Bangkok is a city like no other: with sprawling gilded palaces, markets made up of boats piled high with local food and fresh produce, shops to meet every need and budget, magnificent temples and so much more. Step one is to find yourself comfortable base, much like the exclusive neighbourhood of Bangkok Sukhumvit. Apartments are also a great choice for a longer stay. They offer the feel of your own apartment with the luxuries of a hotel; the Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok is one such option.
The second step is to go out and explore this magical city! Do not miss out on Bangkok’s top attraction, The Grand Palace. King Rama I moved the capital to Bangkok in 1782. A number of canals were dug to protect the city and in doing so, the heart of the city was turned into a small island, which was called Ratanakosin. The Thai king called this palace home for one and half centuries and lived in the Central Court, halls utilised for state business were also located there. The king’s royal consorts and daughters resided in the inner court which resembled a small city.The Outer Court once housed government departments such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The famous Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is also located in one corner of The Outer Court.
Today, the complex draws thousands of sightseers who are fascinated by the remarkable architecture and exquisite detail on the facades of these edifices. The complex is still very much a sacred and spiritual site and used to mark many ceremonial and auspicious events, even now. Visitors must adhere to a strict dress code when inside the Palace premises: long sleeves, long pants or skirts and covered feet are a must. Garments to match the requirement can be rented from a stand near the entrance if necessary.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.