Embark on a Bangkok holiday and prepare to immerse yourself in everything this marvellous Thai metropolis has to offer. Even though it’s a city with modern comforts, its rich past lives on.
Be wowed by the exquisite golden temples and royal palaces. Ride a boat through the floating markets and talk to the friendly locals to discover why Bangkok is called the City of Angels.
Guided by fellow Flight Centre consultant and region expert, Aliescha Rattanas, Greer Gardiner is off to explore the exotic metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand.
There are so many things to do in Bangkok that filling your days with activities is easy. From visiting floating markets in the morning to exploring the temples and palaces in the afternoon, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to learn about the city's vivid past. Between sightseeing excursions, try a spot of shopping and dining with the smiling locals.
Thai cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients, robust flavours and beautiful presentation, so expect to be spoiled for choice when considering where to eat in Bangkok. The city is home to various Asian cultures, all contributing delicious food. From the street food stalls of Klong Toey to the fine-dining restaurants of the Riverside district, you can get something mouth-watering for every meal no matter what your budget.
Shopping in Bangkok can be a fabulous experience. Take the opportunity to browse from a boat in the floating markets, or explore boutiques in the shopping centres. Purchase small handicrafts and trendy clothes at bargain prices at a night-time bazaar, or find silk, jewellery, watches and cameras at specialist stores throughout the city. Wherever you shop, you'll find most vendors providing good service with a smile.
When considering what to see in Bangkok, remember this is a city of contrasts. Give yourself time to take it all in. Explore the famous red-light districts in Soi Cowboy and Patpong one day, then head to Wat Arun and other temples to experience the spiritual side of this frenetic city. You can also explore Chinatown on foot, or take a boat up and down the Chao Phraya River.
Among the skyscrapers and urban infrastructure of the city you’ll find welcome pockets of greenery in the form of Bangkok parks and gardens. When you need a breather, stop by Lumphini Park. You’re likely to discover locals enjoying a variety of activities like tai chi and cycling. If you want a good view of the sunset, stop by Santichaiprakarn Park where you can also see the city's old fortifications.
Is it your first time in the city? Don’t miss out on visiting some of the Bangkok museums and cultural attractions to get a feel for its rich history. Discover how kings used to live at the Grand Palace or learn about the influential silk merchant Jim Thompson's disappearance by going to his house. Meanwhile, smaller museums throughout the city offer up a representation of everyday life in different areas of Thailand.