Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and I recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here. Since December 2012, entrance to the temple costs 100 baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00.The highlight for most people visiting Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive: 15 metres tall, 46 metres long, so large it feels like it has been squeezed into the building. The Buddha's feet are 5 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha. 108 is a significant number, referring to the 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection. You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter, and if you would like a little good luck, we recommend purchasing a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls. Dropping the small pennies in makes a nice ringing sound and even if your wishes don’t come true, the money goes towards helping the monks renovate and preserve Wat Pho. As this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee.As I said before, it really is worth taking a look round the rest of the temple. Wat Pho also has good English speaking guides who will provide interesting information for around 200 - 400 baht, depending on how many people there are in your group and how good your negotiating skills are. If you prefer, you can wander alone. Recommend sites include four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha images, long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position. Although the intricately detailed murals that cover the walkways around Wat Pho will require a book or guide to decipher, the exquisite murals are so detailed and intricate that even if you don’t understand all the imagery you can still appreciate the artwork. Finally in the courtyards at Wat Pho Temple are some comical looking Chinese statutes that were once uses as ballasts on ships and 91 chedis (or stupas) decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colourful tiles.Wat Pho Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 17:00 (Massage available until 18:00) Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river (about a half mile south of the Grand Palace), Old City (Rattanakosin)Price Range: The entrance fee is 100 baht.Checkout my complete Bangkok Guide - https://localfoodideas.com/bangkok-thailand/
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
After taking a relaxed boat ride we crossed the river and headed over to the pier and took a ferry across the Chao Praya River to Wat Arun "Temple of Dawn". Taking the ferry was ridiculously easy and cheap.It is most impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks like some fairy tale. Unfortunately, it closes before nightfall.
Chao Phraya River
No visitor to Bangkok should miss seeing Bangkok from the river. A great way to get around Bangkok without the hassle and hustle and bustle of traffic is by the Chao Phraya Express. There are stops all along the river bank and its a quick and cheap way to get from one place to another.
Khao San Road
Kao San Road is a crazy street packed with partying people, street food and street stalls selling clothes and souvenirs.On Kao San Road you will see many shopping stalls selling all kinds of strange Thai snacks like barbecued insects, hand painted shirts, beautiful lanterns, crazy party hats. Grab a cold drink and relax in a chair at one of the street-side restaurants and bars while you watch the street life go by.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
Adjoining the Grand Palace is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew. It is built in Ratanakosin style (old-Bangkok style) with a fine touch of Dravidian architecture. South Indian influence on Thai art and culture was prominent during the rule of Pallavas and the Cholas in South India. This isn’t all, as you explore the temple you shall see interesting artifacts displaying the common legend between Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The giant guard at the entrance gate, also known as Yaksha resemble the mount of Lord Vishnu- Garuda and the entire compound wall of the complex is painted with Thai murals depicting scenes from the epic story of Ramayana.It is such experiences that inspires me to travel more. I feel more connected to my roots and it helps me understand better how our worlds are connected, how political boundaries are mere lines on paper and how we all are different and yet the same.The main temple hall is the tallest building in the complex and is decorated with golden carving and Garuda like structure sculpted over the entire periphery of the outer wall. The statue of the Buddha is carved from a single Jade stone and is ensconced at the end of the temple hall. Only the king and the crowned price can touch the statue or perform the religious ceremonies. (Photography is not allowed, if you visit please respect the same)Being the top tourist attraction in Thailand, the temple is always flooded with tourist and yet it does not fail to tranquilize you. The chants of the tiny bells decorated in a linear fashion on the roofs, the cool breeze on a hot sunny day and the lush green landscape shall lighten your mood and help you clear your thoughts. You will want to come back because no matter how much time you spend here, your eyes will look for more.My tips: The place could turn out to be just another landmark for people who are not interested in architecture and History, but I still insist to visit here at least once. Timings: Open from 8:30 to 3:30 PM. Getting there: Easiest way is to catch a sky train for Thaksin Station and take the express boat ferry to Chang Pier. Please read the dress code before visiting. Keep half a day for this destination as there is a lot to see Carry water as you do not get it inside You can enquire for the specific time of change of guards Entry fee is 500 Baht per person. This trip was originally published on 'traveler455'.
