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Bangkok Attractions

bangkok attractions Bangkok Attractions Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Being the Largest Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) are open for tours and visits 7 days a week from 8:30am until 3:30pm and will cost you around 400B per person. These 2 attractions are on the same site and admission should get you to see both. The best way to get here is to go by taxi or a Tour group. If you are planning to go with a tour it is highly recommended you organize this prior to driving to the site as there are so many people trying to scam you once you arrive (Look in Scams for more information)

Wat Phra Kaew(Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is considered the most important Temple in all of Thailand. Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha) was carved from a single block of jade. Note – there is a strict dress code to enter this site. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no singlets. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes or bare shoulders.  If you forget about the dress code on the day there are Clothing hire stalls in the area.

 


Wat Pho(Temple of the reclining Buddha) Wat Pho in one of the oldest and largest Temples of Bangkok and is located in the same area as The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. This features the famous Reclining Buddha which measures more than 150 feet in length and entirely covered in Thai Gold leaf. You may visit Wat Pho 7 days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm for around 100B per person.

 


Wat Arun Wat Arun is one of the most photographed attractions of the world which features a 70 meter high spire(prang) decorated in small pieces of Glass and Porcelain.  This is located on the Chao Phraya river directly opposite Wat Pho and can be easily accessed on a small shuttle boat which will only cost you 3B. Entry into Wat Arun will cost you 100B and is open for visitors 7 days a week from 8:30am to 5:30pm.


Wat Suthat Wat Suthat is better known for the towering red Giant Swing that stands at the entrance to the temple. Famous for its impressive interior design, the temple is home to 156 Buddha images along the outer walls which have been hand-carved with great detail. The Giant Swing at the entrance to the Temple is unmistakable from afar. Originally hand-build in 1784 and replaced in 2004 from Golden Teak . The construction of the Giant Swing was a complex process involving hand crafting, paint undercoating and coating by master craftsmen. It is said that the Giant Swing is great to see at night when fully illuminated for a great Photo or two.

 


Erawan Shrine The Erawan Shrine is located at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and can be accessed from the Chit Lom BTS(Skytrain) Station. There is no entry fee and can be visited between 6:00am and 12:00am(midnight) with no entry fee.

 


Bangkok National Museum http://www.nationalmuseums.finearts.go.th/thaimuseum_eng/bangkok/main.htm This is considered the Largest Museum in South-East Asia, displaying vast collection of antiquities including prehistoric art, murals, bronzes, and exhibits from Thailand as well as many other Asian countries.This is a great place to visit if you would like to learn more of the history of Thailand with a showcase of collections from the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and modern Thai Kingdoms. This museum is located close to The Grand Palace but is only open to visit Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Free English-spoken tours by volunteers are available and also available in German on Thursdays and French and Japanese on Wednesdays.

 


Chinatown Colour, Chaos and Culture and a must visit destination if in Bangkok. Chinatown is the oldest District of Bangkok, Thanon Yaowarat and Thanon Charoen Krung are the main roads of Chinatown in Bangkok. Here you can find many restaurants, popular food stalls, shopping and Historical Landmarks. To get to Chinatown, it is recommended you take a Taxi. The driver will know where to go. Come for a meal, stay for the sightseeing. Chinatown is also homes to Bangkok’s most important and largest Chinese-Buddhist temple Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, open between 9:00am and 5:00pm 7 days a week.


Floating Markets In Bangkok you are in a shopping paradise so why not try something very different. Bangkok is home to many Floating markets where you will travel narrow canals lined with longtail boats turned into shops, making purchases as you float by. The most popular floating market in Bangkok is the Damneon Saduak Floating markets just over an hour’s drive out to Bangkok’s west.  You can either book a tour to see these markets or jump in a taxi, get dropped off and play it by ear. These markets have also been seen in a couple James Bond movies

 


Kanchanaburi A couple hours outside of Bangkok is Kanchanaburi. Here you can see the infamous World War 2 site consisting of Bridge over the River Kwai, Hellfire, the Death Railway to Burma and many associated Museums. To get here you could take a bus or train from Bangkok, get in a Taxi, go on one of many tours of the location or hire a car for a day or 2 and make our own trip out of it. You can find Accommodation in the area if you are planning to stay a couple days. During WW2, the Japanese army used over 18,000 POW’s and 90,000 Asian workers to build the controversial railway in hellish conditions. Many books and movies have been created about this event in History. Other places of interest in Kanchanaburi are the Erawan Nation Park and the Tiger Temple where you can. Highly Recommended Kanchanaburi Death Railway Tours with Son of an ExPOW Australian Death Railway Tours

 


Ayutthaya About 90 minutes drive north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya and a large part of Thailand’s history comes from Ayutthaya. Prior to Bangkok being the Capital on Thailand, Ayutthaya was the capital city. This all changed when in 1767 the Burmese Army destroyed the city marking the fall on the Kingdom leaving only ruins, which have been recognized internationally at a World Heritage Site. Ayutthaya Historic Park is now visited by many Tourists every year.