Krung Thep (population: 8.5 million) is a city of contrasts and contradictions. Glittery skyscrapers stand next to ancient temples, peaceful havens compete with exotic nightclubs for your attention and mega malls are located close to traditional floating markets. The city may get a rap for its massage parlors but it is also famous for its traditional Thai culture and exceptional hospitality. Simply put, Bangkok presents the perfect balance between over-the-top, profane and enigmatic experiences.
City of Contrasts
Wat Pho should always be one of your first stops in the Bangkok. The oldest and largest temple in the city, this is where you see that famous reclining Buddha statue. And while you’re at it, enjoy a temple tour and cover other popular temples such as Wat Triamit (known for its golden Buddha statue), Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun and Wat Suthat. The next stop should be a trip to the floating market, a unique way of shopping for everyday products. You might not wish to buy anything but then just go there for the experience. Explore the Royal Palace and end your days in those downtown nightlife and shopping areas, Sukhumvit Road or Chinatown, or for that matter the tourist street Khao San road if looking for some backpackers.
Getting Around Bangkok
What makes traveling so easy in Bangkok is that it boasts of a vast public transportation system that offers a safe and reliable mode of getting from one place to the other. Your best options include the Skytrain and the Underground MRT, but you can also choose taxis, ferries or tuk tuks for shorter distances.