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Wat Pho or also known as Wat Chetuphon is the oldest temple in Bangkok, it's most famous building is the Temple of Reclining Buddha, where a 60 metres long and 15 metres tall golden Buddha statue was built in a reclining pose, thus the Reclining Buddha. The gilded statue was so huge and long the temple almost couldn't cover all the parts. You can also learn about interesting facts such as each symbolism hidden in each statue's parts, such as the myriad pearls adorning Buddha's soles feet which is said to symbolize the 108 actions Siddharta Gautama completed until he reached perfection. Built by King Rama I in 1801 and developed by King Rama III in 1832, the temple has been famously known as the first public university in Thailand and has been specializing in religion, science, and literature. Even until now the temple is still dedicated to teach people about various traditional Thai medicines, including the famous Thai Massage. Visit any of the pavillions to receive some relaxing Thai massage that will reset your stamina.
The Temple of Dawn screams awesomeness, doesn't it? Being the second country with Buddhist majority, it's no wonder that Thailand have more than 400 wats, or Buddhist temples. One of the most visited wats is Wat Arun, also well-known as Temple of Dawn. The temple stand majestically at the opposite side of both Grand Palace and Wat Pho, its khmer-style central tower soaring high to the sky as a representation of Mount Meru. It's both elegant and mythical, especially when you know that the central is to symbolize the center of universe and the four-corner prang surrounding are representation of four guardian gods of the four directions. Seeing Wat Arun from Chao Phraya River gives you a completely stunning view of the riverside landmark. Come during the night when the wats are bathed in colorful lights giving such spectacular night view. Better yet, stay at Wat Arun until sun sets to witness the most beautiful sunset view you could ever imagine. Totally worth all the adrenaline rush when you climb on the steep steps of central prang. There are also collection of Buddha images and stunning murals in the ordination hall where you can learn more about the journey of Prince Siddharta seeking for enlightments.
Asiatique the Riverfront, Bangkok's most famous night market will make your inner-shopaholic screams. You can shop till you drop, have a great dining experience by the river or just enjoying the spectacular view of the town by getting on the Ferris Wheel Ride. In short, everything you need is here. Located at Charoen Krung Road the southern side of Chinatown, the night market might resemble a theme park more than shopping center, until you see what the vendors offer. From everyday clothings to various cute elephant souvenirs, you can buy them all in affordable prices, something that is considered rare for a tourist attraction. Some stalls even provide spa services where you can get relaxing massage or facial treatments. You can even buy some of the spa products to build your own private spa back at home. Of course, there are also food stalls, restaurants, and night pubs for you to enjoy the rest of the night. Don't forget to watch cultural shows held regularly here too.
Everyone who have visited Bangkok will agree that Bangkok floating markets in Bangkok are the most interesting attractions of all. There are eight floating markets in total and while it's recommendable to visit all of them, it's understandable if you have to narrow your choice to only one floating market. In that case, we recommend you to visit Amphawa floating market. Hop into the long boat and immerse yourself in a pleasantly crowded Amphawa Market. Here you're not only be able to experience the South-East Venice vibes, you can also shop interesting local products such as handicrafts, fashionable clothings and accessories, and even some interesting arts. Show off your bargaining skills to get your desired items in much affordable prices. Don't forget to try some grilled fishes and other seafood delicacies. There are also some interesting hidden temples waiting for you. Capture rare and romantic moment of fireflies dances around the riverbank at night by joining firefly watching tour.
The Grand Palace is the most sacred attraction in Bangkok, this is not an exaggeration. It's located in the heart of Bangkok where the Thai King and the Royal Courts used to live there for 150 years. The palace complex are divided into two main zones, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence which divided into three major courts. The outer court is a place built for several state offices, while the middle court is a place where the coronation ceremonies usually take place. Meanwhile the inner court was men-restricted residential area. It is said that only the King could enter the court. The Queens, Consort Mothers, Princesses and their servants lived. Now the residential areas are left vacant. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or also known as Wat Phra Kaew is the most interesting attraction inside the Grand Palace. The temple housed a 2000 years-old small Buddha statue made of beautiful jade stone crafted by India sculptors. The highly-reverred statue is always wearing a robe that are changed by the Thai King himself according to the season. If you look around the wall, you'll noticed artsy mural paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha. There are also paintings depicting scenes of Ramakien, or the Indian version of Ramayana. They are beautiful even the atmosphere in the temple is so serene and solemn. Sadly, you are not allowed to get a closer look to the Buddha statue. Only the Thai King is allowed to do so. You are free to take some photos, though some areas might be restricted.
Even among luxurious shopping malls in Bangkok, Chatuchak weekend market flourishes and become the most favorite shopping destination for both tourists and locals. With more than 15,000 stalls installed here, you'll have a great time browsing any souvenirs, clothings, local delicacies, jewelleries, and even exotic artwhat you'works. The stalls are arranged neatly and divided by sections, you can find things you're looking for easily. Not to mention the whole atmosphere. There's nothing greater than merging with locals and test how determined you are at bargaining items for cheaper price. For example, if you want to browse over antiques, mini Buddha statues, or even exotic tribe masks go ahead to Section 1, Section 25, and Section 26. You can find fancy or even modern and sophisticated clothes in most stalls, there are also tourist-sized clothes that are made to fit your size. Quench your thirst and kick away your hunger pangs by savoring some delightful cuisines, such as the traditional fried noodles, refreshing fruit shakes, and even paella. Now that you've recharged your energy, you're ready to explore more parts of the market and end the night by partying hard at a cafe-bar nearby. Chatuchak weekend market will offer much greater and fun shopping experiences you won't find in any shopping malls.
