As they say it’s all in the name. Bangkok is truly a Golden Land. All the temples (Wats as they call in Thai) are made out of gold. I was amazed how much our Indian Hindu rituals match with the Thai rituals. For a matter of fact even the word “Suvarnabhumi” is derived from a Sanskrit word. The hand carvings on the walls of temples reminded me of temples in South India.
- Grand Palace: The official residence of the Kings of Siam. Put this on top of your must-see list when visiting Bangkok, cause it’s a huge place and takes almost your entire day and it closes at 3:00pm. The other temples are open till 5:00pm or 6:00pm
- Wat Phra Kaew: This Buddhist temple is inside the premises of Grand Place.
- Wat Saket
- Wat Pho: The sleeping Buddha
- Wat Suthat: The sitting Buddha
- Wat Intharawihan: The standing Buddha
- Wat Arun: The temple of Dawn. This temple is again time consuming as im sure one gets lost in its beauty. You have to take a ferry (which is hardly 2mins ferry from the local ferry terminal) to visit this temple. Make sure you take the ferry from the local terminal (which will cost you 20bath return) which is behind the Grand Palace and not the ferry run by the tour guys (they will charge you around 600bath or so)
- The floating market
- Wat Benchamabophit: the marble temple.
- Khao San Road for night market, bars and street food.
I would suggest around 3 days are enough to see Bangkok. And when in the city you must try the street food and the coconut ice cream you get from the street vendors. They serve the coconut ice-cream in a coconut shell with fresh coconut meat at the bottom toped with some roasted peanuts 🙂 (my mouth literally watered while describing that 🙂 ) and for the dare devils you have the variety of insects and worms to try marinated with Thai spices J (Little different from what you get in Cambodia) . And when visiting temples make sure you have your knees and shoulders covered as they find it offending if you enter the temple exposing them. You do get a cover-up on deposit but lets avoid to wearing the sweaty cover-ups (you know what I mean 🙂 ) . Also best place to say I would suggest is Khao San Road as its close to most of the temples and also good for street food, street shopping, thai massage (must try) and having a chilled Chang beer
- Stay away from tour guides when they approach you. Cause they charge unnecessarily way too much and try to mislead you from your plan.
- BARGAIN!!! Yes don’t pay to the tuk tuk drivers for what they ask. If they say 350baht tell them 100baht straight yes bargain for less than 50% cause the distance is not that much between the temples.
- If taking a taxi always ask the guy to go on meter. If they deny then just leave the cab cause they ask for around 500baht and when honestly in meter it wont even cost you more than 100-150baht.
- Same when doing street shopping in the night market or on Khao San Road. BARGAIN!! BARGAIN!!
So lets take a small trip to Bangkok 🙂