About Bangkok

Founded in the 15th century, Bangkok is one of the most popular and largest cities around the world. It is the capital & the most populous city of Thailand. Did you knew that Bangkok is the city with the largest name, it is shocking isn’t it? but in Thai Bangkok has huge name which is the largest in the world. Thai people refer Bangkok as “Krung Thep”. The city has now emerged as a international hub for transport and health care. It is one of the leading tourist destination in the world which is confirmed by the awards of “most visited city” & “world’s best city”. It is world’s hottest city in terms of weather, the best season to visit Bangkok is between Nov & Feb. Bangkok still believes a lot in their King & that is visible in the way they approach the things. It has the largest Chinatown in the world with world’s largest gold Buddha being part of it. Thailand is the only country which have not been colonized by European countries.

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Attractions Around Bangkok

Grand Palace

Constructed in 1782, Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist destination across Thailand. If there one site without which your journey of Bangkok is incomplete then this is the one. Located in the heart of the city, Grand Palace for the last 150 years has been the official residence of King of Thailand. Till 1925, The King & his royal government were based on this place after which they shifted to a new location, but still the royal ceremonies & state functions are held at the palace every year.

Wat Arun

Established in the seventeenth century & located on the west bank of the river Chao Phraya, Wat Arun is also called as the Temple of Dawn. It is a buddhist temple in the city of Bangkok, which derives its name from the hindu god Aruna, which is perceived as the god of rising sun. It is one of the best known landmarks of the city as well as the country. The archictecture of this temple is such that first light of the morining reflects off the surface of the temple.

Safari World

Established on 17th Feb 1988, Safari World is a zoo for the people who doesn’t like zoo. What I mean by it is that Safari World is divided into two major parks: Safari Park & Marine Park. Safari Park is a open 8km drive through park which gives you the thrills of an african safari that features various animals across the globe. While Marine Park is more of a traditional zoo combined with a river ride which gives you the enthrolling experience of jungle. A total of 480 hecters are used for Safari while 180 hectres are used for bird park.

Khaosan Road

Constructed in 1892, Khaosan Road is a short 410m street located in central Bangkok, about a km away from Grand Palace. “Khaosan” means “milled rice”, in the past this street was famous for its rice market & that’s why such name was given to it. Today it has developed in world’s most famous backpacker which offers you hotel at a cheap cost, some lovely street food & an evening that you will remember for long time. With its carefree vibe it is the place to be especially if you are young.

Wat Phra Kaew

Established in the 18th century, Wat Phra Kaew which also called as the “Temple of Emerald Buddha” is considered to be the most holy temple of the entire Thailand. The image of Buddha in the temple is meticulosly carved from a sigle block of jade. Except for the Thai King, no one is allow to touch the green emerald statue of buddha. It is political symbol of Thai society which is build in the traditional Bangkok style.

MBK Center

Established in 1986, MBK Center is Bangkok’s most popular shopping mall with tourist as well with the locals. There are eight floor with more than 2000 shops that sells varitey of things, resturant & service outlets. The MBK Center management has reported the daily visitors of more than 1 million/day with 50% them being young people & 33% of them being tourist. It is the most trusted mall where you will find each & every brand shops.

Lumpini Park

Established in 1925 & named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumpini Park is 142 acre park in the herat of the city which detached you from traffic and polution of the city & enages you leap of nature. Besides being just a park, it also offers you various playgrond, an artifical lake you can rent a boat & permission of cycling as well. Previously it was a part of museum, but after World War I it is converted into first park of Bangkok.

Golden Buddha

Established in the thirneeth century, Golden Buddha which is officially titled as Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon is a gold statue of 5.5 tons. It located in Chinatown area in the Wat Traimit temple of Bangkok. The statue is made up of 83% of pure gold, which is millions of dollars in today’s price. The statue was casted in gracious Sukhothai style that is still very much favoured. Earlier it was covered in plaster & lacquer & the disguise was so that no one could identify that it is of pure gold.

Erawan Shrine

Earlier known as Thao Maha Phrom Shrine which means “Shrine of Lord Brahma the Great”, Erawan Shrine is a very popular tourist destination especially for the hindu people. It is a thai representation of Lord Brahma, populary known as the god of creation. You can often see the perfomances by Thai dance troupes, which is hired by the worshippers.

