Bangkok appears on many bucket lists. Its cultural sites, cuisine, architecture, and shopping are legendary. Here is a guide on the sights to include, if you are planning a getaway to Bangkok.
Start with the markets
One of the attractions that Bangkok is famous for is its vibrant, colorful markets that abound in street food, drinks, and everything from antiques to pets. Two well-known markets are:
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This weekend market is the most famous one of them all and possibly the biggest outdoor market in the world. The Chatuchak market is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and it has 15,000 stalls that attract visitors from all over the world. Goods you will find here include wood carvings, ceramic items, trendy fashions, jewelry, shoes, and many others. The prices are low, and bartering is encouraged.
There are also good food options such as authentic Thai food, and exotic desserts like coconut ice cream, and chocolate-dipped bananas.
Asiatic The Riverfront
A genuinely unique large open-air mall that features souvenirs, home decoration, and accessories shops, the Asiatic riverfront faces the Chao Phraya River. It is both a mall and night bazaar and you can enjoy beautiful river views as you sample street food and while the hours away.
The Grand Palace
Gaze in wonder at the craftsmanship in the architecture of the Grand Palace. This is one of the most famous landmarks in Bangkok. The palace was built in 1782 and it offers a superb example of the creativity of the Thai people.
The Emerald Buddha is within the palace complex. Although Thai kings no longer reside here, this is still the venue of ceremonial occasions.
This is the temple of the reclining Buddha and one of the largest temple complexes in Bangkok. The highlight is the 15m tall Reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf and mother of pearl ornaments. Also of note are the 4 chapels containing 394 gilded Buddha images.
The riverside location of this stunning temple makes it truly unique as it towers over the water with its steep piers. Known as the temple of Dawn, this is an important place of worship for Buddhists.
Jim Thompson House
This is a museum located near Siam Square. Jim Thompson was the man who revitalized the Thai Silk industry. He established the Thai Silk Company Limited in 1948. Mr. Thompson had a passion for art, hence, over the years he accumulated a collection of southeastern Asian art, Buddhist statues, and Thai paintings.
The Thompson house was meant to showcase his art and silk collection, however, he mysteriously disappeared in 1967.
Six traditional Thai teakwood houses lie in this garden enclosed compound. The highlights of the collection within include decorative wall hangings, Benjarong porcelain, and wooden sculptures of nats.
Bang Krachao Gardens
For an escape away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city, make your way to this peaceful retreat. The best part of this gem is the Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and botanical garden. Cycle as you savor the lush greens and fresh air. You can rent bikes nearby. Other possible activities are roller skating, jogging, or feeding the fish. If you are aiming for a full day out, take a picnic lunch.
Bangkok has been the place to go for decades, hence perhaps it is time for you to experience the culture, hospitality, and discover its many attractions for yourself.