Best Scenic Attractions To Visit in Bangkok
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Bangkok, also known in Thai as ‘Krung The Maha Nakhon’ or simply ’Krung Thep’ is the capital and most populous city in Thailand. The city has a total population of over eight million people and is situated on the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand. It Occupies a landmass of I,568.7 square kilometers. Bangkok is everything you would expect from the capital of Thailand: it’s colorful exciting, crowded infuriating and smile-inducing.
For years, Bangkok has continued to prove itself and emerge as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. According to the Global Destination Cities Index of 2018, Bangkok emerged as the top destination city by international visitor arrivals. This is all thanks to the City’s multi-faceted sights, attractions and city life that appeals to diverse groups of tourists. The city’s major tourist attractions include the Royal Palaces, numerous museums as well as temples. Owing to its modern high-end malls as well as its famous and renowned street food variety, Bangkok also offers a cheap and wide range of shopping and dining experiences.
This is in addition to its famous dynamic nightlife. The city also serves as the gateway to many other parts of Thailand that are popular with tourists such as Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Phuket. This is due to its elaborate, efficient and awesome transport system comprising of both rail, road and water transport. These regions avowed with some of the best geographical features play host to this extra-ordinary scenic sites. A tour of Bangkok cannot be described as complete without making a visit to the following sites:
The Grand Palace
Located on the Na Para Lan Road, the Grand Palace is the royal compound and lives up to its name with its spectacular architecture was built in 1782 and was the royal residence for generations. Today, it’s used for important ceremonies and accommodating visiting heads of state. It’s also the home of the Wat Phra Kaeo which houses safely the Jade / Emerald Buddha. It’s important to note that one is required to dress modestly such as covering your arms and legs when visiting the Grand Palace. For better scenic tours, it’s advised that one hires a guide to take a guided tour so as to avoid missing out on important features or not fully understand the relevance of what you are observing.
The Bangkok Street Food Stalls
Lunch or dinner in a Bangkok city trip is incomplete without trying out the local cuisine and more so the city’s street foods. Some of the best street food in Bangkok is on Khao San Road both in the little street stalls, restaurants and small shacks beside the main road. Some of the most popular dishes with revelers is the Mango sticky rice, Pad Thai and the Pad See ew. Other mouthwatering dishes include grilled meats, fish, spicy noodles, fresh fruit, and curries. Surrounded by the chaos of the city, you will definitely not have any trouble finding vendors who will tempt you with the different variety of delicacy treats.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Located in the Ratchaburi area a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Bangkok City, the Market’s popularity once earned Bangkok the famed nickname of the ‘Venice of the East’. By touring the market, you will have a true experience of how a tour in Venice, Italy actually feels like and be able to buy fresh and delicious foods as well as interact with locals in an authentic manner. However, It’s good to note that the floating markets have now turned to highly touristic enterprises and one should not expect an exclusive morning of shopping by boat. The best way to access the market is by joining a tour such as the Floating Markets cruise day trip from Bangkok. This is efficient in that it only takes about six hours with the most wonderful scenic sites and includes pick up from one’s hotel room and transport in an air-conditioned coach.
What is more exciting on a trip rather than going out for shopping either for treasured souvenirs or jeweler. The Chatuchak market is the city’s sprawling semi-outdoor weekend market that has been rated as the largest in the world. The market is located adjacent to the Kamphaengpecth station (MRT) which is about a five-minute walk from Mochit Skytrain(BTS) station and Suan Chatuchak station. It’s home to over 15000 stalls and offers about anything you can dream of at a very cheap price. Shoppers will find a variety of items from jewelry, paper lamps, religious icons, and even footwear as well as clothes. The market is also lined up with several stalls serving a variety of local street foods.
The Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha
Discovered by coincidence in the 1950s, the golden Buddha is one of the best priceless statues to see. It’s made of 5.5 tons of pure solid gold and was discovered by two monks during one rainy morning. Its origins is not known but were originally covered in plastic. However, it’s assumed to date from the Sukhothai period when marauding invaders threatened the country and its treasures thus it became common practice to conceal valuable Buddha figures beneath a coating of plaster. Despite the mysteries in its origin, it stands tall to the admiration of visitors and outstands itself as one of the best masterpieces to have a glimpse of.
The Wat Suthat Temple
There is no other place in Thailand one can find great works of art and eye-catching architecture rather than at the Wat Suthat temple. Located adjacent to the great swing along the Bam rung Muong Road, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples. Its construction was overseen by three kings namely King Rama (founder of the Chakra dynasty) in 1782 who started off its construction, Rama two and completed ten years later by Rama three. Apart from its delightful architecture, the temple has some of the best world-class wall paintings and its quiet serene environment will definitely blow you away.
The Wat Pho Temple
Built by King Rama one, the Wat Pho temple is the oldest in Bangkok and has for long been considered as a place for healing. However, the temple is nowadays renown as the ‘Temple of the reclining Buddha’ due to its 45-meter-long and 15-meter-high statue. Its adorned with precious stones on its feet giving it a sparkling beautiful look. Its long earlobes signify noble birth and the lotus – bud configuration at its hands symbolize purity and beauty. The temple is a must-visit and is located in Sanamchai road, Grand palace sub-district in the Pranakorn district.
The National Museum and Wang Na Palace
To get a glimpse of Thailand’s history, one must take a detailed tour of the National Museum. Until the 1970s, this was the only museum hence its big and diverse artefact and art collection. The king Rama one palace also referred to as the ‘Wang Na Palace’ is located within the grounds of the museum and stands as a testament to Thai history. At the museum, visitors can see the different regalia, religious and ceremonial artefacts. Other items to watch out for include ceramics, games, weaponry and classical musical instruments. A visit to the museum will definitely take you back to classical Thai traditional life.
Bangkok is therefore definitely a city worth visiting. It’s a bustling metropolitan city where both the classical way of life co-exists peacefully with the modern day to day life. Visit Bangkok and experience the paradise it is.
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