Top Attractions to visit in Bangkok City
Bangkok is a modern metropolis where skyscrapers meet ancient temples. Your personal interests will likely influence your decisions. However, with so much to see and experience, it’s necessary to start somewhere. If you’re a traveler with limited time in Bangkok or just don’t know where to start, we’ve hand-picked a few of Bangkok’s top attractions. Let’s go sightseeing!
Wat Arun | Temple of Dawn
First up is the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which dates back to the seventeenth century. The Temple is named after the Hindu god Aruna, which means reddish glow of rising sun. As such, Wat Arun is built to to reflect the first sun of the morning off the temple. Should you visit during sunrise or sunset, you’ll witness why it’s known as the Temple of Dawn.
In the early nineteenth century, unique prang, or spires, were added to the temple. The tall spires are the most recognized across the region with the design originating from the ancient Khmer. For the best views, cross to the other side of the river before for sunset. From the opposite side, sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
Wat Po | Reclining Buddha
Next on the must see temple list is Wat Po. This is not only home to the famous reclining Buddha but the birth place to the traditional Thai massage. Explore the collection of murals at Wat Po plus there’s inscriptions and sculptures celebrating everything from warfare to astronomy to archaeology.
Jim Thompson House
Thai silk is big business. An American, Jim Thompson, founder of the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company revived the Thai silk industry. He’s now known as the “Legendary American of Thailand” with countless achievements during his 25 years in Thailand. Thompson also holds “Order of the White Elephant,” an exclusive decoration given to non-citizens for rendering outstanding service to the Kingdom.
The Jim Thompson story is interesting as he found much fame and fortune in the Thai silk industry, but the story takes an intriguing twist as it’s said he went to the Malaysia highlands on vacation and disappeared, never to be seen again.
Many memories remain, hidden between the steel and concrete of Bangkok is an architectural delight at the Jim Thompson House. A visit will reveal one of the best preserved examples of traditional Thai-style teakwood houses. There’s six, in total, exquisitely restored homes featuring a fascinating collection of Thai art and antiques. Jim Thompson House is certainly worth putting on your itinerary.
Bangkok may get a lot of rain, but it certainly isn’t a green city. However, Lumphini Park is the largest and most popular of the parks in the city. Like an oasis in a desert, Lumphini Park is green, features a lake (ok, it’s artificial), and between the beautiful lawns and pathways, it makes a great getaway. If you need to slow down and take a break, a visit to Lumphini Park is ideal.
Last but not least, there’s floating markets galore in Thailand. No visit would be complete without visiting the original and most popular floating market. Damnoen Saduak is located just west of the city. Boat rentals are 150-200 THB, depending on your bartering skills. Once afloat, proceed into the market which is chock full of wooden boats with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and food piled sky high. While here, there’s also the obligatory tourist gifts and souvenirs to buy for those “stuck” at home.
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This of course provides only a snapshot of some of Bangkok’s many, many spectacular sites, but they are a great starting point and will give you a useful taster of all the Bangkok has to offer, so be sure to add them to your must-do list!
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