What to see in Bangkok?
The city of Bangkok, which, in turn, is the capital of Thailand, is located in the Center-South of the country. With a population of more than 9 million inhabitants and more than 1500 square kilometers of surface, it is a bustling city where temples and Buddha mingle with shopping centres and monorail trains. A minimum of 2 days are required to visit the highlights of Bangkok.
The main tourist attractions of Bangkok are:
- Palaces: the best sample of Thai architecture and one of the most beautiful sites of all Bangkok is the Grand Palace, also have other more modern as for example the Dusit Palace palaces and curious palaces such as the Vimanmek Palace the largest building of teak in the world.
- Buddhas: there are thousands of Buddha statues scattered throughout Bangkok. The most representative the Emerald Buddha inside the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) and Wat Indra Viharn (Big Buddha or big buddha) of 32 meters high.
- Temples: the most visited temples in Bangkok are Wat Arun Temple, also called The Temple of dawn, marble temple one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok along with Wat Suthat and Golden mountain a temple located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the city.
- Monuments: the most striking monuments of Bangkok are The giant swing, a curious monument in the form of giant swing in red opposite the beautiful Wat Suthat Temple, the monument to victory and the democracy monument.
- Khaosan Road: the area of backpackers par excellence of all South-East Asia and the most famous street of Bangkok.
- Ayutthaya: the ancient capital of Thailand and the living history of the Kingdom of Siam, now converted into a historic park.
- Markets, shopping centres and shopping: the best known of all Chatuchak Market, The outdoor market of Bangkok 's largest and one of the largest markets in Thailand.
- Tuk-tuk ride: this curious and amusing means of transport is the most fun way get to know the city.
- Adult entertainment: neon lights, strip clubs and waitresses light clothing to Las Vegas-style.
The Grand Palace
The best example of the spectacular Thai architecture, opulence and the rich history of the country is without a doubt The Grand Palace of Bangkok. The home of the Emerald Buddha and a splendid Palace, built on the banks of the River, designed as a city within the city; no doubt, the most recommended place to visit Bangkok. Open every day in hours from 8:30 to 15:30, much eye since it applied a very strict dress code.
information Grand Palace of Bangkok.
Dusit Palace and Ananta Samakhom Throne Room
A modern European-style Palace which served as residence to the Thai Royal family. In its interior espectualar you can see room Ananta Samakhom Throne and curiosities as the Royal tableware. After the Dusit Palace, we have the Vimanmek Palace, the world's largest teak building and the first House of the city of Bangkok with a bathroom and electricity.
The Dusit Palace and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall open daily at 10:00 to 18:00 hours, although the entrance is not free (price 100 Baht), can be accessed free of charge showing the entrance to the Grand Palace.
In the surroundings of the Dusit Palace have the Dusit Zoo and the statue of King Rama V equestrian.
Wat Pho: the Reclining Buddha
If a figure representing the city of Bangkok is the Buddha statue, found in almost every corner of the city. While in Bangkok there are many statues and depictions of incalculable value from all highlights Wat Phopopularly known as The reclining Buddha in Bangkok.
Emphasizes your somewhat atypical recumbent posture, size of 43 metres in length, its golden color and location after the Grand Palace. Open every day from 8:30 to 18:30, we recommend to see this place after visiting the Grand Palace, which closes earlier.
More information Wat Pho Reclining Buddha of Bangkok.
Wat Indra Viharn: the Big Buddha
If the reclining Buddha of Wat Pho is big and famous, Wat Indra Viharn is also equally. Popularly known as the big Buddha or big buddha as say all tuk-tuk drivers, is a statue of Buddha of 32 meters and a weight of 5.5 tons. Open every day in hours from the 6: 00 to 18:00 with entry free.
Wat Benchamabophit: The Marble Temple
Very near the Dusit Palace we have Wat Benchamabophit, popularly known as the marble temple. It is a modern and impressive Palace of the 19th century built by Italian architects, where you can see the magical Thai architecture and the precious work of rooftops. Open every day from 08:00 to 17:00 and free entry.
The temple is built of white Italian marble. But what is more striking are the rooftops, the wood Windows works nor lag.
In addition to the elegant Temple and the courtyard with figures of Buddha, the complex is surrounded by manicured gardens and crossed by channels. A haven of peace and tranquility in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok where it is frequent to interbreed with monks dressed in orange robes.
In the courtyards of the interior of the marble temple we can see a collection of 52 Buddhas in different postures. We have Buddhas from Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and even Japan, but among all of them is the Buddha Phra Buddhajinaraja, in the interior of the temple, where locals come to pay their respects and making offerings.
Wat Arun Temple of Dawn
Located on the other Bank of the River Chao Praya, opposite the Grand Palace, we have impressive Wat Arun Temple known as the Temple of the dawn or Temple of the dawn. Impressive building 80 meters high decorated porcelain, named curious about the effect that creates the Sun of dawn reflected in the structure of the temple. Open daily from 8:00 until 17:30, the price of admission is 50 baht.
The best views of Wat Arun the get from the park across the Grand Palace, best at sunrise or sunset. From the top of Wat Arun have incredible views of the area and the river.
Wat Saket: the golden mountain
The best views of downtown Bangkok and a curisisimo Temple is Wat Saket, also called the Golden mountain. It's a temple crowned by a chedi built atop an artificial Hill of 60 meters high. Open daily from the charge until 17:00, of entry free (required paying 25 baht to access the inside of the temple). Golden mountain is the scene of the annual Loy Krathong Festival which is celebrated during the full moon 12.
