There are not too many places that are as memorable as Thailand. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there, but I will never forget this wonderful country and its warm & friendly people. I’m certainly looking to go back one day!
Bangkok receives more than 20 million visitors a year, making it quite popular and is considered the most popular tourist destination on the planet.
This exciting, vibrant city has more to explore than you could ever imagine - both day & night. So, to make the trip, one that you'll always remember, here are 14 adventures you must add to your itinerary.
Ride a Tuk-Tuk
Tuk-tuks are a fun way to get around the city. These three-wheeled, open-air taxis are perfect for going from one site to the next while also taking in the city view. Characterized by their bright colors, taking a ride on a tuk-tuk is part of the Bangkok experience. The small size of a tuk-tuk makes it possible to avoid traffic jams and get to wherever you need to go in a hurry. Just be sure to negotiate your price with your driver before the ride starts or avoid overpaying.
Get a Thai beer at a rooftop bar
Bangkok is full of great clubs, pubs, and rooftop bars. The rooftop bars have some of the most magnificent views of the city, especially at night. Order a Singha, Thailand’s most popular local beer.
Go to a floating market
Floating markets are widespread in Bangkok. Most of the vendors are women, and they sell items such as produce, jewelry, and flowers from their boats. You hire a boat and then float along as the vendors come to you. (this was one of the highlights of my trip – I just loved it)
Cruise down the Chao Phraya River
Take a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River for more beautiful views of Bangkok. Night or day, the views are bound to be majestic. Plus, you'll get to see some of the city's historical sites along the way.
Check out the reclining Buddha
Visit Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok to see the reclining Buddha and the most extensive assortment of Buddha statues in the country. The reclining Buddha is 151 feet long and gold plated.
Bangkok has some impressive shopping malls, including the Siam Paragon, MBK, and Central World. They are definitely worth a look.
Visit the Ratchada Train Market
There are several night markets in Bangkok, but this one is truly unique. Old shipping containers and freight cars make up many of the shops. It’s not open every day, so check the schedule before heading out.
Try the street food
While wandering the night markets, check out the street food! The street food in Bangkok is some of the best yet most unique cuisines in the world. From fried chicken to fried scorpions, you never know what you will find to snack on.
Don't miss the Grand Palace
This impressive palace is a must-see. Not only is it Bangkok's most famous attraction, but it represents over 200 years of royalty. It dates back to 1782, is beautifully ornate, and features the Jade (Emerald) Buddha.
Wander the streets of Chinatown
One of the oldest parts of the city lies in Chinatown, a lively district with great shopping, restaurants, bars, and entertainment.
Head to Soi Cowboy
This less intense red light district isn't any less exciting than the others throughout Bangkok. Enjoy lots of loud music, entertainment, adult beverages, go-go bars, and bright lights.
Visit the Temple of Dawn
Near the Chao Phraya River, visit Wat Arun to see the Golden Buddha and the beautiful mosaics that cover the outside of the temple. This is an important temple for Buddhists, besides being a popular tourist attraction.
Go to Ayutthaya Historical Park
Although it is right outside of Bangkok, you absolutely must visit the Ayutthaya Historical Park, given the opportunity. These ruins are kind of a magical secret that doesn't receive many visitors.
Explore Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park is a great place to unwind a little and also one of the largest city parks in Thailand. With all the crowds and commotion in Bangkok's downtown area, the park is a beautiful green escape.
There is a reason Thailand is known for being the land of smiles, and once you visit, you're sure to be smiling too!
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