What to see in Bangkok
Coming to Bangkok and missing out on Ko Rattanakosin is like visiting India and missing out on Purani Delhi. This place speaks of the history of Bangkok. There are a number of quality guesthouses and B&Bs for a comfortable & affordable stay. Most of the historical sites of Bangkok are located in the confines of Ko Rattanakosin, including the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and the National Museum
Grand Palace is a complex of buildings including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple built by King Rama over the course of 3 years. The admission fee to Emerald Buddha Temple and the Central Court of the Grand Palace is 500 Baht. This fee includes a ticket to Vimanmek Mansion and some other places around Bangkok as well. But you need to use them within seven days of your Grand Palace visit.
Wat Po is located just behind the opulent emerald Buddha temple . Wat Po is famous for the reclining Buddha statue. This temple is older than the origin of Bangkok itself. The most convenient way to reach Wat Po is by boat and then a walk through the market. The entrance fee for Wat Po is of 100 Baht. Here, you can go for a foot massage as well ranging from 250-400 Baht as per the duration. While visiting Wat pro you can visit Wat Arun, Wat Ratchabophit & Siam Discovery Museum as well.
Khao San Road
This is one of the busiest & most exciting streets of Bangkok. No wonder it’s a backpacker magnet with crazy music all around, neon lights, stalls, lots of tuk-tuk , hippies roaming around. You will feel alive here and it is worth visiting once in a lifetime. This area is few kilometers away from the BTS (sky train) and MRT (subway) stations. You can rely on tuk-tuks and taxis to get around Khan San Road . You can experience the best food in Bangkok from simple shops and street carts on Banglamphu streets like these.
Most of the travelers visiting Bangkok chose to stay here due to convenience and facilities like laundry & cheap beer. If you're a young enthusiast who is seeking to mingle people of the same domain then this place is for you.
It is named after Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal. The nearest metro station to Lumpini park is MRT Silom station and you can reach here by metro. Its opening hours are from 4.30am - 9pm. This large green square park has Jogging paths, bicycle roads, chess tables, plenty of trees, weight-lifting machines and rowboats for rent.
Vibrant and fascinating, Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the best places to shop for gold. You can explore Chinatown by walking on its colorful streets but don’t forget to look up. The best way to explore Chinatown is to pick up a starting point and roam around it as it’s so big that you may get lost. The best way to reach here is by boat. Some places to visit in Chinatown are Wat Traimit temple, Tien Fa Charity, Sampaeng Lane, Li Thi Miew Temple, The Old Siam.
The area around Siam Square is Bangkok's shopping hub, catering all the shopping needs. Siam Paragon is the biggest mall here with all the high-end designer outlets from Lamborghini and Ferrari dealerships sit beside Prada and Armani. You can find fine Indian fabrics, designer dresses in Pratunam. You can head to Petchburi to purchase computer hardware, peripherals and software (both real and pirated), it has the best prices in Bangkok. Siam Square is home to the greatest concentration of Bangkok's cinemas as well. You can reach Siam by metro, Siam BTS station is the nearest one.
The Royal Elephant Museum
Elephants are considered important in the history of Thai people. This museum will make you take a swift walk through that. The museum is open to the public every day from 9:30am - 4:00pm. You will get the entry free here on showing the ticket of ‘The Great Palace’ (or 100 THB when purchased separately).
Jim Thompson House
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Jim Thompson is a complex of numerous old Thai structures that the American businessman named Jim Thompson collected from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 1960s. You can reach Jim Thompson House by Subway by taking exit 1 of National Stadium exit or by klorng boat to Sapan Hua Chang Pier. It’s open from 9am to 6pm and the price of tickets ranges from 100 THB – 150 THB respectively.
Safari World Zoo
Safari World is a sight-seeing in Bangkok that consists of two parks- Marine Park and Safari Park. The Safari Park is open from 9 am to 5 pm & Marine Park is open from 9 am to 6 pm. You can buy the combined ticket of both the parks priced 900 TBH & 550 TBH for adults & children respectively.
Bangkok National Museum
It is one of the largest museumS in Southeast Asia featuring exhibits of Thai art and history. You can reach here by taking a ferry to Chang Pier, Maharaj Pier, Phra Chan Tai Pier.The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday (9am-4pm) and the admission ticket will cost you around 200TBH.
More than just the transport hub, this place is perfect to have a sneak peek into the daily lives of Bangkokians. Venture down to Rangnam where you will find Thai hipsters and the odd travelers unwind at funky pubs after a steamy day. As it’s a major transport hub fleets of regular taxis, motorbike taxis, and tuk-tuks are there at your fingertips with major attractions like Siam Square, Khao San Road located just three SkyTrain stops and bus ride to the west respectively.
Ever imagined holding a Tiger in your lap and feeding it? Well here can get a chance to do so. Get close and personal with 2 weeks cubs and feed them with milk. Click selfies with these cute little young pubs and don’t forget to post it on your social media account. Admission fees to Tiger temple are 600 TBH.
Lip smacking cuisine of Bangkok
Bangkok is famous for its street food. It’s cheap, delicious and it’s the best way to get in touch with local culture. You will find plenty of street vendors across the city open round the clock. Pad Thai is the national noodle of Thailand and most popular dish as well. The probability of understanding the food menu is negligible as long as you know the native language. It is advisable to take help of the vendor before you make a choice. There are many famous eating hubs where you can try on Thai food such as Yaowarat in Chinatown- premier street food haunt in Bangkok.
If you are hunting for Indian food then you can head to Indus in Sukhmvit by taking a BTS and getting down at Phrom Phong. Sabz jalfrazi vegetarian is a must have.
Maya, located on 29th floor of Holiday Inn Bangkok, Sukhmvit offers you great Indian food with a beautiful view.DJ is playing on most nights and the signature cocktails here are surprisingly great.
Rang Mahal is at the top of people’s lists in Bangkok for years for serving world-class Indian cuisine. Each curry served here has a distinct flavor and combination of spices. The restaurant is quite expensive but it’s totally worth it.
Bawarachi with five branches all over Bangkok,is the most famous Indian restaurant group. It has a branch in India as well. Marinated tikka meats and fish here are simply superb. Visit here in the evening to enjoy live Indian music band held from 7:30pm to midnight (except Mondays).
How to get around in Bangkok
Underground (MRT) rail systems & Skytrain (BTS) connects all the main shopping destinations, entertainment hubs and business areas of the cities. River taxis and express boats can also be used to explore historic sites and riverside attractions. Taxis are also a cheap option to travel around Bangkok . Tuk-tuks were once a big Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing from Bangkok but they are worth a ride.
If you are looking for an enticing vacation and want to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature then Bangkok is the perfect place for you. Book a cheap flight to Bangkok today and make memories around the wonderful beaches.