Over the past few decades, Bangkok has blossomed into one of Asia’s premier cosmopolitan destinations. The expansive Thai capital has it all - world-class shopping and nightlife, exotic cuisine and a rich history and culture. In order to see all of Bangkok’s best sights, be prepared to hop on the city’s modern transit system. Air-conditioned, fast and affordable, the combined skytrain (BTS) and subway (MRT) systems service a majority of metropolitan Bangkok. For many of the city’s older cultural sights, taking a trip on an iconic tuk-tuk is the best and most authentic way to go. Here are the best things to see in Bangkok:
1. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s crown jewel. Sitting along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the entire palace complex spans over 2 million square feet. Construction of the palace began in the late 1700s and has remained intact over the centuries. The complex shows off distinctive architectural features native to the Thai culture as well as incredible murals and statues from local folklore. In the center of the palace is Wat Phra Kaew, known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Steeped in history, the temple contains a green Buddha sculpture which dates back several centuries.
When visiting the Grand Palace, keep in mind that long trousers and sleeves are required. The easiest way to get to the palace is either by river taxi or by tuk-tuk.