Top things to do in the bizarre Bangkok
Bangkok is spread out on both sides of Chao Phraya River. It takes a five minute ferry ride to reach across either banks. The Wat Arun or the temple of dawn is a white structure with spires and is a must see among Bangkok’s other popular sights. It is lesser known than the Grand Palace and Wat Pho or the temple of the reclining Buddha. It is a 17th century structure with a central Khmer style tower surrounded by studded porcelain towers arranged in kaleidoscopic patterns. The central structure catches the first rays of the sun.
Bangkok is much more than Golden Buddha shrines, high fashion street shopping, swanky malls and posh hotels, nightlife, street food corners and hawkers. Bangkok is replete with garden cafes, water fountains, cherubic statues, lush gardens and prairies and ornate flower décor. A visit to garden setting cafés is a must do away from the bustling metropolis.
Jim Thompson’s House is a museum of the American bigwig popularizing and showcasing Thai silk and things of architectural interest and art collection. The premises has six traditional Thai houses translocated to provide a sense of local art and culture.
The Sampram riverside located about 35 km in the west of Bangkok on the banks of the Tha Chin River is spread over 70 acres with traditional Thai huts and wooden structures. It is a family run ecocultural destination offering an experience of authentic Thai hospitality with traditional Thai cuisine alongside cultural workshops on clay modeling, floral arrangement, veggie carvings, bamboo and traditional dances, list ender and others.
The eastern outskirts is popular if one wants to get sporty with wakeboarding especially for water skiers which is mostly riding a short board while being pulled away by a motor boat at Lake Taco. Take a day trip and explore water channels along the river that connected to a series of canals or khlongs across the city. Take the long tail boats through the canals and explore traditional Thai houses built on stilts. Bangkok is known for its floating markets with boats piled high with tropical produce, ready to drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat. Taling Chan floating market at a close distance from Soojkai is located on Khlong Chak Phra canal is a must do. A sampling of spicy chicken and fish skewers and tingling som tam is a must do. The Ratchada Night Market in Din Daeng Area is a must do as the place comes into its own around midnight with a plethora of al fresco pubs. The most popular areas like Sukhumvit, Nana, Thonglor or Silom can be ditched finding a perfect spot to end the trip.
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