Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was the most popular tourist destination on the planet 2016 with more than 21 million visitors. Here are 11 things you must do to get a taste of this megacity.
1. Visit the impressive Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the most obvious thing to see in Bangkok. This impressive complex of buildings is unquestionably the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.
2. Get a drink at a rooftop bar
Bangkok has plenty of spectacular rooftop bars like Vertigo and Moon Bar, Octave Rooftop Bar and CHAR Rooftop Bar (picture above). The most famous, however, is the Sky Bar at Lebua thanks to the Hollywood movie The Hangover part II.
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3. Take a Chao Phraya River Cruise
A cruise along the majestic Chao Phraya River is the most enjoyable way to explore Bangkok’s historical landmarks. Even better is to enjoy the cruise with delicious food like Loy Nava.
4. Explore Chinatown
Chinatown is located in one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. This vibrant district with market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops has been a center of Chinese settlement since 1782. The 1-km long strip with neon signs in Chinese, tuk-tuks and wooden buildings provides many great photo opportunities.
5. Pay a visit to Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha
Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the 46 meters long Buddha as the big attraction.
6. Visit a floating market
One of the most popular things to do in Bangkok is to visit a floating market. Damnoen Saduak is the most famous in Thailand, known all over the world from movies such as the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.
7. Do some world-class shopping
Bangkok is a shopaholic paradise with mega shopping malls such as Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, and MBK. Here’s more than enough to suit all kinds of lifestyles.
8. Check out Wat Arun
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is situated by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok’s Old City. The 70 meters high temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna and is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok.
9. Discover Lumpini Park
If you’re tired of Bangkok’s traffic jam, you should spend a day in Lumpini Park which is the largest urban park in Thailand. The park is located in the center of Bangkok, near the main business district with top hotels and luxury shopping venues; a bit like Central Park in New York.
10. Go on a day trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park
UNESCO has granted the spectacular ruins of Ayutthaya World Heritage status. Located about 80 km from Bangkok, Ayutthaya has surprisingly few tourists.
11. Riding a tuk-tuk
Riding a tuk-tuk is a fun experience but can also be a practical way to get trough the traffic jam over short distances. For long distances, I recommend the BTS Skytrain.
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