This Bangkok Travel Guide highlights top activities you must include in your itinerary during your visit to Bangkok, Thailand. More travel videos coming soon!
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Bangkok is referred to as the “Land of Smiles”. Tourists keep coming back simply because of the charm and warmth of its people.
Be amazed at their architectural temples, get an exhilarating insight into their rich culture, shop at luxurious malls, bargain at local markets and experience the famous mouthwatering Thai cuisine. Be prepared for an amazing journey as we sum up the best things to include in your itinerary when visiting Bangkok, Thailand.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Located southwest of Bangkok, this is the most popular floating market in Thailand. The locals sell food and various souvenir items. This market caters primarily to foreign tourists so souvenir items tend to be overpriced. Brush up on your on bargaining skills and try to negotiate from 30% up to 70% off the original price. Since this floating market is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive from the city, booking online and joining package tour groups might be a more convenient option.
Your stay in Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Grand Palace. Entrance fee for foreign tourists will cost 500 Thai baht. Bear in mind that a dress code is strictly enforced. Men must wear long pants, sleeved shirts and shoes. Women must wear long skirts. Any revealing clothes are not allowed. Inside this beautiful palace complex, you while find numerous spectacular buildings that highlight the artistry and craftsmanship of the Thai people. This includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is considered one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. To avoid large crowds and tour groups, we recommend you get there before 9 o’clock in the morning.
Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s most attractive temples and is just a short walk from the Grand Palace. This temple houses the famous giant reclining Buddha, which is 151 feet long and 49 feet tall. The soles of the feet are 15 feet long. It is meticulously inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Entrance fee for foreign tourists is 200 baht. And as with other temples in the city, visitors must wear appropriate clothing.
Another Buddhist temple in Bangkok is Wat Arun. It is almost opposite of Wat Pho where in a shuttle boat can take you to this place. Its nickname is Temple of the Dawn. It is a Khmer-style temple with four prangs and one larger one in the middle. Its design is actually a thousand pieces of chinese porecelain, seashells and tiny pieces of colored glass. Entry for foreign tourists is 50 baht or 1.65 US dollars.
Known as the “art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai is a combat sport that uses a combination of fists, elbows, knees and shins. Developed over several hundreds of years, this is the national sport of Thailand. Fights are held at Rajadamnern Stadium, which is one of the oldest and most popular boxing stadiums in the country.
The Chao Phraya River is the most important waterway in Thailand. Some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, are accessible from various points along this river. Thousands of locals and tourists use ferries and boats to travel along the river each day.
Bangkok is arguably one of the most popular shopping hubs in Asia. From high-end shopping malls to night bazaars… from luxury items to bargain shopping… there is surely something for everyone. Tourists can enjoy the benefits of discount cards in various malls around the city, and can also enjoy a VAT refund on goods purchased from participating stores.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (0:46-1:28)
Grand Palace (1:28-2:37)
Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha (2:37-3:23)
Wat Arun (3:23-4:08)
Muay Thai (4:08-4:46)
Chao Phraya (4:46-5:26)
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