Bangkok or locally known as Krung Thep which means the City of Angels established in 1782 by King Rama I as the capital city of Thailand or Siam at that time. Bangkok in Thailand certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. The capital of Thailand has upmarket malls, funky markets, a vibrant nightlife scene, a riverside full of surprises, many fabulous attractions and sights that reflect its unique heritage, and much more…
Stone carvings along Soi Rambuttri
Just like any other country in Southeast Asia, traffic in Bangkok is very common. However, with excellent and modern public transport system in place like the Skytrain (BTS) and underground MRT, Bangkok is surprisingly easy to navigate.
Bangkok Hualampong Train Station
These rail systems connect the main shopping, business area and entertainment areas of the city. Commuter boats are also available to explore many historic sites and attractions at the riverside like the Wat Arun. While we are here we visited some of the most interesting place by bus. It is cheaper than taking the Skytrain or underground train.
View from our hostel (Rama VII Bridge)
Wat Arun along Chao Phraya River
Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
Inside Wat Pho
To the east side along the river is their own version of Chinatown district, called Yaowarat. Going to the north side away from the river is the Silom Road, this is where most of the main tourist hotels is located. Youi cal also find here the infamous entertainment area that is Patpong. Going further north of Silom is the main shopping district centered on Siam Square, which includes, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, World trade Center, MBK to name a few. A little further north of the Siam Square area is the city’s garment district known as Pratunam. On the west side of Siam Square is the Sukhumvit area where you find more hotels and entertainment areas.
China Town in Bangkok
China Town in Bangkok
There are so many wonderful places to see and interesting places to visit but I guess in many cases, people miss what this city has to offer. It is the central hub for tourism in Southeast Asia and millions of people visit or pass through Bangkok on their way to the many beach resorts of Phuket, Krabi, Samui and Phi-Phi or to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Bangkok can easily occupy you for a week. Although I suspect that many visitors just stay in Khao San area and then travel either to some of Thailand’s numerous beaches or to its neighbouring countries.
Graffiti near Khao San Road