Bangkok was originally a port community and trading center, but now, it has caught up to the rest of the world in terms of technology, and is now one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. Bangkok offers a lot of options for their visitors, they have ancient temples and modern infrastructure, so there is a little something for everyone. If you take a trip to Bangkok, here are the top 5 things to do while you’re there.
5. Bang Kra Jao
This is for people who are interested in seeing what Bangkok was like, before the skyscrapers, restaurants and convenience stores were built. In this tiny patch of land, you can see the old world Bangkok in all its glory. This area is filled with fishermen, who live in houses that are on stilts, and most of the people still dress in sarongs. You can spend a night at the nature inspired Bangkok Treehouse, which is an outdoor hotel room with no walls or roof. You might have to deal with a few friendly insects, if you do.
4. Wat Pho
This is an ancient Buddhist temple, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is considered one of the best places to visit, especially if you are in Bangkok for the first time. While at the temple, you can also get a Thai massage, check out their murals, and sculptures that explore various subjects like astronomy, archaeology, and war.
3. Khao San Road
This is one of the busiest places in Bangkok, because it has everything a tourist needs. The road is full of familiar restaurants like McDonalds and Burger King, but also has a lot of vendors that sell local cuisine, giving people the best of both worlds. In addition to the food, this is where you will find the popular night clubs, and mobile bars, for people who want some drinks after sunset.
2. The Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
The Grand Palace was built in 1782, and was the home of the Thai king and the seat of government for 150 years. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, because of the impressive architecture, which is a salute to the creativity of Thai people.
1. Wat Arun
This is also known as the Temple of Dawn, and it is one of the most recognizable structures in Asia. It is located right by the river, and has a different design than the other temples that you see in Bangkok. You can climb to the top of the central prang of the structure if you wish, it will take you a while because of how tall the building is, and because the stairs are steep, but when you get to the top, the view makes it worth your time.