Thailand is a country which is packed to the brim with culture and incredible attractions; without a doubt, its crowning glory is its capital, Bangkok. Filled with magnificent architecture, lavishly decorated temples and colourful markets, the city is a feast for the senses. Travelup clients name Bangkok as one of their favourite places to visit – here are a few of the sights which they recommend.
If you’re less inclined towards the cosmopolitan attractions of the city, and are more interested in the ‘real’ Bangkok, a trip to one of the floating markets is a must. One of the busiest and most fascinating is Bang Khu Wiang, which stays open seven days a week. Here, you can purchase fresh fruit and veg, as well as handcrafted jewellery and clothing, which is piled high the boat stalls – be prepared to haggle, as stall owners expect this, and may even be offended if you don’t!
Architecture fanatics will adore the Grand Palace, and the temple Wat Phra Kaew which can be found inside this complex. The palace was constructed in the late eighteenth century and served as the seat of the country’s king for a century and a half. Wat Phra Kaew is home to the world famous Emerald Buddha, which is several feet tall and made from pure jade. This temple is considered to be the spiritual centre of Thailand, and is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it has a very peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Another temple frequently mentioned in Travelup reviews is Wat Arun. This is located on the banks of the River Chao Phraya, and is a beautiful sight indeed. Decorated with pieces of porcelain and glass, it’s a particularly stunning place to visit at dawn, as the rays of the sun reflect off the walls and create a glimmering effect.
Travelup customers rarely miss out on a trip to China Town (Yaowarat) when in Bangkok. This is a great place for an afternoon stroll on a hot day; the atmosphere is electric, particularly during celebratory times, such as Chinese New Year, when thousands and thousands of residents take part in parades and parties on the streets. Amongst the endless rows of wooden houses and shops here you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants (serving everything from Shark fin soup to Dim Sum), as well as market stalls selling herbal remedies, gold jewellery and traditional Chinese clothing and souvenirs.