Bangkok is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Not only it is a considerably big city with over 9 million inhabitants, but it is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia that impresses tourists with beautiful temples and palaces, magnificent canals, diverse shopping possibilities and a naughty nightlife. It is the type of city that has something for every visitor.
If you are traveling to Bangkok then let me present you the best tourist attractions in the city:
This is a small street next to the Chao Phraya River. Khao san means “milled rice”, as a reminder of the old days when the road was an important rice market. Nowadays, Khao San Road is a well-known backpackers hangout area. It provides affordable accommodation, like hostels or cheap 3 stars hotels, restaurants, bars, internet cafes, convenience stores and travel agencies.
In Thai “Klong” means canal. Bangkok is also known as “The Venice of the East” as in the past, people used klongs for commerce and transportation. Now, these canals have been filled in to be used a streets. If you find this fascinating then you can visit Klong Damnoen Saduak in the Ratchaburi province to experience the tourist version of a traditional floating market or you can simply choose to avoid city traffic by taking a boat on Khlong Saen Saeb through central Bngkok.
Jim Thompson’s House
You may have probably heard of CIA operative Jim Thompson and about the way he restored the Thai silk industry after World War II, and used six traditional Thai-style houses to build his house. He has not just the founder of a silk company; he was also a significant collector of Southeast Asian art. His house is located on a klong on the other side of Bangkrua, this is where he had his weavers. Any tourist who wants to discover his story and its impressive buildings can choose to take a guide tour available in numerous languages.
Wat Arun means “Temple of Dawn”and it is one of the most famous and oldest tourist attractions in Bangkok. The temple is located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and it symbolizes Mount Meru, which in Buddhist cosmology is seen as the center of the universe. The moment of the day when you want to visit this beautiful building is in the evening with the sunset casting its red light over it.
This is actually an eight-story middle class shopping center opened in 1990 which on the 19th of May 2010 was set on fire by anti-government protestors. The Zen department stores were destroyed by the fire that burned for two days. On the 28th of September 2010, CentralWorld was reopened after months of repair works and more of 80% of the shows were ready to sell their products to both locals and tourists.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Interesting about the Wat Pho temple is the fact that it became so famous due to its incredibly big Reclining Buddha statue. Built nearly 200 years before Bangkok was named capital of Thailand, it is currently one of the biggest temples in the city. It is also known for the large number of Buddha images it houses. The very famous Reclining Buddha statue is gold plated and is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and honors the passing of the Buddha into Nirvana.
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
The construction of the Grand Palace was initiated in 1782 when Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. Until the unexplained death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946, the palace was used as home for the Kings of Thailand. His successor, King Bhumibol Adulyadej decided to move to the Chitralada Palace leaving the Grand Palace inhabited. Nowadays, this great historical building is one of the most important Bangkok tourist attractions. Wat Phra Kaew is a part of the palace compound and it is used as a royal temple. It is actually, one of the most secreted temples in Thailand. It has a jade statue named Emerald Buddha dressed in clothing made of gold.