Bangkok is a heady mixture of present and past; everything you’d expect from the capital of Thailand. There are ancient sites to be visited and modern shopping malls that have a kitschy yet high-end ambience. Today while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past still prevails.
The Grand Palace
The one must-see sight in Bangkok is the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark and continues to attract visitors with its beautiful architecture and intricate details. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
Wat Pho is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must do in Bangkok. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage.
Wat Arun is considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, considering its architecture and the fine craftsmanship. The spire (prang) on the bank of Chao Phraya River, beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns make it a landmark icon.
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic center of Bangkok, it enshrines the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.
Bangkok floating Markets
The floating market boats are piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.
Bangkok Klongs and Canals
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, it is popular among must do for tourists. It evokes the romance of the Orient, only Bangkok-style: of languid sampans drifting down tree-lined canals, of stoic locals living next to them in floating wooden shop houses, of city life before the advent of tuk-tuks and traffic jams.