Bangkok is definitely my favorite city in Asia. It’s strategically located in the center of Indochina which makes traveling to neighboring countries really easy. It also hosts a lot of cheap airlines including Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. Traveling in this vibrant city is easy, relax and definitely affordable.
Here’s my list of the Things You’ll Love About Bangkok.
The word Bangkok is almost synonymous to shopping. Loads of shopping markets and malls are scattered all over the city. For some cheap but quality digs, go to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes because the place is massive, when I say massive, its massive baby! It covers 35 acres of land with more than 15,000 stalls. Now, that is extreme shopping if you ask me.
If you still aren’t tired after a full day of shopping, go to Suan Lum Night Bazaar. And do more shopping. This place hosts a lot of young independent Thai designers and you might find a unique piece that suits your personality.
There are hundreds if not thousands of temples that surrounds Bangkok. Here are some of the must see:
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is where you will find the Emerald Buddha, which is actually not emerald but jade. But they still call it emerald though.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is not a movie title but a temple located at the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is where you’ll find a beautiful golden reclining Buddha (one of the thousands Buddha figures). The figure measures 46 meters long and it’s covered in gold leaf. The Buddha’s feet is 3 meters and decorated in mother of pearl illustrations. It’s a sight to behold.
Wat Mahathat is the headquarters of Thailand’s largest monastic order and it’s also a Vipassana Meditation center. If you wanna learn some meditation practices, this is a must place to visit.
If you’re still not tired of seeing temples, check your maps for more.
Thai food would probably be one of the most famous cuisines in this world. The food is just awesome. For some cheap but delicious Pad Thai, go to Khao San road. It will only cost you maybe around 15-20 baht. And, don’t forget to try the Chocolate Banana Crepe which cost around 10-20 baht maybe. If you have some bucks to spare, by all means go to some specialty restaurants. Pick up a free Bangkok guidebook and check out restaurants around town.
Partying and Meeting New Friends
Thailand is the center of party universe in Southeast Asia. And Bangkok hosts a lot of tourists (including you, yes you) and chances are, you’ll meet great new friends as you travel around this vibrant city. Relax and throw away your shyness and groove to the music with your new found BFFs. And if it leads to something else, don’t forget to practice, you know. Stay safe!
After a long day of shopping, eating, temple hopping and partying, head to the river banks and board one of the river boats. Relax and savor your last day cruising Bangkok’s majestic Chao Phraya River. Throw away your worries, shed your tears of goodbye and think about your next destination. Keep on traveling my friends.
I love Bangkok!!! Here are some interesting pictures around Bangkok.
How about you? What do you love about Bangkok?