A vacation tour in Bangkok is not complete without seeing the most remarkable places in the city. Whether historical or religious in nature, you’ll find that the attractions in Bangkok satisfy your curiosity for both. Following are the top six places you must visit while in Bangkok:
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo). The Grand Palace was home to the King and the seat of Thailand government for 150 years. It was built in 1782 and has quite a few impressive edifices. One of the buildings in the Grand Palace is the Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the 14th Century emerald Buddha. This emerald Buddha was said to be carved from a single block of jade stone. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha inspires awe from everyone who sees it.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). Measuring more than 150 feet in length, the reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the country. It is also one of the oldest, with its complex containing not just the reclining Buddha but also structures that showcase Thailand’s rich history and culture. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha was a public education center during the reign of King Rama III. Now, the sculptures, murals, stones and inscriptions found throughout the complex only reflect the glorious past of Thailand.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The floating market is one of the many attractions in Bangkok that beckon tourists worldwide. The experience of buying goods from a wooden row boat in a river market lined by many other boats selling different foods is as exotic as the very city itself. The floating market truly offers tourists a glimpse of what life was like in Bangkok before capitalism and materialism touched the country. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the oldest and most popular of all floating markets in Bangkok.
The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). The Wat Arun is probably the most-photographed temple in Bangkok. The 70-meter-high spiraling top building was constructed during the reign of King Rama II in the 19th Century. It is decorated with small pieces of colored glass and porcelain.
The Chao Phraya River. The river of Chao Phraya is famous not only for the boat rides across another part of the city but also for the tour of Bangkok’s history it offers. The houses built on stilts in the riverside are said to make up the oldest settlement in the area. The market in the riverside also adds to the scenic entertainment of the river.
The Jim Thompson’s House and Museum. Jim Thompson was an American who was said to be responsible for the revival of the dying silk industry in Thailand after the World War II. The Jim Thompson’s House was Mr. Thompson’s home before he strangely disappeared in a forest in Malaysia. Now, his house serves as a museum of various arts and antiques in Thailand, and is one of the famous attractions in Bangkok.