Bangkok is a very interesting city full of delicately decorated Buddhist shrines. Not only this, Bangkok is also known for its restaurants and night clubs. So it is up to you, how you want to spend your holidays, by admiring some amazing craftsmanship or by trying out different gourmet meals or by dancing the night away. A special thanks to my dad for sharing with me his holiday experience of his recent Thailand trip from India and his clicks.
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centers in terms of importance.
If we talk about the main attractions of Bangkok then we can not miss out these few places:
Places to visit in Bangkok
- The Grand Palace built in 1782 is the home of the Thai king, the royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. It is located in the bank of Chao Pharaya River and is the most famous tourist destination in Bangkok. The architecture is the combination of Thai and European. The complex has several buildings, courtyards, gardens and halls.
- Wat Phra Kaew or The Temple of Emerald Buddha is located within the complex of The Grand Palace. It is considered as the most dominant Buddhist shrine in Thailand. Emerald Buddha is the image of Buddha in meditating position.
Entry Fee: 500 Baht
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 AM
- Wat Pho or The Temple of Reclining Buddha houses the huge reclining Buddha measuring 46 meter long and is covered in golden leaf. The traditional Thai massage originated from here. It is located behind the Temple of Emarald Buddha and is a ten minute walk from the Grand Palace.
Entry Fee: 100 Baht
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn is located on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River, has a different design then the other temples in Bangkok. It is partly made up of colorful spires. The river side location of the temple increases its charm. Its beauty is a magnet for the tourists. It just opposite to the Wat Pho. You can take Shuttle boats to cross the river for only 3 Baht.
Entry Fee: 100 Baht
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- Wat Traimit, located in China Town is the temple of the Golden Buddha. It houses the world’s largest gold statue of Buddha. The height of the status is 10 feet and weighs more than 5 tons. The golden statue of Buddha attracts the tourists from all over the world.
Entry Fee: 10 Baht to visit the museum located at the top of the building
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Ganesha Shrine is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is known among the non-Hindus as the Lord with elephant head and human body. Ganesha is considered as the Lord of Good Fortune. It is one of the beautiful Hindu temple located Bangkok.
Entry Fee: Nil
Time: Open 24 hours
- Democracy Monument is built in the center of Bangkok city and was built to show respect to Thailand’s adoption to democracy and liberty. The monument has four wings which represents the four branches of Thai armed force and is meters tall.
- Madame Tussaud is a wax museum located in London with smaller museums located in different cities around the world. Madame Tussaud Bangkok is one among them. It is a must visit place where you get a chance pose and take selfies with your favorite celebrates. Trust me it is more than just a wax museum ( Read about the awesome museum in South Goa ) .
Entry Fee: Adult 800 Baht; Children 600 Baht
Time: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Safari World and Marine Park is divided into two parts. Safari Park is an open zoo and leisure park. It has an ultimate African wilderness theme and is the home for a large number of different animals from all over the world. The must dos and watch here are Jungle Cruise, CDV War, Eggs World, Bollywood Cowboy Stunt Show and Orangutan Boxing Show. Marine Park is a house of variety of marine animals. Dolphins, birds and other train animals put up a wonderful show from which I bet you can’t take your eyes off. If you are travelling with kids don’t even think of skipping this place.
Entry Fee: Adults 750 Baht; Children 450 Baht
Time: 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
- Dream World is an American- style theme and amusement park. A perfect place for children and youngsters where they get into different ride and meet their favorite cartoon characters. The favorite rides among the children are the Super Splash and White Water Rapids. Also one can enjoy in the Snow Town for an amazing snow experience.
Entry Fee: Adult 850 Baht; Children 750 Baht
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Siam Ocean World located two story underneath the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall is a giant aquarium containing some rarest and deadliest marine species and a 4D theater. The size of the ocean world is equivalent to the size of three Olympic swimming pools together. The experience of watching some of the deadliest marine species in a 270 degree underwater tunnel is just breathtaking.
Entry Fee: Adult 450 Baht; Children 280 Baht
Time: 10 AM TO 9 PM
- Chao Phraya River & Waterways is the most romantic place in Bangkok. If you want to get lost in the scenic beauty with your bae then flow along the river; take a water-taxi ride.
- Jim Thompson’s House is a museum in Bangkok safeguarding the art collections of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the designer and former owner of the museum. The museum has a story attached to it.
The Disappearance of Jim Thompson is still a mystery
As World War II ended in 1945, thousands of Americans found themselves in remote corners of the world. One such American was Jim Thompson, an operative with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor to the CIA) who in 1945 was scheduled to parachute into Thailand.
The war ended two days before Thompson arrived in Bangkok. Rather than return to the United States, Thompson chose to remain, as a civilian, in a land that was already bringing its charms to bear on him. After a stint helping to restore the faded glory of the Oriental Hotel, he turned his attention to the silk industry.
Colorful, hand-woven silks had once been a prized part of Thai culture, but gradually they were pushed aside by mass-produced textiles. Thompson collected an assortment of his favorite handmade silks, then made the long journey to New York, where he caught the eye of the fashion industry. In the decade that followed, he revitalized Thailand’s silk industry.
On Easter Sunday, 1967, Jim Thompson was vacationing in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. That afternoon he set off by himself for a hike, and never returned. Search parties fanned through the region, but found no trace. Thompson had already established a small international reputation, and this mysterious disappearance gave him new notoriety.
Theories abound: He was eaten by a tiger. He got lost, slipped down a slope, and died. He was kidnapped, but died before his captors could demand ransom.
- Chinatown is a place for the foodies. If you want to try Thai street foods then you must visit this place. The streets of Chinatown is crowded with stalls, street side restaurants and also many gold shops. During festivals this place is at its best.
- Floating Markets are markets where stuffs are sold and bought on a boat. Bangkok has few famous floating markets; Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha and Damnoen Saduak. Here you get fresh fruits, vegetables and also local foods cooked on a floating kitchen. Do visit at least one of the market as this king of markets are rare in most of the countries.
- Chamchuri Sqaure is a shopping center with a lot many restaurants and coffee shops. You can give it a visit while passing by. On the fourth floor, there is “Science Square”, a science museum which is a part of National Science Museum. Science Square has many fun science activities for children. It is a small mall with everything available.
Don’t forget the Dinner Cruises floating in the Chao Phraya river. You can spent your evening in some of the luxurious dinner cruises in the world.
Last but not the least, Do take a TUK-TUK Ride. 😉 (Autos in Thailand are called Tuk-Tuk)
P.S: Timings and Entry Fee may vary.
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