Democracy Monument

Established in 1939 to signify the revolution that took place in 1932 to eliminate absolute monarchy, Democracy Monument occupies a traffic circle in Bangkok on Dinso road intersection. The design of this momument indicates many of the historical things, for example the four wings are 24m high, indicating that new constitution came in the place on 24th June. It was designed by an Itlian immigrant, Corrado Feroci.

Things to Do in Bangkok

Visit the sea life in Bangkok - one of the largest aquarium in southeast Asia which was formerly known as the Ocean World. It is the best place to get away from the hectic life of city. The place is spread in 10,000 square meters area & has the aim of both entertainment as well as education. It is opened daily from 10am in the morning to 9pm in the evening, but the last time to get a entry in the sea world is 8pm in the evening.

Visit the Chinatown Market - one of the must see places in the whole Bangkok. If you are a food lover & loves the authentic dishes this is the place to be for the dinner, that too at a cheap cost. If possible plan your visit here during the Chinese New Year & you will get Chinatown at its best. Sampang Lane is the most popular tourist attraction of Chinatown for shopping lovers. It is opened on every day of the week from 9am in the morning to 6pm in the evening.

Visit the Wat Pho - Temple of Reclining Buddha which is very unique even if you have visited few Buddha Temples this kind of craftsmanship is a rarity. Regarded as the highest grade of first- class royal temples in the entire Thailand, Wat Pho has largest collection of Buddha Images. It was the earliest center for public education in the country & is opened on every day of the week between 8am in the morning to 5pm in the evening.

Visit the Grand Palace - The most popular tourist destination of Bangkok. A place which was the home of the Thai King & Government of Thailand in the years gone by. Today, it still used for the royal ceremonies & state functions every year. There is a dress code which needs to be followed in order to enter into the temple, so make sure you see all the rules in advance. It is opened on every day of the week between 8:30am in the morning and 3:30pm in the evening.

Visit the Lumpini Park - If you want to run away from the polluted environment & hectic schedule of the global city, then this is the place that you will be delighted by. If offers you calmness & inner piece with nature around you. Originally built as an exhibition center for Thai Arts, the park is named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is opened on every day of the week from 4:30am in the morning to 9pm in the evening.

Take a ride to the Sky Train - Commonly known as BTS by the locals, Sky Train is an elevated rapid transit system which provides you the fastest way to reach any destination in the city with all the comfort you can get. There are two main BTS line: Silom which runs from west to south & Sukhumvit which runs from north to east. It also offers you some magnificent views from the top. It starts at 6:30am in the morning & the last train leaves around 11:50pm in the night.

Visit the Golden Buddha - Another magnificent Buddha temple that you will rarely find at any other place, made up with 83% of gold this is one of most popular tourist attractions of the city. Located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, Golden Buddha can be seen in the temple of Wat Traimit. Officially known as Phra Phutta Maha Suwana Patimakon, it is the largest Golden Buddha image in the world.

Take a boat ride on Chao Phraya River - You can enjoy the boat on the river with flows right through the city, this is the reason why Bangkok is called as “Venice of the East”. Taking a cruise ride on the Chao Phraya River is lovely way to explore the whole city, which covers some of the major tourist attractions of Bangkok. The boat ride is opened on every day of the week from 7am in the morning to 9pm in the evening.

Visit the Bangkok National Museum - One of the most famous & oldest museum of Bangkok. It represents some of the finest artifacts of Thai culture. Inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, Bangkok National Museum is the largest museum of the country & whole Southeast Asia. The museum is opened from Wed to Sun from 9am in the morning to 4pm in the evening & costs around 6 USD per person.

Visit the Democracy Monument - It signifies the revolution that took place in 1932 to eliminate absolute monarchy & establish the new constitution. Located in the heart of the city, Democracy Monument occupies a traffic circle at the intersection on Dinso road. The design of monument is full of symbolism with its 24m high wings indicating the date of new constitution of the country. One of the must see place that should not miss out when in Bangkok.

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