A Fine Introduction to The City of Bangkok

About the “City of Angels”

Bangkok is the capital as well as the largest city in Thailand. In addition to the internationally known name of Bangkok, “the City of Angels” is another name which native Thai people refer to the city. The vibrant nightlife and delectable street food are what makes it a heaven for tourists. Just come and visit this marvelous city for once and you will be overwhelmed by the diverse beauty of this city of angels.

The interesting story of Bangkok city

From a small town in the Ayutthaya kingdom in the 15th century, Bangkok quickly expanded thanks to thriving trade. It was the location for the capital of the kingdom in 1768 and 1782, which relatively were Thonburi and Rattanakosin. As the capital of Siam, Bangkok witnessed the rapid modernization of the country and the great political turmoil of Thailand from the 19th century to the present. The city has started to flourish from the 1960s. Today, it plays the leading role in politics, economics, education, and communication in modern Thailand.

Bangkok city of angels

The name “City of Angels”

One interesting historical fact about Bangkok is the origin of its beautiful name. Krung Thep, roughly means “City of Angels”, is how Thai people call their capital city instead of Bangkok, which local people usually used to talk with foreigners only. King Rama IV was the one who named it as he wished good luck and joyfulness for his people like residing in the heaven where angels and gods reside. Krung Thep is actually just an abbreviated version of the ceremonial full name that consists a total of 169 letters:

Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

This basically translates to:

City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.

Hence, the “City of Angels”.

Highly-recommended tourist attractions that you should not miss

There is a good reason behind the fact that Bangkok welcomes more visitors every year than any other city in the world. Being known as a city of contrast, Bangkok has a lot to offer for any kind of tourists, regardless of age and interests.

Historical Temples

As Bangkok is famous for its serene temples, it would be a big mistake to ignore the holiest sites of the city. Especially, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, these are definitely top destinations for you:

1.  Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is one of the largest temple complexes in the city. The place is quiet most of the time, and it will take you one or two hours to wander around every nook and cranny of the complex. There is also great Thai traditional massage offered here too.

Wat Pho the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

2. Wat Arun

This temple is almost directly opposite the above-mentioned Wat Pho. Wat Arun is one of the most magnificent temples in Bangkok. You can find the image of it on the 10 bath coin and would be easily recognized thanks to its unique spiral architecture. The ideal time to visit the temple is early morning because this is the quietest time before the crowds. It is also absolutely stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night.

Wat Arun

3. Wat Saket

This temple sits on a man-made hill and offers stunning views of Bangkok city. You have to to climb up around 300 steps to get to the top, which is popularly known as the Golden Mount or “Phu Khao Thong.” The temple grounds highlight great and old trees, as well as typical Buddhist structures such as the main chapel, ordination hall, and library. Every November, this renowned landmark becomes a sacred pilgrimage site for the annual Buddha relic worshipping ceremony.

Wat Saket

 Also known to foreigners as the Marble Temple, Wat Benchamabophit will definitely satisfy your vision with its profound beauty and the religious ambiance. The temple is a mixture of Thai traditional architecture and European church-inspired architecture with stained glass windows and tile roof. The building was constructed with Carrara marble from Italy, therefore the name “Marble Temple”.

Chao Phraya River – The “River of Kings”

Chao Phraya River, roughly means “River of Kings”, is the beating heart of Bangkok. The river flows through the center of the city, offering convenient boat transportation and sightseeing cruises for tourists. You can simply rent a long-tail boat and cruise along the waterway to enjoy the harmony of various lifestyles on the two river banks. Another good option for you is to take a dinner cruise to have a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife and enjoy a wonderful meal.

Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River – The “River of Kings”

Bangkok National Museum

Established in 1874 by King Rama V, the nowaday Bangkok National Museum is home to a vast collection of artifacts spanning all periods of Thai history. In addition, every item in the galleries is provided with decent English-language description. A visit to the museum will give you an overview of the historic and cultural background of Thailand. Therefore, make sure you don’t forget this place after visiting the nearby Grand Palace.

Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

“An aquatic wonderland that will leave you in awe” is all we can say to describe this amazing world-class aquarium. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia. This is the home to more than 30,000 aquatic animals and plants from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe. From dangerous sharks to adorable little otters, all of the creatures here are well-arranged for visitors to easily observe and explore. SEA LIFE Bangkok is suitable for both adults and children of all ages. Since it provides both entertainment and education programs to visitors. Give the place a chance and it will definitely be a memorable experience of your lifetime!

