Bangkok, with a population of over 9 million inhabitants, is one of the biggest cities in the world. It is everything one expects it to be – noisy, colourful, crowded, exciting, infuriating, and smile-inducing. It has everything one needs to see from awe-inspiring temples, bustling local markets, amazing nightlife and grand shopping complexes. It also is a gateway to many other parts of Thailand. From here, you can hop a short flight to Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and other popular destinations. You can also board a train or hop on a bus for little money, and visit national treasures such as Ayutthaya, Lopburi, and many other gems of the country.
Here’s a list of places you wouldn’t want to miss
If you are there to visit only one tourist attractions, this surely should be the one it's dazzling, spectacular and undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. It's also the house for Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the Jade (or Emerald), Buddha. The place still continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and detail, all of which is a remark to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, situated immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct, Wat Pho makes an excellent addition to your tour, provided your feet are up for more walking. It is also known as or Wat Chetuphon, which was built by King Rama I and is the oldest one in Bangkok. This is also one of the best places to get a traditional Thai massage. It is often regarded as the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here.
For an amazing market experience, you can arrange a tour at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market located in Ratchaburi. Boats are piled high with
fresh ready-to-drink coconut juice, tropical fruit and vegetables, and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat. To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. The popularity of floating markets once earned Bangkok the nickname "Venice of the East". The best tour option is a Floating Markets Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok, which takes about six hours and includes pick up right from your hotel and offers transport in an air-conditioned coach. This tour guarantees the lowest price.
At once only popular among traders and wholesalers, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.
With more than 8,000 stalls peddling wares ranging from antiques to clothes to furniture, the wildly popular market draws in more than 200,000 people on weekends and includes a wide array of tasty restaurants. You are also entertained by shows, including dancing and live music.