Welcome to the land of glitters, electrifying evenings and holy shrines.
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital is a sprawling metropolis, famous for its lavish shrines and energetic street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River nourishes its bunch of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district and is home to the grandeur Grand Palace and its sacred Emerald Buddha temple.
It is located at 13.75 latitude and 100.50 longitudes and is situated at altitude of 12 meters above sea level. The city has a population of 5,104,476 (approx.) making it as the biggest and major city in Thailand. It runs on the BMT time zone.
Bangkok welcomes a large number of visitors each year than any other city with its alluring charm and cultural essence. This is a city turn its action with a whirl of moment, get a tuk tuk from the dynamic Chinatown or take a long-tail boat through incredible floating markets. Food is another highlight, from local dishes served at lively street stalls to grab a bite of traditional Thai cuisine at serene restaurants.
Fondly known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East, Bangkok turns out as a treasure full of excitement for each visitor. The city thrills with its energy and has an array of sightseeing and eating possibilities that you will have little time to relax. While in Bangkok, you rejoice and retreat yourself with spa treatments, skyline-view bars, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants.
Bangkok is abode of worthwhile pilgrimages such as The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Emerald Buddha top the itinerary of every visitor. Besides shrines, there are plenty of other interesting niches and touring possibilities to fit just about every interest. If shopping is your forte, then, Bangkok’s Chinatown should come in your itinerary. Make sure you check out the spreading labyrinthine Flower and Thieves markets. Bangkok has a series of awe-inspiring architecture in the form of Suan Pakkard Palace with its antique teak house collection and remarkable Vimanmek Palace, encompassing the world’s largest golden teak structure.
Thai food is unparalleled for spice, taste, and variation. From multi-course meals to small street vendors, the one constant here is fresh and delicious at every level. You can have best roast duck or wanton noodles on a street corner for lunch and then be dining at world-class restaurants. Bangkok is home to mouth-watering French, Italian, and other world cuisines and quenches everyone’s hunger.
The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is termed as the most populated city with 8 million residents over 14.5 million in its cosmopolitan expanse. Bangkok has marked its name in the list of “world’s top tourist destination cities” with around 16 million tourists visiting annually. The city has a lot to offer therefore, here is the list of the best attractions for first-timers:
The Grand Palace
Situated on the banks of Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Bangkok. Located in the core of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a perfect amalgam of Thai and European structural design; the palace was previously the residence of the Kings of Siam and till date it is used for royal ceremonials. Several buildings, great halls, lush gardens and courtyards make this palace a must-visit attraction.
Opening -Closing Time - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (Daily)
Entrance Fee - 400 THB
Siam Ocean World
The dimension of three Olympic swimming pools and two storeys beneath the Siam Paragon Shopping, the Siam Ocean World is a marine paradise. It features some rare species from aquatic life and a 4D theatre. A must-visit attraction in Bangkok, its tour is both informative and entertaining for adults and kids. Witness the deadliest predators in the 270-degree underwater tunnel while exploring the beauty of the ocean from a glass bottom boat and swim along sharks.
Opening -Closing Time - 10 am to 9 pm (Daily)
Entrance Fee - Adults: 450 THB, Children: 280 THB
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Famous milestone of Bangkok, Wat Arun, commonly known as the Temple of Dawn is a Buddhist temple located on Thonburi west bank of Chao Phraya River. The magnificent structure is considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand and has a significant history attached to Wats.
Opening Closing Time - 8 am to 5:30 pm (Daily)
Entrance Fee - 50 THB
Remarkable Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Wat Mahathat is located in middle of the city and houses a meditation centre. It is one of the oldest temples holding noteworthy history dates back before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. Meditation centre is quite famous amongst people all over the world.
Opening Closing Time - 9 am to 5 pm daily
Entrance Fee - 20 THB
Wat Traimit, a popular tourist destination, is an abode of the world’s largest gold statue of Golden Buddha. The height of this statue is 10 feet and weighs more than 5 tons. The breath-taking, shining figurine of Buddha makes this place a must-visit attraction in Bangkok.
