Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. The city also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East has many possibilities for sightseeing, shopping, eating, nightclubbing or just relaxing.
Attractions in Bangkok
The Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand and a must-see site in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is an impressive complex of buildings located in the old city of Bangkok. The palace was an official residence of the Thai Kings for 150 years. Today the Grand Palace is used for royal ceremonies and other official functions.
There are more than 400 Thai temples or wats situated all around Bangkok. You should visit some of them while visiting Bangkok. The most famous temples in Bangkok are 3 - Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most important and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The Emerald Buddha, the highly revered Buddha image, is housed in Wat Phra Kaew. The whole complex is usually full of tourists but it's still an amazing place to visit.
Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple located just south of the Grand Palace. The temple is famous for its enormous gold plated 46 metres long reclining Buddha image.
Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is a Buddhist temple situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Thanks to its riverside location, Wat Arun is one of the best known landmarks of Bangkok and all Thailand.
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Chinatown, often referred as Yaowarat, is one of the most authentic spots in Bangkok. It’s a colourful and exotic area lying along Yaowarat Road, with tiny lanes and narrow alleyways, full of market stalls and small shops.
You can find peaceful green spots for relaxing even in such a chaotic city that Bangkok is. Visit one of the Public Parks in Bangkok and you will find a place for breathing fresh air or joining outdoor activities with locals.
Zoos and Aquariums in Bangkok
If you like seeing animals, Bangkok gives you opportunities to see elephants, tigers, crocodiles, snakes and even sharks. In Bangkok you can find a traditional Dusit Zoo, aquariums of Sea Life Ocean World, interactive zoo Safari World, the largest in the world Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and snake shows at Snake Farm.
Shopping in Bangkok
There are many shopping options for your choice in Bangkok - from huge, modern, air-conditioned malls, to the famous buzzing street markets. You can always head to one of the biggest in the world Chatuchak Market or you can opt for more local shopping experience. And don't forget, in Thailand shopping always comes with eating so you will never be short of the options to try some local delicacies while shopping. Pier 21 Food Court at Terminal 21 is the best place to eat cheap while shopping in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market, also called Jatujak Market, is one of the largest weekend markets in the world, covering an area of 27 acres. The market is divided into 27 sections and contains more than 15,000 stalls selling various goods for local prices. Chatuchak Weekend Market is very popular between Thais and tourists, attracting over 200,000 visitors each day on the weekends. Almost everything can be found at the market and it’s the best place in Bangkok for buying your gifts.
For local shopping experience you should head to one of Bangkok's night markets that are so popular between locals. Try visiting one of Train Markets (Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin and Talad Rot Fai Ratchada), JJ Green, which is nearby touristy Chatuchak Weekend Market, and once a month opening Artbox Bangkok.
The most famous floating markets are outside of Bangkok but their fame made them way too touristy. If you wish your shopping experience to be more local, around Bangkok you can find less crowded floating markets not attracting as many tourists.
Nightlife in Bangkok
Bangkok's nightlife is one of the main reasons why people like visiting the capital of Thailand. Nightlife here is varied and unforgettable as everyone can find something for their own taste.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a small street and the historical centre of the tourist area that is located near the old city of Bangkok. Khao San Road is the most concentrated tourist area in Thailand where travellers from every corner of the world meet to discuss their travels or just to party. During the night Khao San Road comes alive when tourists fill up the street and its numerous restaurants and bars.
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Transport in Bangkok
There are two international airports in Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).
Bangkok is served by three rapid transit systems: the elevated BTS SkyTrain, the underground MRT (Metro) and the Airport Rail Link. The network of public transport is supplemented with Public Bus making it possible to reach more distant areas of the city. Canal Boat is an exotic addition to Bangkok transport system.
How to use public transportation in Bangkok, read here: Public Transportation in Bangkok.
Bangkok Bus Stations
There are 3 bus terminals in Bangkok and you need to choose one depending on your desired destination.
Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) is one of the busiest bus stations in Bangkok. This bus station is serviced by buses and minivans running to destinations in Eastern Thailand such as Rayong, Chonburi, Trat, Chanthaburi and tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Sriracha, Sattahip, Koh Chang or Koh Samet.
From Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit) buses and minivans depart to the destinations in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai), Northeast Thailand and few other central and eastern destinations such as Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Chonburi (including Pattaya), Trat (including Koh Chang), etc.
From Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) buses and minivans depart to the destinations in Southern Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin, Surat Thani) and Central Thailand (Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram).
You will find more useful tips on using Bangkok's transport in our list of articles related to Bangkok Transport.
Weather in Bangkok
Between November and May the weather is mostly dry with little rain expected for much of this time. The dry season in Bangkok is broken up into the periods of cool season (November to February) and hot season (March to May), when it is not unusual for the temperature to reach up to 40°C. The wet season in Bangkok is from May to November.
For more detailed information about Bangkok's weather patterns during the year check Weather in Bangkok.
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