Bangkok is deeply rooted in traditions. It is an Asian country with a distinct flavour. It is full of character and life. There is action every turn you take, and it is racing towards the future. Famous for its open air dining, markets, temples, massage pavilions and more, it is truly rewarding to explore Bangkok for an unforgettable adventure.
1. Wat Arun
Wat Arun, a beautiful temple in Bangkok is located in the west (Thonburi) of the Chao Phraya River. It is known as the temple of dawn and is made from colourfully fabricated spires and stands august over the water.
2. Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine
Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine is known as the phallic shrine located behind the Swissotel Bangkok hotel near the bank of the Khlong Saen Saep. The shrine was built to honour the Chao Mae Tubtim, a female fertility spirit. Many women who are wishing to conceive visit these temples by offering flowers such as lotus and jasmine. Also if the shrine grants the wishes of the women, she is to place another phallus in the shrine as gratitude.
3. Baan Silapin Artist’s House
Baan Silapin Artist’s House is located along a canal on the Thonburi side of Bangkok. The Thai wooden house you see here was very typical along the klongs but are becoming a rare sight in the developing city where you see more and more concrete buildings instead. The building also has some rather unusual features like human-sized states painted in white, red or black.
4. Koh Samet Island
Koh Samet Island is just three hours away from Bangkok. It is a popular getaway among locals and expats. There are more than 16 beaches surrounded by white sand beaches. The longest beach, Haad Sai Kaew resembles parts of Phuket with speedboats and resorts. Most of the coast is relatively unspoiled as it is protected by the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park.
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5. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a considered a must see sight for both locals and travelers. It is often said that a trip to Bangkok is incomplete without paying a visit to the grand palace. It is built in 1782 and has been the home of the Thai king for 150 years. The architecture and intricate details of the palace are sure to strike you by awe, and the name is very apt to the impressive building.
6. Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower
Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower is an unfinished skyscraper located off Charoen Krung Road, in Bangkok’s Sathon district. It was planned to be a premium luxury condominium complex in the city with breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River. However, the building’s architect was arrested for allegedly plotting to murder the president of the supreme courts. Hence the construction halted. Now you can visit the building which has become a famous spot for graffiti artists and adventure seekers.
7. Maeklong Railway Market
The famous Mae Klong railway market stands out among other markets mainly because there is a train running through the middle of it several times a day. Here you can find fresh produce, flowers, meat and seafood just like regular markets. However what is so cool is that the market adjusts itself and encapsulates the trains as it rolls through.
8. Watch Muay Thai
Muay Thai is one of the first few things that comes to mind when we think of Thailand. What is even better is that you can watch it for free in Bangkok! It happens right in front of the iconic shopping centre in “MBK.” MBK Fight Night is on Wednesday from 6-8.30 PM. It is wise to come earlier to catch a better glimpse.
9. Lumini Park, Pathumwan
Lumini Park is a tranquil space to connect best with nature. It is named after the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal; the park is more than half a million square metres in size. You can sweat it out at free open-air aerobics sessions to techno tunes. The perfect way to get some exercise and connect with locals.
10. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre located in the Pathumwan Intersection, opposite MBK Centre is the hub for emerging local artists. It offers the widest range of contemporary art, design, music, film and theatre in the city. It’s dark cylindrical building helps preserve the artworks from bright daylight. There are plenty of exhibitions to explore in this nine-storey building, and admission is free!