Opening Closing Time - 9 am to 5 pm
Entrance Fee - 20 THB
Temple of Emerald Buddha
The Temple of Emerald Buddha or the Wat Phra Kaew is the holy Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located at Phra Nakhon, the central district of Bangkok, the temple houses the statue of Emerald Buddha made of green jadeite. The striking and gleaming structure of the temple leaves every visitor stunned. As per the rules visitors need to cover their knees and shoulders and take the shoes off before entering the temple.
Opening Closing Time -8:30 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3:30 pm (Daily)
Entrance Fee -350 THB
Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine)
This popular Hindu shrine is a Thai manifestation of the Hindu creation God Brahma in the form of a golden statue of Phra Phrom. Full with devotees throughout the day, sometimes it acts as a platform for concerts given by traditional Thai dance groups. Located in Pathum Wan district by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the in intersection point of Ratchadamri Road.
Opening Closing Time -6 am- 12 am, daily
The National Museum Bangkok
Take a glimpse of exquisite collection of an art at the largest in Southern Asia, the National Museum located in 4 Na Phra That. The place houses some regal belongings dates back to the Royal Thai family. One can spend a few hours browsing multitudes of artefacts and paintings in the alluring of museum. There are free guided tours available on Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday.
Opening Closing Time - 9 am - 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday
Entrance Fee -200 THB
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
Famous as the “marble temple” Wat Benchamabophit is an exemplary specimen of Bangkok’s architectural style with its multi-layered rooftops, bird-like adornments at the top of the shrine along with the stunning gold carvings. The temple is guarded by the large stone lion on each side of the main entrance. Inside the shrine there is a magnificent Sukhothai-style Buddha statue, a copy of the original Phra Buddha Chinnarat that resides in Phitsanulok, northern Thailand. When you step inside the shrine, there is a Sukhothai-style Buddha figurine, a replica of Phra Buddha Chinnarat that resides in Phitsanulok northern Thailand.
Opening Closing Time - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Daily
Entrance Fee - 20 THB
Royal Barges National Museum
Royal Barges National Museum is a unique museum in Thailand that exhibit Royal Barges used in Royal Barge Processions and state ceremonies. Many barges are in the form of famous mythical creatures from the Ramayana epic. The barges are made of optimum quality wood. Gold leaves, intricate designs and vivid colours form the decoration of the barges. The most impressive of all is the 46-meter-long Suphannahong royal barge which is in the shape of a mystical swan. It also features on the logo of Tourism Authority of Thailand. Along with three more barges that are equally impressive - Ananta Nagaraj with naga -shape figurehead, Narai Song Suban featuring Lord Rama on garuda figurehead and Anekchat Puchong.
Opening Closing Time - 9 am to 5 pm daily
Lumpini Park acts as a reservoir of fresh air within the concrete boundaries of Bangkok. The verdant green park is an escape from the bustling and hassled streets of this vibrant city. Lumpini Park is the largest and oldest park in Bangkok. The place is a perfect spot for family picnic and for relaxation in the fresh air of the park. Situated at the serene lake in the park, it also has boating facilities. Being a smoking free park, it is a child-friendly place and a prefect destination for recreational activities.
Opening Closing Time - 4:30 am to 9 pm daily
Night-life in Bangkok
Bangkok’s night-life experiences are one of the chief reasons for drawing more and more tourists to visit this tropical metropolis. Once the sun sets in Bangkok, the major chunk of the city wakes up to get drenched in the glitters of the night-life. Ranging from Roof-top cocktails bars with basement clubbing and Muay Thai Live show at Asiatic, cultural theatrical shows, night-life in Bangkok has myriads of exhilarating night-life experiences.
Thai food needs no introduction because it is as exotic as it is. At present, you can find at least one Thai restaurant in most western towns but Thai food in Thailand itself is a complete culinary experience.
The combination of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavours is what makes Thai cuisine so distinct and nowhere is it more noticeable than in the Thai national soup Tom Yam. Thai chefs are extremely talented in appropriating foreign dishes and making them their own- such as in a classic noodle dish. Forget green salad for a while- enjoy a hearty papaya salad, commonly known as Som Tam. Authentic Thai green curry is a distinct dish for Thailand. Being a travel buff your stay in Thailand gets zealous with its mouth-watering food.
