Temple Etiquette, Bangkok
Favorite thing: The weather is usually very hot, but you can't wear shorts in a temple. So, bring along a few pairs of zip off pants. You can wear them as shorts outside, and just zip on the legs when you enter a temple.
Yes, Bangkok is a place to shop, eat and relax. No doubt about it. It's generally quite safe and crime-free, but still, you will need to be on your guard. be careful of falling into the GEM SCAM. ( read about them in my other travel tips).
Be careful of pickpockets in crowded places too.
I would also say that bangkok people are usually quite nice and friendly.
Oh yes, pls be properly attired if you visiting temples and palaces, usually spaghetti straps/cut-offs are not encouraged. Yes the weather is hot but still it's better to respect the cultures of the local. Bring along a long sleeve shirt and tuck it inside your bag. Just whip it out and put on when you are outside the temple/palaces.
If you come to Bangkok and don't see a Wat (temple) then there is something wrong with you. For those who are normal, though, there are certain guidlines you should follow when entering temples.
The strictness of rules changes with the level of importance of the temple you are visiting.
At the Royal Palace, no bare shoulders or shorts should be worn. Men can sometimes get away with more than women (HA HA!!) Generally, if your knees are covered, you will be fine.
Don't point, and don't point your feet towards the buddha in a temple when you kneel down. The head is considered closest to heaven and good, the feet the furthest and bad.
Women never "tempt" the monks!! Don't touch or hand anything to them.
Never be above a Buddha, and never touch a shrine.
Be respectful and the Thai people will respect you back. Be an idiot, and I hope they put you in a Muay Thai ring...
Favorite thing: Bangkok is full of famous and not so famous temples. Explore the streets! Then you will discover a temple at every corner. And specially the unknown temples are resorts of quietness in the middle of this busy city.
Favorite thing: What I enjoyed about Bangkok was walking round the streets and stumbling across wats that were not featured on the maps and were therefore not geared for tourism.