Bangkok, also known as angel city, is the capital and the biggest city in Thailand. Today, as it has become more and more modern, but the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past still prevails. Let's find out what are the top 10 must-sees in a city that contains both fashion and classic.
1. Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew
If there is one must-see place that you have to go when you are in Bangkok, it must be the spectacular Grand Palace. It was built in 1782 and became the home of the Thai King, The Royal Court and the administrative seat of government. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
2. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is the biggest and the oldest temple in Thailand with a huge Buddha lying on the altar, which is one of the biggest reclining Buddha in the world. This is also where the first public school in Thailand and Thai massage center are, so visitors are able to try professional Thai massages here.
3. Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun, also known as Temple of Dawn, is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Its riverside location and unique design have made it one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok.
4. China Town & Wat Traimit
Chinatown in Bangkok is a popular attraction with food that can overturn your imagination. It mainly connected by Sampeng, Yaowarat, Charoen Krung and many other streets. At the end of Traimit Road, there is Wat Taimit with a golden Buddha that is known to be the biggest golden Buddha in the world.
5. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson is a famous Thai silk Brand, and Jim Thompson House currently is being used as a Thai silk museum, collects and exhibits various high-grade silks. The entire house is made up of 7 buildings, which are built in 1959. Jim Thompson was the person that sale Thai silks to Europe after WWII that revitalize this industry, and he was missing in 1967.
6. Floating Markets
There are several floating markets in and around Bangkok. Domonen Saduak Floating Market is the closest and the most popular one. People call it "The Water Park for Thai Culture". However, food price here is higher than other places because of commercialization. On the other hand, Amphawa Floating is less commercialized, but is a little further. Visitors can choose to take buses or mini vans to get there.
7. Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River is a significant river in Thailand. Bangkok once was given a name "Venice of the East" because of it; it evokes the romance of the Orient. Chao Phraya River forms the center of the country with its low alluvial plain and flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.
8. Ayutthaya Historical Park
Ayutthaya Historical Park cover the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It was put into the world heritage list in 1991. It witnesses the glory of the old city of Ayutthaya, but now it becomes the representation of ancient ruins and historical sites.
9. Khao San Road
If Bangkok is a city where East greets West, then Khao San Road is the scene of their collision. Khao San Road assembles backpackers from around the world. Bars, food, you can find almost everything over here. Its irrepressible energy and carefree vibe makes it well worth a visit.
10. Soi Cowboy
So this is where you get to experience nightlife in Thailand. Soi Cowboy was named after an African-American called Cowboy Edwards who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s. This is the most famous red-light district in Bangkok.