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Bangkok Travel Guide

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Overview of Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city and also the largest city in Thailand. It is also known as Krung Thep in the local language, which means ‘the city of Angels’. As one of the most prosperous cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok features a complicated and multifaceted personality. You will be amazed at the charming city with its obvious contrasts of traditional and modern aspects, from trendy skyscrapers and gorgeous Buddhist temples to various food delights, bustling market stalls, and vibrant nightlife. This unreservedly soulful city offers all you want. Bangkok will not disappoint you when it comes to Buddhist buildings as it is also home to more Buddhist temples than any other city in the world, and the number is about 400 to 500. You cannot miss this ‘Buddhism Museum’ in Thailand and even in Southeast Asia.

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Top Things to Do in Bangkok

1. Visit the Grand Palace

Situated in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace next to the Chao Phraya River is one of the most famous attractions in the city. It draws thousands of visitors every day for its magnificent architecture and intricate carvings. Known as the birthplace of Bangkok, the grand complex is the largest and best-preserved palace in Thailand and once served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam. Covering an area of 218,000 square meters (53.87 acres), the whole complex is composed of 28 buildings with typical traditional Thai style. Apart from beautiful architecture, visitors can also have a chance to see the famous Emerald Buddha in the palace.

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2. Go Sightseeing the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho

Taking only a 10-minute walk, you can easily get to Wat Pho from the Grand Palace. As one of the most visited temples in the city, Wat Pho is a must-see attraction if you come to Bangkok for the first time. It is also one of the city’s oldest and largest temple complexes and is known for a huge reclining Buddha which measures 46 meters (151 ft.) long and 15 meters (49 ft.) tall. The giant Buddha is covered in gold leaf and it will surely leave you a deep impression. Besides the striking statue, there are also hundreds of incredible gilded Buddha images in the temple.

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3. Take a Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

As the main river of Thailand, the Chai Phraya River is also called the River of Kings, flowing through the heart of Bangkok and thus the city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Today, many ferries and cruises are still floating on the river and taking a boat tour to appreciate the city’s landmarks like the Grand Palace and the splendid Rama Bridge is an unmissable thing. What’s more, you can take a dinner cruise to enjoy the gorgeous night views of Bangkok.

4. Stroll Around the Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market, also known as the JJ Market among locals, is not only one of the biggest flea markets in Thailand but also one of the largest weekend flea markets around the world. Covering an area of about 27 acres, the market is composed of 27 sections that contain more than 8,000 stalls. A wide range of products can be found here, including fresh fruits and vegetables, fancy clothes, delicious food, gaudy souvenirs, high-quality handicrafts and all types of plants. The most recommended time to visit the Chatuchak Market is every Friday night after 8 pm. when you can feel a cool atmosphere while strolling around the night market.

5. Try a Thai Massage or Spa Treatment

You cannot miss enjoying a Thai massage if you come to Bangkok. It is easy to experience the most traditional Thai massage costing less than USD$ 10 per person. Unlike any other massage, it is more like a wrestling match but much gentler. It can not only release muscle tension but also offers a release of emotion. Generally, therapists will use the body weight to apply pressure and stretch your muscles through the thumbs, fingers and palms. It is definitely one of the best ways to release your body after your busy Bangkok trip.

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6. Take a Street Food Tour in Chinatown

Bangkok is really a city of gastronomy and there is no problem for you to visit just for food, and thus the city has been called ‘the very best street food city in the world’ by CNN. So where is the best place to try the amazing food? Chinatown comes first when you want to go street food hunting. Chinatown in Bangkok features a network of delicious street food vendors and it is a perfect jollity for foodies and adventurous taste buds. Just join the locals and enjoy a street feast at night at the street corner.

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Bangkok Weather: Best Time to Visit Bangkok

The best time to visit Bangkok is generally considered to be from November to March. During this period, Bangkok enjoys a cool climate and the average temperature is only about 17-25℃(63-77℉). This is really an ideal time to travel to Bangkok. If you happen to visit in January and February, you may witness the grand celebration of Chinese New Year in Chinatown, which is very attractive. Bangkok’s hot season falls in April and May when it is very hot and the highest temperature can reach 40℃ (104℉). The traditional Thai New Year, Songkran Festival just falls on the 13th -15th of every April. Pay attention to sun protection if you travel during these months. It is not so recommended to visit Bangkok between June and October as this period is the rainy season when it rains too much.

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Bangkok Transportation: How to Reach and Get around

How to Reach Bangkok?

By Air

Bangkok houses two international airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Both two airports offer many international flight routes and the Suvarnabhumi Airport serves more. If you arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can take the Airport Rail Link

to Phaya Thai Station and then transfer to the BTS line to the downtown area. Taking a taxi may be more convenient but a little expensive, costing around THB 400.

Don Mueang Airport is about 25 kilometers (15.5 mi) from the city center and there is no BTS or MRT station available. Taking a taxi, it takes around THB 350.

How to Get around Bangkok?

By BTS and MRT

Bangkok has a great public transport system, including the BTS (the aboveground Sky train) and the MRT (underground metro). The BTS has two lines: the light green-colored Sukhumvit Line operated between On Nut and Mochit; and the deep green-colored Silom Line between Saphan Taksin and National Stadium. Passengers can transfer in Siam and the train fare is about THB 15-40. At present, only one metro line is available in Bangkok and it runs between Hua Lamphong Railway Station and Bang Sue from 6:00 to 24:00. The ticket fare is similar to that of BTS.

By Grab or Taxi

Local taxi is very convenient. Generally, the taxi fare from the two airports to the downtown area is no more than THB 500. From Khao San Road to the Grand Palace, it costs generally THB 60.

By Chao Phraya Express Boat

The boats run from the Central Pier in two different directions: south and north. You can choose a suitable route according to your destination. The ticket fare costs about THB 10-32.

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