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Bangkok City Guide
Bangkok has so much to offer, from beautiful temples and exciting sites with some of the world’s best food mixed in along the way. This Bangkok city guide will help you figure out how to see the city without getting too overwhelmed!
You can find exquisite meals inside air-conditioned restaurants, but the best eating experiences are outside, among the crowds and the Bangkok heat. Stop by Thip Samai for the city’s best pad thai. After you’ve filled up there, stop by the open air market Or Tor Kor and sit back for a true food experience. Cut right to the street food at the Victory Monument and Chinatown, known as the city’s top street food sanctuaries. Regardless of where you stay, there will probably be something delicious near your hotel in Bangkok.
Thailand is full of beautiful temples, and you’ll find beautiful sanctuaries and monasteries scattered throughout Bangkok. Ko Ratanakosin holds some of the most extravagant and jaw-dropping sites on the planet. Wat Pho and Wat Arun are two that will immediately grab your attention. Wat Pho’s massive reclining Buddha will have you struggling to get a proper photo due to its sheer size. You’ll probably see images of Wat Arun before visiting, as it’s featured on the 10-Baht note. The temple’s ornate towers will capture your imagination as you stare at them against a typically clear blue sky on a nice day.
Shopping Inside and Out
Whether you’re searching for something to do inside or out, Bangkok has it or is close to it. Organize a day trip to the famed floating markets and get a look at the most authentic food vending found in the country. Another shopping option that you must visit is the Chatuchak Weekend Market with its maze-like array of shops offering souvenirs that cover any traveler’s needs or wants. If you’re looking for something indoors, head to Siam Paragon and shop — or just watch the swaths of people descend upon this massive shopping mall.
Tips for Getting Around Safely
If you’re getting around Bangkok via the clean and comfortable Skytrain or by subway, then there’s no reason to worry. Just check ahead to confirm that there’s an elevator at your station if stairs and escalators are not a possibility for you.
Taxis are generally reliable in the city, but be sure that the driver has agreed to run his meter while taking you around. As with the colorfully decorated tuk-tuks (three-wheeled transport), many drivers will try to negotiate an inflated fare to take advantage of the fact that you don’t know the city well enough to argue. Avoid Bangkok’s traffic altogether and get a more romantic view of the city by taking an express boat run by Chao Phraya.
In Bangkok, you’ll find many interesting tourist attractions right at your doorstep. Regardless of your purpose for visiting, Bangkok has something for you and this guide will get you started. Enjoy your stay!