Five Must see Sights in Bangkok
Bangkok is a city unlike any other and is well worth a visit during a stay in one of our luxury resorts in Thailand.
Whether you decide to visit this vibrant and colourful city at the end of your vacation in a luxury resort or at the start of your holiday of a life time, there are plenty of things to do and see in Thailand’s capital.
Bangkok began as a small trading centre and port on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the original settlement is thought to date back to the 15th century.
Today, it is a city of two faces: a cosmopolitan shopping hub with a grand and glorious past which sings out from every street corner.
It is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Thailand, so staying here can be a real treat.
In terms of things to do, there are a multitude of sights which you should try to squeeze into your itinerary, but if you only have a limited amount of time, we suggest you choose the following:
1. Visit the impressive Wat Arun, a beautiful temple with towering spires built during the first half of the 19th century in ancient Khmer style. Wat Arun symbolises the birth of the Rattanakosin period in Thailand, and the founding of Bangkok as its new capital after the former, Ayutthaya, fell in 1767.
2. Another must see is the Grand Palace, the former residence of the Thai Kings, which includes the equally impressive Wat Prakaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Visitors can wander around the Grand Palace and marvel at the intricate carvings and stunning architecture. However, there is a strict dress code so do make sure your feet, arms and legs are covered.
3. No visit to Bangkok would be complete without a tour of a floating market, of which there are many throughout the city. Perhaps the best known is the Damnoen Saduak market, where you will find boats piled high with tropical fruit, vegetables and locally cooked food.
4. Another must do whilst staying in Bangkok is a wander through the ‘Venice of the East’, an area also known as the Bangkok Khlongs. You will feel like you have stepped back in time as you meander along the tree-lined streets in the afternoon sun.
5. For the shopaholics amongst you, a trip to a shopping mall is imperative. There are a large number dotted through the capital but arguably the best is Siam Paragon, containing more than 250 shops, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen cinema and a multitude of restaurants.
While we offer accommodation in a string of luxury hotels across Thailand, we do not have any resorts in the capital. We can however help suggest where to stay. For more information please contact our team who will be happy to help.