What to do in Bangkok!

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Bangkok city

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. The city is a regional center for business and finance. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. The city is known for its street life and cultural landmarks, as well as for its food scene and entertainment. The Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok is among the world's top tourist destinations, and has been named the world's most visited city in several rankings.

Cultural Highlights

The Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaew), commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (Wat) in Thailand.

Wat Pho, also spelled Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex. Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. The more commonly known name, Wat Pho, is a contraction of its older name Wat Photaram.

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known landmarks of Thailand. The first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.

The Giant Swing is a religious structure in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. Located in front of Wat Suthat, it was formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony, and is one of Bangkok's tourist attractions.

 

The Erawan Shrine, formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine, is a shrine in Bangkok, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship attraction.

 

The Jim Thompson House is a museum in central Bangkok housing the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the museum’s designer and former owner. Built in 1959, the museum spans one rectangular of land. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand

Address: 6 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00hrs, every day, Phone: 02 216 7368

 

The Bangkok National Museum is the main branch museum of the National Museums in Thailand and also one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia. It features exhibits of Thai art and history.

Address: Na Phrathat Road, Grand Palace subdistrict, Phra Nakorn district, Bangkok 10200, Opening Hours: 09:00 – 16:00hrs, closed on Monday and public holidays, Phone: 02 224 1333

 

Shopping

The Chatuchak Weekend Market, on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, Chatuchak Market sells many different kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, consumer electronics, cosmetics, pets, food and drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home accessories, clothing and books.

 

Khaosan Road or Khao San Road is a short street in central Bangkok. It has been famous as a backpacker destination with its budget accommodation, shops and bars attracting visitors from all over the world.

 

Pratunam Market is one of Bangkok's major markets, and is Thailand's largest clothing market. The market includes retail stores and outdoor stalls, the latter aimed at attracting tourists. It is at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetburi Roads in the Ratchathewi district. This may be the cheapest market for buying clothing fabrics and textiles in central Bangkok. The Pratunam Market covers the whole area around and behind the Amari Watergate and Indra Regent hotels with the rainbow-colored Baiyoke I hotel and the towering Baiyoke Tower II hotels inside it.

 

ASIATIQUE The Riverfront is a large open-air mall in Bangkok. It occupies the former docks of the East Asiatic Company, and faces the Chao Phraya River and Charoen Krung Road. The complex opened in 2012 after extensive renovation of the site.

 

Nightlife

Nightlife in Bangkok has evolved over the years, with the emphasis now firmly on swanky rooftop bars, lively nightclubs and hip cocktail bars. The Thai capital now has so much more to offer than adult entertainment Patpong style. The party scene at Khao San Road or the more laidback Soi Rambuttri next door attracts many young and hip backpackers. Phrom Phong and Thonglor areas across town are well known for its Japanese influenced bar and restaurant scene. These hip areas seem to have a trendy new bar opening up every week. Clubbers in Bangkok are spoilt for choice too, with big clubs on Sukhumvit, Silom and the gauntlet of super clubs at RCA all packed-out with tourists and locals most nights of the week.

 

Or you enjoy Bangkok’s amazing food and restaurant scene that offers food lovers a sensational culinary journey enjoying the renowned Thai cuisine or many other cuisines found around the globe. Great food can be enjoyed at value-for-money street food eateries, or traditional Thai-style dining houses, at dinner cruises, or trendy restaurants. Satisfying food experiences certainly will be a highlight of your trip to Bangkok.

 

Festivals

Songkran is the Thai New Year's national holiday. Songkran is on 13 April every year, but the holiday period extends from 14–15 April. In 2019, the holiday will be observed 13–16 April as 13 April falls on a Saturday. Traditional rituals as well as water fights take place throughout the city.

 

Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and in nearby countries with significant southwestern Tai cultures. Tradition of making “krathong” people decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. Usually in November

 

 

Art

The National Gallery is an art gallery and one of Thailand's national museums. Multi-building complex with an extensive range of Thai artifacts, historical dioramas & artwork.

Address: 4 Chao Fa Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Hours: Opens 09:00 – 16:00hrs. Closed on Monday and public holidays, Phone: 02 281 2224

 

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a contemporary arts centre in Bangkok. Art, music, theatre, film, design and cultural/educational events take place in its exhibition and performance spaces. The centre includes cafes, commercial art galleries, bookshops, craft shops, and an art library. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.

Address: 939 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 (Near MBK Shopping Centre) Hours: Opens 10:00 – 21:00hrs. Close on Monday and public holiday

 

The Thailand Cultural Centre (Siam Niramit Show) is a performing art center in a newer multi-purpose venue which also hosts musicals, orchestras and other events. The venue consists of two auditoriums and one outdoor stage and is used for various live performances year round. The main hall is a 2,000-seat auditorium, and is used for stage presentations, concerts, and conferences. The small hall is a 500-seat multi-purpose auditorium, which is integrated with a 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. The Social Education and Exhibition Building accommodates a cultural library and the Thai Life Permanent Exhibition

 

Sport

Muay Thai, modern Bangkok has developed a strong spectator sport culture. While “Muay Thai” kickboxing matches at Rajadamnern and Lumpini Stadiums are regularly broadcast on television, the sport has mostly been overtaken in popularity by association football. Muay Thai or literally Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.