It seems that everyone is going to Thailand right now. Bangkok leaves travelers usually unimpressed, given its pollution, traffic and lack of tourist attractions. There is not much to do here in the traditional tourist sense and most people can not wait to get out. It slowly reveals its secrets to those who have the time to explore the hidden jewels of this megacity.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and perhaps the congestion capital of the planet, is a fascinating, exciting and incredible city. As in many other capitals, Bangkok never sleeps, there is always a hive of activity as people work around the clock in their various professions. With eight million residents living in the city, you will experience every walk of life, they all gather in a town and everyone feels like the other at home.
The Reclining Buddha
A visit to Wat Pho is a must for any traveler to Bangkok and it is the home of the Reclining Buddha. Which is fifteen feet high and forty feet four feet long, feet alone are measured over five feet. There are 108 bowls inside the temple and you can buy coins for the jars on the way to the temple.
The story behind it is that Buddha completed 108 positive actions on his way to perfection. The highlight for most visitors to Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive: 15 meters high, 46 meters long, so prominent that it feels like it was squeezed into the building.
The Grand Palace
Thailand’s royal palace, it was built by King Rama I in the late 18th century. It is the official residence of the present-day monarch, though he does not live there anymore, now it is used only for ceremonies. Of all the attractions in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is the most famous attraction there is. It is a beautiful palace with many temples, including Wat Pra Kaeo.
The palace was once the king’s home and the place where the Thai government did its work. A trip to the palace can take many hours, as it covers more than 214,000 square meters. Be aware of the potential scams when you are outside the palace and pay only the entrance fee when you enter.
The weekend market is the ideal place to buy everything and everything. This huge market is the best place to get presents, find knockoffs, trade, or eat delicious traditional foods. It’s open on weekends and is one of the must-dos in the city. If you hate shopping, you need to give this place a wide berth.
Open every Saturday and Sunday attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a day, you will find everything you can imagine to sell here and. It’s certainly worth picking a map before you go to avoid being lost in the market for hours.
The Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson was a former American spy and silk merchant in Thailand in the 1950s and 1960s. He built his traditional Thai house in Bangkok and decorated it with beautiful teak furniture and a surrounding garden. His home is today a monument of traditional Thai architecture.
Thai silk is famous worldwide and nowhere else can you find a better place to learn more about the history behind this craft. As you walk through the house, you will learn not only the history of the Thai Silk Company but also the intriguing story of Jim Thompson himself.
Visit Wat Arun
A beautiful Buddhist temple on the edge of the Chao Phraya River opposite the Grand Palace. It has a central tower and four small ones and is so iconic that you will find it on Thai money.
From the top of the central tower, you get a breathtaking view of the city, what fabulous photos at sunrise and sunset. There are more than 31,000 Buddhist temples spread throughout Thailand and this one is one they want to see. The temple is named after Aruna, the god of the dawn.