As the name suggests, the Thai word ‘Bang’ meaning ‘a village on a stream’ and ‘ko’ meaning ‘island’, Bangkok is a unique city comprised of the watery landscape on the Delta of the river, Chao Phraya. The ancient temples, the modern shopping malls, it’s colorful city life, cheerful and exciting crowd attract a large number of tourists every year. Developed speedily from a small trading center to one of the world’s top destinations, Thailand’s Capital has varied historical and cultural attractions to offer.
Home to many tribes, Bangkok carries forward and exclusive genre of traditional folk music. The most popular Thai music, luk thung, and mor lam, influenced by Asian, European, and American Music have provocative stories to sing. Nightlife in Bangkok is extremely colorful. It invites you to party all night – making your visit truly enjoyable and memorable. Bangkok, being the gateway to many different places of Thailand, it provides you many modes of transportation – from flight to the public bus – at a very cheap price.
We have, here, prepared a list of top visiting places along with best places to stay at Bangkok, food prices, transportation prices, where to shop from, where to party at – a complete guide to the City of Angels.
• Grand Palace
Most visited historical tourist places, Grand Palace is a must see while in Bangkok. Monarchs of Thailand had lived here for over 200 years. It is the official residence of the present king Maha Vajiralongkorn. Nowadays the palace is used to hold grand ceremonies. The most important temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew containing Buddha made of emerald is situated inside it. You should maintain a dress decorum while visiting those holy place. Cover your arms and legs properly. Wear clean clothes.
It is located on the Na Phra Lan Road. You can reach there through the subway system of Bangkok, BTS. Reach S6 Station via Silom Line. Take Exit No. 02 and avail Chao Phraya Express Boat. The delightful boat journey takes you via different routes – ‘orange flag’, ‘no flag’, ‘green flag’. Whichever route you take, you have to depart at stop no. 9. Then 5 to 10 minutes of walk will take you to the gate of Grand Palace. Take a guide to know the history of the place or the relevance of each object to the history of the Royal place. You can come here anytime between 8:30 A. M. and 3:30 P. M.
• Temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho
If your legs can take more, then it is right next to the Grand Palace towards South. 45 m long and 15 m high statue of Buddha is sure to awestruck you. 108 signs of true faith embedded on a myriad of chichi stones are the true attraction of the statue.
• Temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit
In ancient times, it was famous as a place of healing. It was well known for its pharmacy and frost of Thailand’s universities built here. Now even you can find a traditional medical school where foot massages are way soothing and costly than any available massage parlors. It will cost you100 baht to enter the Wat Pho and it is kept open up to 6 P. M. from 8:30 in the morning.
There is an interesting story about the statue of the Golden Buddha. Presumably, the statue’s origin belongs to the Sukhothai period. Some of the invaders had threatened to capture all the treasure. So the witty people of that time had concealed some of the golden statues under a coat of plaster. The discovery of the statue is one more surprising event. East Asiatic Company had purchased the land of the temple. The condition applied was the plaster statue had to be removed from there. But due to extreme heavyweight, nothing could remove the statue. The cable of the crane hot parted and the statue had fallen. That night rain unveiled the truth. Some of the plaster got washed away and gold was flashing through it. Some of the monks had discovered so and after the removal of the whole plaster coat, the 5.5 tons solid gold made Buddha was discovered.
You can reach there via Bangkok’s main station, Hua Lamphong. Take a train from the endpoint of the MRT subway line. 10-15 minutes of walk will take you there after you get off the train.
Among other places, you must visit Wat Arun, Wat Suthat, Giant Swing, National Museum and Wang N Palace, Jim Thompson House and many more.
• Where to stay
Among many of the attractive places, Khao San Road will be the best choice as it is close to many of the must visit places like Great Palace, Wat Pho. Many luxurious hotels overlooking the river are available here on this road. However, great choices of hotels here are always budget fitting. Adamaz House, Smart Suites, Phranakorn Nornlen are best among the low to mid-range hotels.
• Food Price
A meal in an expensive restaurant may cost you around 70 to 80 baht. In a mid-range restaurant, three-course meal for 2 people will fit within 500 baht. Domestic beer is around 80 baht.
Bangkok has a good transportation system. Underground trains as well as trains that run on tracks above the ground are always available and are spread wide enough to cover most of the city. Fare starts from 15 baht. The highest price of the train ticket is 55 baht for a single person. Also public bus, taxi is available. Boats can take you to the old Bangkok at a very minimal price. But beware of the scams. Often time taxi drivers ask for a very high fare. Always be bargain ready.
• Where to Shop
Thai people have invented an exclusive way to buy and sell things. The world famous floating market, the Venice of the East is a must visit even if you are not buying. It is around 1.5 hours outside Bangkok in Ratchaburi. But due to the popularity, the place has become too much expensive. If you are in a budget, then you may consider buying things from the local markets than here. You can find mouth-watering dishes from many street food stalls at Khao San Road. If you haven’t tried any of the cuisines of Bangkok during your trip, you didn’t really enjoy Bangkok. It’s almost impossible to avoid the temptation of the street vendors selling grilled meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Considering the history, tradition along with modern life perfectly balanced in a single city, Bangkok offers you a wholesome tour experience worth cherishing.
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