Bangkok is not a city that people will love instantly as they set foot on its soil. It is a city which grows on you slowly and steadily as days go by on your visit. It is also not one of the best tourist places in the world apart from the shopping that you can do here and the numerous temples that you can visit which are invariably a part of every Thailand tour packages. All the more, the city is quite unclean too. But it is only when you live like a local in this city that you begin to fall in love with the place. Bangkok isn’t a city that opens itself up that easily and due to this most people prefer to spend only a couple of days in this city before heading towards its plethora of islands and jungles where the most exciting things await. Although you may not need much time to see around the city as a tourist, there are actually a lot more temples and activities which are worth visiting.
Learn to cook the local cuisine – Thai
The prime concern or every tourist is the food in the vacation spot.There are a lot of places to eat in Thailand where you can taste authentic Thai food.Thai food is extremely delicious and it is also relativity easy to cook. Some Thai dishes are very similar to the South Indian dishes which is why it is palatable to the Indian taste buds.There are various places which teach how to cook Thai food and the best ones are in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Visit the Golden Triangle
Golden triangle is the point where the Ruak river meets with the Mekong river. There are a lot of Buddha statues and markets here which you can visit by taking a boat to the Golden Triangle Park. This place may not be featured in many Thailand Vacation packages but you can visit it by yourself.
Visit the floating markets
The most interesting markets that is there in Thailand is the floating markets which can be found everywhere in this country. Some of the best floating markets are Damnoen Saduak and Taling Chan weekend floating market in Bangkok with lots of products and food on sale. There are lots of opportunities to get good photos here. This is the most touristy thing one can do in Thailand and hence must be on your list of places to see in Thailand.
The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun
The royal palace of Thailand, also known as the Grand Palace, was built towards the end of the 18th century by King Rama I and it is now the official residence of the present Monarch even though he does not live here anymore.This Palace is now only used for ceremonies and for tourists to visit.The famous emerald Buddha which was made in the 15th century is housed here in one of the many temples inside the palace which includes the Wat Pra Kaeo.This is always a must visit place on any Thailand tour packages from India for tourists. When you visit this palace, be sure to wear fully covered clothing from shoulders to leg as wearing revealing clothing is considered disrespectful.
Go scuba diving in the Similan Islands
Scuba diving is a very popular water sport in Thailand because of the pristine crystal clear water bodies and the magnificent sea life available in the ocean. The island of Ko Tao offers the cheapest options to learn scuba diving. The Similian islands offer the best diving spots where you can see elephant head rock, reefs which have plenty of colourful fishes, snappers, turtles and rays. Ensure this activity is there on the Thailand Tour packages that you choose if you love the idea of swimming along fishes.
Take a tour of the temples
As you must be aware by now, there are a lot of temples in Bangkok which are rich in architecture and culture.The primary faith followed by locals is Buddhism and hence you will see a lot of Buddha statues in the temples.Some of the famous temples to visit are Wat Traimit, Wat Kalayanamit, Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Saket.
There are so many countries around the world which invariably have a Chinatown in their locality.Bangkok is no less.The Chinatown in Bangkok is a feast to the eyes as well as stomach! There are so many shops selling souvenirs and delicious food which cannot be found anywhere else in the city.This place has a bustling nightlife where you can devour some of the fresh catch seafood.
Visiting the city of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is a very old city which has many temples and it is surrounded by jungles.It serves as a good launching pad for trekking in the jungles in the regions.There is also an elephant sanctuary where you can feed and visit the elephants.These elephants are looked after with the money that tourists pay as entrance fee to enter the sanctuary, hence this also counts for some sustainable tourism.The night market here has some of the finest handicrafts in the country.
Visit Lumpini Park
Just like how New York city has its central park, Bangkok too, has one and that’s called Lumpini Park.You can spend a relaxing day in this huge park.There will be many locals here playing sports, biking, walking and practicing Tai Chi.
Relax on tropical islands
There are so many tropical islands in this country that it is difficult to zero in on one. Some of the islands are over-developed and buzzing with tourists while some houses only a single bungalow on it. Some of the best islands to visit are; Ko Samui, Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Ko Phi Phi, and many more.