Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Top 10 things to do in Bangkok
12 March, 2020 0 Comments

"Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok, one of the top tourism destinations in the world, offers countless sites to fit in your itinerary. With numerous temples, street food stalls, markets within the bustling city of Bangkok, anyone can get overwhelmed. So, we have made a list of top ten things to do and see in Bangkok.

Cruise the city's ancient khlongs

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Bangkok was formerly a flourishing trade center, joining areas of the huge Siam Kingdom through its series of canals throughout the Chao Phraya River Delta. Even today, these narrow waterways arouse the city's old vibe with floating wooden shopfronts, weathered teak homes, and quiet temples. You can hire a long-tail boat from any tourist piers like Tha Tien, or go smooth with a tour package that picks you up at your hotel.

Learn meditation at the first Buddhism school of the country

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Thailand's Buddhist tradition is grounded in Vipassana meditation, a practice centered on mindfulness and gratitude. The city has lots of centers that teach this type of meditation, ranging everything from introductory classes to multi-week silent retreats. You may also choose to test the meditation at the International Buddhist Meditation Centre at Wat Mahathan, near the Grand Palace.

Find your own protective amulet at Tha Prachan Market

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This ancient market along the Chao Phraya river contains huge collections of amulets with images of the Buddha, monks, Thai kings, and many more. In the Thai Buddhist tradition, amulets are a blessed object that guards you against bad fortune and brings good luck. The most powerful are considered to be those made with ash from the sacred temple or hair from a famous monk. You will also find replicas at few baht and are considered food enough for garnering daily dose of good fortune. Throughout Tha Prachan Market, you will find many precious pieces that attract the attention of dedicated collectors, who conduct their own appraisals and argue over the backstories and histories of individual amulets.

Explore Phra Nakhon street art

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In 2018, the Thai government appointed 10 street artists to design frescos through the Phra Nakhon neighborhood. Starting from the Pipit Banglamphu Museum, you can take a self-guided walking or bicycle tour through Bangkok's Old Town. The frescoes on the route reflect the vibe of the neighborhood's unique communities, depicting artists' interpretations of local crafts, traditions, and foods. If you want a break from the heat of the city, you can rest at the museum, which displays the area's long history of mixed cultures, silver and gold smiting, music, and unique crafts like banana stalk carving.

Cycle around Bangkok's green lung, Bang Krachao

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Bang Krachao, an artificial island formed by the canal systems of the Chao Phraya River, is a serene jungle oasis that contains the booming energy of Bangkok. From Klong Toey Pier, take a long-tail boat to the island and hire a bike for the day. This whole island is a protected heritage site, with only a few traditional wooden houses and stilted shops among the thick, tropical vegetation. Bike paths take you to several small temples, botanical gardens, and a local floating market. Occasionally, lizards may cross the path, so look out for them.

Take a water taxi in Bangkok

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The water taxi is a unique and super cheap mode of transportation. The feeling of wind in your hair is magical on a hot day. Riding a water taxi is a unique experience, and you will get a different perspective of the city. You can take a taxi by yourself, it will charge about 100 or more per person (tourist boats), as it is more comfortable than the local version of transport. The fare for the local water taxi is about 15baht per person, and then the boat will make several stops along the trip to pick and drop passengers. Keep in mind that water taxis get quite busy in the later day, so if you want to experience this unique transportation, do it in the morning.

Visit Khao San Road

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Khaosan, the famous street, turns into a bustling night market each evening with lots of clubs and bars sprawling around. on this street, you can walk with a drink in your hand, choose to have a drink in one of the street bars. Local vendors also sell different types of deep-fried insects, scorpions, and frogs. If you don't like the idea of eating frogs or insects, at least try scorpion. The Khao San Road is much famous for young adult tourists, and the nightlife in this place is buzzing. If you like to see live music, you can visit Roof Bar or many similar bars.

Visit Lumpini Park

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Lumpini Park is the largest park in Bangkok and is a great place to escape the concrete and get some greenery without leaving the city. Anyone can enter this park for free, and while strolling, you will see many locals trying to escape from the buzz of the city. You may also see daily aerobic classes taking place near the southwest entrance. To reach the park, take the Skytrain to Sala Daeng station and walk northeast until you arrive at the intersection. The park is right across the street; you will immediately notice a large statue.

Explore Bangkok's many malls

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Bangkok is renowned for its's multi-level malls that boast 4-D movies, hip restaurants, and luxury brands. Even if you don't like shopping, there will be something for you to enjoy in the malls of Bangkok. The MBK Center is s must-visit mall in Bangkok. There are a few normal stores that you expect to see in a mall; however, mostly, the mall is like a market. Here, you can find almost every type of electronics of every quality. However, do not buy jewelry in MBK as it can be tough to know their authenticity.

Eat & Shop your way around Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest weekend market in Bangkok. This renowned market has numerous vendors selling everything from foods to clothing to pottery to furniture. If you are traveling with a companion, try splitting a few dishes so that you can try a few different things. This weekend market opens from 9 am to 6:30 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can reach the market via the Skytrain

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