Thailands capital Bangkok

Bangkok, the never resting metropolis in Thailand
The world metropolis Bangkok is the capital of Kingdom Thailand and the main center for commercial activities of the Kingdom. The most tourists arrive Thailand with the first stop at the Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok, from where the domestic flights or buses go to the next destinations like Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui or other popular holiday destinations.

Bangkok is very famous and amazing for travelers for its cultural versatility, different lifestyles and the lots of things which can be explored by a visit. Historic temples, Museums, parks, some of Asia's biggest  shopping malls like MBK, Siam Paragon or Central Plaza, the Chatuchak outdoor market, which is the biggest in southeast asia, floating markets  or the numerous other entertainment opportunities, in Bangkok you don’t get bored.  To take a Taxi is cheap and since the Skytrain (BTS) were opened in 1999 the most of the places which are recommended to visit can comfortably be reached by taking the Skytrain, combined with Taxi.

Bangkok is separated in different areas, on the one side it has the business  areas like Silom, Sukhumvit and Sathorn where big companies, appartement buildings and hotels has taken place, the shopping area of Chidlom and Ploenchit and on the other side Chinatown, the Khao San Road, where a lot of budget accomodations can be found, and the Riverside, where the famous Oriental Hotel, the Shangri La Hotel or the Lebua at State Tower be located.

By discovering the culinary scene in Bangkok many visitors will notice the large variety of different kinds of food. In the better Hotels usually the guest can choose between Thai, European, Chinese and American Dishes. For those who like the tasty fresh Thai cuisine it became really interesting when leaving the Hotel and go out for dinner in one of the thousands of cookshops or Thai restaurants in Bangkok. The best and authentic Thai food you get usually there where the most Thais go to eating.

Sightseeing in Bangkok

The highest Temple Wat Arun
Thailand, and especially Bangkok owns many historical monuments and buldings. Visitors who want to learn more about the Thai culture have a lot of opportunities what they can visit, and the most things are easy to reach by taking the skytrain and one of the thousands of Taxis in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is one of most impressive palaces, also the Vimanmek Mansion which is worlds biggest building completely built from wood.

Temples in Bangkok

Religious important places are Wat Phra Si Rattana, well known as the temple of the Smaragd Buddha, the Wat Pho with a beautiful designed garden and the most popular massage school in Bangkok and whole Thailand, the Wat Mahatat where people from all over the world coming to for study about the Buddhism and Meditation, the Wat Arun which seems to be the oldest highest temple with 80meters and the Wat Sa Ket where followers of the Buddhism can enjoy a memorable experience after climbing the 320 stairs to a panoramic view on the by human built mountain.

Sightseeing

Further the National Museum with the largest collection of Thai artifacts, the Jim Thompson`s House and museum where visitors can see a lot of Asian antiques, collected by the US soldier who re-established the Thai silk industry, the Royal Barge Museum where the 52 royal barges with length up to 46 meters can be viewed. For a relaxed walk away from Bangkok`s heat and noise, the Lumpini Park is recommended. People come here to enjoy the shady spending trees, a picknick with the family or some joggers who keeping  their body fit. The floating markets of Bang Phli, Wat Sai and Taling Chan are a visit worth,  where traders offer fruits, vegetables and various food products from their boats.

Shopping in Bangkok 

The MBK Center  Bangkok
The most Travelers who arrive Bangkok with an empty bag leaving heavy packed because the enormous variety of all kinds of goods let the shoppers heart beat faster. Huge shopping malls, world famous shopping chains, small souvenir shops  and the numerous Day,- and Nightmarkets advertise for customers. The most  goods can be bought much cheaper  in Thailand than in western countries.

All kinds of clothing, silk products, jewelry like gold and silver, furniture and accessories, beautiful paintings and also handmade things from wood, stone or metal which were built in northern Thailand are payable in Bangkok. At the reception of the Hotels and Resorts the staff usually can give you the best advices where you can find what and how is the best way to go there. The Taxi drivers also know about the shopping passion of the travelers and can give you good advices. Bangkok is really huge, that’s why it is absolutely recommended to take a business card from the hotel reception, because if you don’t remember the way back to your hotel you can easily show the card from your hotel. Experienced travelers planning Bangkok as last station of the Thailand trip, because with lightweighting bags its easier to travel to Koh Phangan or the Phi Phi Islands in southern Thailand.