Bel Aire Princess, Thailand - Destination Info
A must-visit site in Thailand’s capital is The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (temple of the Emerald Buddha). This stunning complex was the official home of Thai royalty until the 20th Century. Wat Arun, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, has a striking 79m-high pagoda, Chinese statues and intricate ceramic detail. At sunset, head for the ‘Temple of Dawn’, best viewed from a boat as you cross the river from the Grand Palace and Wat Po.
At the National Museum, the largest in Thailand, you’ll see wonderful artefacts telling the story of Thai history. English language tours are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and are well worth it.
If you don’t mind the crazy traffic, do take a ride on one of the noisey tuk tuks that ply their trade across the city. There are no end of markets, shopping centres and pedestrian shopping streets in Bangkok. Don’t miss Chinatown, or the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the city’s largest. Open Saturdays and Sundays only.
Bangkok’s notorious nightlife is found at Patpong on Silom Road. Sukhumwit Road is another popular, but rather more refined, evening area for tourists (close to the Bel Aire Princess Hotel).
If you want to find out more about Bangkok, why not take a look at our Bangkok Guide with great information for planning your particular trip.