There’s definitely more than can be covered in one trip, but to really make the most out of your visit to Bangkok, the above attractions can be easily reached and are definitely worth their time.
Get your bearings with a ride or two on the river taxis or take a stroll down the riverbank of the Chao Praya river to get a brief introduction to Bangkok. A tour boat cost a lot more than river taxi yet you get the same Bangkok’s waterfront picturesque experience for both ride. Always opt to a river taxi instead of a tour boat to save your budget for shopping later!
Then, explore around the markets in Chinatown to get a load of knock off gear and touristy stuff if you really want to, but it is best explored for the atmosphere and the cheap eats. If you have time after shopping, pay a visit to Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha). This small and rather uninteresting temple is home to the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image. Made of about 83% pure gold and weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today’s gold prices.
Rounded up your day with the night visit to Khao San Road. It is the Bangkok’s backpacker central which comes to life at night. After sunset, the street’s iconic neon lights switch on and it transforms from a daytime market into an all-night party zone. Choose a pub or bar, go down the street, you will meet a lot of new friends here from all over the world.
Now, you have got the pace in Bangkok, you can spend your second day checking out a few of the absolute must see sites:
- Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew
The large and beautiful palace was where the Thai Kings lived.
- Wat Pho
Home to the famed Leaning Buddha.
- Wat Arun
Opposite Wat Pho, Wat Arun is known as the temple of dawn is one the most stunning temples in Bangkok with its unique architecture and the fine craftsmanship.
- Jim Thompson’s house
It is a complex of various old Thai structures that the American businessman Jim Thompson collected from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 1960s.
At night, hunt sensational Thai street food at Patpong Night Market. It is one of the most visited after dark markets in Bangkok where you can find incredible bargains in the moonlight.
Now, it’s time to do some shopping before ended the trip. Spend your day for intensive shopping to the very unique floating market and get a lot of cheap stuffs at Chatuchak weekend market. Praturam Market at Siam Square is also exciting – everything from watches to lingerie is sold here.
If you get tired of the markets, but aren’t shopped-out there are fortunately plenty of shopping malls in Bangkok. Try Mah Boon Krong ( MBK ), which is the cheapest, the new and modern Siam Paragon, or the extremely expensive and fashionable The Emporium. Most interesting is perhaps Central World, which is the largest in Southeast Asia and has fresh, new look after a renovation in 2006.
The most convenient and time-saving way to visit most of the major attractions above is by booking a packaged tour before arriving to Bangkok or by booking simple day trips at any tourist office. Prices for day trips are very reasonable and tend to vary from one office to the other, so it might be worth investing some time to find the best deal possible.
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