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One of the world’s great cities and an exciting experience not to be missed
Exciting and invigorating, Bangkok buzzes with activity both day and night. But it’s this constant bustle that gives the city its enthralling energy. Most travellers use this city as a stopover before they head to Thailand’s cultural north or exotic southern beaches. From delicious street food to superb restaurants, and quaint floating markets to high-end shopping malls, you’ll discover that Bangkok is one of the most fascinatingly diverse cities in the world.
- Exciting and invigorating, Bangkok literally buzzes with activity – day and night
- Shopping is obligatory in Bangkok, even if you do not intend to shop it's hard to avoid the malls and outdoor markets
- A notable feature of the city is the nightlife, centred around the open air markets on famous streets such as Khao San Road and Patpong
- The classic combination ‘Bangkok & Beach’ offers the perfect fusion of excitement in the city along with the tropical tranquillity of a Thai beach
- From Bangkok, head to the cultural north to explore the hill tribes, moutains and forests
Best time to visit Bangkok
Thailand’s peak season is between November and February when the climate is drier and slightly cooler, while the hottest period is April to May. May to October tends to have higher rainfall but there should still be plenty of sunshine.
Bangkok holiday highlights
Bangkok’s most iconic landmark is the spectacular Grand Palace. The official residence of the King of Thailand for nearly 150 years from 1782-1925, it remains continuously in use for important national ceremonies and events. The palace is fabulously preserved and is home to a collection of spectacular gardens, the Royal Thai Decoration, Coin Pavilion, and the city’s most famous temple, Wat Phra Kaeo, also known as The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
In fact, the city of Bangkok is dotted with over 400 glittering Buddhist temples and many of these can be found in the Rattanakosin area on the western side of the city. Wat Pho, known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, neighbours the Grand Palace and is one of Bangkok’s largest temples – another popular attraction with tourists. Constructed in 1832, this famous gilded Buddha is 46 metres in length and 15 metres high with exquisite mother-of-pearl eyes that represent Buddha’s entry into Nirvana.
You can’t visit Bangkok without seeing Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, situated on the Thon Buri side of the Chao Phraya River opposite the Grand Palace. Dating back to the Ayutthaya period, the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined within this temple, before the Grand Palace was built and it was moved. The central pagoda is made of encrusted porcelain which sparkles in the sun. Despite its name, the temple is best visited in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy the red and golden hues of sunset.
The best way to experience Bangkok’s many ancient temples and palaces is by cruising along the timeless canal system, renowned as the ‘Venice of the East’. You can also explore aboard a ship or small boat on the Chao Phraya River, known as the River of Kings.