Many years ago Bangkok began as a small trading center and port community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok have everything you can expect, it is noisy, crowded, colorful, exciting and infuriating. Be dazzled by temples, spectacular palaces and ancient sites. There are literally hundreds of things to do in Bangkok.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
1. THE TEMPLE OF DAWN
It is one of the most stunning Buddhists temples in Bangkok. The temple is partly made up of colorfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. Highlights is the Buddha image with the ashes of Rama II interred in the base of the Buddha image and the impressive murals.
2. THE GRAND PALACE
Built in 1782 this spectacular Grand Palace was home to the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years.Inside the palace you will also find the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. The palace remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
3.TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN BUDDHA
Undoubtedly the biggest attraction is the impressive 3m-tall, 5.5-tonne, solid-gold Buddha image sculpted in the Sukhothai style. The statue was â€śdiscoveredâ€ť 40 years ago beneath a plaster exterior, when it fell from a crane while being moved to a new building within the temple compound. The statue is now housed in an imposing four storey marble structure. The Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn exhibition, exhibit all about the statue on the second floor. The Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre on the third floor exhibits multimedia exhibits of the history of Bangkok and Chinatown.
Adjacent to the Great Swing the temple is one of the oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The spectacular architecture and exceptionally interesting wall paintings as well as the peacefulness gives you an intimate experience of the temple.
5.SUAN PAKKAD PALACE MUSEUM
This museum consists of eight traditional wooden Thai houses that was once the residence of Princess Chumbon of Nakhon Sawan. On display in the buildings are art, antiques and furnishings.A semi closed garden on the grounds offers you a peaceful oasis complete with ducks and swans.
6.JIM THOMPSON HOUSE
Jim Thompson settled in Thailand after spending time here as a serviceman around the end of WWII. As a prominent figure in the Thai silk industry he was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a significant honor given to foreigners who have made contributions to Thailand. His home was turned into a museum as a dedication to him, offering insights into his life and business, as well as the history of the city and the Thai silk industry.
7.SEA LIFE BANGKOK
The aquarium is one of the largest in Southeast Asia and offers a welcome break from the heat and crowds. There are many things to do â€“ such as a ride on the glass bottom boat through the shark tank, a 5D cinema and Madam Tussauds.
Built between 1897 and 1901 this palace was King Rama Vâ€™s primary residence. Vimanmek is the main structure at the palace and its architecture is more traditional Thai with its wall entirely built of wood. This museum holds a house museum and other cultural collections.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
Damnoem Saduak Floating Market
The best way to get around Bangkok is by walking, city bus, ferry, skytrain, subway, khlong boats, taxi, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks and trains.
Bangkok is almost a year-round destination. Peak season is between November and March. The months of March, April and May are the hottest.