Bangkok is known to be a fun city, but there is a lot to do here besides having fun. In case you would like to make the best of your trip, you should consider getting to know the culture a little better and naturally this takes some time.
The region is known for the fact that there are many Buddhists, and this is why every community has a wat. Although it is worth to see all of them, there are some that you should make sure to visit. These include Wat Kalayanamit, Wat Suthat and Wat Benchamabophit. Some of these wats are home to different festivals, but they could also serve as hospitals, schools or orphanages.
2. Venice of the East
The people who have visited the city say that the best thing that they have done is boating. Although in the past, Bangkok was the ‘Venice of the East’, nowadays the majority of the canals have been turned to roads. Still you will find some khlongs that connect the banks of the river.
3. Local foods
You shouldn’t be looking for the special menus that have been created for tourists, but go for the real thing. Since Bangkok is located between China and India, it has the best of both worlds. Make sure that you will taste the herbs, piquant salads with meat and seafood, green curry and don’t miss the spicy soups either.
You can be sure that you will find suits and dresses tailored for a bargain at haberdasheries. There are places that you will find, so make sure that the products you get are of high quality. The true professionals offer the clients magazines or catalogues for them to choose from.
The Thai culture is well known for this kind of art. These ‘plays’ involve the sacred rites and it is believed that the artists must become one with their characters. Before every show, there is a traditional wai khru for the cast to bring honor to the masters. You may know that the main characters of the shows are the gods, so it is no wonder they are so captivating.
6. Gallery shop
The Thai culture is different from all the others, and this can be seen through the work of artists. If you would like to understand the people better, you should first see the art galleries. Here you will find some contemporary art that will present you the state of mind of the people of today, while the museums present the life of the people from the past.
After you have been partying all night, it may be useful to take a break. Bangkok is known to have several centers for holistic medicine. If you would like to steal the secrets, there are some courses of Thai massage in English as well. Also you could try meditation. Some of the monks offer meditation talks and they can speak English too.