Bangkok was originally a little village on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and renamed as Krung Thep, which means "City of Angels". Love it or hate it, its sheer dynamism is intoxicating as it is a quirky blend of traditional east with the modern West. Ask anyone who has ventured here and they will spin tales of exotic temples, shopping heavens and pulsating nightlife, all located east of the river at the heart of the city.
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The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace together with Wat Phra Kaew and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha form perhaps the greatest spectacle for first-time visitors. It consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires, glittering mosaics and a grand mural of Ramakian, the Thai version of the famous Indian epic story ‘Ramayana’. In total, there are 178 restored sections which make for an interesting day of complete visual splendour!
Taling Chan floating market
A truly unique shopping experience happens on weekend mornings at Taling Chan floating market. Paddle and haggle your way among boats of multi colours and shapes that sell fresh veggies, fruits, flowers and more. Best to visit this place before 9.00am, where the 'authentic' Thai culture happens before the flood of tourists comes in.
As one of the largest and most unique weekend markets in the world, Chatuchak is made up of endless rows of over 15,000 shops. Pick up some basic Thai language and bargain for the best deals on exquisite antiques and crafts, clothes, books and even pets! Experienced shoppers will come complete with a huge shopping bag or even to the extent of a trolley bag to store their purchases.
Bangkok is home to the most unique and exciting night markets, where each one offers its own specialty and attraction. Come over for a great bargain, authentic Thai food and even some night time entertainment. Talad Rot Fai displays a unique rustic charm with its hip attitude, vintage toys, retro fashion and even old school furniture located right next to the train tracks. Silom is tourist central for its list of 'shows' and night clubs to party on till the dawn breaks. Khao San is where you'll find backpackers from all over the world flocking over for its local designer clothes, souvenir trinkets and stalls after stalls of delicious Thai cuisine.
The famous Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. It consists of a massive 104m high elongated prang (Khmer-style tower), decorated by bits of ancient porcelain ballasts, and surrounded by four smaller prangs. Despite its name (coming from Aruna, the Indian God of the Dawn), the best views of Wat Arun are in the evening when the red sky casts a breathtaking skyline behind the temple.
| ||To and from Don Mueang Airport |
|Transportation ||To ||Journey ||Fare |
|Bus ||No 554 & 555 ||Suvarnabhumi Airport ||1 hr ||THB23 |
|No 29 ||Central Bangkok (Siam area) ||1 hr ||THB18 |
|Taxi ||Mo Chit |
(connect to BTS and MRT)
|30 – 45 mins ||THB150 |
|Silom (south) ||45 mins – 1 hr ||THB220 |
|Sanam Luang |
|45 mins – 1 hr ||THB220 |
|Phra Khanong (Sukhumvit) ||1 – 1.5 hrs ||THB250 |
|Hua Lamphong (Bangkok Railway Station) ||30 mins – 1 hr ||THB210 |
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Thai Baht (THB)
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| ||Weather |
|JUN - NOV |
Rainy season - wet and humid
30°C - 35°C
Prepare for rainy days
|DEC - FEB |
Cool season - breezy evenings and comfortable weather
26°C - 30°C
Great time for sightseeing
|MAR - MAY |
Hot season - sunny and blazing hot
30°C - 40°C
Bring plenty of water when out and about
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