There are 2 zones in this spot, first is Reception Building and 2nd is Attraction zone. For Attraction zone, visitors are only allowed to stay for 2 hours. For Reception Building Zone, visitors can spend unlimited time. The Marvel Experience Thailand experience starts with a briefing. There are 4 rooms to go for listening to Nick Fury and Tony Stark say about the mission goes and what they need to do to save Bangkok.
There are 80 experiences offer. Parents can spend their entire day with their children from 10 am to 5 pm and still not cover the half of their attraction, yet. Before get started enjoy the attractions available, the visitor needs to go to Bank first and get 50Kidzo, the currency on Kidzania where children use for pay services or buying things in Kidzania. The attraction start from : Bank, acting academy, art studio, auto repair shop, beauty salon, barbershop, bottling plant, car dealership, construction site, color design studio, climbing building, city clock, convenience food store, courthouse, dental car, disco lounge, drinking water research center, eye care center, dental care, department store, design studio, fashion boutique, fireman, flight simulator, gas station, hamburger shop, hospital, Japanese restaurant, life assurance office, live performance stage, milk factor, photo studio, radio station, police station, safety driving school, newspaper edition, peanut factory, secret agent, university, TV station, vet clinic, and many more. The attraction will be guided with a staff and they will guide the children on how to play the role. The parents can view their children's activity. The children can earn money (Kidzos) when they do professional jobs in the spot. Children also will learn to make a financial decision after they earn Kidzos, they can save their currency or spend on other experiences.
Located in the District of Thanyaburi, Pathum Tani Province, Thailand, this amusement park has several zones, such as Dream Gardens, Dream World Plaza, Adventure Land, and Fantasy Land. Dream World Bangkok was first to open on November 12, 1993. This park occupies about 25 hectares.
Located in Bangkok Thailand, Safari World is operated by Safari Public Limited. First, it was open in 1988 and was renovated in 1989. It has two places to enjoy by visitors—the open zoo and marine park. It occupies about 200 acres of land.
As the first indoor LINE themed park in the world, LINE Village is built by a Japanese company which is known for their messaging application with various cute stickers called Line. Since most of Line users are apparently located in Bangkok, Thailand, Line decided to have their own first digital park in Bangkok. With many different kinds of sections in this park, all Line sticker lovers can satisfy your excitement with the famous Line sticker characters. You will be able to meet, take pictures with, and even hug Brown, Cony, Sally, Moon, Leonard, Choco, James, and three others adorable characters.
The capital city of Thailand is perfect in so many ways. You can find the most sophisticated shopping malls and night clubs in one area, and ancient, historical sites in others. Beware! Reading these top Bangkok attractions will makes you want to book your traveling ticket ASAP.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online and offline. It's suggested to buy ticket in advance to skip the line. You can buy your online tickets on this website and make safe payments.
How To Get Around?
Bangkok has several public transportation that you can choose. The first one is BTS or Bangkok Skytrain. Connecting the east and north districts of the city, one ride can cost you up to 42 Baht, depending on how far your trip is. A new train usually arrive every 5 to 8 minutes. The second option is MRT or Undeground Train. It currently only has one line and stops at 18 stations. Wait time for a new train is below 10 minutes during off-peak hours. One ticket can cost from 15 Baht to 40 Baht, also depending on how far the trip is. For road trip, you can try the taxi, tuk tuk, or motorcycle taxi. Taxi is a convenient way to travel in Bangkok but also expensive. People usually only choose taxi at late night when the MRT and BTS have ended their working day. Meanwhile Tuk Tuk is the unique transportation of Bangkok. Its a 3 wheeled-vehicle without any window that can carry up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The last one, morotcyle taxi, can also be a great experience. It's basically a taxi but the vehicle is a motorcycle, so it can only carry one passenger per ride. For water transportation, Bangkok has ferry boats and express boats. Ferry boats have more routes, transfering people from one side of the river to the other, while express boats are suitbale to explore Chao Phraya River.
What Should I Wear?
It's better to cover up your shoulders, knees, and ankles too, for men and women. Do wear longer skirts or trousers for the bottom. For the top, wear sleeved shirts, blouse, polo, or button downs. Do wear comfortable walking shoes.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and March when the weather is slightly cooler. During these months, usually tourists haven't gone to the city yet.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, a guide is not needed because transportation is easy, most locals can speak English, and this site provides you all the information that you need. Exploring Bangkok on your own is how you enjoy the city.
How To Get There?
Traveling by air, arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the best option for tourist traveling from other countries. It's located around 20 miles from the city center. The other option is to take the train, arriving at Hualamphong station. There's an MRT station there with the same name to get you to the city center.
While many locals can speak and understand English, it's always an advantage to learn some Thai words that people use daily. Drink a lot since Bangkok is usually hot. Take off your shoes when you're entering other people's houses and temples. Don't disrespect The Royal Family. Don't pat anyone's head, this is considered a disrepectful gesture in Thailand. There are more plug types in Bangkok compared to other countries. Bangkok uses plug type A, B and C. Type A and B have two flat parallel pins but type B has another grounding pin. While type C two round pins.