The plethora of exotic taste marks Thai cuisine amongst most desirable international cuisines. As a walk through the streets of Bangkok reminds, about the aromatic flavours of irresistible Thai food. A wide range of delectable cuisine, you just need to thrill your taste buds, with pieces of grilled pork on a stick and a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup.
Travelling for lip-smacking food is fun, especially when you are in Bangkok. While hopping from one place to another the bustling streets, discover some great tastes and Gourmet dining. The real thrill your taste buds lies in eating your way around the local, street stalls like Sukhumvit Soi 38, Chinatown, Victory Point, Patpong Night Market and Chatuchak Market come on the top amongst food lovers in Bangkok.
Thai cuisine is a complete celebration for the senses. Fresh and fragrant ingredients like lemongrass, chillies, coconut milk, shallots, fish sauce, kaffir lime and galangal dominate dishes. It is a unique medley of each of the four basic tastes- sweet, spicy, salty and sour. Thai cuisine has four regional variants such as Northern, Isaan or Northeastern; central and Southern are heavily influenced by the neighboring countries of Burma, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Indonesia and the Chinese province of Yunnan and Laos.
The food vending on the glittering streets is quite pocket-friendly as it ranges in between 20-100 bahts. Street servings definitely offer, your wallet’s worth. Though, Mondays are bit heart-breaking as Monday is a street cleaning day, an off for street sellers.
If you are a restaurant freak, Bangkok has a series of restaurants that serve authentic Thai cuisines but with a tinge of panache in it.
Bangkok is a hub for dazzling cruise dinners especially, along the city’s spectacular Chao Praya River, is a wonder to witness. While you wine and dine in luxurious surroundings, you can get a true view of how much this city glares at night. The variety that the streets offer is inexhaustible.
Here is a list of cuisine that represent the true taste of Thailand:
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
A bold, refreshing blend of Citric-smelling lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce forms this typical soup, giving it its herbal buzz.
Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Coming from the Northeast state of Isaan, this peculiar dish is cooked with gastronomy ingredients like Garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya get crushed in a grinder, resulting into a fine paste with sweet-sour-spicy flavour that stays on your tongue for some time.
Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
This classical soup, Tom Kha imbues fiery chillies, thinly sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, stems of lemongrass and tender strips of chicken.
Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)
Made with chunks of meat, red curry paste, and smooth coconut milk and topped off with a dash of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry tingle your taste buds.
Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)
An authentic Thai dish which is popular around the world. Plunged in a hot wok, bunches of, thin or wide noodles of your choice along with crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before landing into your plate.
Khao Pad (Fried Rice)
Fried rice, egg, onion, a few herbs - nothing more, nothing less. A popular lunch dish served typically with a wedge of lime and slices of cucumber, the secret of this unpretentious dish lies in its simplicity.
Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Fried Basil and Pork)
It is one of the most popular Thai dishes. Made in a shrill hot wok with some basil leaves, large fresh chilli, pork, green beans, soy sauce and a little sugar. The shredded, fatty pork is oily and mixes with the steamed white rice for a fulfilling meal.
Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)
Crumbs of fresh chicken, cherry-sized eggplants, tender bamboo shoots, twigs of Coriander and a bunch sweet basil are some of the ingredients of this dish. Served along with a bowl of aromatic Thai rice, Gaeng Keow Kan Gai is ready to eat.
Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad)
Experience the fresh, fiery thrill of yam nua with a mix of onion, coriander, spearmint, lime, dried chili and tender strips of beef smack your palate. It perfectly represents the refreshing in-the-mouth-thrill.
Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
Travellers go crazy for this stir fried dish. It is wildly contrasting textures of a dish that sauté’s chicken alongside roasted cashews, sweet soy sauce, onions, chillies, pepper, carrot and mushrooms. Maybe it is the sweetening drops of honey that plea.
Pulsating, multi-ethnic and fascinating, Bangkok is simply sensational. Being a cultural and commercial hub, Bangkok presents both citizens and tourists, a never-ending bundle of activities, events, festivals and festivities.
Ranging from vivid temple fairs, delectable food festivals and peculiar art exhibitions, every day something goes on and on.. in Bangkok.
Here is a list of Bangkok’s promising festivals and electrifying events. Stay Updated!!
