Typical street scene Khao San Road, Bangkok
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a unique and wonderful blend of the east and west. This is the city where the two cultures live side by side, complementing each other. Sukhummvit, Bangkok’s commercial capital, and Siam Square, the city center, are dotted with shopping malls,restaurants and skyscrapers.
South of Sukhummvit is the financial district of Bangkok which is called Silom. Once the sun sets, Silom becomes a popular site for pub and club goers. Just north of Silom is Rattanakosin which is home to the Grand Palace, Wat Po, Khao San Road and the National Museum. Rattanakosin borders the Chao Phraya River.
If you are visiting Bangkok for sightseeing then the must see place is the Grand Palace which is home to the Wat Phra Kaeo, the country’s largest temple.
The other place a sightseer must visit is the National Museum which showcases a range of Thai and Buddhist art and sculpture. Those of you who would like to experience the Buddhist alms giving ceremony should visit Wat Benjamabophit where Buddhist monks line up to receive offerings of food and drinks.
Bangkok is a shoppers paradise. If you are looking for the good old shopping malls then a visit to Sukhummvit district is a must. However, for an original Thai souvenir, a visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market (J.J. Market) in Phahonyothin is required. This market has six thousand stalls offering an array of fabrics, woks, jewelry, food, animals, ceramic and much mother.
Chinatown street markets have large number of shops to pick up something unique besides you can also take time out to see the world’s largest Buddha made from solid gold.
If you have a palate for Thai cuisine, the best dining places are found on the Sukhumit and Khao San roads. The dining places offer both Thai and international cuisines. The party animals will have fun in Silom or in the go-go bars at Patpong.
Bangkok is a city offering myriad sights to its visitors. So, if you have not planned a holiday as yet, may be you should start thinking about enjoying yourself in Bangkok.
Article Author: Pauline Go