Bangkok: Where Tradition Meets Modernity

ByAndrea Thompson

May 14, 2024

Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital, is a city that enthrals the senses. With its lively street markets and lavish temples, the city presents a mesmerizing mix of historical, cultural, and gastronomic experiences. Consider these reasons for including Bangkok in your next holiday itinerary:

Cultural Marvels:

  • Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: Step into a world of intricate architecture and gilded spires at the Grand Palace or visit the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew sacred temple.
  • Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn): Witness the mesmerizing silhouette of Wat Arun as it rises from the Chao Phraya River and climb to the top to watch the sunset over the city.
  • Jim Thompson House: Explore the lush jungle compound that once belonged to the American silk entrepreneur.

Street Food Paradise:

  • Chatuchak Weekend Market: Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of this massive market where you can sample local dishes, shop for “unique” souvenirs or just soak up the surroundings.
  • Talat Rot Fai (Train Night Market): Immerse yourself in retro vibes at this night market, sip cocktails from a converted van and feast on street food.

Modern Marvels:

  • Mahanakhon Skywalk: Brave the glass floor of Bangkok’s tallest building for breath-taking views.
  • Siam Amazing Park: Escape the heat at this water theme park.

Unforgettable Flavours:

  • Pad Thai: Savour this classic Thai dish of stir-fried noodles with shrimp, tofu, peanuts, and lime served at every restaurant or street food stall.
  • Tom Yum Goong: A spicy and tangy shrimp soup infused with lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves.
  • Mango Sticky Rice: A heavenly dessert made from fresh mango, glutinous rice and sweet coconut milk.

Try if you dare

  • Hon Mhai (Deep-Fried Silk Worms): A traditional insect dish that’s popular in Bangkok. These deep-fried worms are rich in protein but taste bitter.

Warm Hospitality:

  • Bangkok’s people, known as “Krung Thep Angels,” are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Whether you’re bargaining at a market or seeking directions, their smiles make every interaction memorable.

Why Go?

Bangkok provides luxury that is affordable. Its accommodations, cuisine, and transport are all budget-friendly. As a significant travel hub, Bangkok offers seamless connections to other Southeast Asian destinations, making it an ideal stopover for a few days before continuing your journey.

Bangkok is a sensory feast so pack your curiosity and embark on an unforgettable journey to the City of Angels.