Bangkok is a city like no other and if you are about to arrive in this amazing city for the first time, be prepared to be blown away. The traffic in the ‘City of Angels’ really is something else, and most people’s first reaction is one of disbelief, yet after a while, you begin to realise that there is some form of order in the seemingly chaotic way in which people get from A to B in this unique metropolis. There are so many must-see attractions in Bangkok, but here are our top 5 sights that you simply must include in your schedule.
- The Grand Palace – The home of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Prakeo, as it is called in Thai, is probably the most famous of all the amazing attractions to be found in this city. One must be suitably dressed when entering the Grand Palace, women should cover their shoulders and wear a skirt below the knee (or pants) and there are tour guides available, who can speak English and can inform you of the fascinating history of the most famous palace and temple in Thailand.
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise – If you’re staying at the Ibis in Bangkok, you’re not far from the Chao Phraya River and at around 5pm, if you head to the area where there are many hotels on the banks of the river, you can book a table on one of the many dinner cruise boats. Experience the very best of Thai cuisine while enjoying traditional Thai dancing. The cruise lasts about 2 hours and you will be treated to the most spectacular views of Wat Arun and other amazing temples that are bathed in artificial lighting.
- Soi Cowboy – Whether you love or hate Go-Go bars, you simply must spend an evening at Soi Cowboy (Sukhumvit Soi 23), which is in the central area of the city. Neon and pretty girls are everywhere in the short strip of bars that began in the 1970s as a R&R venue for US GIs who were stationed in Vietnam, and today, this venue is populated by expats and tourists alike. Of course, there are other night spots in Bangkok, all you have to do is ask a Tuk-Tuk driver and he will take you on a tour.
- Rama IX Park – Located at the north end of Sukhumvit Road, this park is the perfect place to relax in pristine natural beauty. Built in 1987 to commemorate King Rama IX’s 60th birthday, the park is open to the public from 5am to 7pm daily and you simply must spend a day in this unique park that is full of interesting attractions.
- Khao San Road – Known as the backpacker’s area of Bangkok, this street is full of hostels and restaurants, with night markets where you can buy Thai souvenirs. The nightlife is quite vibrant, with live music and pleasant company, where you can explore the narrow lanes where small bars and restaurants can be found.
You need at least one week to really appreciate Bangkok, and by booking a hotel in the central region, you are perfectly located to experience the best that this unique city has to offer.