Top things to do in the bizarre Bangkok

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.

The stir fried morning glory in Phuket is a must eat.

Read: Get the hang of Hong Kong: getting around hotspots, streetmarkets and nightlife

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  1. I would love to go to Bangkok again one day. We were there a few years ago on a business trip and it was way yto rushed to actually experience all that Bangkok has to offer. I’d be really keen to take a trip to Sampram and the eastern outskirts of the city after reading your post.

  2. Great tips for anyone who wish to visit Bangkok. I have been there few times and did the sampan ride too, really a great way to see and experience Bangkok.

  3. Wow I really love the pictures. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  4. Wow I would absolutely adore being able to visit here someday!!! It sounds like a fabulous place to be able to visit and explore!

  5. I haven’t been to Bangkok in over a decade. Brings back so many memories.

  6. I’ve never been to Bangkok, but this is very helpful. There’s so much to see & do. It sounds like a great place to visit!

  7. Elizabeth O : June 27, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Bangkok looks amazing! You gave some really great information that I think will really help a lot of people out when visiting Bangkok!

  8. Your post reminds me of my Bangkok days. All fabulous Buddha temples. Lively markets. Fun and frolic all around.Bangkok has so much to offer.

  9. It is just amazing that Bankok can have so many attractions. I am fascinated by the cityscape and all the things you can do in nature. Simply fabulous!

  10. I love Bangkok and have been 3 times! We always manage to find something different to do as it is such a big city!

  11. I’ve never thought to travel to Bangkok before and I must admit it is such an amazing destination with so many things to discover and learn!

  12. Looks like such an interesting city! I’d love to visit here one day!

  13. Shubhada Bhide : June 29, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Bangkok is on my bucket lists and just waiting for my kids to grow up. Such a beautiful destination to choose from.

  14. Ana Vukosavljevic : June 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I would love to visit Bangkok and I would love to explore that underground side of it! Thanks for recommendations!

  15. This is such a fun read!! I loved it .thanks for the recommendations!

  16. I can’t say I know too much about Bangkok, other than it being a bit of a tourist trap. So it was good to read about some of the more alternative things to see and do there 🙂 x

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