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8 Must Do Things When in Bangkok - Bangkok: A Magnificent Collision of the Familiar with the Exotic

Bangkok remains one of the world's best-known tourist destinations. Check out the below list to find out where to go when visiting the "Land of Smiles".

1

The Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho

Standing at 15 meters in height and 46 meters in length, the Reclining Buddha is a gold leaf-covered vision to behold. The path to the temple is paved with 108 bowls signifying the 108 rumoured positive actions the Buddha committed on his path to perfection. A trip to Wat Pho is essential for any visitor to Bangkok.

2

Experience Bangkok's street food culture

Street food is a quintessential element of the Bangkok experience. Every nook and cranny of the city bustle with food stalls. Certain street vendors operate in a collective, particularly in local markets. This means visitors can eat at the same spot every night and get to try out a different meal choice each time. Variety is the spice of life and Bangkok is certainly rich in it!

3

Tour Jim Thompson's house

The Jim Thompson house is a personal favourite of many a visitor to Bangkok. The former house of late silk tycoon, Jim Thompson who founded the world-renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, the house-turned-museum is home to a beautiful collection of rare Asian artefacts. The vicinity also features an art centre where rotating exhibitions take place and a Jim Thompson store that has silk products on offer.

4

Visit the flower market

Sweeten your vacation with a trip to Bangkok's largest wholesale and retail market dedicated to fresh flowers. Popular flowers including roses, orchids and lilies are sold in packs of 50 to 100 making this a steal for the prices they are sold at. The famed flower market is located just South of Wat Pho and is near a river pier making it a mandatory addition to those exploring other historical attractions in the city.

5

Shop in Bangkok

Whether you are staying in a hotel in Asoke or anywhere else in close proximity to the heart of Bangkok, you will be afforded convenient access to the city's shopping hub. Affordable and unique clothing and accessories are aplenty and there is something for everyone. Situated a stone's throw away from the AVANI Atrium Bangkok, the Central Business District is a shopper's paradise with everything from large-scale shopping malls to budget shopping complexes where you can shop to your heart's content!

6

Give Muay Thai a try

Thai kickboxing or "Muay Thai" is a legendary form of martial arts dating back to centuries ago when King Rama V was in existence. His adoration of the sport led to him bringing it to international attention during his reign. Muay Thai gyms exist in most parts of the world but it cannot be compared to learning the sport in its country of origin. Infused with dance, rhythm, discipline and history, it is more than simply a sport. It's culture and part and parcel of the Bangkok experience.

7

Explore Chinatown

Chinatown is chaos exemplified. This part of this city features many a vendor lining the street selling everything from souvenirs to clothes. However, what Chinatown is best known for is for being one of the best places in Bangkok to get fantastic seafood. The place is a gastronomic haven selling food unique only to this part of town.

8

Cruise the Chao Phraya River

A tour of the Chao Phraya River is an experience that should be included in every traveller's Bangkok itinerary. The river is considered the lifeblood of Bangkok with passenger ferries and cargo-laden barges seen making their way along it every day. A boat trip along this iconic river will offer travellers a fresh perspective of the city, its occupants and places of significance along with stunning views of the surrounding cityscape.