With so many seemingly endless Bangkok attractions to keep you on your toes for days on end, you may not know quite where to begin. If you are coming over to this part of the world for the first time and in particularly Bangkok, you'll in all probability, be completely overwhelmed. But then that would be a fairly normal reaction.
I have travelled to many Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia and was totally overwhelmed on arrival. I still continue to be amazed. I am in absolute awe of all things eastern but my love of Thailand, is still my all time favourite. I hope you too will marvel at all the splendor that this city of angels has to offer.
Despite the air pollution, the excessive heat and the crowded streets, I have come to love Bangkok for what it is and has become. The people are extremely friendly like no other city and the atmosphere is wonderfully vibrant. Though in places the streets may appear to be a little unkempt, it's exactly what gives Bangkok its alluring charm.
There is just something about this place that keeps drawing me back year after year. I have made many friends here, including a Thai girlfriend and hope to someday settle in this crazy part of the world.
Once you unpack, you'll probably want to take a good look around. A good place to start is perhaps a visit to the Grand Palace. The photos here should give you an idea of what you'd be looking forward to.
Whether big or small, temples in every part of Thailand play a vital role in all communities. Most of them are home to the ever growing monk population and for many visitors, they rank among the most memorable sights in the country. There must be close to a thousand temple complexes in Bangkok alone. It is said that when in Rome, do as the Romans do, so when in Bangkok, your trip would not be complete without exploring at least one of the temples. Read More...
I have compiled a comprehensive list of the most important temples in Bangkok. They are probably the most popular ones too. Some you may have heard of, such as the Grand Palace Complex and there are others that are not quite as well known yet equally as good if not even more unusual, such as the Wat Rachanadda Buddhist Temple. I'll leave it up to you to decide which of the temples will best suit you.
The Democracy Monument occupies a traffic circle on the wide Rajadamnoen Boulevard a short walk from the backpackers hang out on Khao San Road in central Bangkok. It serves as a focal point during pro-democracy demonstrations of which the city has had its fair share. Features at the monument were put in place to commemorate Thailand's transition to a constitutional monarchy and to serve as a reminder to those who had died here during violent times in Thailand.
The Erawan Shrine occupies a site outside the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel on one of the busiest and noisiest corners of downtown Bangkok. The shrine is dedicated to the ancient Hindu creation god Brahma and his elephant mount. Residents and foreigners come here to improve their fortunes like winning the lottery or to have success in an exam or to express gratitude for having achieved their dreams.
Jim Thompson House Museum
in downtown Bangkok is a must see Thai-style home that was timelessly
constructed using material collected from several homes brought in from
central Thailand. The American born owner Jim Thompson came to the
country at the end of the second world war where he revived the Thai
silk industry until his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia, easter 1967.
Kamthieng House is a one hundred and sixty year old traditional Thai-style teak house that has been converted into a lovely folk art museum. The house was set up by the Siam Society to research, rediscover and preserve Thai Lanna Culture for future generations. It's the only genuine ethnological museum here. Items on display show life during the nineteenth century in northern Thailand.
The Siriraj Medical Museum takes a look at resources related to medical science. It's intended to educate rather than shock, but not for the squeamish. Apart from an anomalous collection of skulls, horrific crime scenes and murder weapons, the most popular is the museum of forensic medicine where you get to see pickled body parts. The most famous is that of a serial killer who suffocated and ate several children. In another museum are still-born Siamese twins known as Chan and In who, in the 19th century, toured the world.
The Royal Barge Museum is situated on the north bank of Khlong Bangkok Noi just off the Chao Phraya River in the Thonburi area of Bangkok. Housed within a huge warehouse-like structure is a fascinating collection of 8 superbly crafted regal boats displaying magnificent mystical creatures on their prows. The most important barge at the museum is the Sri Suphanahongsa exclusively reserved for the king. If you're crazy about boats, you're gonna love these ones.
Suan Pakkad Palace is a group of traditional Thai teak houses assembled on what was once a cabbage patch and now converted into an impressive museum. The grounds are considered to be amongst the finest landscaped gardens in Bangkok with many exotic plants collected from around the world and the jungles of Thailand. The renovated Lacquer Pavilion may be the highlight here, but there is also an amazing collection of art and artifacts to be seen in the museum.
Vimanmek Mansion is right on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly and is considered the largest golden teak building in the world. It's an 81 room mansion containing a splendid collection of antique furniture, famous artifacts such as Faberge jewellery, ceramics and other objects d'art from around Europe.
To get a real glimpse of everyday life in Bangkok, take a leisurely cruise on the
Chao Phraya River
where you'll be able to stop at any one of the piers to view several historic sights. The Chao Phraya is known as the Venice of
the East and for very good reason too. Many of the attractions are
easily accessible on or near the waterfront. With so many organized
river tours to choose from, you will get to see famous places such as
the Grand Palace and
Wat Arun to name but a few, as well as many more fabulous places of interest.
Asiatique The Riverfront is a relatively new attraction to come to the city. It is in essence is one big shopping emporium and entertainment centre all rolled into one. It's actually the new night market that replaced the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. That one, unfortunately had to close. If you love to shop until you drop, fill your belly with some good food, go crazy over cabaret of just want to enjoy meeting friends while watching the sun set over the Chao Phraya River, then this may be the right place for you. It's a fun for the whole family.
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