The Royal Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, and the National Museum of Royal Barges constitute just a small part of Bangkok. There are far more reasons to visit the Thai capital

 

A rooftop bar seems to be an ideal place to enjoy the view of the Chao Phraya River, the Royal Palace or the neon-illuminated Sukhumvit district, while leisurely sipping a cocktail. There are more than twenty such establishments housed in the skyscrapers of Bangkok. Most of them do not have a strict dress code, although an appropriate outfit is appreciated – cocktail dresses for women, trousers and shoes for men.

The 80 hectares of the King Rama IX Park have everything needed to relax from the hustle and bustle of the megalopolis. It features a botanical garden, an artificial lake, and many observation sites from which you can watch birds and fish. Part of the territory is occupied by themed landscape gardens: English, Japanese, Chinese, and even American.

2 wooden houses filled with curious artifacts constitute the Bangkokian Museum. Visitors can get a glimpse of what life in Bangkok was like a century ago.

Cosmopolitan Bangkok is the perfect place for designer experiments. An example of this is Shugaa Dessert Bar, which is worth visiting both for a delicious treat, and for its interior design. The best way to taste a light mango mousse with sweet rice and caramelized pineapple is whilst ensconced on a cozy mint-green sofa.

The Thai capital was once called “Venice of the East”. Some of the canals (the locals call them klongs) have been filled up, while others still serve as transport arteries. In order to see how the townsfolk are living in their houseboats, treat yourself to a tour of the klongs in the Thonburi district.

For 30 years, billionaire philanthropist Boonchai Bencharongkul collected the works of Thai artists to exhibit them in the Museum of Contemporary Art (moca). It is here that travelers, tired of the ancient relics of Siam, discover Thailand from a new perspective.

The glory of Bangkok restaurants is measured not in Michelin stars, but in their years in service. The oldest one, tek heng, is managed by the fifth generation of the same family. Just as it did 130 years ago, the family serves crispy noodles here.

The rod fai night market seems to be the right place for those who have not satisfied their thirst for shopping during daytime. The local specialty is vintage items for every taste, from early 20th century film cameras to old American cars, all in perfect condition.

The mahakan fort is part of the surviving defence system of the city, built by King Rama I. Recently, Bangkok authorities wanted to demolish the building as it appeared useless. The locals, however, defended the fortress, and now they can rest on a shady lawn near the whitewashed walls, admiring the towering Wat Saket Buddhist Temple.

3 temples

  • As you fly in to Bangkok, you can see a giant structure: something resembling a cosmodrome, or a scenery to a fantastic film. The “flying saucer” is actually the temple of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, in which more than a hundred thousand people can meditate simultaneously.
  • Built in the 19th century, Loha Prasat is the center of the Wat Ratchanadda Complex (the “Iron Temple”). It was once the only religious building in Bangkok that was constructed of metal. The roof is crowned with 37 spires, symbolizing the virtues leading to enlightenment.
  • One fifth of the population of Thailand come from the Celestial Empire; so it is not surprising to stumble in the Lat Phrao District upon the Chinese Tamnak Phra Mei Kuan-Im Temple. Inside, you will be excited by bizarre sculptures, smoking incense and an absolute serenity.
 

Published on: September 25, 2018

Text: Yulia Akimova