Bangkok, Thailand’s capital is truly a city that never sleeps. With spiritual Buddhist temples next to imposing royal palaces and traditional Asian floating markets next to lively entertainment districts, the list of things to do in Bangkok goes on and on, and practically all of them are part of the Bangkok and Thailand packages offered by a good Bangkok tour agency. If you’re into sightseeing and immersing yourself into traditional culture on a local tour of Bangkok, Thailand’s biggest city is the perfect holiday destination for you!
Bangkok is a city of 8 million people located in central Thailand, in the delta of the Chao Phraya River, which provides the city’s most important waterway – and is the place for the famed Bangkok river tours. Bangkok is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, which means that many of the king’s majestic residences are located in and around the city.
So, what to do at Bangkok? As an important center of Asian culture, there’s no way Bangkok would be missing the imposing Buddhist temples that many associate with this part of the world. Indeed, a few of them form a main tourist destination in Bangkok that form an exciting part of a local tour of Bangkok.
Hop on one of the Bangkok temple tours to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) early in the morning to see the first rays of the sun reflecting in bright colors off this 17th-century temple’s walls. Later in the day, arrive at the birthplace of Thai massage, Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), featuring more than a thousand depictions of Buddha including the eponymous huge statue of the Reclining Buddha.
Within the walls of the Grand Palace, discover the breathtaking Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), its golden spires illuminating the surrounding area. A true symbol of Thailand, this temple is the most sacred in the country. In its interior you can admire the legendary Emerald Buddha, a gold-clad emerald statue more than two millennia old and a central object of worship by locals and tourists alike.
The Grand Palace, of which Wat Phra Kaew forms an inseparable part, is a glorious compound of royal buildings used by the current king, Rama IX, who has been ruling Thailand for 67 years now. Constructed in the 18th century, this extremely popular tourist attraction is an incredible mix of pavilions, gardens, temples and kingly halls is divided into an outer, middle and inner court.
Though the Grand Palace is the official residence of the king, his primary court is in fact in Dusit Palace. Dusit Palace is a complex of 13 more recent residences that combine European and Asian architectural styles into a gorgeous mix, with blooming gardens and canals in between the intricate buildings.
Because of the numerous canals and the importance of the river in Bangkok’s urban life, the city is often known as “Venice of the East”. And indeed, a vacation in Bangkok would not be full without a traditional floating market Bangkok tour! Paddle on a small boat to the lively Damnoen Saduak market and bargain for souvenirs or home-grown vegetables and fruit with the hundreds of vendor boats. Make sure you try the juicy star fruit that many vendors sell!
Many of Thailand Uncovered’s Thailand tour holidays, including the comprehensive Classic Thailand tour, offer relaxing Bangkok river tours, letting you explore the multitude of canals at a leisurely pace and sample the suburban vistas of amazing Thailand.
Not far up the river from Bangkok are the antique ruins of Ayutthaya, once the capital of ancient Siam and among the largest cities in the world at the time. Today a World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya will charm you with its historical park of century-old pagodas and monasteries. Don’t forget to look out for the head of Buddha trapped by the roots of a tree at Wat Mahathat! You can do an Ayutthaya tour from Bangkok on the memorable 10-day Discover Thailand holiday.
Are you wondering if there are any options for Angkor Wat tours from Bangkok? Then you’d be pleased to learn that this is a very possible and preferred option by travelers. Siam Reap, the site of the grand religious complex of Angkor Wat, is well connected to Bangkok by road and air, and Thailand Uncovered’s holiday offerings in Cambodia offer a detailed two-week tour that focuses on the world-famous Angkor Wat compound, the largest religious monument in the world.
Southeast Asia is an unforgettable region of ancient civilizations, bustling cities and a welcoming culture. To experience this all, it doesn’t get better than the Thai capital Bangkok and its exciting surrounding area. Hop on one of Thailand Uncovered’s magic Bangkok packages and live your dream Asian vacation!
Wat Mahathat, Bangkok: Cover Photo by telmo32