Bangkok is one of the top destination cities for tourists. Its diverse attractions, sights and lifestyle, make it appeal to a wide collection of tastes. The city is famous for its exciting nightlife, royal palaces, temples and museums. If you’re interested in visiting this fascinating destination, then here are some useful pointers to make sure you get the most out of your stay:
The major attractions in Bangkok are very popular, so be ready for crowds! It’s definitely worth tolerating the tourist flocks though, to experience the stunning architecture such as the Grand Palace, shown above. The city’s most famous landmark was built in 1782 and was home to the Thai king and his family for many years.
If you are planning to visit the Grand Palace, be aware that a strict dress code applies. Visitors must be dressed modestly, with no bare feet or too much flesh on show.
Other fantastic attractions include: Vimanmek Mansion, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Siam Square and Soi Rambuttri.
Theravada Buddhism is the main religion of Thailand and consequently has a huge impact on the daily life of Thai people. The city mixes old with new, and many traditional parts of Thai culture sit alongside fast-paced modern city life. It’s this contrast which makes Bangkok so special. You can get a great taste of the city’s past by taking a canal tour by long-tailed boat, or visiting the bustling flower market in the Old City.
One of the main attractions for food lovers are the many floating markets. Packed with boats selling fruit, vegetables and local cooked food, these markets have a great atmosphere and are a must-see when visiting the city. Haggling is expected, so aim to pay roughly half of the original asking price.
Bangkok has a huge choice of dining possibilities: from street sellers to Thai restaurants, and also western fast food outlets, so you can always find something suitable.
Bangkok has a great selection of clubs, including blues, jazz, country and western and a Hard Rock Cafe. Most large hotels also have discos (so bear this in mind when booking a hotel if it’s not your idea of fun!). If you fancy a spot of shopping, you can explore the after-dark shopping malls and markets which are open late into the evening.
Bangkok is famous for its wild and slightly rowdy clubs too. The city has a vibrant and eclectic collection of bars, pubs and restaurants which cater for all tastes. Bangkok boasts some of the most famous Ladyboy shows in the world. The cabaret-like shows feature spectacular sets,costumes and performances which make a great night out.
Bangkok has great transport links. Historically it was the canals that provided the method of travelling around the city, but nowadays you can travel by bus, train, tuk-tuk, or taxi. When taking a taxi or tuk-tuk, you may be offered a special guide of the city, but it’s wise to avoid these suggestions as you may be charged over the odds for the experience. Like most things, you will be able to haggle the price with your driver as they will have inflated their rates due to your tourist status. If you’re feeling brave, you can also hire bicycles to tour the city, but this is not for the faint-hearted!
Bangkok hotels are hard to beat for value. High-end hotels are located alongside the river, whilst Chinatown offers more affordable accommodation. A good place to look for hotel deals is Venere.com where you can check the latest rates and read reviews.