Are you planning to come to Thailand soon? When you come, you will hardly be able to miss Bangkok, its capital. This fascinating city combines culture, modernity and nightlife completely crazy. Whether you like it or not, one thing is certain, Bangkok intrigues. Here are my tips to go to its discovery with my 6 things to do in Bangkok.
The Grand Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha
This is undoubtedly one of the major tourist attractions of the country. Designed in 1782, this house hosted the royal family until the middle of the 20th century. Inside you will discover many palaces, real architectural jewels. The Grand Palais Royal also contains Wat Phra Kaeo and its sublime Emerald Buddha. A must visit when you come to Bangkok.
My advice : It is best to make your visit early in the morning if you want to avoid the tides of Chinese tourists armed with their camera! Similarly, the heat will be more bearable. The site is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and the entry costs 500 baht (= 13 euros). As with most Thai temples, you will not be able to go in shorts and bare shoulders, dress accordingly.
Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha
Thailand’s most famous and visited temples include Wat Pho at the top of the list. One of the main reasons is, of course, the presence of the majestic reclining Buddha! 46 meters long and 15 high, completely covered with gold leaves. For 100 baht (= 2.50 euros) per person, you will enter this colorful temple. A real place of worship for Thai people.
My advice : A visit in the morning will allow you to avoid the crowd. However a visit at the end of the day can allow you to enjoy the sunlight to make pretty pictures. Wat Pho is open from 08:00 to 18:30. Beware of people who approach you by telling you that the temple is closed, it is of course not true. Finally, consider wearing a decent dress to enter.
The Chatuchak Market
This huge market is the place to stroll favorite of tourists. You will find countless booths of all kinds. If you want to bring back a little souvenir or invest in a pair of pants or a dress, you will undoubtedly find your happiness. This market is free but open only on weekends. To get there, take the subway to Chatuchak Park.
My advice : Take the opportunity to eat on the spot, the street court offers an impressive number of possibilities to satisfy your appetite.
Among the many temples to visit, Wat Arun has a real charm. After a short boat ride, you will discover this temple bordering the Chao Phraya River. At dusk, the light on the temple is very different and you can make pretty pictures. The entrance costs 50 baht (= 1.25 euros).
My advice : Visit Wat Arun after Wat Pho, you are already in the area.
Khao San Road
Once night falls on Bangkok, go to the unsurpassed Khao San Road. This is without a doubt the most famous street in Bangkok. Be careful not to make you swallow everything! While this neighborhood is not the most typical of the city but it is part of the folklore. It is the rendezvous of tourists and backpackers. You can find everything from street food, clothes or bathing suits or massage your feet! And if you’re the intrepid kind, scorpions, grubs and other grasshoppers are waiting for you to be tasted on Khao San Road.
My advice : Rendez-vous on site instead of the night, this is where you can really take the measure of the neighborhood. Prefer the stands as restaurants unless you want to dance and enjoy the music. If we suggest you go to a Ping Pong Show know that it does not have much to do with ping-pong!
Chinatown and Little India
If you have some time left during your stay in Bangkok, go for a visit to Chinatown and Little India. Even if you do not need anything, you will find something to buy. The Chinatown also offers an impressive number of street vendors to restore you no matter what time!
What do you think of these unmissable? I hope, in any case, have made you want to discover Bangkok! See you soon for the rest of our adventures.