Bangkok, Thailand, the most populous city home to over 14 million and stands as the country’s capital. Bangkok has been established since the Ayutthaya Kingdom that ruled during the 15th century when this Siamese kingdom was well known for their trades amongst most of Asia’s countries. Let’s begin by stating that Bangkok was recently recognized as one of the top cities to visit in the world in MasterCard’s ranked list called Global Destination Cities Index 2018. This is one of several recognitions that are sure to persuade you into booking your trip here! From ornate royal palaces and temples, to significant museums, renowned shopping and delectable restaurants, you would need to stay as long as you can to get everything in your schedule. Below we have compiled a list of the best places to start when you book your trip to Bangkok!!
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace will absolutely be the first attraction to visit when you first start your journey around the city and they have certainly name this building correctly… We probably won’t need to go on much further than the fact that this used to be a formal residence of the Kings of Siam and today are preserved as a museum for the public.
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Alongside the Grand Palace is the most sacred Buddhist temple in all of Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaew. The main reason as to why this temple is so sacred is because of the infamous emerald Buddha statue that was carved out of one single jade stone and was known to bring prosperity and predominance to the country that holds this statue. The only people to touch this statue are the Thai King and the crown prince. Be sure to look up the strict clothing guidelines before deciding to go because you won’t be able to enter.
This extraordinary 9.8 foot statue weighs over 5,500 kilograms and is worth about 250 million dollars… need we say any more? The history behind the discovery of its golden structure is most fascinating! In 1955, when the statue had a hard plaster exterior, the Golden Buddha accidentally fell from its platform exposing some of the gold and from that moment onwards we have been blessed with the gold insides!
Wat Arun Ratchawararam
This is another ornately designed Buddhist temple whose named is derived from the Hindu god, Aruna, depicting the radiations of the sun. Due to this description, the temple has been particularly placed in order for the sunrise to cast its rays beautifully on its bright porcelain and seashell covered structure. This attraction is amongst the well known places here in Bangkok so we urge you to visit!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This outdoor market is known to be one of the largest in the world hosting over 11,500 vendors and 15,000 stalls and you will find anything under the sun here from food and clothing, to antiques and furniture. It’s live 24 hours a day so there’s really no excuse to stop by and take a look, plus this place attracts so many tourists as well. If you are interested in seeing more, be sure to check out the Pratunam Market, Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market, and the Central World shopping complex!
Asiatique: The Riverfront
The Asiatique is an outside mall that is located on Chao Phraya River that is illuminated at night. Be sure to check out the local shops and restaurants after you take a pleasant ride on the ferris wheel!
This beautiful vast green space that is rare to find in this city has been here since the 1920s while King Rama VI resided here. Take a break from the bustle of Bangkok to soak in the views of the landscape and artificial lake. People often come here to jog, bird watch, bike ride, or rent a boat ride!
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Hosting hundreds of species and is the largest aquarium in all of Southeast Asia, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World has everything from stingray sharks to giant spider crabs. This attraction is especially for you if you have little ones with you. Be sure to check out the Safari World as well if you want to expand your knowledge on wildlife and witness the amazing shows they have!
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