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Bangkok Travel Guide - Bangkok Tourist Attractions
Serene Temples, Exotic Landscape, Vibrant Nightlife
Called the ‘city of angels’, beautiful and verdant Bangkok, Thai capital, is located at the delta of the river Chao Phraya. Oft referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, because of locals and tourists cruising down its’ river and canals. The Floating Market in Taling Chan is one of the few canals where locals still live and trade, while there are canal boat services for the Khlong Saen Saeb and ferries to cross the Chao.
When you take the Bangkok Tour Package, you will discover that Bangkok has several green zones with many parks. Lumphini Park is world-known. Other famous parks include the Queen Sirikit, Dusit, Sanam Luang, Rama IX and Chatuchak parks; the last two have botanical gardens, lakes and traditional English, Japanese and French gardens. Bangkok’s historic and imposing landmarks include the sought-after Grand Palace, Giant Swing and Democracy Monument. Bangkok has a fair share of art galleries, concert halls and theatres. For those who are looking for exciting night entertainment, Bangkok has six districts with several nightclubs of varying shades.
There are hundreds of majestically serene Buddhist temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and mosques, for which tourists make a beeline, and the beautiful marble temple of Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram Ratchaworawihan. Grand museums include a unique Barges Museum and a Discovery Museum for children. There are a few excellent libraries and the Thailand Knowledge Park combines fun and knowledge for kids. Other fun places for the whole family are the Dusit Zoo, Snake Farm, a picturesque Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Suan Siam – the biggest water amusement park. The biggest Thai aquarium – Siam Ocean World is an exciting place to visit and there are safaris where you can see giraffes, camels and zebras closely! A Thai river cruise, especially one that combines dinner with sightseeing, is popular with tourists. You can indulge in activities including go-karting, bowling and ice-skating as well. Traditional massages and Thai spas in tropical surroundings may be required after a day-long sightseeing trip or hectic shopping. There are several festivals and events held the year around of which, Loy Krathong is the most popular traditionally. Small boats, ‘krathongs’, are filled with coins and flowers, and floated in the water; people believe that their illnesses and misfortunes are leaving them.
The Central World Plaza and Siam Square have shops which are frequented by tourists. Chatuchak has weekend markets with an amazing range of products, from cheap to quality stuff, clothing to handicraft to furniture to plants to ceramics to antiques and even pets. Equally famous are the street plazas such as Saphanputh, Khaosan Road, Silom Road and Banglamphoo. Chinatown has shops selling gold and other Chinese products. Ratchaprasong has a huge shopping area with numerous malls selling classy goods amongst other wares. The shopping centres have street plazas, malls, department stores and markets. International labels are found at Gaysorn Plaza and the Emporium malls. There are shopping malls aplenty, including the well-known MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World, Terminal 21, Platinum Fashion Mall and Central Chidlom with just about everything and, several international brands and upscale shops selling clothes and accessories for men, women and children.
The Bangkok Tour Package will take you to street markets, trendy restaurants and food courts serving Thai cuisine with its blend of sweet, sour, spicy and salty taste, offering an infinite variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, salads and fruits, besides Thai fried rice and noodles. Bangkok offers numerous options for dining, whether it is day or night, for business or family. There are river-side eateries, dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya, upscale restaurants and antique teak-houses serving delicious Thai cuisine. There are several bars, pubs and ice-cream parlours. Bangkok’s malls are replete with several stylish restaurants and cafes, besides fast food restaurants. International cuisine including Oriental, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, American food has a good representation. There are a few good Indian restaurants, serving South Indian – Dosa King, Tandoori – Rang Mahal, Punjabi – Mrs Balbir’s and Kashmiri food - Indus. Terminal 21 has a Gourmet market and many reputed restaurants including Dory Seafood Bistro, MK, Pepper Lunch, Fuji, The Canton House, Swensen’s, Tohkai Yakiniku and Baanying Café.
The city has a wet and dry tropical climate with hot summers – March-May, cool weather – November-February, while it rains through June-October. April-May can be very hot and humid, and if it rains during the hot weather, the rain is not exactly cool though it brings down the temperature. Average temperatures are about 35oC in summers and 26oC during winters.