You’ve just booked your flight to Bangkok, but what are you going to do when you actually get there? It’s a city of 600 square miles: you could get lost in a heartbeat. The tons of spicy food that you can eat for days, the crazy tuk-tuk drivers that hopefully speak English, and the Grand Royal Palace are just some of the experiences that you shouldn’t miss. Don’t be surprised if you end up extending your trip after checking off these four epic items off your bucket list.
Try REAL Thai Food
Thai food is some of the best food in the world, and where better to indulge than Bangkok? The city offers many traditional Thai culinary delights like noodle dishes, meat kebabs, and exotic fruits. Those travelers seeking more non-traditional fare can search out Angry Bird fish balls and various roasted bugs, while the truly brave can try grilled scorpion. Aside from the many traditional Thai restaurants, the experience that you’ll be begging to have imported around the world will be found in the street markets. Make sure you’re ready for a taste bud overload after munching on some of the local treats.
Tuk Tuk Tour
The public transportation is good in Bangkok but if you want a real adventure, hire a tuk-tuk driver to take you on a tour of the city. Wind will blow through your hair while you are zipping in and out of the heavy traffic Bangkok is known for. Iconic selfie pictures are necessary, especially if you make friends with your driver.
The best English speaking tuk-tuk drivers hang around Khao San road. If you’re looking for the cheapest hotels in Bangkok, this is also the best area to look.
Thai Boxing Match
Adrenaline junkies will get a secondary high from all the excitement surrounding a Thai boxing match. Finely-honed fighters will duke it out one-on-one in the ring and you’ll be standing on your feet encouraging your favorite fighter. The sweat will be dripping down your face but whether it’s from the Bangkok heat or all the excitement? Hard to tell.
For those fitness junkies that want to try the sport out, many Thai boxing schools are scattered all over the city. Just ask your favorite tuk-tuk driver for the best place to go.
Those travelers that want to see all the opulence Bangkok has to offer should head to the Grand Palace. Centered in the heart of the city, the multiple-structure palace is the definition of luxury in Southeast Asia. The gold painted towers, hand-chiseled statues, and well-manicured landscape will create memories that you’ll keep the rest of your life. Most holidays and festivals bring large celebrations at the Grand Palace, so try timing your visit to catch it at its best.
Any history-loving travelers will be satisfied after a visit to the Grand Palace. Some buildings in the compound were built over 200 years ago with new structures being built with each coronation of a new Thai king.
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