Bangkok, the capital and the largest city of Thailand, is an interesting mixture of religious and worldly affairs, as it hosts a number of Buddha temples, besides being known for its vibrant nightlife, which make Bangkok travel a fascinating endeavor. River Chao Phraya is the lifeline of this lovely city, and along with innumerable canals, makes it famous as ‘Venice of the East’. Bangkok is world’s 2nd most popular tourist destination after London.
Bangkok was originally a small trade city and was located in a small region around River Chao Phraya, at the time of Ayutthaya Dynasty. It hosted 2 capitals, Thonburi during 1768 and Rattanakosin during 1782.
Bangkok is full of historical monuments, featuring architectural epitome. Phra Nakhon is a district of Bangkok, which is a popular tourist destination, particularly because of its edifices. Grand Palace, Chitralada Palace (current abode of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit), Vimanmek Palace and Democracy Monument are must-visit.
Museum of Emerald Buddha Temple, located between the Outer and Middle Courts of the Grand Palace, opposite Phra Thinang Maha Prasat Group, is the main repository of the artifacts of Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand Palace.
Thailand is known for its Wats (Buddha temples) and while in Bangkok, you should visit Wat Arun Rajwararam (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, marked with characteristic Bangkok style, with high gables, protruding roofs and ornate finials.
Shopping in Bangkok is a wonderful experience because of its world class malls, weekend markets and water markets.
If you want to give some twists and stretches to your body, you will get ample chance in Bangkok, because of its ample badminton, tennis and squash courts and ice skating rinks. You should also attend a match of Sepak Takraw, a combination of soccer and volleyball, with excitement of both the games doubled.
The thing you should necessarily enjoy during Bangkok travel is its numerous massage parlors, spa centers and yoga and meditation, in luxurious environment and the famous Thai hospitality.
Next thing to enjoy here is its nightlife. You can head towards RCA where there are a number of nightclubs and you can spend some unforgettable moments, enjoying international DJs and live concerts. Soi Cowboy is a red-light area, with a festive and unwinding atmosphere, with sexily clad pretty girls and plenty of brightly illuminated bars, where pole dances are presented.
One of the outstanding features of Bangkok is its dinner cruise on River Chao Phraya, when you enjoy lip-smacking Thai cuisine on the cruise and the glistening city lights pass by on both the banks.
Siam Paragon Aquarium, numerous ice skating rinks and cineplexes are some other must-visit places in Bangkok.
Though Bangkok has several high-end restaurants, it is especially famous for its street foods, which are healthy, in addition to being tasty. Nearly at every corner and lane of Bangkok you will find food carts and shop-house restaurants. Enjoy Phad Thai and various colored curries and sauces, as well as sweets like Khao Niew Bing, Luk Chup and Roti.
Along with Songkran (Thai New Year – 13 to 15 April), Loi Krathong (November) and Yi Peng (May), you should attend the free open-air musical concerts in Lumpini Park on Sundays of January and February, while in Bangkok.
While a bus is the cheapest and most convenient mode of transport in Bangkok, you should enjoy commuting in its water taxis and ferries.
Thai people are extremely respectful about Lord Buddha and the royal family of Thailand. You too should show apt respect for them during your Bangkok travel.
For help, you can call the Tourist Assistance Centre, Bangkok on 281-5051 and 282-8129.