To get to the top of the mountain Golden rise 318 steps, for the rise in addition to the beautiful views of Bangkok, we find a landing with several campaigns, one of them (the larger one) used to call to prayer, and the rest, as they say, have to play such campaigns to attract good luck. The temple which is located at the Summit holds sculptures and relics brought from the India, best is the upper floor where the stupa or chedi and the views of Bangkok.
This peaceful place has a last black, was used as the crematorium and Fossa common during the 18th century because of pests. It is believed that they could bury more than 30,000 bodies in the walls of the Golden mountain. Wat Saket was the place chosen for this purpose since it was forbidden to cremate bodies within the walls of the city.
Wat Suthat and Bangkok Giant Swing
One of the oldest and most beautiful in Bangkok is Wat Suthat, best known for the giant swing that is at their doors. Beautiful Thai roof, fresh graffiti on its walls and a huge statue of Buddha in bronze is Wat Suthat what offers to the traveller. Open daily from 8:30 until 21:00, the entrance fee is 20 baht.
The structures of cement strewn around the courtyard are 28 Chinese pagodas, representing 28 Buddhas that were born on Earth. Within the temple Wat Suthat highlights the fresh, covering 2500 square meters, with representations of the 24 incarnations of Buddha (known as The Jataka Tales).
Giant Swing Bangkok
Located at the gates of the temple Wat Suthat the Giant swing is a curious structure 20 metres high which was used to practice religious ceremonies Brahman. Although the monument dates from the year 1784 the current Bangkok giant swing is a reconstruction of the year 2006 made entirely in red lacquered teak.
The religious act of the swing ceremony was party that took place after the harvest of rice in mid-December, in it a young man bobbed in the swing to try to catch a bag full of silver coins located atop one of the pillars with their teeth. The swing was reaching a maximum height of 24 metres; repeated accidents, many of them deadly, were forced to discontinue this tradition.
This monument seeks its place among the incessant traffic of the city, surrounded by pathways of the BTS skytrain in Bangkok, which in turn is also one of its stops. The monument to the Victoria is an obelisk in memory of the war against the French. Its 5 statues represent the armed, the Navy, the air forces, police and public servants.
The democracy monument commemorates the revolution of the year 1932 which ended the absolute monarchy and brought the first democracy and Constitution of Thailand. Located near the Dusit Palace this monument, the work of an Italian sculptor, is composed of 4 wings of 24 meters high symbolizing June 24, day when the revolution started.
Khaosan Road: the backpacker area of Bangkok
The most famous street in Bangkok and South-East Asia is Khaosan Road. Khao San originally was not one street any town with a hostel, today the area par excellence of backpackers in Bangkok. Souvenirs, costumes to measure, massages, fast food, hostels, hostels, guesthouses, tattoos, percings, bars, clubs, travel agencies etc... in Khaosan Road we can find absolutely everything.
The so-called Mecca of travellers was originally a suburb of Thai local people. How is that any residential street became the Center for excellence in travel low-cost it possible?
In the year 1982 (year 2525 according to the Buddhist calendar) launched a series of tourist initiatives to attract people from overseas. Such was the influx of tourists that it was almost impossible to find a free hotel in Bangkok, which forced many travelers to stay in private homes, a big business for both parties: the tourist for low-cost accommodation and for the Thai people a great source of income.
Since then the backpack tourism business has expanded to what it is today Khaosan Road, which means even in the surrounding streets.
Ayutthaya: Thailand 's ancient capital
Located 76 kilometers north of Bangkok have Ayutthaya the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Now converted into a historic park, where you can see the magnificent architecture, the Buddhas and temples of a city known as The Venice of the East, destroyed by the Burmese armies in 1767.
More information Ayutthaya and also how to go to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.
Shopping in Bangkok
In addition to Buddhas and temples Bangkok is an excellent place to buy practically everything, from clothing to jewelry. Although China is the great factory of the world Thailand also has large amount of industry that exports to Europe and Southeast Asia.
In a city like Bangkok have from the most modern shopping centers in the style of the English Court, as one of the largest outdoor markets in the world, we are talking about Chatuchak Market, A market that is only available on weekends.
Additional Chatuchak Market.
Riding a Tuk- tuk
Any traveller who boasts must leave Bangkok without riding in a Tuk-tuk. This means of transport, half motorcycle half car, is one of the most fun to get around Bangkok. Although Thais also used the services of the tuk-tuk, its use is practically tourist and why many drivers of tuk-tuk will try to take advantage of any trusted traveler to round and round by shops and the city, with little or no tourist attractions but some economic benefit to them. In this beautiful photo captured 2 elements of Southeast Asia: monsoon rain and the tuk-tuk.
Thailand and especially Bangkok has large range of adult entertainment, so to speak is a mix between Las Vegas and the Red light district of Amsterdam. The most famous adult entertainment areas of Bangkok include Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza, where it is common to sit with a pretty girl Thai of the arm of a stranger entered into years and where can attend events as bizarre as the famous ping pong shows and the lady boys.
Soi Cowboy: Bangkok 's red light district
This street is just 400 meters inhundada literally neon lights, strip clubs and go-go bars where the atmosphere, so to speak, is very liberal.
The premises of the Soi Cowboy Street closes at 2:30 in the morning, being prohibited drugs and children under 20 years.
Map of tourist attractions in Bangkok
An interactive map of the city of Bangkok with major tourist attractions, all the monuments, temples, Buddhas and entertainment areas of the Thai capital.