Bangkok offers an overwhelming choice of attractions and experiences. So much so that one may not have ample time left to cover all the parts of this magnificent destination. Well, take heart. We will show you how to make the most of your Bangkok trip, even if you have just two days for the city.
The Grand Palace
The Thais deeply revere their monarchs and this spiritual palace in the Thai Kingdom is a testament to that fact. This palace served as the official residence of the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925, and at present hosts official events and royal ceremonies. It comprises of several beautiful buildings with expansive halls, pavilions, courtyards and gardens that display the very best of Thai craftsmanship. You can visit the palace after 8:30A.M. The entry ticket costs 500 baht.
Wat Phra Kaew
Popularly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this place is located within the vicinity of The Grand Palace. It is famed for a highly revered image of Buddha in a meditative pose carved out of a single block of jade. Intricately carved buildings, statues of mythical creatures and pagodas in the area exude a sense of peace and calm that will undoubtedly fill your heart with joy and bliss. Entry is allowed from morning till afternoon and the fee is 400 baht.
Khao San Road
Radiating an energetic yet carefree vibe, ‘Khao San Road’, a famous backpacker’s destination, attracts young foreign as well as local crowds. Bright neon signs, hordes of partygoers, street food stalls, cheap hotels, restaurants and mobile bars offer a range of cocktails and drinks. This place is sure to fill you with enthusiasm, energy and anticipation.
Bangkok’s floating markets
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the famous and traditional floating markets. As many as seven floating markets will leave you spoiled for choice. However, most of these markets are best visited early morning to avoid crowds and the tropical heat. You may visit the Damnoen Saduak which is very colorful and popular among tourists, or the Amphawa market that boasts wooden houses and longtail boat cruises. There is also the option of visiting Khlong Lat Mayom market which has an authentic Thai appeal to it. In all of these markets you can sample fresh produce, seafood and gorge on lip smacking traditional Thai snacks.
Siam Paragon Mall
One of the biggest in Asia, this sprawling mall in Bangkok is conveniently located at the BTS Skytrain interchange station in Pathum Wan. With over 200 shops selling a wide variety of luxury goods, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, 16-screen Cineplex and a range of restaurants offering international cuisines, this mall should definitely be on your list of ‘must visits’.