Frequent visitors and locals in Bangkok will be able to testify to the big changes that have happened in the metropolitan city. The temple roofs are not glittering despite the obvious worn out look, the dark alleys are now properly lit and the tuktuks are already managed in a way that they are not obscuring the traffic. First time visitors planning to visit Bangkok for the first time should stay at accommodations located at the central district such as Chann Bangkok Noi to be near the heart of the city.
Tourists visiting for the first time might be scouring for information on the best things to do and experience in Bangkok. Below is a list they should not miss.
- Visit Wat Suthat. This temple is located in a vast compound that is best suited for those who are seeking knowledge of the spiritual background of Thais. It has not been restored properly despite the growth intourism but it boasts of a chapel painted in black and adorned with fresco paintings that could be in par with the Italian Renaissance. Standing from the main entrance of the temple, one will be able to see the huge red ceremonial swing which is a symbol of Hinduism. This symbol has served as the civic emblem of the city for a period.
- Check out the Patravadi theatre. The journey to this theater alone is already an experience as you will riding the river boats going to Wang Lang Pier and then go on foot passing by the markets in Nonthaburi. The theatre was founded by a well known actress in Thailand and it is where one can fine restaurants that offer dinner shows from young art students.
- Go to Or Tor Gor market. While many are heading to the Chatuchak flea market on a weekend, Or Tor Gor market is also worth visiting because it is not as crowded and one will be able to see authentic Thai produce and culture.
- Shopping and art. Tourists looking to satisfy their cravings for artworks should visit Bangkok Art and Culture Center and if it is not enough, just across this is the MBK Center. It is recommended to stay in a hotel at the center of the city such as Chann Bangkok Noi in order to get to these places faster and more convenient.