A popular destination for youngsters as well as older people. Bangkok has tons to offer from shopping and street food to spas and nightlife. But, what if you come to this Asian hotspot with only limited time in hand? Don’t sweat. The following list of popular Bangkok highlights will ensure that you don’t miss out on the must place to visit in Bangkok and things to do in Bangkok.
How to get around
Bangkok is well-connected by taxis, tuk-tuks and trains. The Skytrain (BTS) and underground subway (MRT) are usually crowded but are high on cleanliness and efficiency. Moreover, they are connected to most of downtown Bangkok. BTS tickers start at 15 Bahts [one Thai Baht (THB) is roughly equivalent to two rupees] and day passes can cost up to 140 Bahts. Separate tickets are needed for the MRT. Meanwhile, the minimum fare for metered taxis is 35 Bahts.
Tourists can reach the riverside tourist stops by the Chao Phraya Express Boat services.
Where to stay
From boutique and luxury hotels to hotel apartments, Bangkok has many options for accommodation for all budgets. The Tower Club at Lebua, Dusit Thani Bangkok and the W-shaped Peninsula Bangkok are luxury and business properties. While the Siam Hotel is a boutique property, options for hotel apartments are President Park Bangkok, Shama Sukhumvit, Abloom Exclusive and Sukhumvit Park Bangkok, among others.
What to see and do
As the famous song about Bangkok goes, “You’ll find a god in every golden cloister”. A melting pot of Buddhist and Hindu influences. Bangkok is dotted with gold-spired temples and monasteries. There’s the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, the impressive Wat Arun, and of course the famous Wat Pho featuring the always-recognizable reclining gold Buddha. For a more earthly experience visit the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak where vendors will sell you fruits, vegetables and flowers from their wooden boats, and definitely don’t skimp on the ‘boat noodle’ treats.
To get lost in the charm of old Bangkok, tourists head to the Chao Phraya River and surrounding historic buildings. For shopaholics, there are plenty of options for all kinds, whether they’re looking for luxury labels or street side goodies. Siam and Chitlom boast of high-end malls such as CentralWorld, Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Plaza. Siam Square has several boutiques that won’t burn a hole through your pocket. Platinum Fashion Mall, MBK and Siam Center are other places where you can shop till you drop.
The Chatuchak Weekend Market is also a must visit during city tours in Bangkok. Where original fashions and knock-offs jostle for attention in the same place.
Bangkok is dotted with spas where you can treat your tired feet to a soothing massage.
Where to eat
Head to Chinatown if you are in the mood to sample the city’s famous street food. Those who wish to splurge have an array of restaurants to choose from which serve world cuisines. To try the Thai cooking of Michelin star-chef David Thompson, you can head to Nahm at South Sathorn Road. For lip-smacking Roman fare, you can head to Appia at Sukhumvit Soi 31. The area also boasts other fine restaurants. For those who feel like Indian cuisine with a twist, Gaggan in the Langsuan area is a must-visit. For panoramic views of the city, head to Sirocco, which is on the 63rd floor of Lebua at the State Tower. Many may recollect this place from the movie Hangover 2.
While Bangkok has plenty more to offer. A short itinerary covering some of the above will definitely give you more than just a glimpse into this buzzing city.