Exploring Bangkok means discovering another world halfway between modernity and tradition. At the heart of one of the most impressive cities in Southeast Asia, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here is a selection of must-see places to visit in Bangkok.
Undeniably a must-see in Bangkok, the many temples scattered around the city will show you Thai culture from another angle and creates a sanctuary of peace in the heart of the megalopolis. We definitely recommend Wat Pho and its reclining Buddha as well as Wat Arun with its riverboat access.
Jim Thompson’s House
Located in the heart of the city center, Jim Thompson’s home is an open-air museum. You’ll take in the traditional Thai architecture as well as the history of this famous entrepreneur of the Silk Road while admiring the beautiful gardens.
The Rooftop Bars
If you want to have a drink while taking in the sights of the city skyline after dark, the many rooftop bars of Bangkok are ideal. These will offer you a breathtaking view of the capital while offering the best cocktails. We recommend the Vertigo located in the Sathorn district and the Lebua Sky Bar, which you’ve may have seen in a few popular movies.
The Khlongs by Boat
Bangkok’s heart is traversed by the Chao Phraya River but also by many channels called “Khlongs”. It’s earned the city the nickname of the “Venice of Asia.” Here you’ll find no gondoliers, but you’ll have the possibility of crossing these canals in boats and longtail boats, a good way to discover the city differently.
Looking for some greenery? Bangkok has many parks all over the city. Its most famous and impressive park is Lumpini Park, located in the center of the city. This park is the scene of many festivals and activities while the locals do their daily exercises. It’s a real Thai Central Park.
A true Thai tradition, markets and night markets (covered or not) offer a necessary visual and olfactory spectacle. There’s absolutely everything from food to clothing to high-tech gadgets. We recommend the Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Asiatique Riverfront.
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