Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destination’s cities and has a lot to offer. From Royal palaces and temples to several museums which contributes to major historical and cultural attractions. The bustling nightlife and dining experiences that offers affordable prices and wide range choices.
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Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city. If you are feeling adventurous and has limited time in the city, which I had. Here are the top tourist destinations that you should visit and do when you’re in Bangkok.
We booked a group tour from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on the first day and Bangkok to Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Palace on the second day to make this trip easy. I recommend booking a tour since this requires a long travel through driving and a far reach of public transportation. Group tours are not expensive considering with lunch, transportation, and a tour guide.
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Book a joined tour to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
The floating market is located in Ratchaburi province, the southern part of Bangkok which you need an ample amount of time to travel. The market is very lively and colorful where you can see numerous vendors selling local foods, fruits, and products on the rowing boats. You can explore freely around the market or hire a paddling boat along the canal and experience the once in a lifetime atmosphere of the legendary market.
2:00 -6:00 PM: Take the Chao Phraya Tourist boat.
It was easy to travel from pier to pier and visit the famous temples along Chao Phraya river by taking the tourist boat. We didn’t miss to visit Wat Arun, Wat-Pho, and the Grand Palace and took the opportunity the service of seeing Bangkok in a different perspective. The guided announcement for stops and the spacious seating in the boat makes the tourist boat special than the other boat service in the river.
CHAO PHRAYA TOURIST BOAT
Route: Sathorn pier (Central) – Phra Arthit Pier (N13)
Daily Service: 09:30 hrs. – 16:00 hrs.
Every 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier.
Unlimited Hop on and off on the river all day.
6:00 – 10:00PM: Dine and drink in Khao San Road.
Experience and embrace the wild part of Bangkok, to which it has been known before as to backpackers haven an endless string of bars and club both locals and foreign come together.
You will never get tired of seeing street vendors offering various of cheapest food in the city in 410 meters stretched road. From spring rolls, Pad Thai, hamburger joint, Pizza parlor and of course, plenty of Thai food.
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Book a whole day Ayutthaya and Summer Palace (Bang Pa-In) Tour.
I wouldn’t miss visiting Thailand’s ancient city which makes it the most popular day trips from Bangkok. It is one of Unesco’s World Heritage List which is just an hour drive away from Bangkok. It was founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was later than destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. The remains that we saw during the tour are the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries which gives an idea of its past splendor.
The second stop in the afternoon is visiting Bang Pa-In Palace. There were two options getting around the Palace ground: by foot or by golf cart. We chose golf cart, to rest our achy feet and it offers a lot of fun. Bang Pa-In Palace is also known as the Summer Palace, a complex used by the Thai Kings. It was originally constructed by King Prasat Thong in 1632 but have been disused and overgrown in 18th – 19th century. Until King Mongkut restore the complex in the 19th century and open it to the public. I’m impressed how vast the gardens and detailed landscaping that surrounds the building.
We booked our group tour through a Ronnie who is affiliated with a different travel agency in Bangkok. He can also arrange tours anywhere in Thailand. We are very happy with both of the tours and all of the tour guides are equipped with knowledge. It’s worth the money!
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You can book a personalize or private tour with him. I would suggest joining a group tour to make it more fun and if you worry about the money. We are picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Plus, lunch is also included if you will book a whole day activity. Now, who wouldn’t resist a Thai food? ♥