Songkran (Thai New Year)
Apart from being famous for its nightlife, historical temples and serene scenery, Bangkok is also known for its rich cultural roots and belief systems. Bangkok reveals the past in its own manifestations of beauty, rejoice and retreat. When the calendar turns to the month of April, people from different countries arrive in the place to witness Bangkok Songkran Festival. It transforms into a a traffic-free city as the entire country participates in friendly water fights. Songkran by definition is the celebration of Thai’s New Year where water-fights is a symbol of washing the bad luck and make way for good luck to enter in the present year. It is three days festival starting from April 13 to April 15.
The water fights take place in various spots around Banglamphu, most notably Thanon Khao, San or Khao San Road, Rattanakosin Royal Square, Phra Athit Road, Santhichaiprakan and Wisut Krasat.
Amidst all the fun activities Songkran Festival is also about worshiping Lord Buddha. Wishing a good karma for the present year, washing Buddha images, visiting temples and cleaning the entire house are considered as a ritual.
Don’t forget to bring your water guns along!!
The King’s Birthday
December 5th is celebrated as The King’s Birthday, come forth and witness the respect and trust the Thai people have for their emperor, who has been the King of Thailand since 1946. Sparklers and fireworks are traditionally released near the Grand Palace in a remarkable ceremony, and the streets of the city are adorned in his majesty honour.
A night-time ritual falls on the first full moon in November where the Thai people release small decorative floats, often on banana leaves, into the water as a symbolic offering to the God to purge or cleanse bad luck.
International Festival of Music & Dance
In mid-September or early October, this annual arts festival brings acclaimed opera, ballet, jazz, and performance artists from around the world to Thailand. Previous years have hosted everything from “The Nutcracker” to a Michael Jackson tribute show, and tickets range from $15 to $90 per show.
Chinese New Year
A week-long celebration in late January, the lunar New Year brings together the Thai-Chinese people. Visitors during this time who stop by Chinatown can find traditional dragon parades, acrobat performances, and firework shows. The Thai-Chinese see this week as a time to rest and celebrate, and as such, many businesses are closed during the holiday.
Wai Khru Tattoo Festival
Celebrated on the last Saturday in February or the first in March, the Wai Khru Festival at the temple Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chaisi, an hour west of Bangkok, serves to pay tribute to the former abbot of this temple who contributed to the resurging popularity of sacred tattoos in Thai society. Some 10,000 tattoo devotees gather to pay their respects.
Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok
The Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok runs from the 12th to the 20th of October. Chinatown is the assembly point for the festivities, where there is a row of momentary stalls selling a wide variety of foods from sweet cakes to relishing noodle broths. Be sure to bring your camera to capture rare sights of this multi-coloured area of town.
Celebrating on March 11 the foundation of the Buddha’s teaching, by giving offerings to monks and then head for the temple in the evening to perform a candle ceremony, involving circumambulation the temple three times, holding incense sticks, a candle and flowers.
New Year’s Eve
Despite the fact that the natives of Thailand celebrate their own New Year in April, the last month of the calendar i.e. December 31 holds equal amount of importance with street parties, fireworks and festive feasts are some of the norms to be fulfilled in Bangkok.
Roaming around Chinatown by riding on a tuk-tuk, or spending a night down on one of Khao San Street’s back aisle s might be big enough for adrenalin rush for some travellers. The capital has an array of brow-raising activities that remain unexplored by many tourists, expats and even by the natives.
Here is some heart pumping activities happening in and around the city; ranging from exploring shark in Siam, to play football dressed like a gigantic pump-up jellyfish.
Wakeboarding at Taco Lake or Thai Wake Park (Bangna or Rangsit)
Over the last few years Wakeboarding has turned out as the most popular sport within the geographies of Bangkok. Wakeboarding in Bangkok is an amazing way to retreat yourself from the hustles of the city life whilst having a lot of fun at less than 500 baht. This water sport involves being towed along by a boat, but at Taco Lake metal cables attached to motors pull you around instead. Most get pleased by just completing the full circuit, which is equal to as a running track. To get the maximum out of it some people use the ramp installation to do jumps and tricks for an ultimate experience.
There are two main places to do adrenalin-fix with Wakeboarding:
Taco Lake which is about 40 minutes away from the city centre and near Suvarnabhumi airport, is the best place to do it.
