Bangkok has something that it is thronged by visitors world over. If you’ve got a day or two to spare, these seven things will keep you busy in the Thai capital
1. Grand Palace
The spectacular Grand Palace is undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace of Bangkok continues to awe its visitors with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail.
2. Khlong Tour
Having stayed an independent province until it was merged into Bangkok in 1972, Thonburi – the old Bangkok capital situated on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River – has avoided much of the modern development seen elsewhere. Come here to get a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live, in stilted shacks and old wooden townhouses.
3. Chinatown Market
A must do for foodies. Chinatown has some of the city’s best tasting and is most reasonably priced. From the obscure (birds nest soup) to the ostentatious (Peking duck) to rare delicacies (roasted chestnuts), there will be something to enlighten your taste buds and provide a feast for the eyes.
4. Rooftop Sunset
Gone are the days of chilling out in a hotel lounge after sunset. Recently opened Siwilai City Club is a gorgeous rooftop restaurant and an urban oasis that promises to be Bangkok’s hottest social destination. Perched on the 5th floor of the posh Central Embassy shopping mall, Siwilai City Club takes its cue from Thailand’s surrounding islands with a “Beach in the Sky” concept.
5. Soi Rambuttri
Parallel to Khao San, Rambuttri gives you a taste of how Bangkok used to look before all the skyscrapers arrived. With leafy banyan trees shading the pavements, roaming the streets brings back the charm of the old days in Bangkok.
6. Shopping sojourn
People love shopping in Bangkok because it’s a combination of huge posh shopping centres and street fashion! Take for example, Central World. With eight floors holding just about every shopping level in Thailand, Central World Plaza is the third largest shopping mall in Asia and among the 10 biggest shopping malls in the world.
7. Just hangout
Dubbed as Open House in Central Embassy, the area comes decked out in a snazzy vibe, cool ceiling patterns, 180-degree views of Bangkok through the windows and, much as the name suggests, plenty of open space just for hanging out. Split into eight zones, Open House covers dining to shopping.
By: Elizabeth McGraw