Wandering around Bangkok’s most famous landmark, the Grand Palace, is one for the books when in Thailand. Although a lot of tourists might have blocked my view and the hot weather might have made the trip a little bit challenging, the Grand Palace still left me in awe with its beautiful architecture and stunning details of glitter and gold wherever I look. Within the walls of the palace are the four main courts including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is all covered with gold and intricate glass mosaics. No wonder why it’s called the Grand Palace – It simply is the grandest of them all!
There is little time to rest when in Bangkok as the sightseeing, shopping, and eating possibilities are endless. I spent my 3rd day in Bangkok exploring Siam Square – the city’s well-loved open-air shopping and entertainment zone that stretches from Rama 1 Road down to the Chulalongkorn University Campus and from Phayathai Road over to Henri Dunant. Admittedly, Bangkok pretty much reminds me of Manila. Aside from the hot weather, tropical setting, and the rush hour traffic, it’s the insane shopping scene at Siam Square and its huge malls that reminds me of home. Just like what the locals say, if you want to know what’s in, go to Siam Square – a hub of all things chic and home to some of Bangkok’s largest malls including Siam Paragon. Being the most expensive place to rent in Bangkok, this dense area of boutiques, cafes, and market stalls is where fashionistas get a real taste of modern style and shopping!
Seeing the locals paddle their boats filled with flowers, fruits, and vegetables will make you feel that you are truly experiencing the day-to-day life in Bangkok. Referred to as the Venice of Asia because of the wide canals and rivers sprawling across the city, Bangkok’s canals are now part of the Thai culture as they sell fresh produce and pre-made food on their boats every morning. Because of this, floating markets are now among the most visited and photographed attractions in the country. Although these floating markets can attract many tourists and can get crowded early morning, they still are well worth putting on your list of things to do in Thailand. Of course, I did not miss the chance to see and experience a floating market with my own eyes!
BANGKOK has us now — this line from the movie Hangover 2 probably best describes my first visit to Thailand’s capital a few weeks ago. Bangkok definitely had me with its golden temples, cheap eats, interesting culture, and insane nightlife. It was my first time to explore Bangkok with friends and I must say Bangkok is one of the most chaotic yet exciting capitals in Asia. Call it The City of Angels or Venice of the East, Bangkok surely is a mesmerizing blend of old and new, and dizzying contradictions at every turn. It’s is a place to wander, eat, and imbibe!