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia

Lumphini Park

People call it the “Green Lung” of Bangkok. The park is a great place for fresh air as well as a short escape from the crowded streets. Moreover, if you are a reptile enthusiast, this site is probably a must-see destination. Walking inside the park for a few minutes, you may encounter some of the park’s special residents – monitor lizards. These animals, about the size of young crocodiles, would leisurely stroll along the paved road or freely sunbathe next to the lakes in many areas of the park.

Lumphini Park, the “Green Lung” of Bangkok
Lumphini Park – the “Green Lung” of Bangkok

Shopping venues

1. Night market

With no doubt, many visitors want to return to Bangkok for one sole reason – its amazing markets and shopping malls. Ranging from the best bargains to the luxurious malls, Bangkok is the place where you can treat yourself without the fear of overspending. Chatuchak Weekend Market, only opened on weekends, is the largest of its kind with more than 8000 stalls. Pratunam Market and Khlong Toei Market open at night and are famous for incredible street food. There are, of course, a lot of negotiation and haggling in those markets. And you should give this activity a try, too. Haggling with sellers about prices is a norm in Thailand and maybe an amusing experience for foreign visitors.

Bangkok night market

2. Modern Mall

Beside the sea of boutiques and markets are high-end shopping malls. Terminal 21 will definitely worth your time as the complex comprises about 600 shops, a Cineplex, the Gourmet Market and a food court. Siam Paragon, Siam Square, and Central World are also great choices for your shopping experience in Bangkok.

Fun activities you may enjoy during your trip

Bangkok is a colorful puzzle of lively markets, towering buildings, hustling taxicabs, motorcycle taxis, and busy pedestrians. Despite being a bit chaotic, this diverse city has a lot to offer regarding cultural and tourism experiences.

1.  Tuk tuk ride

Tuk tuk ride is one of the few travel experiences you cannot miss when visiting Bangkok. Sitting casually on a three-wheeled rickshaw to get around the city is the most popular activity among tourists and visitors since it is cheap and an extremely fun way for sightseeing.

Bangkok Tuk Tuk ride
Bangkok Tuk Tuk ride

2. Muay Thai Live

Muay Thai Live show is another great choice to get a deeper look into Thai culture. The 90 minutes theatrical show will leave you impressed and excited by thrilling performances of the Muay Thai boxing. Although all scripted, the fights have hyper-real quality and are combined with cultural and entertaining elements, thus, getting visitors up on their feet in excitement.    

3.  Cabaret show

Cabaret show

Thailand is famous for ladyboys and there is no better way to find them than joining the Cabaret show. After a long day of visiting the attractions, it would be a sincere pleasure to sit back and enjoy the eye-catching and elaborately staged performances of the beautiful ladyboys. Not only will you hear Thai style music, there are also Chinese love songs, Korean pop and Japanese geisha dancing. The show is suitable for people of all ages. Kids will giggle at the comedy where the ladies dress up as ostriches. Meanwhile, adult men and women find it fascinating to see the sexy curves of the ladies as well as their beautiful dance moves.

Accommodations in Bangkok

Bangkok is a relatively developed city compared to Southeast Asia and there are quite many interesting areas for tourists to visit. So you do not need to worry about finding a place to stay in Bangkok.

Sukhumvit area

The highlight of this area is a 18 km long road with thousands of shopping, dining and nightlife spots in Bangkok. This area is perfect for partying and shopping. Plus, it’s easy to connect to BTS (Skytrain), making it easy to get around. Sukhumvit is also close to the Royal Palace, Chinatown, Khaosan Road, MBK Center, Central World and Siam Paragon.

Sukhumvit area in Bangkok

Siam area

Siam is definitely a favorite area for shoppers with a variety of shopping malls such as MBK, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Central World and visitors come here will have to conclude that this is the region of shopping in Bangkok. The area is also located along the Skytrain or BTS and connects to the train to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), so it is also suitable for those who want to experience the trains and short-term travel.

Silom area

This is an area of contrast between work and play. In the area and around, during the day will be the people with office suits, tuning and business people work, trade. When night falls, it begins with dozens of lively eateries serving a variety of delicious and famous dishes.

Bangkok city at sunset, Mahanakorn tower, Silom area, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a land of diversity which will never cease to amaze you with its unique and ever-changing strain of Thai-ness. Plan your trip to this wonderful city and you should get ready to be surprised by various, and sometimes, contradictory aspects of the City of Angels.

For more information, you can find in this website: https://inspitrip.com/bangkok

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