Your First-Time Visit to Bangkok
Explore the City’s Traditions, Sites and Entertainment
A First timer’s experience in Bangkok, a city that illuminates cultural heritage is certain to leave a lasting impression. Following are a handful of things to do in Bangkok on your maiden visit to the city where tourism flourishes.
A Visit to the Grand Palace
Pay a visit to the Grand Palace, the heart and soul of Bangkok and one of the most iconic tourist sites in the city, easily reachable from many a hotel in Sukhumvit. This complex building located 45 minutes away from Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 was once home to the rulers of Thailand, with a story that spans back to the 18th century. The complex comprises The Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha.
Shopping at the Floating Market
Most floating markets are located on the outskirts of town and may require guide assistance to reach them. Boats docked near the canal often sell fresh vegetables and fruits and are quite a spectacle to watch. However, it is vital that tourists be aware of rip-off floating markets selling items labelled at exorbitant prices.
Cruise Down the Chao Phraya River
A visit to Bangkok cannot be ticked off without a cruise down the Chao Phraya River, which is also considered to be a significant landmark of the city. These river explorations range from dinner cruises to private rides, or even a public transportation boat. Cruise boats are usually docked at the Sathorn-Taksin Pier where groups of tourists will be awaiting their joyride in the river.
Muay Thai is not only a sport but a form of art in Bangkok. Watching a Muay Thai match during your first visit to Bangkok will provide a real taste of the Thai traditions and way of sport. These matches and fights are commonly held at Lumpinee Stadium and Rajadamnerm Stadium for which tickets can simply be booked online.