2018 BANGKOK, THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, SHOPPING, BUDGET HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

2018 BANGKOK, THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, SHOPPING, BUDGET HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

2018 BANGKOK, THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, SHOPPING, BUDGET HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Bangkok, Thailand: The World’s Most Visited City by Tourists

 

When you hear the word “tourism” which pertains to the city, which places often comes to people’s mind?

For many people, it would be either London or Paris in Europe. But, while it is true that these two cities are indeed some of the most visited cities in the world, neither of the two made the first in rank. In fact, the financial capital of the world, London, is only at second place while the city of love, Paris, comes in only at third.

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The record is actually held by someplace in Asia and something which could potentially surprise many people, especially among the lay travelers: Bangkok in Thailand.

For some years now and up to the present, this city of the Land of the Smiles has been holding this record since having maintained a solid tourist visitation of around 20+ million people from across borders annually.

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What is in Bangkok?

 

Bangkok is Thailand’s capital city where many of its commerce is taking place. As such, the Thai government has invested in the development of the urban capital which thus makes it among the nation’s most developed places.

But despite all the modernizations which the present time could offer, Bangkok does not forget about the historical significance of many of the landmarks which dotted its region. Like many cities which had grown from their primitive roots, Bangkok is now a mixture of the old and the new, the traditional and the pragmatic.

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This heterogeneous blend practically makes the capital city a place of both convenience and rich history.

In fact, spotting the difference between these two unique elements should not be too difficult to notice even by the eyes of non-natives such as the millions of tourists who chose to traverse and see what Bangkok is about.

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Touch of Buddhism

 

As a country of mostly Buddhist practitioners and a Buddhist root, you can easily distinguish the native influence of the religion running in the area. Perhaps, this is most noticeable in certain places of the city where iconic—albeit decaying—architectures are still erected.

However, not all of these structures are left without much care resulting in the inevitable coming of time. Many of the temples that are scattered around Bangkok are still in their tip-top shape which makes a visit to these places a rather visually pleasing experience.

Take, for example, Wat Pho which is basically a temple where a gargantuan Buddha in reclining position and all his golden coloration is housed. This massive idol measures 15 meters high and 43 meters long. For something said to be historically built from the 1600s, Wat Pho appears to withstand the damages commonly attributed to the passing of time and is even ostensibly very ornate from within. If that is not a good definition of proper upkeeping, I do not know what is.

Another noteworthy Buddhist architecture to behold within Bangkok is the towering temple of Wat Arun, which is best described as the city’s most iconic construction.

Nestled some distances across the Thai monarch’s former dwelling, the Grand Palace, Wat Arun is stunning to look at in full details during the day. But even the darkness of the night cannot hide the glowing beauty of this building thanks to its intricately placed lighting which gives audiences an impression that it does indeed glow, as if though made of gold that is glimmering from within.

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Popular Bangkok Tourist Attractions | Things to do

Thailand has so many tourist attractions to visit and you will never run out of the “Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand”. From endless shopping, food trips and serenity in the temples, Thailand is still one of the most visited countries. To guide you on some of the best tourist spots in its capital, Bangkok.

Below are some information on the Bangkok’s Top Tourist destinations which this place is famous for:

Temple shrines

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

The Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most important Buddhist temple in the country. It is located on the grounds of Grand Palace which is considered to be the most sacred place and one of the most famous landmarks in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is in meditating posture in the style of Lanna school in northern Thailand. This temple was built when the capital was moved from Thonburi to Bangkok. Moreover, the Grand Palace is presently a venue for some ceremonial events. Do take note that there is a strict dress code in the place.

Wat Arun

Also called as Wat Chaeng by the locals and The Temple of Dawn, this temple is considered to be the most stunning temples due to its unique design and riverside location. Climbing the temple can be very challenging because of the steep step but once you reached the top, it will be all worth it as you can have a good view of Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho.

