If you have been to Bangkok a couple of times, there is no questioning that you have fallen in love with the city. After all, it is hard to ignore those white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters of tropical islands and not to forget, the bustling nightlife. The dynamic city has loads to offer to its tourists when it comes to fun things to do and see. You come back with some unforgettable memories from a city that never sleeps!
However, there are still some roads here that less traveled, and even if you have traveled to Bangkok several times, there are some offbeat spots that still remain to be explored. Let a local show you around for the best experience. After all, you end up saving loads of time and efforts and get to some amazing spots that are sure to surprise and delight you.
Here are some offbeat spots to explore while in Bangkok.
Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew The impressive structure of Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew commands respect. It was built in 18th century and was the residence of Thai Kings and the Royal court. Explore this awesome palace with beautiful architecture. Highlights of the Grand Palace include the Buddha image which has been meticulously carved from a single block of emerald.
Papaya Vintage Shop Papaya Vintage Shop is one of the best-kept secrets of Bangkok and houses a vast range of vintage items. The gigantic warehouse is a haven for shopaholics as well as fans of pop culture. Enjoy exploring the numerous large rooms of the Papaya Vintage Shop which is like a part museum and part store. You will find vintage clocks, comic books, art deco furniture and a lot more in those gorgeous rooms. It is a much-loved place of the professional photographers who arrange for photo shoots there.
Wat Pho This is another major attraction to add to your Bangkok itinerary – the gigantic statue of reclining Buddha, Wat Poh., apart from the huge statue of Buddha, there are many murals, inscriptions and sculptures here that make for a fascinating collection. Enjoy exploring the huge grounds of the temple that boasts of stone sculptures and stupas. Wat Poh is also famous for traditional Thai massage and is a prominent school of massage in Thailand.
Khlong Lat Mayom Khlong Lat Mayom is one of the most popular floating markets in Bangkok, and it is a must to see and explore this market before you leave Bangkok. Get ready for a laid back experience and mingle with the locals for a more authentic scene and experience. You can take a boat tour through the surrounding canals, and shop while boating. Many vendors are busy selling food, and one can enjoy local delicacies while taking the boat tour.
Jim Thompson’s house Thai silk was dying art and it was Jim Thompson and his efforts for three decades that revived the industry. Thompson has indeed left a legacy behind before he disappeared into the jungles of Malaysia. You must visit Thompson’s House and Museum to have a look at the impressive collection of art and antiques. The house itself is very lovely and is made in Thai-style teakwood.
Chatuchak Weekend Market Your trip to Bangkok is indeed incomplete without a visit to a bustling weekend market of Chatuchak. Well famous as one of the biggest markets in the world, you can just shop for anything that your heart desires. There is all kind of items and artifacts such as paintings, handicrafts, books, antiques, and home decor items.