Bangkok Shopping and Sightseeing

Back in July, I shared some of my photography from my Thailand vacation.  Now I want to talk to you about my personal highlights and recommendations for spending time in Bangkok.

Bangkok Shopping

There are plenty of shopping centres in Bangkok and it would not be possible for me to name them all.  However, there are two that I would recommend Terminal 21 and MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center).

Terminal 21

Terminal 21 shopping mall contains luxury, high street and boutique stores.  I recommending this mall because each floor is themed to look like a different major city. Walking around the “streets of London” you will find a red Routemaster double decker bus and public toilets which replicate part of London Underground network. Then you can move onto the Souks of Istanbul, before heading over to the streets of San Francisco with views of the “Golden Gate Bridge.”

Streets Of London – Terminal 21

Terminal 21 has over six hundred stores, fifty different types of restaurants/cafes the location can meet all of your retail therapy needs. The mall is located at 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok and if you use the BTS SkyTrain you disembark at Asok Station and you will not be able to miss the mall, which you can access it directly train platform.

Streets Of London – Public Toilets

MBK Center

MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center) is a shopping mall that provides a real mix of high street stores and a market atmosphere. It is a shopping mall unlike any other!  Be prepared to get lost and confused in this mall at least a couple of times. One moment you are navigating a standard mall and then you enter an area full of stalls. Each wing of the mall is dedicated to a different type of store. Covering everything from electronics to clothing and handbags to shoes.  Within this mall you will find yourself moving between stores with price tags and then a couple of minutes later you are in an area where you will be bartering a price. 

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The MBK Center is located at Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330. If you travel using BTS SkyTrain you get off at National Stadium and you can access the mall from the station.

Bangkok Sightseeing & Culture

Sightseeing is available in abundance and it really depends on how much time you have in the city and your personal interests. My personal two highlights would be a visit to Ayutthaya Historical Park and The Grand Palace.

Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Historical Park is packed full of ruins of temples and palaces.  The Ayutthaya Kingdom existed from 1351 until 1767. Be prepared to walk and walk lots, but the photo opportunities that present themselves will be worthwhile.

Ayutthaya Historical Park is located Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya which is about 80kms outside of Bangkok. It will take around 90-minutes in a taxi to get there.  Once there I would recommend that you look out for photo opportunities of the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Mahathat temples.

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace was the official royal residence of the King of Siam and later Thailand between 1982 and 1925.  A collection of stunning and impressive buildings surrounded by highly manicured gardens.

The Grand Palace is located on Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok and I would recommend that you take photos of – The Temple of Emerald Buddha 

Like I said in my opening the sites and sounds of Bangkok are numerous and I could easily write more but these are the ones that stand out in my mind.  They have provided me with great memories, so if you get the chance to visit do check them out.

Until Next Time… Enjoy your travels.

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