanderlust got you dreaming about your next trip? If so, there are so many reasons why Bangkok should be on your radar. An incredible bustling city, which combines history and culture with all of the modern conveniences you’re likely to want as a tourist or traveller. Read on for some of the attractions it has to offer.
The Grand Palace
The temples are just some of the many attractions in Bangkok. The most famous temple is the Grand Palace, also known as ‘The Temple of The Emerald Buddha.’ Once home to the king and his court, it is now a fascinating tourist attraction as well as remaining an important part of Thai history. There’s a fixed route through the palace which you can choose to walk through yourself, or take a guided tour if you’d like more information. Since this is Thailand’s most sacred site, there is a dress code that you will have to adhere to visit. No bare feet or shoulders are allowed, full-length trousers and clothes that are not see through to protect modesty must be used. There are booths outside the temple which can provide suitable clothing if you need it.
The Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya river, named ‘The River of Kings’ by King Rama. It could be considered as the lifeblood of Bangkok, and not just because of its rich history. Around fifty thousand people still travel along it by ferry each day, and as a tourist, you can take various boat trips and cruises along it. Cargo bearing barges provide transportation by carrying items upstream. There are also lots of riverside attractions to visit too, from temples to bars to museums.
The Floating Markets
Bangkok’s famous floating markets contain boats crammed full of fresh produce, and local cooked foods. You could take a tour and see everything there is to offer, or could get in there yourself and haggle! There are a variety of different floating markets to choose from, but it’s something you should aim to see on your trip. It’s a truly unique experience, as beside from in South Asia you won’t see anything like this elsewhere in the world.
Named after the birthplace in Nepal of the Lord Buddha, Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquillity. It is made up of more than half a million square meters and provides a home for plantlife and wildlife alike. There are lots of fun exercise activities you can take advantage of in the park- free open-air aerobics, tai chi, basketball and more. You could ride bikes, row boats or take a walk or jog around the grounds. This so-called ‘green lung’ of Bangkok is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Terminal 21 brings the world of shopping together under one roof. From Japan to Europe to America, the maze of shops brings you an incredible shopping experience in a mall that’s packed full of personality. Shopping in Bangkok is much loved by tourists due to the huge range of items that are affordable to buy.
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