Thai Wake Park (Rangsit)
Thai Wake Park is more geared with flashier facilities and laced with too many challenges.
Rock Climbing at Urban Playground (Phrom Phong)
With a long list of more sloppy sports, The Racquet Club’s ‘Urban Playground’ has some adventurous rock climbing activities in the heart of Bangkok. Beginners and experienced climbers are all welcome here. They also run introduction courses starting from 500 baht per hour.
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a combat sport of Thailand with perky neon lights falling in the ring, just like the sun falling onto the field, showcasing two men going through their divine ‘Wai Khru,’ (a ceremony to express gratitude towards their teachers, spirits, boxing ring and work itself). With the blaring sound of Thai classical instruments and the loud sloganeering by supporters in the stadium, two ‘warriors’ getting ready to combat.
Rolling along in a go-kart with your seat just inches above from the ground is a thrilling experience that can be enjoyed by everyone and in any weather. This is an exciting and complete activity that can be done with a range of karts catering to different age groups.
Surfing at Flow House (Sukhumvit)
Explore the whirling action of surfing in the core of downtown Bangkok at Flow House. The place features an artificial wave machine replicating surfing on the ocean. It is a great way to loosen you a bit to have fun all while experiencing a new water sport. One hour sessions start from 600 baht.
Bobble Football (Thonglor)
Bobble Football is a fast and furious game that combines the teamwork of football with the pushing and hitting the ball. The ‘bobble’ is an inflatable ball which players jump and strap onto their shoulders. Just like regular football, although in bobble football, pushing and attacking is highly encouraged (interesting!! )You can take part in scheduled games on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Extreme Cycling at Peppermint Bike Park (Lad Phrao)
In May, 2015 Bangkok has added a new feather it the cap by opening Peppermint Bike Park which is above all you have seen in this city. The multi-terrain path is situated at the capital’s Bang Kapi district (on Soi Yothin Phattana 3), and provide riders two interconnected pathways; concrete paths and raised wooden tracks. There are also slopes, small hurdles and elevated turns and curls to make this experience more chilling. Prices for non-members start at just 150 baht and the park stays open under flood lights until 22:00.
Formula Renault Driving at Taki Racing(Samut Prakan)
An amazing racing track-cum-driving school situated in the suburbs Formula Renault Driving at Taki Racing is the place where the 170 horsepower ‘Taki Formula’ cars can speed up to 200 kph as they race round the full track, complete with all the safety facilities you need. If you have got a driving license and a spare 15,000 baht in your pocket then the track is all yours for half of a day. While a full day’s racing plus professional instruction cost starting from 40,000 baht.
Airsoft and Paintball at Combat Zone 62(Srinakarin Road)
Situated right behind Seacon Square, next to the huge ‘Rod Fai Market’ and near Srinakarin Road Combat Zone 62 has become synonymous to fun. The centre sets on both airsoft where you need to shoot your comrades with non-so-soft plastic ball bearings. Whereas with paintball shoot your co-players with explosive, paint-filled pellets. All equipment and safety gear are provided, and if you don’t have your own group then don’t be disheartened as you can join in with other groups. The full paintball package is at 450 baht.
Thai Cooking Classes (Bangkok/Phuket)
Thai cuisine is renowned and has gained enormous popularity for mouth-watering and creative cuisines all over the world. You can take classes for Thai cooking classes while on a tour to Thailand. Cooking classes are conducted on per day basis, so you can take any number of classes as per your ease and the duration of your trip.
SEA LIFE BANGKOK
Previously known as ‘Ocean World’, Sea Life is turns out to be Bangkok’s main attraction. Amidst high admission prices, it is a lifetime experience. You can include a ride on the glass bottom boat through the shark tank by upgrading your ticket.
This has an underwater tunnel, having various species of fish and other aquatic life comprising turtles, seahorses and octopus, along with lively penguins. On the whole your trip to Bangkok is incomplete without exploring this must-visit place.
Bangkok is sprinkled with street-side stands and shops. At times, they crop up at the most unexpected places such as a parkways or backstreet in the middle of buildings. At shopping markets, you can find these shops and stalls jam-packed in a big area.
