30 November 2019
There are many different characteristics believed to have contributed to Thailand’s well-known nickname, the “Land of Smiles.” From the warm welcome of its friendly locals to the numerous points of interest, the nickname is certainly well-deserved. And for the many tourists drawn to the magic of Thailand, especially its capital city of Bangkok, the wealth of incredible experiences and memorable travel moments at hand is absolutely something to smile about.
Though there are many different parts of Thailand that promise one-of-a-kind landmarks for travelers to explore, Bangkok is inarguably the highlight of this vibrant Asian country. Combining cosmopolitan style, fascinating history, vibrant culture, and the beauty of nature, Bangkok is a must for any world traveler.
If you’re planning to visit Thailand’s capital, you’ll quickly realize that there’s no shortage of must-see highlights – but what are the best things to do in Bangkok? It’s virtually impossible to experience all there is to see and do in a single visit, but you can certainly make sure you don’t miss the city’s most iconic sites.
Here’s a handy list of the top five landmarks to see in Bangkok, whether it’s your first or fifteenth visit:
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most iconic sites, dating back to the late 1700s and host to a long and fascinating history. It was constructed to serve as the royal residence, and continues to host various ceremonies and important visitors today. As you would expect from the royal palace, it is a spectacular sight to behold, featuring Thailand’s famous Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaeo.
To get the most out of your visit to the Grand Palace, consider participating in a sightseeing tour led by a local guide. When you visit, plan to dress neatly and modestly (arms and legs covered), as both a sign of respect and to adhere to the dress code.
Wat Pho is located just minutes from the Grand Palace, and is the perfect addition to a day of touring. It is the oldest temple in Bangkok, built by King Rama I in 1788. Over the centuries, it’s been the site of Thailand’s very first university, as well as a historic pharmacy. Today, many locals still consider Wat Pho to be a place of healing, and visitors can enjoy Thai massages at the on-site school of traditional medicine.
At Wat Pho, you can view the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which houses the famous giant Buddha statue in a reclining position. At more than 45 meters long and 15 meters high, the Reclining Buddha has become one of Bangkok’s best-known attractions.
Bangkok is a city filled with outdoor markets, and the Chatuchak Market is easily its biggest and most famous. As the largest outdoor market in the world, the Chatuchak Market is a sight to behold, hosting about 15,000 vendor stalls. Whether you’re shopping for food, jewelry, art, clothing, or nearly anything else, you can find it among the thousands of stalls here.
You can easily spend an entire day wandering the market, and it’s a wonderful way to soak up local culture and experience everyday life in Bangkok.
Jim Thompson was a self-made entrepreneur who permanently settled in Thailand after a stint as a serviceman during World War II, making a name for himself as a leader in the flourishing Thai silk industry. Although Thompson mysteriously disappeared during travels in Malaysia, his original home still stands. It’s been converted into a Bangkok museum, giving visitors an interesting look into this life in Thailand, the history of the city, and his role in the silk industry.
Wat Arun, of the Temple of the Dawn, has been a symbol of Thai resiliency for decades, since its construction after the region fell to the Burmese during battle. It’s been home to one of Thailand’s kings, hosting both his palace and private chapel, and today welcomes countless visitors to explore its splendor. The best time to go to Wat Arun is just before sunset, because the view from the top of the prang is one of the most memorable in all of Bangkok.
The city of Bangkok is a vibrant, exciting place to travel, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure. As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, Bangkok has so much to offer: friendly, welcoming locals, incredible food, unique historic and cultural sites, unbeatable shopping, and so much more. There’s truly something for everyone in Bangkok, no matter where your interests may lie.
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Are you planning a trip to Bangkok? Whether it’s work or vacation that brings you here, you’ll find so much to discover in the Land of Smiles.
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