Bangkok is notorious for its wild nights out and unusual entertainment. It’s loud, fast and a bit crazy, but that’s what makes Bangkok a fantastic place to start your Thailand adventure.
Arriving here is a bit of a baptism by fire, but even this overwhelming atmosphere is a great introduction to modern Thailand. WWII marked a huge change for Bangkok; it began to evolve and modernise at a very fast pace. Skyscrapers sprung out of the ground, canals were filled in to make room for housing and thousands flocked to this exciting new city.
It’s odd to think that this buzzing metropolis is home to several famous Buddhist temples, though experienced Thai travellers will know how well they slot into the city’s skyline. Wat Phra Kaew should definitely be on your itinerary. The ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’, as it is known, is considered the most sacred in Thailand. You should also try to see the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho – it’s 46 metres long and 15 metres high so you won’t miss it – it’s the largest Buddha in Thailand!
Try to catch the Chatuchak Weekend Market too. It has over 8,000 stalls and has pretty much everything you need (and some things you don’t!). Plus, it’s a great place to get some real Bangkok street food. Visit Jim Thompson’s teak house to get a sense of Bangkok’s history. This former house of the late silk tycoon showcases the beauty of authentic Thai architecture. Thompson was also an avid art and antiques collector, and you’ll see some rare Asian artefacts on display as you walk around.
For some, Bangkok is an intimidating monster. To defeat it, you have to face it head on and with a lot of confidence; if you do, you’ll be rewarded. The people here are friendly, the food is a fantastic mix of spicy, sour, sweet and salty, and the city’s contradictions make Bangkok an exciting and dynamic place to visit.
Traditional life collides with the modern world here, so you’re bound to spot a few interesting sights. The best we’ve seen is a monk queuing for a new smartphone – who knows what you’ll discover?
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