A city of a vibrant urban jungle with all its life, delicious street food, authentic cafe corners, lush rivers, fantastic shopping malls, historical ancient temple sites and some of the biggest flea markets in the world. Beyond its tangible attractions, the city is enriched by the warm and friendly personality of the Thai people.
By definition, Bangkok or many locals would say ‘Krung Thep Maha Nakhon’ which translates to the ‘City of Angels’ in Thai language.
I have visited Thailand many times now and I feel there is so much more to discover in every visit I make. Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is filled with exciting things to do and wondrous places to see. From street-side restaurants with plastic chairs and roadside amulet stalls to excellent restaurants and the world’s hippest rooftop bars.
So is Bangkok worth visiting? Most definitely yes. My recent trip to Bangkok served as a much-needed respite from months of hectic work life. The city’s diverse offerings, from its bustling streets to serene temples and modern establishments, made it a truly rejuvenating experience.
Here are my reasons why Bangkok is worth visiting!
The Ultimate 3-Day Bangkok Itinerary
- Iconic Ancient Temples: Wat Arun
The most iconic landmark in Bangkok is unquestionably their ancient temples. During a recent holiday, I visited the famous Wat Arun temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn is one of Bangkok’s most iconic and visually striking landmarks. Situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, this ancient temple stands as a testament to Thai craftsmanship and spirituality. Its distinctive prang (spire) is adorned with colourful ceramic tiles and seashells, creating a mesmerizing mosaic that glimmers in the sunlight.
The temple’s name, “Arun,” pays homage to the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. As the sun sets, Wat Arun is illuminated, casting a magical glow over the river. The central prang, surrounded by four smaller prangs and various statues of mythical beings, reflects a unique blend of Khmer and Thai architectural styles.
Visitors can climb the steep staircase to the top of the central prang, offering panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River and the city beyond. The temple complex also includes beautiful pavilions, gardens, and ornate sculptures, making it a serene and culturally rich destination. Whether admired from a distance or explored up close, Wat Arun stands as a symbol of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance.
Entry fees: THB 100
- Chao Phraya River
When you’re in Bangkok, you can’t miss out on The Chao Phraya River. This river is often referred to as the lifeblood of Bangkok – a majestic waterway that weaves through the heart of the Thai capital, shaping its landscape and providing a vital route for the city’s pulse. This iconic river, originating from the confluence of several smaller rivers north of Bangkok, flows southward and eventually empties into the Gulf of Thailand.
the Chao Phraya River not only serves as a key transportation route but also plays a central role in the cultural and historical tapestry of Bangkok. Along its banks, one encounters a juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers, historic temples, and traditional Thai architecture, creating a captivating blend of old and new.
- Khao San Road
Khao San Road is possibly the most well-known street in Bangkok, if not all of Thailand. It is the most popular street for backpackers, having a wide selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars.
During the day, Khao San Road is bustling with activity, with hawkers selling cheap clothes and souvenirs, street food vendors cooking wonderful Thai delicacies, and locals strolling down the street.
But after the sun goes down, things get much crazier. Khao San Road is one of the top places to party in Bangkok. The street is lined with bars playing loud music and packed with people. Khao San Road can be overpowering at night, but it is worth a visit at least once!
- Thai Massages
No trip to Thailand is complete without getting a Thai massage. It’s a centuries-old Thai tradition. Thai massage, which incorporates aspects of Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese acupressure, and yoga, not only relieves stress and tension but also maintains flexibility.
It’s a one-of-a-kind experience since the masseuse uses her weight to massage you, so you may feel beaten up by the end. Nonetheless, it is an experience unique to Thailand, and there is no better place to have it than Bangkok.
Just make sure you select a reputable one if you want an authentic massage, there are tons of “happy” massages if you know what I mean!
Good massage: A decent massage starts from THB 200
- Wat Pho and Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho, which means temple in Thai, is your next stop. One of Bangkok’s most well-known Thai temples is just a short walk from the Grand Palace. Wat Pho is home to the famed Reclining Buddha. It is a gigantic golden statue that occupies the entire temple.
Located immediately behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, you may see two of Bangkok’s most famous Buddhas at the same time. The reclining Buddha is one of the world’s largest, measuring 46 metres (150 feet) long and 15 metres (49 feet) tall.
A well-known Thai massage school is located in the back of the premises. If you’re exhausted from all the walking, why not stop in for a foot massage? They are rumoured to be the greatest and quite inexpensive.
Tips for Visiting Wat Pho.
Dress Code: I should emphasise that proper attire is necessary when visiting this shrine. Every temple in Thailand has a stringent dress code that everyone follows. Visitors should keep their shoulders and legs covered. I suggest wearing a light shirt with a long skirt or trousers. This temple does supply cover-ups for those who are not dressed suitably.
- Siam Paragon Mall
Your trip to Bangkok will not be complete if you haven’t seen the largest shopping mall in Thailand. Siam Paragon is one of Thailand’s largest shopping malls. I was passing through the area for a brief moment to explore the surroundings and food market inside and outside the mall, and I’d say it’s worth the trip.
How to get there?
The mall is located on Rama I Road in the Pathum Wan District. The mall is easily accessible via the BTS Skytrain; simply drop off at Siam Station, and the mall is connected to the station via a skybridge.
There are several Chinatowns around the world, but almost none are as large as the one in Chinatown. This area of the city was established in 1782, when the city became the capital of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, attracting a large number of Teochew Chinese immigrants.
Nowadays, Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the city’s busiest areas. The little narrow lanes are dotted with businesses selling everything from clothing to gadgets, as well as odours from street food booths and vendors.
The neighbourhood is a renowned nightlife destination. Every night (except Mondays), Bangkok’s streets are crowded with street vendors selling every variety of Thai street cuisine imaginable.
The food is great, but the atmosphere is even more incredible. Visiting Chinatown, along with its neon signage and colourful tuk-tuks, is a must-do in Bangkok.
- Tuk-tuk ride
Tuk-tuk rides are fun! It’s a good Thai adventure but here are a few things to keep an eye out for. Even though it looks to cost more than cabs, I highly recommend Grab.
••Taxi and tuk-tuk frauds are widespread in Bangkok. I’ve been conscious in my vacations, and I would always check on the Grab app for prices to avoid scams.
So, is Bangkok worth visiting?
If you weren’t convinced that Bangkok was worth visiting, we hope you are now. Bangkok is one of the most magnificent destinations in the world, and it is certainly worth a visit. While not everyone will have a positive time here, the city boasts many beautiful features and a fascinating culture.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your baggage and book a flight to Bangkok!