A Guide when Visiting Bangkok for the First Time – The Truly Essential Hotspots

Thailand offers an astonishing range of sights and experiences and if you’re embarking on a visit to this nation for the first time, there are a few places that are absolutely crucial visits.

Ko Ratanakosin

This artificial island is definitely an ideal starting point for your adventure due to its central location. It is also considered as the birthplace of Bangkok and has a surreal range of heritage sites, royal residences and Buddhist palaces to explore.

The Legendary Riverside

The Chao Phraya River is quite honestly Bangkok at its liveliest, and some of the most wondrous attractions of the city are situated along its banks. Everything from Thailand’s finest restaurants to various Bangkok city hotels and the iconic Lumphini Park are all situated nearby.

Sukhumvit

This is truly Bangkok’s international zone where you can experience the mind-boggling diversity of the city. This area features Middle-Eastern nightlife locales, French restaurants, and Japanese zones. There are many hotels and resorts nearby, such as AVANI Atrium Bangkok, so if you find yourself near Sukhumvit, be sure to visit.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is one of the most colossal markets in the world, and the ideal place to visit towards the end of your adventure. At this market you can get anything from vintage sneakers to traditional souvenirs, to baby squirrels. It’s best to visit this place early since it can get quite congested towards the afternoon.

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The Best Street Food Dishes in Bangkok – Streets and Stalls

Bangkok, Thailand has some of the best street food stalls in the country and is simply a must visit if you are a foodie.

The street food in Bangkok is just like its ambience, hot, exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Dining in Bangkok lets you see the luxurious food and no trip is complete if you haven’t seen the other side of it, the street foods. For example, if you are staying at the AVANI Atrium Bangkok, you’d get to sample the authentic food in the hotel restaurant itself, but when you step out, the same food tastes completely different at a street stall.

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Chinatown

The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when you say street food, Chinatown is also known as Yaowarat among the locals. From grilled meat to the authentic Thai style sukiyaki, you can get everything under the sun here, literally.

Old Town

Also known as Banglamphu, this place is a hidden treasure of ancient Thai street food; the dishes you get here are unique and can be found nowhere else in Thailand. The vendors on this street have been in business for decades, with the stalls being passed down through generations and the vibe you get at this place is surreal.

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Top Sightseeing Attractions in Bangkok – Sites You Can’t Afford to Miss in the Thai capital!

Attractions in Bangkok

Attractions in Bangkok | Photo by Simon on Pixabay

Planning a trip to the Thai capital for the first time? Here are some of the top attractions in Bangkok that should be on your sightseeing itinerary.

 

1. The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace Bangkok | Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

True to its name, the Grand Palace is certainly “grand” indeed and this palatial compound will leave you in awe. Intricate architecture, religious iconography and stunning structures aside, it is also home to the famed Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

 

2. Wat Arun

Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok

Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok | Photo by Jonny_Joka on Pixabay

Also known as the Temple of the Dawn, the Wat Arun is an iconic landmark of Bangkok. Located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this amazing temple features a towering central prang (tower) adorned with colourful porcelain. Tip; dawn, sunset or night are the best times to visit this site.

 

3. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bangkok Chatuchak Market

Bangkok Chatuchak Market | Photo by Mr.Peerapong Prasutr, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Not just for shopaholics, the colourful and lively Chatuchak Market give one the chance to explore the world’s biggest outdoor weekend market. Easily accessible from a hotel in Asoke such as the centrally located AVANI Atrium Bangkok, the market features thousands of stalls selling just about anything, bargains (and crowds!) galore and yummy street food too.

 

4. Khao San Road

Khao San, Bangkok

Khao San, Bangkok | Photo by TheDigitalWay on Pixabay

Famous amongst backpackers, Khao San Road is well worth a visit, especially at night. Set amidst a bohemian vibe, the locale is packed with stalls, food joints, guesthouses and people from all around the world.

 

5. Chao Phraya River

Thailand River Cruise

Thailand River Cruise | Photo by Jason Hutchens from Sydney, Australia, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

An attraction in its own right, the mighty Chao Phraya River or River of Kings is well worth exploring on a cruise; apart from major tourist attractions, it offers a unique perspective of Bangkok too.

 

 

 

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