Ten reasons to visit Bangkok

From its bustling streets to its spiralling high-rise buildings, the City of Angels never ceases to thrill and captivate. Unlike other cities, Bangkok has traditional charm. It’s the contrast of both ancient and modern that makes this city unique. Whether you are on a budget or simply planning an exotic holiday with your friends, these Bangkok experiences will fascinate you.

1. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Bangkok’s visitors never seem to get enough of the glitz and glamour and glitter of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha ie Wat Pho. The Buddha is made out of solid cement, covered with gold leaf and the soles of the feet are decorated with mother of pearl.

2. Explore the Chao Phraya

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river is known as the “River of Kings”. Royal barges pass d0wn it on auspicious occasions. Festivities never seem to stop around the Chao Phraya, with a number of luxurious hotels, hip restaurants and rooftop bars on its banks.

3. Discover Bangkok’s royal heritage

There is no better way to discover Bangkok’s royal heritage and learn about its culture than the Grand Palace. Splendid architectural design and refined murals mean the palace is high on any visitor’s agenda. It’s four official buildings are lavishly decorated and offering an opportunity to capture snapshots of traditional Thai architecture.

4. Shop at Chatuchak weekend market

For good bargains, leave the gaudy shops behind and head to Chatuchak. With over 15 000 stalls in 26 areas, this gargantuan market cannot be covered in a single day’s visit. Products sold include antiques, paintings, jewelry, furniture, clothes, pets, plants and other miscellaneous goods.

5. Glide through the floating markets

Glide through the murky waters of one of Thailand’s unique floating markets. Be prepared for an early start – most markets begin at 6am and end by 11am. Bangkok’s most popular are Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan, Amphawa and Bangnoi.

6. Hit the backpacking district

Khao San Road is a backpacker’s getaway. Here you’ll meet many travellers shopping, eating and sleeping on a budget. In this backpacker’s paradise, you can book cheap tours, purchase a tailor-made suit or buy a gripping book for last-minute reading.

7. Experience Thailand’s must-see show

The Siam Niramit theatre show is a thrilling show portraying Thailand’s art and culture scene. The performance includes graceful sword dancing and re-enactments of the earliest royal processions of the Lanna Kingdom.

8. Asia’s spa and massage paradise

Rejuvenate your body and enjoy a traditional Thai massage – known to improve circulation and relax tense muscles. For a truly authentic experience, stop by Health Land. With nine locations in Bangkok, this spa and massage centre will provide you with quality service.

 9. Stop by Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown buzzes with action. If you are heading to Yaowarat during Chinese New Year, you can check the festivities which are the biggest in the city. Yaowarat has the best Chinese restaurants and food stalls in town. Glitzy gold shops are abundant – there are more per square metre here than anywhere else in Bangkok.

 10. Shop with the locals

The biggest and busiest part of the city is Bangkok’s downtown, which is comprised of large shopping malls like Siam Square, Siam Paragon and Central World. The crowded MBK shopping mall is popular with the locals because of its competitive prices.

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