Same Same, But Different – is the phrase you’ll see in Bangkok quite often. It perfectly sums up what Thailand and its capital are all about. Attractions in Bangkok are not few and anyone can find something for their taste.
The capital is full of contrasts where old and new perfectly blend with each other. To understand Bangkok you need to get there and experience it yourself. My mind was blown away from the first moment I stepped in the country.
Even though there are so many things to do here, this post will focus on cheap and important attractions you should not miss here.
1Gate of China Town
The smallest district in the Pra Nakhon area has the highest population density of Bangkok’s districts. It’s been a Chinese community since the early days of Bangkok. A 1.5 km in length has many gold shops and all kinds of Chinese restaurants, as well as their own Temple with Chinese interior.
2Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)
The temple is known for the largest Golden Buddha image made from solid gold and weighing about 5.5 tons with the price value of 28.5 million pounds and is over 700 years old.
3Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
A Buddhist temple acquires its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often exemplified as the radiations of the rising sun. Central spire, coated with colorful porcelain, is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda. Seashells and bits of porcelain adorn its four smaller spires located at the corners. The boats coming to Bangkok from China imported that porcelain.
Walk up the incredibly steep stairs to get a view of Chao Phraya River or watch the spectacular sunset.
The area has several oriental halls. Giant Yaksha guards one of them. They are the caretakers of treasures hidden in the soil and tree roots.
4Khao San Road
A very short street, which during the years turned into a famous “backpacker ghetto,” offering handicrafts, paintings, clothes, pirated CDs and second-hand books, as well as many other useful backpacker items.
5Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
Wow! The mall takes shopping to an entirely different level. Its concept is an airport-like venue with standard icons indicating gates, arrivals, and departures, as well as a guy in pilot costume right at the entrances. Moreover, each floor brings you to various world-famous shopping and food destinations like Rome, Caribbean, Paris, London, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Francisco and Hollywood with its iconic aspects. Simply mouth dropping!
Soi Cowboy is right next to the Terminal 21. A 150-meter long red-light district is full of bars. Its name comes from a retired American airman who opened one of the first bars there in 1977 and often wore a cowboy hat.