Riverside attractions

Floating Market

Who wouldn’t want to miss the experience of shopping in floating markets? This is one of the main unique things to experience in Bangkok; with dozens of floating wooden boat that sells fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and even cooking noodles and seafood. The most known floating market is Damneon Saduak, however, it is located more than an hour outside Bangkok and very congested with tourists. Other places to go to aside from the mentioned are in Taling Chan, Bang Ku Wiang, and Tha Kha.

Chao Phraya River

There only a few places in the world that allows the tourists to explore the urban areas via a boat, and Bangkok, Thailand is one of those. Due to its rich history, Chao Phraya River is the major river in the country and is called the ‘River of Kings’. It is very important for the people of Thailand as it serves as commuter lines of ferries, river buses, and water taxis; for other locals, it is considered to be one of the main sources of income.

Market and Nightlife

Chinatown Bangkok

This Chinatown is one of the largest in the world and is very popular with tourists. For street-side restaurants, market stalls, and gold shops, this place is the perfect place to be – especially for the young generations. Furthermore, to witness the best of Chinatown, try to visit during major festivals like Chinese New Year.

Soi Cowboy

A bright and colorful carnival feel of the night with loud music and bars and restaurants in every corner, this is the place to be. After feeling the serene atmosphere of temples in the morning, visit this place at night for a different way of ending the day.

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Suggested itinerary for 1 Day Bangkok Tour

If you have only one day to spend in Bangkok, you might want to consider this itinerary.

Grand Palace

Since 1782, the Grand Palace is the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. The Grand Palace which located in the heart of Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.
Please be reminded that a strict dress code is required for tourists when visiting the place.

Address: 1 Maha Rat Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew

Located within the Grand Palace Complex, the Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most popular Bangkok’s points of interest. The place is known to many as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Wat Arun

One of the must-visit places in Bangkok is the Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River – the Wat Arun.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

Saranrom Park

Opposite the Grand Palace, between Sanam Chai, Charoen Krung and Rachini roads in Phra Nakhon District you will find this beautiful place in Bangkok – Saranrom Park.

Address: Between the intersection of New Road and Rajini Road, Pra Nakhon District Thailand

Chatuchak Weekend Market 

Shopping in Bangkok? One of the most exciting places to visit is the Chatuchak Weekend Market. The place is the largest market in Thailand with more than 15,000 stalls selling a wide array of beautiful and affordable items. Things that you can buy from this market include Clothing and accessories;
Handicrafts; Ceramics; Furniture and home decor ; Food and beverage ; Plants and gardening items; Art Pieces; Pets and accessories ; Books ; Antiques; collectibles and much more.

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

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Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand (Markets in Bangkok )  

Taling Chan Floating Market

The Taling Chan Floating Market is a small floating market offering seafood and local produce. You might want to have a meal in this place as they provide tables for the visitors.

Address: 300 Soi Chak Phra 17, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand

Chatuchak Weekend Market

The Chatuchak Weekend Market also known as JJ Market has more than 15,000 stalls selling a wide array of goods and products at a very good deal.
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

Pratunam Market

Considered as one of Bangkok’s major markets, and Thailand’s largest clothing market. People from other places would visit this place to buy clothes in bulk for reselling.

Address: 869/15 Ratchaprarop Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

Patpong Night Market

An exciting night bazaar with many stalls selling clothes, gift items, souvenirs and, street food. It is nice to negotiate the best deal when visiting this place.

Address: Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

Rot Fai Train Night Market

This place opens from 3:30 in the afternoon until 11:300 in the evening. This night market specializing in antiques and vintage memorabilia. Of course, its fun to have lounge a bit in this place as bars and dining establishments are abundant here.
Address: Soi Srinagarindra 51, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

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 List of Bangkok Hotels

There are numerous hotels and hostels in Bangkok, Thailand which offers a place for your to stay according to your budget. Below is the list of some places which you can book immediately your room for your next visit. Most of the listed hotels below offer some best deals which you can avail. Just click on the link on the list and it will bring you to the booking sites.

