A popular holiday destination in South East Asia, there are so many things to do in Bangkok. But what are the top 10 activities to experience while your in town?
1. Try local cuisine
Influences from surrounding countries, Thai local cuisine uses fresh local ingredients with accents from surrounding cultures.
Northern flavour influenced by Burma and Yunnan is found at food markets like Or Tor Kor.
isaan Rot Det serves salads and grilled meat northeast style.
Southern dishes can be found at Ruen Mallika.
For finer dining try Bo.Lan
2. Go on a cruise tour
The city is infested with small rivers connecting to major canals that spill into the Gulf of Thailand. This network of waterways used to be the main channel of transport. Nowadays tourists can do a cruise day tour, dinner tour or hire a long tail boat and go shopping at the floating markets. Damnoen Saduak is the biggest floating market other smaller more local ones include Tha Kha and Amphawa.
3. Get into some tailor-made attire
Thai-Indian owned Haberdasheries are a common sight in tourist areas such as Sukhumvit Sois 3-11, Thanon Khao San and Thanon Charoen Krung. These tailors make suits and dresses at very modest prices. For better quality avoid 24 hr turn over with free kimono packages. Be thorough with the detail and request at least 2 fittings.
4. Get your Zen on
Being 95% Buddhist, temples (wat) are everywhere. They are very much a part of the culture and community. Some of the must see temples: Wat Kalayanamit, has the largest indoor sitting Buddha. Wat Arun Rajwararam or 'Temple of Dawn' was built in 1809 and features a Khmer style tower. This is one of the best known landmarks in Bangkok. Wat Suthat houses the 8m Phra Sri Sakayamuni Buddha. The ashes of King Rama VIII are kept at the base of this bronze statue.
5. Gallery hop
Progressive galleries are sprouting throughout the city, showcasing new artists and conceptual art influenced by folk, ethnic and pop culture. Gallery Kathmandu, Phranakorn Bar, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre and Thailand Creative & Design Centre are all great places to experience this Thai art culture.
6. Enjoy a Bangkok cabaret
Apart from the inventive drag shows performed at gay clubs there are a few ladyboys that that are worth checking out: New Calypso Cabaret offers plus table seating while guests enjoy Vegas-like routines. Mambo ladyboy cabaret has toured the UK and dress in feathered extravaganzas. Miss AC/DC have drag queens dressed in national costumes of about 70 countries.
7. Savor a kerbside feast
Sidewalk dining is commonplace for the locals, so when in Bangkok, do as the Bangkok locals do. Try out Chinatown for some Chinese influenced cuisine, Nang Leong Market for Thai classics or Talad Or Tor Kor for upscale regional specialties.
8. Loosen up with the original Thai Massage
Wat Pho temple is in the Phra Nakhon district and is the birthplace of the traditional Thai Massage. Traditional medicine and massage is taught at the temple and visitors of the Wat Pho temple can go to the Massage Pavillion near the eastern entrance and get the real deal.
9. Practice your bartering skills
Khao San Road is closed to traffic at night and becomes a night market with stalls, stands, bars, restaurants and backpacker hostels. Anything and everything goes here and the party vibe that is so infectious it is unlike anywhere else in Bangkok.
10. Find luck, healing and prosperity
Thai amulets are derived from auspicious yantra and are said to provide the owner luck, prosperity, healing, protection and love. Pick one up for yourself or for loved ones at Tha Phrachan's Amulet Market, Wat Ratchanadda or Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Being one of the most visited cities in southeast Asia, there is a wide variety of accommodation in Bangkok, from cheap hostels for backpackers to B&B and guesthouses as well as 5 star international branded hotels.
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