If you are thinking of planning a multi centre holiday this year or in 2014, then make sure that Bangkok is high on the agenda, and don’t leave without reading this list of unmissable sights in the city.
Arriving in Bangkok you are met with a wall of noise and excitement. Music is flooding through the streets and there is a constant party atmosphere, whatever time of the day. Amongst the chaos it is often hard to know where to start exploring, which roads to take and where to spend your time – especially if you are only in the capital for a days as part of a multi centre holiday. Here are a few must-see sights in the colourful city that no trip to Thailand holiday can be without….
Floating market – Damnoen Saduak is one of the most popular floating markets in Thailand, bursting with boats piled high with fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet coconut juice ready to drink from the shell. As you wander along the stalls mouth watering fragrances fill the air and entice you to taste an array of the food freshly cooked from a floating kitchen. Whether you choose a light coconut pancake or delicious noodles, there is plenty of traditional Thai food to try. This can become a busy area for tourists, so plan your journey here early to avoid the crowds (and heat) and to catch the best photo opportunities.
Night market – The second the sub begins to settle over the Bangkok skyline, the night markets begin the hum. There are several night markets across the city, most opening around dusk and going on until the early hours of the morning selling everything from food and crafts to tacky souvenirs. For a night market with a difference, head to Pak Khlong Talat for a slightly more traditional feel. Masses of colourful flowers pour into the stalls after midnight, filling the street with strong floral aromas as they are threaded into classic garlands and bouquets.
Wat Arun – Also known as the Temple of dawn, Wat Arun has been crowned one of the most impressive temples in Thailand thanks to its intricate detail and height. Beautifully covered in tinted glass arranged in elaborate patterns, and with a spire (prang) towering an imposing 70 metres high, Wat Arun is one temple that you quite literally cannot miss! Located on the west side of the Chao Phraya River; visit at dusk for the best view. Although referred to as the Temple of Dawn, many think it is best enjoyed at dusk, lit up against a dramatic sunset.
Grand Palace – The spectacular Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. Glowing gold at night, the striking construction is located in the hub of the city and unsurprisingly attracts hundreds of visitors each day. Made up of several buildings, courtyards, pavilions and gardens, make sure you leave yourself a few hours to explore the vast complex properly. Originally built for the Thai King, the Grand Palace is no longer inhabited by royalty, however is still respected as the spiritual heart of Thailand. The Grand Palace is open from 8.30am, so make sure you at the front of the queue to avoid the large crowds and to see the complex basked in a warm radiant morning light – perfect for photography.
Rooftop bars – Experience Bangkok from a different height. After a long day of exploring, embrace the dizzying heights of a rooftop bar to enjoy breathtaking views across the city’s dramatic skyline. Many offer unrivalled 360 degree views, so whether you want to dine alfresco or simply relax with a sundowner drink, a rooftop bar is an essential part of your Bangkok experience. Spoilt for choice, why not head to Sky Bar by Lebua hotel? Located 63 floors up and fit with a golden dome and panoramic views you may even recognise the rooftop bar from the infamous Hollywood film Hagover Part 2. Sit back with the aptly named ‘Hangoveratini’ and embrace the Bangkok nightlife; however try to make sure you don’t end your Thailand holiday with a facial tattoo or pet monkey!
Jess is a travel blogger who enjoys exploring new countries and cultures. Bangkok is one of her favourite cities to visit because of the huge diversity and beautiful landmarks and recommends always trying to combine it with another destination as part of a twin centre holiday.