Bangkok is the capital city of the kingdom of Thailand, a country found in the southeastern part of the Asian continent. The city in Thai language is also referred to as “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” which means the city of Angels. Bangkok is located in the Chao Phraya river delta in central Thailand hence easily accessible.
The city serves as the main gateway to other parts of Thailand hence its popularity with many tourists. This has seen Master card rank Bangkok as the top tourist destination by international tourist arrivals in its Global Destination Cities Index 2016. This has been so because the city offers a wide variety of sights and famous tourist attractions. Some of the major and most notable tourist attractions in Bangkok include Royal palaces, temples, museums and other historical sites.
Other major attractions include the diverse cultures portrayed by the people, the cuisine available in the different street markets as well as the nightlife. Bangkok is unique in its own way as its one of the few cities in the world where the developed and developing worlds interrelate with each other majestically. Here are some of the major and top-rated tourist attractions in Bangkok that you cannot afford to miss a visit that has earned it recognition as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
The Street Food Markets
Bangkok’s street food market is among the best on the Asian continent owing to its size as well as due to its wide variety of cuisine. Along its streets, there are many stalls with vendors serving a wide variety of dishes that include grilled meat, fish, soups, fresh fruit as well as a myriad of other native dishes. Notable street markets in Bangkok include the Taling Chan Floating market where one can have a meal on one of the boats along the many waterways.
The Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the best ways to pass the time while in Bangkok is to go on a shopping spree in its many shopping malls and street stalls. However, none of this malls and stalls will beat the shopping experience found at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market has close to 15,000 stalls that are open every weekend with only one part referred to as the Jatujak Plaza being open throughout the week. Some of the most notable items available for sale include clothing and accessories both of Asian and western origin, handicrafts, ceramics, home decorations, pets, antiques, food and beverage, plants as well as books. The market is located adjacent to the Kamphaeng Phet Station about a five-minute walk from the Chatuchak park station.
The Khao San Road
This road is Bangkok’s most famous backpacker district. The place is packed with numerous guesthouses, food vendors, and clothing stalls. Under its well-lit neon signs, you will find vendors selling almost anything from fried insects, grilled fish to second-hand clothes. The road is therefore, an ideal place for an adventurer backpacker to pickup a few pairs of baggy fisherman jeans that are a must-have for every backpacker touring Thailand. It’s also one of the ideal places in Thailand to sample the Indian cuisine in the nearby restaurants.
The Wat Pho
The temple is located south of the Grand Palace and is also known as the Wat Chetuphon. The temple was built by King Rama1 and holds the record for being the oldest temple in the city. For a long time, the temple has been famous as a place of healing as well-being Thailand’s first University. However today, Wat Pho is renowned for being home to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Tourists who visit this place can view one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is 45 meters long and 15 meters high and famous for its art work embedded with precious stones at its feet signifying the 108 signs of true faith as well as long earlobes to signifying noble birth. The temple is open from 8 am to 6 pm daily and is located at the 2nd Sanamchai Road, Grand palace sub-district of Pranakorn District.
The National Museum and The Wang Na Palace
For every tourist with an interest in History, the national museum is the place to be. Here, the tourists can connect with Thai history as they are numerous historical relics on display. Other objects on display include Ceramics, religious and ceremonial artifacts, musical instruments as well as the Viceroy’s Throne. Fortunately for tourists, all artifacts on display are labeled and tour guides are done in English. The Museum is easy to access as it is located along the Na Phra That Road at the heart of Bangkok.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
About one and a half hours drive outside of Bangkok in an area known as Ratchaburi, you will find this floating market that has earned Bangkok the nickname “Venice of The East” owing to its beautiful markets with merchandise displayed on floating boats. Here, tourists will find all types of goods but more importantly you will find delicious fresh foods and vegetables for sale. The visit is also an ideal opportunity to interact with the locals and immerse yourself in their amazing cultures. However, the best tour option rather than the drive is by boarding the Floating Market’s Cruise day trip from Bangkok that takes six hours but offers majestic views of the scenery along the way.
The Lumpini Park
Amidst all the chaos and traffic in Bangkok, Lumpini Park offers visitors an ideal and serene environment to relax and have fun. Tourists can relax under the shades of the Chinese pagodas or take a boat ride on the lakes. The Park is always open daily from 5 am to 6 pm and is located along the Rama IV road between Wittayu and Ratchadamri.
The Grand Palace
A tour of Bangkok cannot be deemed as complete without a trip or tour through the Grand Palace as its the major historical tourist site in the city. The Palace is home to Wat Phra Kaeo which is famous for housing the jade or Emerald Buddha. It was also used for important ceremonies and is also used to accommodate heads of states. Remember, to dress decently when visiting and cover both your arms and legs. The palace is open daily from 8 am to 3 pm and is located on the Na Phra lan Road.
Bangkok is surely a paradise on earth and a must-visit tourist destination for all tourists who wish to experience the Asian cultures. There are plenty of tourist sites to visit and numerous luxurious hotels and lodges to offer cheap and affordable accommodations. The people are also friendly to the visitors and so is the weather. Visit Bangkok and make a dream to paradise come true!