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Things to do in Bangkok

The immense and active capital of Thailand has a lot to offer for every interest. The beautiful architecture and arts of the old town can be admired in historical temples and museums or you can stroll along the lively street markets, enjoy the view on a boat trip, see a wrestling crocodile or relax in the green lungs of the city. It is all possible in Bangkok. 

Temples Bangkok is famous for its precious temples. When visiting the capital it is hard to miss out on seeing at least one of these temples. Impressive sculptures are situated on the grounds of the Grand Palace, the dazzling place is definitely a must-see. Once constructed by Rama I in 1782, this enormous piece of land is showing of with marvelous temples and the old residence of the King. Wat Phra Kaew is probably the most famous temple and home of the beloved Emerald Buddha. Besides the Grand Palace there are many other temples asking for a visit, to name a few: Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saketh and Wat Traimit. Make sure to cover your knees and shoulders before entering the temple as sign of respect. 

Markets Bangkok composes an overwhelming amount of exciting markets where you can find the best Thai food, deserts and snacks or you can stroll along the stalls full of clothing, souvenirs and home decorations. The biggest market is without any doubt the Chatuchak weekend market, offering everything you can imagine from the most exotic birds, puppies and fishes in the animal section to awesome clothing, delicious drinks and arts. The Damnoen and Ampwaha floating market (situated some km outside Bangkok) are also worth a visit whereas vendors are selling their goods on boats, an animating spectacle. Other interesting markets are: the vintage Rot Fai market for crazy items collectors, the Khao San Market extremely popular among tourists, the Pak Klong Talad Flower Market for the romantics or shopping at the Pratunam market for fair prices. Food lovers should check out the Or Tor Kor Market, close to the Chatuchak market, for an overview of the best fresh food products produced all over Thailand or try the delicious Thai foods at one of the street stalls of the Wang Lang Market at the opposite of the Grand Palace. Of course, there are many more markets to taste the extraordinary food and practice your bargain scales on a cute handbag or fancy swim short. See more… 

Parks and gardens Bangkok cherishes its green lungs where residents love to come to revive from busy city life, enjoy a picnic in the sun or in the shadow of the tropical threes. Parks are also often used for recreational sports, especially in the evenings. One of the popular parks is the Lumpini park which is featuring a beautiful pond, many threes and you can even encounter one of the water monitor lizards. Chatuchak, Wachira Benjathat and Queen Sirikit are parks located next to each other in the North of Bangkok, with waters and shadow of the threes, ideal places to relax after a vivid visit at the Chatuchak market. The Rama IX Park was constructed in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of the current King: Rama IX and is a true inspiration to every garden lover representing multiple countries such as Japan, England, America, France and the classical Thai designs with a huge variety of Thai flowers, plants and threes. Moreover Bangkok features the National Stadium with outdoor sports facilities of Olympic sizes, the Sanam Luang park in front of the Grand Palace and Benjakiti park where you can enjoy the romantic fountains and exercise a BMX. Museums Thailand’s capital is featuring many special and interesting museums, you will find something of your interest without any doubt. The National Museum will tell you anything about the Thai history giving you an insight in the origins of the dynamic country with its artistic temples. Many museums are just as interesting as the architectonical buildings such as the Jim Thompson house, the man who developed the silk industry in Asia. Besides architecture you can also increase your knowledge about the human body while visiting the Forensic Museum and Human Body Museum. Other museums are: the Air Force Museum, Bangkokian Museum, Bank of Thailand Museum and the interactive Museum of Siam also referred to as the National Discovery Museum institute, not even mentioning the numerous fun museums exposing the most original and weirdest collections. Zoo’s Are you witnessing a man wrestling with a crocodile or do you prefer seeing Orang-Utans boxing? It is all possible in the zoo’s of Bangkok. Visit Safari World, gaze at the reptiles of the Crocodile Farm and Zoo or explore the rare species of the Dusit Zoo which was Thailand’s first zoo. If you like the tropical fishes you have to visit Siam Ocean World which is one of the largest aquariums in South-East Asia.