Thailand’s busiest airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, lies east of downtown Bangkok and is an important gateway to the region. Its name, pronounced “su-wa-na-poom”, means "The Golden Land".
There are several ways to get from the airport to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. The most popular way is the Airport Rail Link, with a station located below the passenger terminal. You can either take the non-stop express line or the slower city line. Both lines are the most efficient way to get into the city, especially during peak hours when traffic is dreadful. You can then transfer from the Airport Rail Link to certain BTS Skytrain stations. If you intend to take a taxi, which is considerably affordable, do so outside of rush hour. Although not a rampant practice, make sure that your driver does not “forget” to switch on the meter once you board, or else be prepared to be overcharged. There are a few buses you can take including the airport bus and the city bus that stops at central areas such as Mochit BTS station (Chatuchak) and Victory Monument.
To get around within the city, you can opt for the aforementioned options (train, bus, taxi), or if you are up for an adventure, take the tuk-tuk, the three-wheeled, open air vehicle that has become a national icon. Tuk-tuks are good for a short jaunt just for the experience and not advisable for long-distance travel due to the amount of smog you will end up inhaling. Plus, you need to be a savvy negotiator as fares tend to be jacked up four to five times the usual rates locals pay.
It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the bustling city of Bangkok with its high-rise buildings and heavy traffic congestion but don’t let that dampen your holiday spirit. The city’s landscape and culture successfully melds tradition with modernity¾ majestic temples and palaces coexist in harmony with modern buildings, while busy traditional markets also offer hints of modern culture in the form of Hollywood movie posters and popular music.
Out of Bangkok’s numerous temples and historical sites, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace often comes out tops. Given the beauty and grandeur of its architecture, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is the most photographed temple in the country. The Buddhist temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and is especially stunning when lit up at night. It is equally beautiful in the early morning, as the first light of the day reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Be ready for some serious climbing as the site is dotted with steep steps but once you’re at the top, you will be rewarded with magnificent view.
Another stop you can consider is Siam Niramit, a state-of-the-art 2000-seat theatre, which presents one of the world's largest stage productions depicting Thailand’s cultural and spiritual heritage. You get to travel back in time via the captivating two-hour long show that charts Thailand’s history, dating back to 700 years ago. Aside from the performance, you will be treated to a good buffet dinner before the show and you can also try your hand at making local crafts.
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