The city of Bangkok is just so vibrant and has so much to offer! You will definitely have the best time in the city cafe-hopping, eating street food, visiting temples and the grand palace, and doing major shopping! Holler if you’re a major shopaholic like moi! In this post, I will be sharing 17 photos to tempt you to visit Bangkok.
1) Photos To Tempt You To Visit Bangkok: Cafes
Firstly, the cafes! There are so many charming, quaint and unique cafes in Bangkok for you to visit! Between sight-seeing, hop into a cafe for a nice meal and a cup of coffee!
These are some of my must-visit cafes in Bangkok:
- After You Dessert Cafe
- Fill In The Blank. Cafe
- Karmakamet Secret World
- Unicorn Cafe
- Baker X Florist
- Kay’s Boutique Breakfast
- Thongyoy Cafe
- Toby’s Cafe
- Big Dog Cafe
Second, you cannot visit Bangkok and not visit Chatuchuk!
Dear shopaholics, this is your paradise! Make sure to visit this famous weekend weekend market! Not only is it the largest market in Bangkok, but also in Asia. There are endless and endless rows of shops. Every corner you turn, there will be a new row of shops! You will never be able to see all the shops in Chatuchuk in a day. I spent half a day there and ended up with 10 bags full of new clothes! Even contemplated buying a new luggage just to fit all my new purchase!
With over more than 8000 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choices; clothes, shoes, bags, food, souvenirs, etc.
What You Can Find At Chatuchuk
Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:
Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
Handicrafts (sections 8-11) Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
Art and Gallery (section 7)
Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
Books (sections 1, 27)
Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
When you’re at Chutuchuk, don’t forget to try the famous duck noodles. So so good!
Another place you have to go shopping is Platinum Mall. And don’t miss the street food located right outside the mall. The last time I was in Bangkok, I ate at there practically every night. The Tom Yum soup and grilled chicken with cheese was so good! You definitely won’t want to miss out!
3) Street Food in Bangkok
Third, the street food in Bangkok!
Street food in Bangkok provides convenient, delicious and cheap meals. And it’s one of the purest ways to get in touch with the local culture. Street food is a quintessential part of Bangkok experiences. If you are in Bangkok, you definitely have to spend a day trying them out. My fave Thai food are the Thai boat noodles, Moo Ping and Thai coconut ice cream.
4) Photos To Tempt You To Visit Bangkok: Temples
My top 3 temples to visit in Bangkok:
Known as “Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok Yai district, on the Thon buri west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derived its name from the Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.
Among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks, the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.
Although the temple has existed since at least the 17th century, its distinctive spires were built in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Rama II.
Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.
Wat Benchamobophit also known as The Marble Temple, was built in 1899.
The official name of the temple is Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, which means “the Monastery of the fifth King near Dusit Palace”, the fifth King being King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).
The ubosot (the ordination hall of a Wat) of the marble temple was designed by Prince Narisara Nuvativongse, half brother of King Chulalongkorn. It is build from carrara marble imported from Italy. Hence, the name marble temple.
The entrance is marked by four impressive marble pillars, and even the large courtyard is made of shiny white marble.
The temple is a magnificent example of the Bangkok architectural style with its multi tiered roofs, elegant chofahs (a Thai architectural decorative ornament that adorns the top at the end of Wat) at the top end of the roof and the beautiful gold carvings. The white marble and the golden decorated windows give the ubosot a delightful appearance, especially in the sunlight.
Without a doubt, this temple is one of the reasons Bangkok is known as Temple City.
5) Grand Palace Bangkok
Lastly, we’ve got the Grand Palace. Do note that the Grand Palace is always full of tourists no matter what time of the day. Though we went exactly at opening time, there were already so many tourists and tour groups.
It was built in 1782 and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Even though the Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the 20th century, the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! And that these photos will tempt you to visit Bangkok. Thank you so much!
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