Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is one of the world's most popular tourist hotspots. When travelling to Bangkok, be ready to experience many people as it is the world's 22nd largest city by population.
Before heading to Bangkok's famous floating markets, make sure you have plenty of Baht, the local currency. For any electrical items, be aware that Bangkok's electricity supply is 220 volts and that two-pin plugs are standard.
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In Bangkok, respect is a big part of the culture. As such, when in public it is expected that people maintain calm and harmony. When visiting temples, it is expected that all guests wear appropriately modest clothing and shoes removed before entering certain areas. The people of Bangkok, and in Thailand generally, have great pride in their monarchy and any insults or disparaging remarks against the Thai monarchy are greatly disrespectful.
Songkran in Bangkok
Songkran, or Thai New Year, is celebrated annually from 13-15 April. The Songkran Festival is also known as the Water Festival because of the many water fights that occur during the celebrations which fall on the hottest days of the year. Water is used to wash images of Buddha as well as friends and family in order to symbolise the beginning of the New Year by washing away any bad from the past year. In Bangkok, head to Khao San Road, the epicentre of water throwing revelries, just be sure to protect any valuables from getting wet beforehand.
Chinese New Year in Bangkok
Chinese New Year in Bangkok is filled with red decorations, loud music and spectacular fireworks. Head to Bongkok's Chinatown for all the festivities, chow down on delicious traditional Chinese foods and enjoy the Procession of the Golden Dragon.
What to do and see in Bangkok
Bangkok's floating markets are more of a tourist attraction these days. However, you will still find a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, coconut juice and food freshly cooked on the floating kitchens.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market which features over 15,000 stalls must have to be one of the biggest markets in the world. Every Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people flock to these markets to haggle vendors for the best prices on vinyl records, vintage clothing, garden furniture, jewellery and even pythons! Get there early to try and cover most of the stalls. As it does get busy, take care of your personal belongings as pickpockets can also be present.
MBK Shopping Centre
The Mah Boon Krong, or better known MBK Shopping Centre is filled with bargains ready to be bought! There are 2,000 shops that sell a variety of goods from fashion clothing and accessories, handbags, shoes, mobile phones, digital cameras and even more!
For those looking for trendy international brands, they should head to Siam Discovery. For those with money to burn, the Siam Paragon Shopping Centre is where you will find international and local luxury brands over 500,000 square metres of space.
The Grand Palace Bangkok
The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok's most well known landmarks. Whilst the entire Grand Palace complex is quite breathtaking, most people head towards the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred sites in Thailand. As the site is sacred, a modest dress code is enforced.
Unique Bangkok Experiences
A unique way to travel around Bangkok's busy city streets is on a tuk tuk. Maybe you could catch a tuk tuk to a ladyboy show, where transvestites put on cabaret style shows with extravagant costumes and sets. Or for those into sports, catch a Muay Thai match at a boxing stadium in Bangkok and even take a few lessons yourself!
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