Bangkok Thailand – Up-to-date Information Tourists Should Know

The Beautiful Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. As such, Bangkok Thailand is easily the most crowded as it is teeming with locals and tourists alike. It is one of the most well-known Asian destinations because of its rich history and culture as well as its various attractions. Before you travel to Thailand, Bangkok is a place you will need to do some research on in order to maximize your stay.

 

History of Bangkok

Originally a small village located near the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok was under the rule of the Ayutthaya kingdom. Being located near the river made it such an important location. As a result, it was eventually turned into a customs outpost. When the Ayutthaya Kingdom collapsed, the next ruler, King Taksin, declared it to be the next capital of Siam (Thailand’s former name) and renamed the place Thonburi. Later on, it was named Krung Thep or “City of Angels.” The development of Bangkok Thailand gradually happened after World War II, and eventually, its rapid economic growth attracted people from the other cities in Thailand. Bangkok is now considered one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan Asian cities.

 

Culture

Bangkok’s culture has a mix of traditional and Western influences. Western ideas and products have slowly integrated with Thai concepts and values over the years.

Bangkok has a great variety of festivals and events that are scattered throughout the year. These festivities are enjoyed by people of all ages as everyone has an event that he or she looks forward to. For example in January, National Children’s Day is celebrated to honor the future of Thailand. Bangkok is also host to so many Chinese New Year festivities in February. Jazz lovers flock the Bangkok International Jazz Festival in March. In April, one of the hottest months in Bangkok, the Songkran Festival is celebrated by holding street parties that feature water fights. The Moon Festival happens in August while the Vegetarian Festival is celebrated in October. Loi Krathong is celebrated in all of the Bangkok waterways come November while a much anticipated grand New Year’s Eve countdown happens in December.

The national sport of Thailand is Muay Thai which is basically kickboxing. Bangkok has many sporting facilities and aside from Muay Thai, sepal takraw and football matches are also held.

Traditional Thai art is continuously supported by different government agencies located in Bangkok. Works of art that have religious and royal contexts are featured in various handicrafts, masks, musical instruments, and other means. Performing arts include theatre, dance, and even Western plays.

 

Bangkok’s Attractions

Bangkok’s many attractions have made it one of the go-to places for tourists.

Because Thailand is a Buddhist country, there are many must-see Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The most well-known ones are the Wat Arun, Wat Pra Kaew, and Wat Pho. Some other visit-worthy temples are the Wat Saket, Wat Traimit, Loha Prasat, Wat Mahatat, Wat Suthat, Wat Benja, and Wat Prayoon.

Bangkok is also famous for its floating markets – goods are sold by vendors in boats. These floating markets appeal to many people because of the diversity of their goods and sellers. Aside from making purchases, it is not uncommon for tourists to ask for their pictures to be taken with a boat laden with different products.

If you want to visit more unique attractions, Bangkok is home to some of the weirdest, craziest, or simply not your run-of-the-mill places. There’s the three-headed elephant statue in the Erawan Museum or the Elephant building in Chatuchak district. You’ll also be fascinated to learn that the city also has a Forensic Museum. In addition, Buddha is not the only one who has a temple within the city; the David Beckham Temple is something you probably won’t even encounter in England. The city also boasts of the Robot Building on Southern Sathorn Road and the Giant Swing. Other Bangkok attractions include the Giant Dragon Tower in Wat Samphran, the Sathorn Unique skyscraper, and the Phallic Shrine.

 

Staying in Bangkok

If you want to somehow decrease your travel expenses, you can head on over to Khao San Road because it has many budget accommodations to choose from. If money isn’t an issue, Bangkok also has various luxury hotels. Some of the most popular ones are Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Intercontinental Bangkok, Banyan Tree, and the Peninsula Bangkok.

Getting around Bangkok is also easy as you can choose from different modes of transportation: land and water buses, cabs, and trains. The city also has two major airports: the Don Mueang International Airport and the Bangkok International Airport.

Whether you’re in Bangkok for vacation or business purposes, you’re sure to find it an enjoyable and colourful place to be in.