THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK (2 DAYS)
You really need a week or two to take in all that Bangkok has to offer, however if two days is all you have, here are some ideas to fill in the time!
THE GRAND PALACE
If you only see one attraction in Bangkok, this should be it! The intricate details in the architecture are really something else, however remember that you do need to dress modest to visit. If you get it wrong, there is a little outbuilding that rents long pants to unprepared foreigners.
WAT PHRA KAEW (TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA)
This is located within the Grand Palace complex and is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is a highly regarded Buddha image in the meditating position carved from a single piece of Jade. Only the King is allowed near the Emerald Buddha. It has a seasonal cloak, which is changed three times a year corresponding with summer, winter and rainy season.
WAT PHO (TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA)
This is only a 10 minute walk from the Grand Palace and is worth a visit. It is basically a 46m long huge reclining Buddha. I recommend visiting it after the Grand Palace as by then, your feet and legs will be tired and there are massage places around this area. Foot massages in Thailand are absolute heaven!
I actually only ended up here because the flight in from Australia didn’t coincide with our accommodation being ready. The zoo itself isn’t anything spectacular, however the surrounds are nice and it is a great place to people watch.
TUK TUK RIDES
What is a trip to Bangkok without a ride in a Tuk Tuk? This is a fun way to get around the city however it is very easy to get scammed by a cheeky Tuk Tuk driver. My two tips are:
(1) Negotiate the price before hand
(2) Don’t use the red ones….only use the blue/yellow/green ones
Bangkok is well known for its floating markets and there are quite a few to choose from. I would get a recomendation from your accommodation or book a morning tour to check it out. The markets are bright, interesting and lively.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Patpong Markets. They were crazy and chaotic and you have to bargain hard. It was unlike anything I had experienced before. Don’t expect quality products here, I suspect most tourists come for the experience and to get some cheap gifts to take home.
The Patpong Markets are located in the ‘go go bar’ district. This means that whilst you are strolling along, a Thai man will run out from the various bars and stick a laminated card under our nose. Upon closer inspection, the laminated card is a ‘menu’ of all the things that …ummm…..you can pay to see a Vagina do for e.g. shoot ping pong balls or apparantly smoke a cigar. Obviously you don’t have to go inside the venue and see these things unless you want to.
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