Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand with a population of 10.5 million people. Over the years Bangkok has grown into a bustling city with many different attractions such as markets and great food. For a city its size it’s fairly clean and affordable. You can potentially stay in rooms for as little as 10$ per day and even the food is very affordable. On the topic of food, it is classed as some of the best in the world by many with its amazing variety in flavors. There are many things to do in Bangkok from visiting the many shiny temples and historical buildings to affordable massages and even embarking on a short trip to nearby islands like Koh Phangan. It’s no wonder that Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With so many attractions and entertainment options, it’s hard to know what to do first. This article will provide you with a good idea of where to start by giving you insight into the five must-visits to see while you’re visiting Bangkok.
1. Wat Pho (The Temple of The Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho is known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is because it surrounds an incredibly big statue of Buddha which stands 15 meters high and is 46 meters long. The statue is said to lie in that position in a state of enlightenment, gazing blissfully at the ceiling. This isn’t the only attraction of Wat Pho though it is by far the largest attraction. There are over 400 colorful murals of the Buddha that line the walls of the temple. This is an awesome place to go to witness the dedication and craftsmanship of the Thai people.
2. Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a road like no other. This street runs for a kilometer and is lined with bars, affordable street-food vendors, restaurants, hotels, hostels, and just about anything to suit your needs. Accommodation here is very affordable making it perfect for backpackers. There are also plenty of other shops to visit on the road making it a great place to go shopping. The variety of bars makes it a very popular night destination which is great if you’d like to go out at night while staying in this area.
3. Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you’re looking for a place to buy just about anything you want or need then why not visit Chatuchak Weekend Market? With its 15 000 stands, it is one of the biggest flea markets in the world. If you can’t find something in other parts of Bangkok, odds are you’ll find it here. Also known as JJ Market, it offers products such as handicrafts, crafting materials, handmade products, clothing, wigs, accessories, sculptures and painting, house decorations, households, souvenirs and gifts, pets, plants, and books. There are even some food stalls there and just like everywhere else in Bangkok, they’re full of flavor and affordable. This is a great place to go over the weekend to look for souvenirs or even just to window shop or hunt for strange items that you can find nowhere else. It can be very crowded and overwhelming for those with claustrophobia because of the small stalls and the narrow alleyways. It is possible to barter with the shop owners but remember that they too need to make a living. There is the opportunity to get discounts in the morning and near closing time.
4. Wat Saket (Temple of the golden mount)
A hill with a great view is nice but a hill with a golden mount and a 360-degree view of Bangkok is an absolute must-see location. It may be a fair distance to climb to get to the top but it is not too far to go. Along the way up there are a few sights to be seen. There are several statues, fountains, and even a few gongs that you are allowed to ring to attract love, fortune, or luck. Once you’re at the top you can wander around the giant golden mount and the statues that surround it. You will also be able to get an amazing view of Bangkok from a high angle making this a great focal point to visit.
5. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is by definition grand. It lays claim to some of the most priceless relics in the area. It has several towering spires and temples adorned with gold. It is even home to the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is a must-see for any tourist interested in the rich culture of Thailand.