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6 Bangkok experiences that you should not miss – Savouring Bangkok

Bangkok mixes tradition and sophistication all in one to gift travellers with unforgettable memories. Here are some of the top things to do in Bangkok.


Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River in Bangkok serves as a convenient transport channel around the city. You can buy a full day ticket with riverside cruise company to sightsee to your heart's content. Most cruises offer a running commentary about interesting stops along the river. You can disembark at any point, explore the area and come back in time for the next cruise from the same company to continue your journey. Perhaps, you could end your trip with high tea at a riverside hotel Bangkok?


Explore the Grand Palace

When in Bangkok, you must visit its grandest palace, the Grand Palace. Once the elegant home of the royal family, the Grand Palace is an extensive complex of intricately designed extravagance. Exploring the entire complex is going to take most of your day. It is better to select parts of the palace that fascinate you from the map and explore those areas. The palace design mirrors Ayutthaya (the former capital of Siam) palaces. There are sculptures, murals, and delicately designed art all over the complex. Remember to dress modestly when you visit this culturally revered building. The Grand Place is located about half an hour's drive away from the many riverside hotels such as the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel.


Feast on Chinese food in Chinatown

Gleaming red décor, plenty of restaurants and street stalls make up Bangkok's Chinatown. It is one of the best places in town to eat. Try some stir-fried noodles with pork or Chinese congee. Dip dumplings in spicy sauces and let the subtle flavours entice you. If you love gold jewellery, Chinatown is one of the best places to buy some.


Spend some time at the Taling Chan Floating Market

Once a traditional market with vendors in bamboo rafts selling delectable seafood, Taling Chan Floating Market is now rather popular. You can buy silverfish fresh from the sea or large blue crabs from the boats. Sit down at one of the wooden platforms to eat your pile of dishes with spicy bird's eye oil dip. If you are up for it, go for a longboat ride across the river.


Go for an invigorating Thai massage

Thai massages are designed to kick up your blood circulation and help you feel invigorated in body, spirit and mind. There are Thai massage parlours all across the city. It is advisable to ask your hotel manager or a fellow traveller to recommend a good place.


Try rooftop drinking and dining

There are numerous rooftop bars and restaurants scattered across Bangkok. Choose one with a sublime view of the cityscape and order your favourite cocktail. Watch the sun go down, ushering in a fun-filled night. Sipping an intoxicating drink at a rooftop bar is a great start to an eventful, memorable night in Bangkok. Don't forget to dress up.