A holiday in Bangkok delivers a welcome assault on the senses, with intense heat and a bustling centre balanced by magnificent Buddhist temples and palaces. This vibrant and contrasting city offers a fascinating mix of traditional and modern, while still preserving its cultural heritage. We love sampling the street food, which is both authentic and a fraction of the cost of a restaurant, and the myriad of markets splashed throughout Bangkok's centre.
Possibly the most famous, and certainly the largest market in Bangkok is Chatuchak Weekend Market, which features an endless array of stalls selling local foods, clothes, spices, antiques, handicrafts, pets, and more. This Bangkok market is set in a sprawling maze of interconnected alleys over 27 acres, featuring a fascinating insight into local life and offering an excellent opportunity to sample regional foods that you won't find in most restaurants.
Set in the heart of Bangkok, the spectacularly ornate Grand Palace is composed of four groups of buildings with different architectural styles. Within the walls are government offices and The Emerald Buddha Temple. This magnificent palace is indeed a grand old dame, which will inspire you with its intricate detail and beautiful structures, a proud display of Thai craftsmanship. A strict dress code applies and you should wear long trousers, shirts that cover your shoulders, and keep your feet covered.
Siam Niramit is a world-class performance of Thailand's rich and varied history. Set in an arts and cultural heritage centre, the compound is decorated in a contemporary Thai style with small salas (gazebos) and sculptures of Kinnaree, a mythical winged creature found in many Thai fables. The show captures Thailand's dynamic history, spanning seven centuries and captured in a 90-minute production.
As Thailand is a Buddhist country, you will come across numerous wats (temples), many of which are located in Bangkok. One of the most famous temples here is Wat Arun. Perched on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this stunning temple features an imposing, 70-metre spire encrusted with coloured glass and Chinese porcelain.