Bangkok, as a tourist destination, needs no introduction. Steeped in history, culturally liberal and astounding in term of modernism, Bangkok stands out from the rest of the world. The country has so much to explore that a tourist may be baffled on what to see and what not to. Though the city greets you on arrival with a countless of sights and attractions, here are top 5 thins Bangkok is famous for.
The Grand Palace : Perhaps the most recognized historical place in Thailand, this place is a perfect instance of architectural brilliance and historical legacy. It has a cluster of many beguiling buildings, which are pertaining to royal families of Thailand. The sheer size, exuberant atmosphere and stunning collection of artifacts in Grand Palace will surely delight your senses.
Wat Arun : This grand temple is widely recognized for its towering spires with impressive lineation. It was built in 19th century is truly a masterpiece of Thai style of architecture. The main USP of the temple is its architecture beauty and the fine craftsmanship, though the breathtaking sunset views and a great collection of religious particulars are worth exploring.
Floating Markets : Small boats laden with a variety of goods, especially the fruits, vegetables and coconut juice, jam packed of tourists negotiating with local vendors and ferries aplenty waiting for tourists to take on ride – floating markets near Bangkok have become quite a tourist attraction than a market place. One can hire a guided boat to enjoy the atmosphere and extravaganzas of these so-called the markets on water. To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. Some popular Floating markets near Bangkok are Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market and Damnoen Saduak.
Chinatown : Popular as the cultural powerhouse, Chinatown in Bangkok is a must-visit for those interested in culture, history, ethnic foods and rewarding shopping. Come here to explore those magnificent Chinese temples, sample delicious Chinese cuisines or to shop till your pocket allows with its endless rows of shop-houses! Interesting cultural scenes would give you the memories of lifetime. Sync your holiday with a major Chinese festival like the Chinese New Year, and you'll be shocked to see the fun and gusto in this part of Thai capital.
Soi Cowboy : From the time when an African-American cowboy opened the first bar here, this place has been a hot favorite of fun-lovers in Bangkok. Flashing neon lights of trendy bars and discotheques, colorful streetscape packed of fun-loving backpackers and beautiful Thai girls hollering out 'helloooa, welcome' – the atmosphere at soi cowboy night market leave you stunned. This area is for open-minded and night-birdies. So if you happen to be a family-traveler, it's better to escape visiting there.