Bangkok is a city that will amaze any first time traveler for its sheer diversity, friendliness and number of tourist destinations within one city itself.
If possible, it is advisable that you spend at least a week in this city to grasp some of the local flavor as well as soak in the incredibly beautiful and chaotic Bangkok – a city of contradictions in many ways.
While visiting the city, you will be amazed by the traditions that are so well preserved in some of the most interesting sites of the city while on the other hand you can catch a glimpse of all the amenities and technology of modern day living. In a nutshell Bangkok has it all, temples, museums, wild life safaris, floating water markets, glitzy city malls, cheap shopping, grand palaces, and much more.
Here is a general idea of what you can see in Bangkok:
Temples in Bangkok
For those of you who want a peek into the traditional Thailand, nowhere will you see it better than in the number of temples that dominate Bangkok’s tourist itinerary. Bangkok’s temples are a statement of the lands immense faith in Buddhism and give a glimpse into its cultural heritage well preserved until today.
The temples, also known as wats, are wonderful structures in terms of architectural marvel, too. Some of the must see temples are Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (in the grounds of the grand palace), Wat Arun (temple of Dawn), Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha), Wat Mahathat (headquarter of Thailand’s largest monastic order), Wat Traimit (temple of the golden Buddha) and Wat Sutat (the great swing).
Museums in Bangkok
Museums in Bangkok are a delightful way of gauging the traditional history of the place that has been documented and well preserved. There are more than hundred museums in Bangkok ranging from forensic science to the Thai traditional customs. Some of the must-see museums include Bangkok National museum, Suan Pakkad Palace, Children’s Discovery Museum, Vimanmek Mansion Museum, and of course Jim Thompson’s House.
Chao Phraya river
Most visitors take a trip along the Chao Phraya River because it shows a unique version of Bangkok. Food is served while you are on the river cruise. Visitors are taken through Bangkok Noi and other canals where you can witness the old life style of the people of Bangkok as it used to be.
Chatuchak Weekend Market (Jatujak Market)
One of the biggest weekend markets in the world, this is the place to be while in Bangkok, a shopper’s paradise, one needs to do plenty of haggling. There is nothing that one cannot find in this market, you need to beware of the huge crowds and the over zealous shop keepers while shopping here.
Night markets in Bangkok
In true tradition of a city always on the go, Bangkok boasts of plenty of night markets of which the most known are, Asiatique, Tarad Rod-Fai and Patpong Night Market.
Floating markets in Bangkok
Most of the tourists to Bangkok are fascinated by the floating markets of Bangkok which give a peek into the age old traditions of Bangkok living, some of these floating markets that you should see are, Tha Kha Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market and Taling Chan Floating Market.
Other interesting places
There are other attractions that you should try to visit while in Bangkok. Here are a few of our favorites: The Grand Palace (the royal residence), the Crocodile Farm, the prestigious Chulalongkorn University, Lumphini Park, and the area at Siam (city center).