There are certain cities in the world which are just iconic; whether you’ve been there before yourself, you know someone who has, or you have simply read about them or heard about them on the TV, certain cities are famous for simply existing. One of those cities is without a doubt the Thai capital, Bangkok.
A melting pot of traditions, culture, noise, and vibrancy, a visit to Bangkok will certainly be an experience, as a mind-blowing combination of culture and modern street life. Of course, the single best way to get the most out of any destination, especially one as culturally diverse as Bangkok, is to see it through the eyes of a local.
WithLocals offer placements with local families in order to help visitors truly immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the destination they are visiting. When heading to Bangkok this is ten times more beneficial, to really get a bird’s eye view of the massive metropolis you are visiting.
There are so many different things to do in Bangkok, and it’s impossible to get around all of them within the space of one visit, however at least pinpointing the must visit places gives you a chance at seeing the most important areas. Again, visiting with the help of local people will show you a deeper understanding of what you’re seeing.
Whilst everybody’s idea of a must visit is different, thanks to our own differences of opinion, here are a few ideas of places you simply should head to when you visit this wonderful city.
The former royal residence is now a museum, and a stunning one at that. If you simply want to check out the region from the water, which is often the best way to see a broad overview in less bustling surroundings, then head on a cruise down the Chao Phraya River, which goes straight past the Rattanakosin Royal District, as well as checking out the Emerald Buddha Temple.
Temples, many temples!
We’ve already mentioned one temple, the Emerald Buddha, but Bangkok is packed with many more which are all individual in their own right. Wat Pho is home to a huge reclining Buddha, as well as many examples of old Thai art, set within intricate, traditional architecture. Alternatively, Wat Arun is a waterside temple, which is home to the huge spire, totally different to some of the other buildings you will see in this niche.
This is backpacker heaven, and this is where you will meet many likeminded travellers, ideal for those seeking out new friendships. Bright, loud, colourful, and cheap, you will find bars, pubs, street food, hostels, and restaurants, as well as market stalls too.
Check out Siam Paragon for your huge shopping mall fix, however if you want something more authentic, head to the weekend market at Chatuchak. There are far too many products on sale here to mention, across around 15,000 different stalls; obviously open Saturday and Sunday only, this is a busy, bustling, and colourful experience to have as part of your Bangkok visit.
Bangkok National Museum
Learning a little about the culture and traditions of a destination is best done in a museum which documents its history in such a fantastic way. This museum is huge, in fact it is the largest in South East Asia, so you need at least a day to explore it to the max.
These are just a few must visit destinations in the wonderful city of Bangkok. The city is loud, it is bustling, and it is very busy, so be sure to give yourself a little time out occasionally, in order to survive with your stress levels intact!