Bangkok is famous as the world’s top tourist spots. The majority of foreign tourists arrive in Bangkok before scattering to other parts of the country. About 11 million foreigners arrive in Bangkok every year and many are lured back for a second visit due to low-cost of living and the quality of services provided.
Like many other Asian capitals, Bangkok is a large,chaotic,hustling and bustling city.To borrow a phase from the late Frank Sinatra, “If you can make it anywhere .”Bangkok hits you with a sharp contrast that would blow your mind:shanty town suburbs versus modern high-rise office building, saffron-robed Buddhist monks walking the streets in early morning versus blaring music from pubs and bars the night before.Glittering Buddhist temples co-exist with worn commercial buildings,shopping centers, plazas, hotel and restaurants. Noisily and overcrowded streets full of busses, tuk tuk ,taxis and chauffeurs-driven Mercedes and BMW’s, even a few Roll-Royce. The mass of people trying to ply the streets of Bangkok is captivating that one should spend an hour just to seeing the phenomena.
Despite all of those hustling and bustling lives,the city prides itself on some of its most visited historical places. The major tourist sights in Bangkok are centered on the history and culture of Thailand.Here are some that one must see.
Once the palace of the royal Thai family, the Vimanmek Mansion is the world’s largest golden teakwood structure, and is now set aside as a museum. The mansion itself, and the collection of precious artifacts inside it, are a glimpse into the Thai royal family.
Chatuchak Market (video)
With both permanent stores and makeshift stalls, the Chatuchak weekend market includes around 15,000 vendors. Nearly everything you could possibly desire is available somewhere within the shopping sprawl.
Khlong Toey Market (video)
Local fresh food markets are one of the best places to observe daily life in any city; For Bangkok, it’s the wild and hectic, constantly energized Khlong Toey Market.
Nearly everyone who owns a restaurant or street stall in central Bangkok does their shopping at this market. For a less busy and cleaner option try Or Tor Kor Market, located across the street from Chatuchak Market.
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Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha)
Without doubt, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (on the same compound), are the most cherished and well known attractions in all of Bangkok. The golden palace and temple is a magical display of Thai craftsmanship, and a must see for any first time visitor to the city.
Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho is home of the giant golden reclining Buddha, and is also the location where the original Thai massage was created. It’s a seriously impressive sight you don’t want to miss!
Reclining Buddha (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
Wat Arun (Temple of the Rising Sun)
One of my personal favorite temples in Bangkok is Wat Arun, located along the Chao Phraya River. You can climb two flights of steps up the main stupa for a fantastic view of the river.
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