BUDGET HOTELS

Bharani Hostel
96/14 Bharani Buiding, Sukhumvit 23, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Hide Bangkok hostel
886 Sukhumvit 50 Road, Phrakanong Klongtoey Bangkok 10260, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10260
BOOK A ROOM HERE

New Siam II Guest House
50 Trok Rong Mai, Phra-A-Thit Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200 Thailand, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Rambuttri Village Hotel – Recently Renovated
95 Soi Ram Buttri, Chakkra Phong Road, Phra Nakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Urban Age Hostel
130/6 Silom soi 8, Silom Rd.,, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Cube Hostel – Recently Renovated
3/9 Saladang Road, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
BOOK A ROOM HERE

MEDIUM TO HIGH RANGE HOTEL

Amaranta Hotel
2 Soi 5 Pracharatbumpen Rd. Huai Khwang, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok, Thailand, 10310
BOOK A ROOM HERE

AVANI Atrium Bangkok Hotel
1880 New Petchaburi Rd., Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10310
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Buddy Lodge Hotel
265 Khaosan Rd., Taladyod Pranakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Bossotel Hotel
55/12-14 Soi Charoenkrung Bangrak, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Baiyoke Sky Hotel
222 Ratchaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Check Inn Regency Park
12/3, Soi Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Dream Hotel Bangkok
10 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Hotel De Moc
78 Prajatipatai Rd., Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Hope Land Executive Residence Sukhumvit 46/1
1110/5 Soi Sukhumvit 46/1 Sukhumvit R., Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Khaosan Palace Hotel – Recently Renovated
139 Khaosan Road, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Backpack Hostel
184/59, Maha Set Rd., Sipraya, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Myth-Sud Sathorn -Recently Renovated
235, 237, 239 Sathorn Tai Rd., Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok. 10120 Thailand, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand, 10120
BOOK A ROOM HERE

New Siam Palace Ville
56 Trok Rong Mai, Chao Fa Road, Chanasongkram, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Prince Palace Hotel
488/800 Bo Bae Tower, Damrongrak Road Klong Mahanak, Pomprab, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Royal President Hotel
43 Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Myth-Sud Sathorn – Recently Renovated
235, 237, 239 Sathorn Tai Rd., Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok. 10120 Thailand, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand, 10120
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Tara Place
113,117 Samsen Rd., Pranakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
559 Ratchathewi, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400
BOOK A ROOM HERE

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16 Comments:

  1. Sonrisa De Bello

    Next in my bucket list. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  2. Thank you for the post, great post with great tips, this is making me want to book a trip to Bangkok, have a great trip!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  3. You are making want to book a trip. Great post! Enjoy your next trip.

  4. Bangkok is still one of the most amazing cities I have ever seen!

  5. I love Bangkok and I won’t get tired of coming back to this beautiful city. BTW, I am looking for your travel guide in Phuket, I am scheduled to travel December or January. Thanks. 🙂 Keep on blogging…

  6. I was looking for your complete Travel Guide for Bangkok. Have you posted one already? I used you Hingfkong Travel Guide and it turned out to be a great adventure for me and my barkadas. Thank you for always posting useful and loaded information about different places

    • Hi Rhea, I am trying to add more relevant information to all of the guides we have posted. Thank you and please bookmark this page as we will surely add more information relevant to every traveler.

  7. I was in Bangkok visiting my sister working in a hotel and saw you last year. I wasn;t sure if it was you but when you posted that you won a bloggers competition and when you posted your pics I realized that it was really you. Next time , I will really approach and introduced myself. Travel fun here 🙂 Kepp on traveling and sharing your experiences.

  8. Thank you for reminding me to visit Bangkok again. The last time I visited I really saved so much on my hotel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really that comfortable. Maybe I’ll try your recommended medium ranged price hotel, for a more relaxing visit this time 🙂

  9. Most frequented by tourist because it is really beautiful. Been here many times but still wanted to go back.I would want to visit the places you featured in the past about Bangkok. Thank you for your travel guides, they are really useful!! Kudos, Happy trip!

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