Finding the best places to visit in Bangkok is a common dilemma most people face when they first visit Thailand.
Most people who visit Thailand wish to experience the exciting Bangkok nightlife, the world class shopping precincts, luxury hotels and most popular tourist sites. With so many interesting destinations it can become almost overwhelming to plan the perfect Thailand vacation.
We have compiled a short list of the most interesting attractions that we have visited in Bangkok.
2013 Time magazine rated Bangkok as the most visited city in the world
with over 24 million visitors entering the country between January and
November. China provided the most visitors from any single country with
over 3 million people entering Thailand. This is also an easy city to travel around using the Bangkok Mass Transit System.
Bangkok has grown over the past 200 years to become the spiritual, political and economic hub of Thailand and the gateway to southeast Asia.
For visitors interested in experiencing the famous nightlife then you will be interested to know that some of the best places to visit in Bangkok can be found after dark. The Sukhumvit area is one such place, and is without a doubt the heartbeat of Bangkok nightlife.
With its dazzling lights and loud music coming from the girly bars and an assortment of dining venues, massage shops, pubs, and disco's this area of Bangkok seems to cater for all tastes budgets and lifestyles, including the adult orientated locations of Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy.
There are also numerous massage parlors within these districts where you can have a relaxing Thailand massage.
1. Asiatique the Riverfront. Bangkok
is the most popular Thailand destination and Asiatique the Riverfront
helps to explain why. This is Bangkok's trendiest new shopping precinct
which has been built to attract the Thai middle classes. Located along
the mighty Chao Phraya River this site is well worth a visit. It is also home to the world famous Joe Louis Puppet Theatre (see below).
2. Chatuchak Market Bangkok. This is the largest flee market in Thailand and one of the biggest in the world and definitely one of the best places to visit in Bangkok. If you want to find anything, then this is the place to come
3. Chinatown. No visit to Bangkok is complete without a visit to Chinatown. Step back in time because this is one of the oldest parts of Bangkok city.
over 200 years of history at its present location, Chinatown has been the hub for the
Chinese-Thai community (including trade) since the reign of
Chulalongkorn or King Rama V.
4. The Grand Palace Bangkok.
This is one of Thailand's most famous landmarks and one of the best places to visit in Bangkok. Built as the home for
successive Thai kings it demonstrates Thai architecture on a grand
scale . You will be impressed!
5. Jim Thompson House Museum. A unique Bangkok museum which showcases a collection of antique Thai dwellings which were both purchased and compiled by an American citizen named Jim Thompson during the 1950s and 1960s.
6. The Joe Louis Puppet Theatre. Located in Bangkok at Asiatique the Riverfront on the Chao Phraya River, this world famous puppet troupe is known as being one of Thailand's cultural treasures. While the founder of the JLPT (Sakorn Yang-keawsot or Joe Louis) passed away in 2007 his theatre company has continued on with the legacy that the master puppeteer started himself back in 1985.
7. Khao San Road. Thanon Khao San Road is located within the Banglamphu district of Bangkok in central Thailand. This famous road has been a tourist mecca for budget minded foreign tourists and backpackers for well over 30 years and the trend is continuing. Due to the popularity of this area, the 1 kilometre stretch of road has been named by some as the backpacker's travel hub of southeast Asia.
8. MBK Bangkok. This is a large multi-level shopping mall located in the Pathumwan or Siam district, which is the hub of Thailand shopping. Most tourists who visit Bangkok do so to experience the world famous shopping which provides opportunities for savvy shoppers to gab some really good bargains.
9. The Red Sky Restaurant Bangkok. This would have to be one southeast Asia's premier dining locations due in part to its location. Perched atop of the 54th and 55th floors of Centara Grand Hotel Centralworld in the heart of Bangkok, the outdoor dining area provides guests with 360 degree panoramic views of the city at night.
10. Reclining Buddha Bangkok. The 46 metre long Reclining Buddha Bangkok (or Wat Pho), is one of the most recognizable and important cultural landmarks in Thailand. Covered in stunning gold leaf, this statue which is housed undercover is located adjacent to the famous Grand Palace along the Chao Phraya River.
11. Siam Paragon Bangkok. If your taste in shopping includes exotic brand named luxury goods, then I would highly recommend a visit to this mall. This is definitely not the place to shop if you want to buy cheap jeans and T-shirts. Siam Paragon is conveniently situated in the Pathumwan district next to MBK.
12. The Victory Monument Bangkok. This is one of the most notable landmarks in Thailand, having been constructed back in 1941 to commemorate a Thai victory during the Franco-Thai War (which began in 1940 and ended in 1941). It is also a popular shopping district for Thai women and not to be missed if you are seeking affordable womens (and mens) fashion.