It’s not hard to stay happy in the Land of Smiles and there is no exception in Bangkok. This vibrant metropolis has lured many visitors into extending their stays. In a city that is more than 600 square miles, it is easy to get lost when trying to decide what to do. Here is a list of the top five activities you shouldn’t miss while you are in Bangkok.
The Grand Palace
Prepare to stand in awe after entering the gates to this massive royal enclosure. Take in the richly decorated gold pagodas. Wonder at the ornately carved statues. As you walk around the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom, you’ll get a better understanding for the culture and history of the country. If you’ve ever wondered what it was life to live as a royal does, The Grand Palace is the place to imagine it.
Don’t forget to stop by Wat Pra Waew inside The Grand Palace compound. It houses Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha. You’ll be shocked to learn the Buddha that was meticulously carved from one piece of emerald.
Khao San Road
This backpackers haven is right downtown and a perfect distance from the best hotels in Bangkok. Don’t be surprised if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of street vendors on this bustling walkway. It is here you can try grilled scorpion, buy two dollar outfits, five dollar massages, and get your fortune read. Savvy travelers can find a good bargain on leather fringe handbags when trolling this street but beware of spending too much. You might have to buy a separate bag to take all your goodies home.
Travelers who want to get some shopping but don’t want to be surrounded by all the bars of Khao San Road should head across the street to Soi Rambuttri. The tree covered streets give you a taste of what Bangkok felt like before all the skyscrapers were built.
Affectionately called the Temple of Dawn, this beautiful temple symbolizes the rebirth of Bangkok as the capital of the country. You may feel as if you’ve stepped into a neighboring country when you look at this iconic Southeast Asian temple which was built in the ancient Cambodian style. But fear not, this central Bangkok temple is filled with traditional Thai monks and accompaniments.
Take advantage of the beautiful vista Bangkok can offer by grabbing a cocktail in one of the rooftop bars. The Vertigo and Moon Bar is 61 floors above the city and your ticket to a first class experience. You will be surprised when you don’t have to pay for the privilege of seeing one of Bangkok’s world class sunsets.
The flashing lights and party atmosphere are a sight every Bangkok visitor must experience. Soi Cowboy is a great street to take it all in. There are go-go dancers and choreographed shows at many of the establishments. Beware of all the fun you can have on this street. If you walk out of a bar and the sun is rising, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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