Here is a list of outdoor shopping markets in Bangkok:
Sampeng Market (Yaowarat)
A narrow road running parallel to Th Yaowarat and crossing the commercial areas of China Town Sampeng Market is one of the most exciting and busiest parts of the city along with mouth-watering Thai street food, vending on the bustling streets of Bangkok. Sampeng Market is an ultimate sprawl of trendy jewellery and ready-made garments along with house-hold wares and knick-knacks. The markets streets stay crowded with shoppers, street food stalls and vehicles all rushing through the confined passages. It is a place where many store owners and street venders sell items at wholesale transactions.
ADDRESS - Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Getting There - Take a river boat to Ratchawong Pier and walk for around 5 minutes to reach the market.
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - 8 am – 6 pm
SHOP FOR - Garments, Accessories, Household Appliances
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is the vibrant shopping market in Bangkok with a huge bundle of stalls and permanent stores supplying to extreme shopping freaks. A one stop destination for shopaholics where everything is available and you can wander from one place to another while watching the glittering streets.
ADDRESS - 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Getting There - Take the BTS to Mo Chit station or else get MRT to Chatuchak Park.
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm and Friday 6 pm – midnight
SHOP FOR - Accessories, Clothes and Ceramics
Saphan Phut Night Market
Take a sneak peak into the latest local trends and witness the modern youth culture of Thailand then Saphan Phut Night Market is a must-visit place.
A lot of clothing and accessories caters towards youth; there are still random stalls available to be revealed. While visiting this market, you can lay your hands on a vintage rock band t-shirt collection or other clothing stand. Do not forget to taste some fried squid eggs, famous at Saphan Phut. Unlike any of the shopping markets in Bangkok, this market steals the charm during night.
ADDRESS - Th Saphan Phut, Thailand
Getting There - Take boat to Memorial Bridge, Saphan Phut pier.
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - Night, 7 pm – 2 am
SHOP FOR - Cheap-priced Clothing and Lip-smaking Food.
Located at one of Bangkok’s most happening districts, Pratunam market is amongst the most booming shopping markets in Bangkok. The wholesale market deals mostly in clothing but there are an array of mishmashes of other things like Thai souvenirs.
Pratunam makes a great home-base when you are visiting Bangkok if you are into shopping. There are plenty of lodging selections in Pratunam.
ADDRESS - Ratchathewi, Thailand
Getting There - About a 10 minute walk from BTS Chit Lom station or get a tuk-tuk.
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - 24 hours (retail shops open from 10:00 - 21:00)
SHOP FOR - Daily Wears, Leather Totes, Belts and Faux Jewelry
Klong Toey Fresh Market
One of Bangkok’s major and busiest fresh food markets is Klong Toey. If you want to buy some fresh fruit supply, you can purchase everything from this extensive market. Amidst the surroundings of glitzy buildings and skyscrapers locals buy fresh chunks of meat and vegetables.
The market is one of the food supply centres of Bangkok so the streets remain crowded. Walking around the passages of Klong Toey is an enthralling and a fanastic experience.
ADDRESS - Soi Rong Ngan Yasup, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Getting There - Take the MRT to Khlong Toey station
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - 06:00 am- 02:00 am (daily)
SHOP FOR - Raw Meat, Seafood and Farm Produce
Wang Lang Market
Located across the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok’s Grand Palace and adjacent to Siriraj Hospital, eating and browsing through Wang Lang are some of the things to do in Bangkok.
Along with the tantalizing simmered snacks for people on the go in addition to a handful of economical sit down eateries. Amidst the richness of food, Wang Lang market is a popular place to go shopping for stylish apparels or other locally made devices and gadgets. Decent prices and wide-ranging eating options make this market a perfect place for students.
ADDRESS - Wang Lang Pier, near Siriraj Hospital, Thailand
Getting There - River boat to Wang Lang Pier, you can reach there from Tha Chang Pier.
OPENING-CLOSING TIMINGS - 10 am – 5 pm
SHOP FOR - Clothing (new and second-hand), Food, Small Goods
Beside delightful Thai food, surfing and buying stuffs at shopping markets in Bangkok is the major reasons the city draws so many tourists. Without the bunch of enjoyable markets and arcades, Bangkok wouldn’t be so excited!
