Bangkok is a city with a great history to share and good foods to offer. It is one of the world’s top tourist destination cities and the main gateway of visitors when visiting Thailand.
HERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO AND VISIT WHILE HAVING A VACATION IN BANGKOK:
1. VISIT TEMPLES
THE GRAND PALACE COMPLEX AND THE WAT PHRA KAEW (TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA)
Accepting the grand invitation of The Grand Palace, we decided to take the Chao Phraya River Route rather than riding a metered taxi for best Thailand Experience. Paid the BTS Sky train rate from Siam Station up to Saphan Taksin Station; and transfer to Sathorn Pier underneath the train station for the ferry (TIP: choose the Orange Flag for just 15 Baht). We arrived at Wat Arun Pier (Where the Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Temple of Dawn is situated) then take another journey (River-Crossing Ferry for 4 Baht). Upon exiting the pier, continue walking up to the crossing where you can see the Wat Pho on your right and a Giant Wall on the left. You turn left if you want to visit the Grand Palace (Just observe the people walking on that direction).
The Grand Palace Complex is composed of Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Outer Court, with many public buildings; the Middle Court, including the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings; the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. The Wat Phra Keaw is inside the vicinity. The entrance fee is 500 Baht. You can visit Wat Pho (with another Entrance Fee) after or before the Grand Palace.
WAT ARUN (TEMPLE OF DAWN)Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan will not be labelled as Temple of Dawn for nothing. Yes the best time to capture its beauty is during the Dawn but during sunset seems equally captivating. Wat Arun is among the best known landmarks of Thailand. The Temple of Dawn is located alongside the Chao Phraya River which makes it easily accessible by a commuter boat. Ferry Crossing is available if you wanted to visit the nearby Wat Pho and The Grand Palace for just 4 baht. There is a refurbishment on going during our visit (the reason why we are not be able to hike the central prang which signifies Mount Meru of the Hindu cosmology). 100 baht is the entrance fee and only takes a minimum of 30 minutes to visit the whole complex.
WAT PHO (TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA)
As I am a fan of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Wat Pho Complex is really a big deal for me (recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme). The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including the famous 46 m long reclining Buddha which is the main attraction for visitors. If looking for an Authentic Thai Massage, you are in the best place anywhere else in Thailand. Entrance fee is 100 Baht with free Bottled Water. The Complex is just south of the Grand Palace.
TIP: Ready your 108 desires and try the 108 Wishes Coin Bronze Pot for 20 baht (not compulsory but a must try).
2. NIGHT OUT AND PARTY
KHAO SAN ROAD
Khao San Road is the party epicenter of Bangkok. Have a taste of Thailand Beer Brands – Singha or Chang. We ride a taxi getting there.
OCTAVE ROOFTOP BAR AND LOUNGE
3. GO TO MARKETS AND SHOPPING DISTRICTSPRATUNAM SHOPPING CENTER, BIG C, MBK MALLS, ETC.
Shopping Districts of Bangkok where you can shop and buy your souvenirs.FLOATING MARKETS
Floating Markets in Thailand are best known as a tourist attraction aside from being a marketplace just like in the countries of Vietnam and Indonesia. Make sure to plan your trip before getting there. Other Floating Markets are open during morning and other markets are long way to travel from the city.
4. EAT LIKE LOCALS
Thai foods are just like everywhere in the city. There are many restaurants to choose from. I suggest eating where locals eat. Mango in Thailand is one of the sweetest in the World; just like the Mangoes of Guimaras in the Philippines.
5. HAVE A MASSAGEAfter a long tour and shopping, a Thai massage is indeed a great reward to be offered for your body. Other services also offered like Swedish and Foot Massage.
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