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6 Tips for Those Heading out to Bangkok

Thai masseur doing massage outdoors at the famous backpackers destination Khao San Road at night in Bangkok.
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Thai masseur doing massage outdoors at the famous backpackers destination Khao San Road at night in Bangkok.

Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities – every year it hosts around 16 million foreign tourists. The city is home to 8 million people, with another 8 million living in the suburbs. Giving advice on how to discover a new culture and have fun in such a crowded place is not an easy task. And yet, the locals will be more than happy to give you a quick list of what to do and what to discover first.

1. Travel in Boats

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In city as large as Bangkok, taking boats will go a long way in helping you to avoid traffic jams, noise, and will save you time. Furthermore, moving from one pier to the next will give you a great opportunity to enjoy some excellent sights of both the Old and New Bangkok, its residential houses and temples.

2. Try Some Traditional Food and Fresh Juice

Bangkok street food
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bangkok street food

Bangkok is one of the world’s food capitals. The traditional cuisine of Thailand combines sour and sweet, spicy and salty ingredients, exotic fruit, seafood, chicken and much more. So waste no time and start exploring the Thai cuisine as soon as you get off the plane. We recommend you drink fresh exotic fruit juice during your entire stay here – they’re cheap, tasty and full of vitamins.

3. Order a Thai Massage

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Thai massage is another symbol of Bangkok, and traditional Thai massage centres can be found in most of the city’s neighbourhoods. If you go to the tourist-beloved district of Wat Po, you’ll get a good chance of finding a good masseur. Some centres will not only offer you a relaxing massage, but also reveal some of its secrets.

4. Visit the Grand Palace

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace is an excellent representative of Thailand’s history and architectural grandeur, and it’s a real oasis of tranquillity to boot.

5. Take Part in a City Festival

Stream of water over the crowd of people during celebrating the traditional Songkran New Year Festival
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Stream of water over the crowd of people during celebrating the traditional Songkran New Year Festival

The best mirrors of a city’s or country’s traditions are their festivals. Of these Bangkok has many: during the Songkran Festival in April, both the locals and city guests celebrate the traditional new year by hosing each other down with water; the King’s Birthday is celebrated with fireworks; during the Loy Krathong Festival in November, the city’s rivers full of little boats made from banana leaves that symbolize a sacrifice to the gods who may cleanse one of misfortunes; the International Music and Dance Festival at the end of September – beginning of October attracts musicians and dancers from all over the world; the Chinese new year unites two nations – the Chinese and the Thais, although visitors are also welcome.

6. Visit the Chatuchak Market

Crocodile leather shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the city of Bangkok in Thailand in Southeastasia.
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Crocodile leather shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the city of Bangkok in Thailand in Southeastasia.

It’s one of the largest weekend markets in the whole world – every day it’s visited by around 200,000 people, and in the market you’ll see around 15,000 vendors selling goods from all over Thailand. Here you are sure to find plenty of souvenirs, exotic food and observe some fascinating sights.

Comments (1)

Corey Moss   4 years ago  Edited
Bangkok is one of the most interesting and racy cities in the world. The food is amazing, but specific. I don't think that it's good for people with stomach problems. If u have it - think about diet before u will come to Thai. There is a little problem with taxi, so i recommend you to book taxi in advance.