FLOATING MARKETS IN BANGKOK
Bangkok is a city packed with exciting, economical and luxury shopping experiences in the multitudes of malls and street markets which make this city a Thai capital. Step outside the city boundaries to encounter with a whole new shopping experience on a visit to remarkable floating markets in Bangkok. In the present day many of the waterways have been occupied in and the markets are often tourist oriented, but even so, a visit is still a great way of buying fresh food in a lively environment.
Whether you choose to visit one of the floating markets that are closer to the city, where you can grab a bite of traditional food that can be prepared in no time on a boat. We have cherry-picked a few floating markets in Bangkok to give you just a taste of the full flavour of these must-visit shopping hot-spots.
TALING CHAN FLOATING MARKET
Taling Chan Floating Market Bangkok is one of the traditional markets in Bangkok. Being a petite market it is not an extensive network of canals with boats chained along them. All the boats at this floating market are placed along the edge of the pier and it is more like a riverside market. While visiting this market, you can enjoy a short boat trip, after which you can sit and quench your hunger with some sea food snacks, as the market is famous for its snacks. Beware of mosquitos, while enjoying foot massage by sitting under the shed.
ADDRESS - 324 Chakphra Rd
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm. (weekends only)
WAT SAI FLOATING MARKET
You can take a walk alongside canal to enter the market and the trip itself is splendid. By visiting this place, you can see the multitudes of Thai life. Once you reach the market the food is the ultimate experience with plenty of fresh local products available.
ADDRESS - 11 Moo 2, Ekkachai Road
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - 06.00 am. - 09.00 pm (DAILY)
KHLONG LAT MAYOM
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market Bangkok Situated in the same district as Taling Chan, Khlong Lat Mayom is the recent addition to the list of floating markets in Bangkok. It has a larger selection of locally grown organic products than the other market. Explore the wide variety of stalls at the market is situated both on ground and on water, while wandering along the canal bank or through an orchard. If you have time then embark on a 90 minute boat trip to see Thailand’s rural lifestyle.
ADDRESS - 30/15 Moo 11 Talatnam Khlong Lat Mayom
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - Weekends and public holidays from 09.30 am. - 04.00 pm
Bang Phli Floating Market Bangkok is a debatable floating market as a lot of stalls are actually positioned at wooden shop houses alongside wooden walkways either side of the Samrong Canal. It is located 29 kilometres from the main Bangkok city and it is easy to reach. Take a Skytrain to BTS Bearing then get a taxi for the twenty minute drive to Bang Phli.
ADDRESS - Sukhaphiban 3 Rd., Bang Phli Yai, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan, Thailand
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - 08.00 am. – 05.00 pm (DAILY)
A little away from the main Bangkok city, approximately 50 kilometres taking around one and a half hours. To reach Amphawa take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal to Samut Songkram town and then hire a Songthaew, or shared taxi. Laying on Amphawa canal, this market caters mainly to locals than foreign citizens, as the main emphasis lies on Thai favourites, such as arts and crafts, postcards and peculiar appealing clothing. The major chunk of tourists are natives of Thailand only.
ADDRESS - Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - 11AM–11PM (DAILY)
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is not a traditional floating market in Bangkok rather it is a tourist haven and draws hoards of foreigners at weekends. To reach there you need to board a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal, it is a two hours drive from the main city. Being a tourist savvy market, it is full of fun and gives you endless opportunities to take photographs.
ADDRESS - Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand
OPENING-CLOSING TIMING - 07:00 - 11:00 (DAILY)
Bangkok has an infinite range of accommodation for travellers across all budgets. Do advance hotel bookings to avoid high rates. Bangkok offers a wide range of budget hotels, guest-houses, international hostels and breakfast inns laced with additional facilities like free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. Bangkok has an array of accommodation choices for shoe-string budget travellers as well. A fan cooled dormitory with a common wash-room is a good option at pocket-friendly prices.
Places in Bangkok where you are likely to find budget accommodation are Sukhumvit, Siam, Khao San-Old City and Pratunam. All these areas have easy accessibility to BTS stations.
