Bangkok's Top Attractions
Bangkok Attractions | Bangkok attractions and sightseeing
There are so many Bangkok Top attractions it's difficult to know where to start. The historical Bangkok is mainly down by the main Chao Praya River where you can get to see ancient palaces and temples that define the modern era (last 200 years) of this great city. Conversely it might be the business district or bright lights of town that appeal. Whatever you want in Bangkok this beautiful town has it all.
Bangkok's Top Attractions - Wat Pho - The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Just south of the splendid Grand Palace Complex is the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). This is one of the largest and most ancient temples in all of Thailand, and houses more than a thousand Buddha images. The Wat Pho is renown for its stunning gold-plated statue of a reclining Buddha, ornamented with inlayed mother-of-pearl. This statue is 15 meters high, and 46 meters long.
The Wat Pho is renown as the birthplace of Thai massage. Be sure to get a Thai massage when you visit, or better yet, take the ten-day Thai Massage course offered at the temple.
Bangkok's Top Attractions - The Grand Palace
Of all Bangkok's grand attractions, the magnificent Bangkok Grand Palace tops the itinerary of most every visitor to Bangkok, and rightly so. The Grand Palace is a stunning complex of temples, and an exquisite work of art. It is also the official residence of the royal family.
A dress code applies, which requires long trousers or skirts and specifically states no jeans. If you do turn up in and your clothes do not meet the dress code, you may rent appropriate clothing at no charge.
Bangkok's Top Attractions - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Floating Market and Rose Garden is a market unlike any you have ever seen. Hundreds of little flat boats loaded with fresh tropical produce and souvenirs jostle for position along chaotic little canals. Each is piloted by a boatwoman whose maneuvering skills are nothing short of impressive.
You can hire a long-tail boat to observe close-up the boat-vendors and traditional canal-side villages. The price ranges from 300-400 baht a boat, depending on your bargaining skills. You will also get to visit the town of Nakorn Pathom, home to Southeast Asia's largest pagoda.
Bangkok's Top Attractions - Chao Phraya River
The large Chao Phraya River dominates the topography of much of Bangkok. It is set against the backdrop of Bangkok's magnificent palaces, stunning temples and cultural landmarks. Several of these tourist sites are accessible via the river, as well as some luxury 5-star and budget hotels. Day and night, it is one of the most fascinating scenic sites of the city.
The Chao Phraya also provides one of the city's major systems of transportation, via its river express and water taxis ferry. Getting around Bangkok via the waterways of the Chao Phraya River is not only faster than using the traffic jammed highways, but it will also give you a unique perspective of this vibrant city.
Bangkok's Top Attractions - Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson, or James Harrison Wilson Thompson, is an American who founded Thailand's silk industry after the Second World War. Thompson earned worldwide renown for his highly successful efforts to market and generate international demand for Thai silk. His residence is a literal gallery of art, with a superb collection of Asian art. It is also touted as the best place to buy Thai silk.