Bangkok which is Thailand’s capital, is the most popular city for tourist to visit in the county. There are plenty of things to do in Bangkok so you will not have the chance to be bored. It is filled with palaces, temples, markets and delicious food that will leave you satisfied.
Grand Palace – It is the most popular attraction in Thailand and for a good reason. This 2,351,000 square feet place where the king resided until 1925, is made up of numerous buildings and gardens. It feels more like a city that a palace. The architecture and designs that make it up are stunning.
Wat Pho – Ever heard of the reclining buddha? This is the temple where the 50 ft high and 141 f long buddha is held. It is a sight not to be missed along with the other beautiful structures within it. Besides that, it is also the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage! The temple is adjacent to the Grand Palace so you don’t have any excuses to miss it.
Floating Market – There are a few different floating markets but Damnoen Saduak is the most popular one (and most touristy). It is exactly how you would imagine it. I took a boat ride from one of the piers down the river, which eventually brought me to the floating market. Before I knew it, I was floating next to boats selling food, fruit and souvenir merchandise. There are also stands on the dock which has tons of things to shop for such a jewelry, scarves, ice cream oh… and I somehow ended up putting a python around neck and feeding a baby leopard!
Enjoy dinner and a show – There are many restaurants (not just in Bangkok) where you get to dine on authentic food while watching traditional Thai dancing. It is a great experience, no matter what age you are. Not only do you get a great selection of food but the dances are more like art. It will mesmerize you.
Patpong Night Market – Open from 6pm to 1am every night, this is one of the most popular night markets. Perfect for food and souvenir shopping while you explore the different vendors. Or perhaps try some yummy insects? I was a chicken but eventually got talked into trying a worm and cricket. It had a very odd texture but thankfully it was deep-fried. Let’s just say.. it was definitely a one time thing!
Ride a Rickshaw – These are all over Thailand and a fun way to get around. All the drivers I met were incredibly nice and even made the experience more fun by racing each other! I suggest tipping well as it is a lot of hard work to drive people around in these all day. I wouldn’t be able to do it!
Visit temples– There are various temples though out the country worth visiting but this one is memorable to me because of the giant seated buddha. I was also blessed by a monk!
Wat Arun – This stunning temple is right off the Chao Phraya River. I didn’t have enough time to visit it but I could see if from a distance from all over the city, especially when I was taking a ferry down the river. It is hard to miss as it is encrusted with colorful porcelain and is known for its morning light reflection. I am upset that I didn’t have time to see it up close so you will have to visit for me until I get my second chance to go! 😛
Indulge in street food – I ate at some good restaurants during my visit but the street vendors were the best!!! In New York, I do not like Pad Thai, even at “traditional” restaurants but I figured I had to try the authentic version. I loved it!! It tasted completely different from any others I have had before and I can’t have it anywhere else now!