Bangkok is a home of a vivid range from luxury international chains to unique boutiques and serene cottages with stylish ambience and chic room décor. Cherry-picking the one that without a glitch lives up to your expectations solely depends upon the purpose of your visit. Corporate travellers might feel right at home at one of the high-class hotels in Ploenchit-Cindlom and Sukhumvit areas, while shopoholics focus on staying in or nearby Siam, where glitzy mega-malls are just a step away from the hotel’s doorway.
Being famous for its night-life and nightclubs, Bangkok is a hub of various nightclubs. Khao San and Silom are the epicentres of Bangkok’s pulsating night-life scene and offer an extensive line-up of hotels outfitting a wide range of budgets. If you are history fanatic, then stay close to to the riverside for easy access to the Old City’s attractions, comprising Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
The city of Bangkok is functioned by various transport systems. The public transport network is perfectly thorough with a lot of English sign-posts to make your travels around Bangkok a cake walk.
There are a number of public transport options to get around Bangkok easily: BTS Sky-train, MRT Metro and MRT Metro and the River Boats, Motorbike Taxi, Tuk Tuk, Public Buses.
Reaching by Air
Bangkok has a well-built air network to the other parts of the world. There are two airports in the city. The Don Mueang Airport located at 24 kilometres to the north and the Suvarnabhumi Airport is situated 25 kilometres east of Bangkok. Most international and domestic air-planes run from the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is connected to the city by buses, taxis, and Airport Rail Link, a high-speed train service into town centre Bangkok.
Reaching by Bus
There are buses to and from other parts of Thailand including Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui and furthermore to bordering countries functioning in Bangkok. The city has three major bus terminals in Bangkok; Mo Chit, the Northern Bus Terminal, Ekkamai, the Eastern Bus Terminal and Sai Tai, the Southern Bus Terminal. To have an effective and joyful bus ride, book your tickets directly at one of the three public bus terminals.
Reaching by Train
Bangkok is well inter-connected by rail network to the rest of Thailand and to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. The central railway station of Bangkok is the Hua Lamphong Railway Station where trains from adjoining countries and other parts of Thailand run. The Thornburi Train Station formerly known as Bangkok Noi Station, serving for local or proximate travel destination.
GETTING AROUND IN BANGKOK
BTS “Sky train” and the MRT “Metro/Subway”
The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites and attractions at the riverside. Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner at almost any time. Tuk-tuks, once a big Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but are still worth a ride at least once.
The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city.
There Are Two Major BTS Lines:
SILOM LINE: Runs west to south, between the National Stadium in the Siam shopping expanse to Bang Wa in Thonburi across the river.
SUKHUMVIT LINE: Runs north to east from Mo Chit to Bearing. The two lines meet at Siam Station, and also interconnect at two points with the underground (MRT) – at Sala Daeng and Asok stations. A new train arrives every 3 - 6 minutes or so between 06:30 and midnight. The last train leaves between 23:30 and 23:50. Fares start at 15 baht for one stop (more info about the BTS Passes).
Another popular means of transport and main attraction in Bangkok, colourful Tuk-tuks are worth a ride atleast once. However, with the passage of time Tuk-tuks have lost their charm and are slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport. The BTS has become the most preferred mode of transport for people living in Bangkok.
River Boats and Ferries
The river boats are run mainly by Chao Phraya Express Boat Co., which runs both the tourist boat and the local ferries service. There are four local boat services which are indicated by different colours of the flag such as Orange, Yellow, Green And No Flag. The four boat services run on similar routes. For a single journey it costs around 10-20 baht.
Bangkok has a channelized Motorbike Taxi network for effective mode of transportation. Wearing numbered orange vests, Motorbike taxi drivers are easy to recognized. These drivers can be spotted in groups near office, shopping arcades, or near smaller and busy streets (sois), and near Skytrain and underground stations. Fares varies depending upon the distance, for certain routes, the fare will be fixed and it will start from 10 baht.
Other than the BTS and MRT, the most convenient way to get around Bangkok is by Taxi. Unlike, before, most taxis are new, spacious and come in funky and vibrant colours like orange, red and pink. Within the geographies of Bangkok finding a taxi is not a trouble, especially around hotels, business compounds, offices, shopping malls and tourist attractions.
There is an extensive network of public buses running in the city with a little English language route information available. Though they are not too difficult to understand. Many a times tourists go for local buses in order to have cultural experience when riding the bus.