Temple of Dawn
Bangkok has an amazing array of temples to feast your eyes (and camera lens) on, and one of the most impressive is the Temple of Dawn, also referred to as Wat Arun. Its tallest tower stretches more than 200 feet heavenward, and its location right by the river makes the temple look like it’s floating when illuminated at night.
Museum of Contemporary Art
For an intriguing glimpse into modern Thai society, head over to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses hundreds of pieces that are in turn funny and thought-provoking. With five stories of light-filled exhibition space, MOCA is one of few galleries of this quality to feature so many contemporary Thai artists.
Built in 1782, the Grand Palace served as the king’s residence for more than a century. The complex is made of many buildings, pavilions, courtyards and temples. Its colorful embellishments and gold roofs have been very well maintained throughout the years. Visitors should be aware of the Palace’s strict dress code before going.
Heralded as the national dish of Thailand, pad thai (also spelled “phat thai”) is a stir-fry of thin rice noodles, tofu, egg, bean sprouts and other ingredients to order. Proper pad thai should be cooked in a rounded wok over high heat; the result is subtly sweet and totally delicious.
Many meals in Thailand end with a plate of fresh fruit, as a healthy dessert and also to settle the stomach after eating all that spice. Bangkok is a veritable buffet of exotic fruits, such as pear-shaped Malay apples, luscious mangosteens, fuzzy rambutans, spiky durians, bright dragon fruit and more.
Bangkok is revered for its street food, which you’ll find served on sidewalks and in alleyways, with plastic tables and chairs lining the streets. Get your fill of tasty dishes like mango sticky rice, pork belly, fresh crab, fried chicken and more — all cooked fresh and for cheap prices.
The metropolitan sprawl of Bangkok is best viewed from above, especially at night in full view of its glittering lights. For a truly glamorous experience, visit the Sky Bar at the Lebua hotel, with its panoramic views and live jazz band. Try Park Society at Sofitel So Hotel for a more casual vibe and view of Lumpini Park.
Many of Bangkok’s malls and stores stay open late into the evening, freeing tourists to do after-dinner shopping (great for avoiding the heat of day). The colorful wares of night markets’ shops range from antique furniture to cute souvenirs to all kinds of clothing. It’s not hard to find a good deal, but you might have to haggle to get it!
One of the best ways to relax after a long day of sightseeing is to take a cruise down the Chao Phraya River. You’ll get to enjoy the sunset and float by gorgeously illuminated landmarks while dining on gourmet dishes, usually with live music as well. Choose from sleek, modern boats or refurbished traditional barges. Booking your flight with CheapOair helps ensure that you'll be getting the cheapest available tickets to Bangkok. With our Best Price Guarantee, you know that we can provide you with the fantastic low prices on flights to Bangkok, and with our 24/7 customer service, you can always reach us during your trip.