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Things you should do in Bangkok - A fascinating list indeed!

Bangkok, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, is a mixed platter of shopping, dining and partying. Here's a list of top activities to get you started off in this amazing city:

1

Visit the Chatuchak weekend market

Undoubtedly one of the biggest markets in the world, Chatuchak is where you can buy just about anything. You can purchase antiques, handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing & accessories, household items and even pets. There are plenty of shops to eat and drink from too. Being located within close proximity helps with shopping and other activities in Bangkok. Thus, if you are on the search for a hotel in Asoke, look no further than, say, Avani Atrium Bangkok.

2

Tour the city and its suburbs on a bicycle

This is a unique way to experience Bangkok as you will access areas otherwise inaccessible by anything on four wheels. Independent operators offer a range of cycle tours of Bangkok. The history-based tour will take you to Rattanakosin Island, Wat Pho, Wat Suthat and Khao San Road. You will also get to see lush orchards, quaint villages, ancient temples and spectacular sceneries.

3

Visit the Wat Pho

This amazing temple compound is home to Bangkok's largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images in the country and also Thailand's earliest centre for public education. The Buddha statue is nothing short of impressive as it is 48 metres in length!

4

Private tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

The Grand Palace structure combines traditional Thai and European architecture and was once the official home for the Kings of Siam. The palace is still in use for certain official ceremonies by the King. The Royal Funeral Hall and Coronation Hall too are interesting attractions here. The Wat Phra Kaew, a very ornately decorated building houses the 45 cm Emerald Buddha, which was carved from one piece of Jade. It is the holiest and most revered religious artefact in all of Thailand.

5

Visit Wat Traimit

Be prepared to be stunned by the 3m tall, 5.5 tonne Buddha images made of solid gold. The temple itself dates back to the early 13th century. A history buff should definitely have this place on their list of sites to see, and it makes for a great photography location too.

6

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

Yet another fascinating way to explore Bangkok is via the Chao Phraya River as you get to explore some of the city's highlights from a fresh perspective. Some highlights of your cruise will be The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun (known for its amazing location and its name 'Temple of the Dawn'), Asiatique night-market and mall complex (featuring an array of fashion brands, dining places, street food stalls, wine bars and beer gardens), Royal Barges Museum (for immaculately carved boats and their intricate designs), Wat Kalayanamit (with its massive golden Buddha in the seated position) and some live Muay Thai action.