Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is a fantastic place to visit; it is a magical mixture of historical culture and modern technology, which delivers a colourful and exciting experience for any new visitor. Its ancient temples and royal palace sit alongside twenty-first century shopping malls that lose high-end ambience in a sometimes-overwhelming mix. But do not fear, as this article will detail the best attractions and give you some great ideas to help you maximise your time in this fascinating city. Such as choosing a hotel near the Sathorn Skytrain transit system to provide you with fast, cheap access across the city to many of the attractions.
What To Visit
Depending on the amount of time you are spending in the city may determine what you choose to visit; many holidaymakers use Bangkok as a gateway before departing to one of the many wonderful beach resorts. With that in mind, these are a number of the best attractions the city has to offer –
- The Grand Palace – possibly the best attraction is this iconic royal residence; its beauty is unrivalled but be aware of the strict dress code.
- Wat Pho – Marvel at the statue of the reclining Buddha at this large temple site that houses the oldest monastery in Thailand.
- Wat Arun – this temple features stunning architecture in a beautiful riverside setting; it is best visited after three pm.
- Wat Saket – a visit to this hilltop temple gives amazing panoramic views across the city, especially at sunset.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market – as one of the largest markets in the world, it is no surprise that you can buy virtually anything here.
- Khao San Road – a colourful and noisy mixture of street vendors, food stalls and music; the experience is not for everyone but should be seen just once.
- National Museum – an excellent place for history lovers with a vast array of displays depicting the country’s culture and history.
This is just a tiny amount of the attractions on offer; if you are planning a longer stay in Bangkok, then some quick research can unlock plenty of other places to visit.
There are generally three better options in Bangkok to get where you want to be: boat, taxi, or the Sky train transit system. The boats that travel the Chao Phraya River are great for tourist attractions but be aware of getting overcharged. Taxis and the Skytrain are relatively cheap options, but the Sky train does not have the problem of navigating the capitol’s busy, overcrowded roads.
No matter what you choose to visit during your stay in Bangkok, I am sure it will deliver an unforgettable experience you will remember forever.