9 August 2017, 1:07 PM
Travel to Bangkok in Thailand! Visit sacred Buddhist temples, bustling food markets on the Chao Phraya River and delicious Bangkok Street Food.
The Kingdom of Thailand is deeply religious and the majority of the population are devout Buddhists. A major attraction in Bangkok is to visit the sacred temples and the Grand Palace which Siam royalty have lived in since the 1700s. The King is a revered figure and you'll notice pictures of him in all public places. Visiting Bangkok's Buddhist temples will unveil the religious heart of Thailand and give insights into why Thai people are so welcoming and hospitable. You'll be excited by the busy river markets, Buddhist temples, and incredible street food - yet most of all, it'll be the kindness of the Thai people that you'll hold onto forever.
As you travel through Bangkok, you'll notice Buddhist Monks chanting in prayer and often in procession. The most sacred temple is Wat Phra Kaew, located on the grounds adjacent to the Grand Palace. Chiseled from a huge block of jade, the Emerald Buddha is highly revered by Buddhists. Pilgrims from all over the world visit Bangkok to pay their respects. This act is also seen as a sign of respect to Thailand's King is revered.
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A trip to Bangkok is not complete without experiencing a ferry ride on the Phraya River. The diversity of life on this busy river is very entertaining. Watch fisherman, families preparing meals, businesses selling seafood, and merchants trading vegetables. This is just one of Bangkok's intriguing and unique aspects! The ancient art of trading along the bustling Chao Phraya River, which winds through the city, has a raw energy that travelers should experience when visiting Bangkok.
The colors and smells of Asian spices, Bok Choy, Coriander, and chilis add to the flavor of Bangkok. The floating markets in Bangkok bustle with energy and watching the trading of the merchants in the hollowed out canoes is a thrilling tourist attraction. Afterwards, indulge in Pad thai, green chicken curry, or the delicacy of chicken skewers with peanut sauce served with lime or chili. Street vendors are close to most street corners, so take advantage of the freshness in the produce and tantalizing spicy flavors that will leave your mouth watering for more.