Welcome to Asia! Affiliate World Conferences will be hosting its Fifth edition in ASIA and Revolution Force is going. We cannot wait to be a part of one of the industry’s top affiliate conferences where we can walk the exhibit floor and speak with the top affiliates in the world. But before we go, we wanted to give you a small Travel Guide to Bangkok. In the travel guide you’ll find what the best food is, where to watch a Muay Thai fight and where to get wild at night.
1. Grand Palace
Undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Bangkok, the Grand Palace, was constructed in 1782 and for 150 years was the official residence of the Kings of Siam. The trip can take many hours to explore as its 214,000 sq. Meters, so give yourself enough time to enjoy its beauty.
2. Bangkok National Museum
The museum displays Thailand’s most extensive collection of artifacts and Thai art. It was first opened by King Rama V, so he could show off all the gifts his father had given him. Now the exhibit features collections from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras to the modern Thai Kingdom.
3. See the Reclining Buddha
The temple of the Reclining Buddha, known as Wat Pho in Thai, is a Buddhist temple complex best known for its gold-plated Buddha sculpture. The sculpture measures 151 feet long and 50 meters tall, making it the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand. Before heading in, you can buy coins for the 108 bowls you’ll find inside the temple. The reason behind the 108 bowls is Buddha completed 108 positive actions on his way to becoming perfect.
4. Chatuchak Market
The market has more than 8,000 stalls that are spread over 34 acres. It is one of the largest markets in the world, and on a regular weekend, there will close to 200,000 visitors. It’s a place to shop for bargains and find the best nick-knacks.
5. Spend an Evening in Nana Plaza (Soi 4)
Also referred to as “naughty central” due to its three-story commercial building of racy go-go bars. There isn’t much to say other than if you’re looking for adult entertainment then stop over there.
6. Thai Massage
Get a Thai massage in Thailand. A traditional Thai massage may be just what the doctor ordered after a long flight to Bangkok. Enjoy the ultimate relaxation activity.
Bangkok’s nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. From the nightclubs to the rooftop bars, the city is a giant playground for adults. Check out Soi Cowboy or Patpong for an adult-themed night or head over to RCA, Khao San or Thonglor for a club. But if clubs aren’t your thing, check out one of the rooftop bars instead. Have a drink on top of the city at Vertigo or Three-Sixty Lounge.
8. Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
The Sathorn Unique Tower, also called the “Ghost Tower” was supposed to be a premium luxury apartment complex with beautiful views of the Chao Phraya River. However, the project was abandoned due to the collapse of the Thai Baht during the 1997 Finical Crisis. Nowadays, tourists use the tower as a hiking adventure. You’ll have to pay a few dollars to the security guards there, but it’s worth it to be able to experience the haunted building.
9. Visit Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
I realize there are over 30,000 Buddhist temples spread throughout Thailand, but this is one you do not want to miss. Its name stems from Aruna, the God of Dawn, and is beautifully situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya river. Its stunning design stands close to 260 feet and is covered in ceramic tiles. The temple is and guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds.
10. See the Erawan Shrine
This shrine isn’t just a place for the tourists to stop and take a photo, but a place for locals to often go in hopes of receiving luck. Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 after the Hindu Brahman priests suggested its creation would ward off bad luck because the Erawan Hotel was seemingly cursed during construction. People continue to visit this shrine as it’s believed to give visitors luck. So, if you’ve been feeling unlucky, then this may be the place for you.
11. Eat Street Food
Locals favorite food is takeout. My mouth is watering as I write this, but there are an estimated 500,000 street vendors in Bangkok. Think of all the possible food options you can encounter while there. Popular dishes include Ba Mee, Kuay Jab Nam Sai, Tom Yum Goog, but I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with anything you try. There is something out there for even the pickiest of eaters.
12. Watch Muay Thai
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is seen everywhere. And lucky for you, the biggest fights happen in Bangkok. Stop in at Lumpiee Stadium or Rajadamnern Stadium to watch some of the local matches.
13. Khlong Tour
Bangkok is comprised of hundreds of smalls canals, which is why most locals choose to travel by water. Waterways make transportation faster and more convenient than land, plus it’s a fun way to travel. It’s the best way to embrace Thailand’s traditional transportation and going on a tour will give you a more intimate way to look at old Siam.