Amazing Thailand is the motto of one of the most sought after countries in Asia. Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is one of the countries that strikes a balance between industry and nature. You can see it in their capital, Bangkok. Here is a list of the places that you can go to that offers both urban entertainment and rural adventure.
1. Grand Palace –
Before going around Bangkok, its best to start your adventure at the Grand Palace. Built in the 18th century by King Rama I, this palace is where the country’s monarchs lived. Back then, the current monarch called this palace their residence, but now its only being used for ceremonies and annual events.
Nonetheless, you can still find a lot of pieces about Thailands culture at the Grand Palace. You can find the temple of Wat Pra Kaeo where the Emerald Buddha is. On the other hand, you can find the Golden Buddha statue at Wat Po.
Just near the Grand Palace is the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun. If you dont mind walking, you can just go there by foot. The Temple has a main spire jutting out of four smaller ones. The entrance fee is only 50 THB and with that amount, you can already get yourself picturesque views of Bangkok. The best times of the day to visit this spot is during sunset or sunrise.
2. Sunday Walking Street
Not only is Thailand famous for its temples, it is also famous for its street food. You cannot say you have been to Thailand if you havent even tried their street food. At Sunday Walking Street, you can get your belly full with just food on sticks! Vendors sell different kinds of food such as chicken satay, samosas, fried bananas, and even fruit shakes.
However, Sunday Walking Street also has much more than food. Here you can experience what Northern Thai art is all about. There are a lot of vendors and mini stalls selling handmade products and ceramic items. If you are looking for souvenirs, this is the best place to buy. Your haggling skills will get tested, too!
3. Floating Market
One of the main tourist destinations in Thailand is the floating market. There are around four famous floating markets in Bangkok and they are Bang Ku Wiang, Tha Kha, Damnoen Saduak, and Taling Chan Market. Of all these, Damnoen Saduak is the best according to tourists and online reviews.
The tourist spot is just 100 km from downtown Bangkok, but do not worry, the floating market ensures that every minute you spend on the road will be worth it. To be able to maximize your time at the floating markets, tours usually pick you up early in the morning. Most of the time, you go there via minivan and a tourist guide will walk you through the culture and history of Thailand.
Depending on the tour package you will be getting, you can experience the long-tail boat ride and a sail around the market. During this time you can just stay on your boat and buy food and drinks from different vendors in different boats.
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