Bangkok seems to have bloomed as the traveller’s choice in recent years. The reasons being, its rich culture, fantastic cuisine, and hospitality. If you are planning your first holiday in Bangkok, here are a few things you ought to experience when in this amazing city.

Temple hopping

What would a trip to Bangkok be if you don’t visit the magnificent temples here? Embellished in gold and intricate sculptures and statues will leave you in jaw-dropping wonder. Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha which is an attraction that is a must-see in the city. However, remember to dress appropriately when visiting temples.

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JPSwimmer English: Credit Jan S. Peterson. Cropped from original image and lighting balanced by DxO., Emerald Buddha, August 2012, Bangkok (cropped)CC BY-SA 3.0

Discover new flavours

Thai cuisine is said to be absolutely exquisite! The sweet, the sour, the spice, the bitter, all seem to be so well balance ion each dish. Try the hotel restaurants like those at Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok or you may opt for street food. Either way, it’s all delicious. Feeling a little adventurous with food? How about scorpion on a stick?

Shopping in Bangkok

Shopping is obviously a must when in Bangkok! Hit those high-end malls, outlets of your favourite brands like Gucci and Chanel are available here. Also, try the street markets. Of course, there aren’t any branded items here, but its still fun to check out the local stalls for souvenirs.

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mohigan, Bang Yi Khan, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand – panoramio (1)CC BY-SA 3.0

Hit the spa

With all the time you will spend on the road exploring, you are bound to return to your room tired as ever. Many hotel apartments in Bangkok offer spas with the authentic Thai massage treatments available. Why not try it out?

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+