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Reasons to Visit Bangkok - Living the big city life

Bangkok is never short of places to visit. Here is a list of reasons to plan a trip to Bangkok and make the best of your vacation.


Visit Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew

The Grand Palace and the temple Wat Prakaew are sacred places in Thailand. There are millions of people visiting here every year. The palace complex was built as the royal court for the Thai Kings. It was the ruling place of Thailand for more than 150 years. The complex was built in the latter part of the 1700s.


Visit Wat Arun

This is called the Temple of Dawn as well. This architectural wonder was built in the 19th century. It has adopted the Khmer style which was used in the 12th century. The temple is historically significant as it is the symbol of the beginning of the Rattanakosin period.


Visit the Floating market

The Damnoen Saduak floating market is a very busy place. There are more than 100 wooden boats filled with vegetables, fruits, and flowers floating by. If you want to, you can buy the best seafood in the area from the market. It is 1 hour away from the Bangkok city centre.


Feel the hustle of Yaowarat

This is Bangkok's China Town. The place is packed with travellers and is generally chaotic. The streets are very rich in colour and culture. You will find many gold shops here. Chinatown is very energetic and there's so much happening here.


Visit Wat Pho

Wat Pho, which is in the Old City, is a temple complex with a really large reclining Buddha statue. The city is also famous for its traditional Thai massage parlours. Apart from these, there are many murals, sculptures, and inscriptions about wars, archaeology, and astronomy.


Visit the Koh Samui Beach

Although there are beaches closer to Bangkok, nothing beats the surreal beauty of the Koh Samui Beach. It is an hour's flight away from the city centre. Most of the resorts the likes of Chatrium Hotels & Residences have shuttle services to Bangkok. The best restaurants in Bangkok can also be found here.


Cruise the Chao Phraya River

This is one of the more romantic things you can do in Bangkok. There are many river taxis going upstream and downstream. One side of the river is lined with luxury hotels and glamorous temples. Take a taxi along the river to some of Bangkok's oldest settlements.


Shop at the Chatuchak Market

The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the largest outdoor markets in the world. There are more than 8000 stalls in the market, selling everything under the sun. The highlight of the market is the thousands of colourful canopy tops making a roof for the market.


Visit Jim Thompson's House

This is a museum in Siam, Central Bangkok. Jim Thompson was a pioneer in reviving the lost art of Thai silk. He, after 3 decades, left his legacy behind and went to Malaysia. Now his house is converted into a museum and his precious art collection is displayed.


Experience the best of both worlds at Khao San Road

This is a shopping street in the Old City of Bangkok. There are exclusive bars, clubs and shopping stalls lined along the road. The Khao San Road is a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. Visit here for the ultimate East meets West experience.