With impressive structures, sprawling markets and interesting museums dotted all through the capital Bangkok has lots to keep visitors occupied during the day before its legendary nightlife will get underway. The majestic Grand Palace and the long-lasting Wat Arun are amongst probably the most photographed landmarks in South East Asia and supply a captivating introduction to the Far East for the hundreds of vacationers booking low cost flights to Bangkok every year.
Temples & Palaces
A lot of Bangkok's most well-known architectural sights lie in and across the winding Chao Praya River in the Old Town area of the city. These are inside simple reach of fashionable backpacking hang-out Khao San Road and nicely linked to different areas of the capital by water taxi.
The 5 spires of Wat Arun (aka the Temple of Dawn - pictured above) tower over the adjacent river; a picture which takes satisfaction of place in lots of a holiday picture album. The temple consists of 4 intricately embellished and slender spires that encompass a taller central spire. This taller spire may be scaled utilizing the steep flight of stairs carved into the stone.
Wat Arun appears notably spectacular at sunset although the quietest time to visit is early within the morning from 8.30 am onwards however earlier than the crowds arrive.
The Grand Palace
Arguably the must-see sight of a visit to Bangkok, The Grand Palace (most important image) was xconstructed in 1782 and was residence to the Thai king for 150 years. These days the palace is a well-liked traveller attraction that houses the majestic Emerald Buddha, a statue carved from an enormous block of jade that dates again to 15th century AD. Solely the king of Thailand can come into contact with the statue, which is testament to its revered status. It's housed throughout the Wat Phra Kaew - the most revered Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Wat Saket (aka the Golden Mount) combines distinctive structure with panoramic views over the city. It's a 300 step climb to the highest of the overgrown man-made hill that sprouts incongruously from the encircling concrete, however the view is certainly worth the climb to look out over the city.
November is a particularly interesting time to go to Wat Saket when it hosts a traditional temple fair and an annual Buddha worshipping ceremony. Crowds of worshippers flock to the temple throughout this period and it's best to go to during the day.
Just 10 minutes from The Grand Palace is Wat Pho - a soothing temple on the banks of the Chao Praya River. The golden reclining Buddha statue is the centrepiece of Wat Pho which stands at 15 metres tall. It can be an important place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage - a more intense take on the relaxing western version.
The thought of markets in Thailand conjures up photos of boats gently floating alongside narrow canals selling recent produce. Whilst some of the best-recognized floating markets require a day trip from Bangkok there are some attention-grabbing markets to go to within the city itself.
This huge 35 acre market features over 9,000 market stalls every weekend and sells just about something you possibly can imagine. It's divided into 27 sections with a large walkway circling the outside of the market and numbered alleyways to assist newcomers find their way around.
Anyone prepared to haggle can leave Chatuchak with a selection of incredible bargains. The market will get significantly sizzling through the hotter months of April and May so it's a good idea to reach early and bargain hunt before it warms up.
Bang Nam Pheung
Tucked away in a horseshoe of the Chao Praya River, the Bang Nam Pheung market is filled with all kinds of attention-grabbing local produce - the fascinating array of exotic fruit might be an eye-opener for anyone new to Asia.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
This has the attraction of a small local market and isn't as touristy as among the more frequented floating markets that surround the city. Much of the market is stationed on land but there's a choice of small boats that float alongside, cooking-up scrumptious Thai food.
Jim Thomson's House
Anyone that's trying to delve a bit deeper into Thai culture ought to pay a visit to one of Bangkok's intriguing museums.
Jim Thompson's House is actually an unlikely name for a vacationer attraction however this former of house of a US expat homes an impressive assortment of artefacts, historic wall hangings and different interesting objects.
The Museum of Siam is an interactive narration of Thai identity. There are many interactive games to maintain both children and adults entertained, like excavating a mock archaeology site and shooting historical weapons. Bangkok National Museum is extra conventional fare, housing relics from hundreds of years of Thai historical past including decorative royal chariots.
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