One of the largest and most interesting cities to visit in South East Asia, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is also its largest city. Bangkok is well known from a wide variety of movies but it has so much to offer that you do not see in those movies. Bangkok is filled with diverse food, a rich cultural and religious heritage, and some of the best partying the world has ever seen. We’ve put together a list of five of the top things to do when visiting Bangkok in 2020:
Check out the Wat Phra Chetuphon
Despite the hard to pronounce name, the Wat Phra Chetuphon is one of the most desirable things for tourists to see in Bangkok if they want a taste of some of the culture and to understand some of the religion. The Wat Phra Chetuphon is an incredible and beautiful ornate temple that has loads of different things to see. One of the most impressive things in the whole temple complex is a massive golden reclining buddha, which comes from the most popular religion in Thailand Buddhism. This is a religious site so make sure to be respectful but it is open to tourists and a good place to visit.
Visit Wat Arun Temple
One of the things that Thailand is known for is its incredible temples. South East Asia has its own distinct style of temples that will feel very different for anyone who is visiting and is used to the European-style churches and temples that are across much of the rest of the world. The Wat Arun temple, which is also known as the Temple of Dawn, is one of the most spectacular temples in Thailand and may be the best temple in Bangkok. The temple is an incredible 80 meters tall and was built in the 1700s. You can visit this temple throughout the day but one of the most popular things to do is check it out from the river at night.
Visit the Jim Thompson House
For anyone who has not been to Bangkok before it might be surprising to see something called the Jim Thompson house on the list as it clearly is something to do with a foreigner. Indeed, Jim Thompson was an American who was living in Bangkok and Thailand in the 1960s. Jim Thompson was known at the time for being a major player in the silk trade and continued as a major player until his disappearance in 1967. No one still knows the exact reason why or what happened to Jim Thompson, but you can now visit his house and one of the most fun parts there is you can learn all about the Thai silk trade and what it used to be like.
Take a Stroll in Chatuchak Weekend Market
It is hard to spend much time in Bangkok without coming to admire the incredible goods offered by a series of street vendors. They sell everything from fun trinkets to delicious food and nearly all of it is very cheap for anyone who is coming in with foreign currency. Chatuchak Weekend Market is perhaps one of the coolest examples of this. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the biggest outdoor markets in the entire world and every weekend you can go there to check out cool souvenirs, get some delicious Thai street food, or get some of the brightly colored and comfortable clothing. This market is definitely one of the things you should do when visiting Bangkok in 2020.
Take a Cruise Down the Chao Phraya River
One of the most distinct features in Bangkok is that you can be right next to an incredible river while you are right in the heart of the city. This river is called the Chao Phraya River. There is so much to see when you are cruising down the river and because it is in such a central part of the city and because of the rich history of the locals using the river it is incredibly cheap and accessible for tourists. For the equivalent of what is just a couple of euros or dollars you can take a cruise or a taxi down the river.