A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Bangkok
The Thai metropole Bangkok with population of over 8 million is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples and magnificent palaces, bustling canals, busy markets and a vibrant (and naughty) nightlife.
Bangkok is full of side by side contrasts, the ultra-modern in the form of huge impressive shopping centres clashes with the traditional and countless rundown slums.
Although Bangkok doesn't rank very high in most of the categories of the study it scores consistently well in several of them, nightlife, sights and affordability being the main ones.
As for shopping the Thai capital is one of the best destinations in the world.
The extremely hot and humid weather, the heavily congested road traffic, littered areas with foul smells throughout the city tend to spoil the experience.
Furthermore, the severe lack of pedestrian zones and a transport system covering only certain areas add to the challenge of discovering the city.
8.5/10 [8.3 Mio.]
B. Best Things to Do in Bangkok (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.20/10.
Wat Pho (Temple of The Reclining Buddha) 7
This vast Buddhist temple complex, situated directly south of the Grand Palace, dates back to 1688 and is world-famous for housing the magnificent "Reclining Buddha", a 46m-long (150ft) and 15m-high (72ft) sculpture, completely covered with gold.
The soles of the feet of the Buddha are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Made from brick and gilded plaster it depicts the posture of the Buddha while entering nirvana.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) 7
The main feature of this striking 19th-century temple named after the Indian God Aruna is its climbable 79m-high (260-ft.) central prang (Khmer-style tower), which is encrusted with colourful porcelain.
At each corner of the building stands a smaller satellite prang. Visitors can climb the very steep white steps of the central prang to get breathtaking views of the city.
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Siam Paragon 5
With a total retail floor area of 400,000 m2 and 250 stores over 11 floors Siam Paragon, which opened in 2005, is one of the largest shopping malls in the world.
We highly recommend to visit the excellent food court on the ground floor. Siam Paragon, one of Bangkok’s most upmarket shopping malls, is located prominently just in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station, with several other huge shopping centers (Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central World, Siam Square and MBK Center) nearby.
C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Bangkok
-Lumphini Park 5
-Bangkok Canals 5
-Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple) 5
-Central World Plaza (shopping centre) 5
D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Bangkok
ANCIENT CITY OF AYUTTHAYA (World Heritage Site since 1991, 82 km from Bangkok) 6
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (106 km from Bangkok) 5