Also known as the "Green Lung" of Bangkok, Lumphini Park is returning to the serenity of nature. Away from the noise and haste of the city, this place does the trick by providing you some peace. More than often, this place works as a therapy from the hustle bustle of the city. It is open from 10 am to 3 pm. I suggest you go here as early as possible. As the day progresses, this place too gets a bit stuffed with tourists hence beating the purpose of the visit. There is an artificial lake in the middle of the park, where you can lie back and relax. Lumphini Park is a lush oasis in the middle of Bangkok. It’s a great place to go for a picnic, relax, jog, yoga, or collect your thoughts.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Apart from housing the Sea World, Siam Paragon Mall has another major attraction, the Madam Tussaud's Museum in Bangkok. The world famous collection of wax statues will go you a total aww with all its perfection, nuances and grandeur.SO, this sums up the must visit places of Bangkok neatly. More the time, more the merry, but experiencing all the above mentioned activity will surely make your Bangkok trip a worth remembering one..Pack your bags, lets go....
Patpong Night Market
Generally all malls closed by 8 pm, so early, hmm, what to do? But if you are in Bangkok still shopping is possible- How?? Bangkok is also famous for its ‘Night Market’. Among them one which is the most prominent and famous among tourist is “Patpong Night Market” located in the Silom, district Of Bangkok. The place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the nearby GO GO Bars and lot of foreign Tourists. This market in Bangkok’s notorious nightlife district is a first and the easiest stop for many tourists. The quality and the prices of most of the items sold in the market are as real as it looks. But remember not to be fooled by the first impression and Bargain hard in order to buy something. Both Market and Go Go Bars seems to complement each other well. For More: Click Here Facts: Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hrs. Opening hours: 6pm to 2am (In order to get good deal, reach as the market opens at 6pm) How to get here: Take BTS to Sala Daeng and exit down from one of the right hand stairs. Walk from the main road and as you see that the vendors on the pavement are increasing, you are in the right direction and after 2-3mins you will know you are here. Or ask anybody. What to find here: Shoes, watches, tees, lasers, lamps, handbags etc…
Suvarnabhumi Airport Nong Prue Samut Prakan Thailand
In the 2 hours of transit time in the Bangkok airport, I joined the queue to process my visa on arrival. The fee for visa is THB 1000 (Thailand Baht) which is INR 2000. I also recommend carrying at least 2 passport sized photos with you. You are required to stick it on the visa application. If you don't have it, you're going to have to break away from the long queue, head to the Thai speaking dudes who charge you THB 200 for 6 photos, and then rejoin the long queue at the same spot, if you are lucky. Remember, you'll be asking other Indians in the queue to hold your place if you step out.I also made another mistake. Even though I planned on staying in the same locality in Krabi for about four days, I chose almost a different hotel/resort to stay in every night. While this may not sound like a bad idea, in a place like Krabi, it is logistically a nightmare. Every morning, you're forced to check out by 11-1130 with all your bags, find relevant transport, somehow communicate to the transport medium driver/rider the location of the next hotel/resort, get there, wait for 1 PM check-in, actually check-in, and then head out again to explore. And if it rains in the midst of all this, your entire day is screwed. We missed out on some day trips that would start at 8 AM and end by 4 PM simply because we had to check out from one place and check in at another. Hence, while planning out your trip, keep all this and the other formalities and legalities I mentioned earlier in mind.After all the legality got out of the way, we headed to the transit gate and flew out to Krabi. The climate was beautiful, cool, and not too sunny. My first stay was at Poonsiri Resort about 20 km away from the main town.
Pratunam is so-called the wholesale shopping area. This is where Platinum Mall and the Pratunam Market is located. Somewhere along the alley (sadly I forgot the exact soi number), there is a famous stall which sells char siew wonton noodles and braised pork rice. You can ask around and almost everyone will be able to tell you where it is. Or if you happen to walk past it, you definitely will not miss the long queue! Don't worry about queuing for too long as the table turnover rate is high.
Yaowarat Road Bangkok Thailand
> Chinatown (also known as the Vegas of Thailand ) in Bangkok is at Ko Ratankosin and retains much of its original character. It's here that you can find a lot of variety of Thai and Chinese food from sea food to chicken and duck as well as all possible insects grilled on the stick. But the famous and most costly among everything is the shark fin.
Our final destination was Safari World at Bangkok. Home to dolphins, seals, chameleons and countless colorful, tropical birds, Safari World is a major crowd-puller for tourist families with young children. There are shows at regular intervals where the agile animals perform complicated tasks with great dexterity. The 'safari' is a jeep-ride through an artificial zone which houses lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants and many different varieties of deer. Visitors are also treated to a sumptious lunch at the end of the visit.
Next on the list for this day was a quick visit to the Victory Monument and to the street markets around it. The monument is a monolithic structure at the junction of several roads. It is simple and yet effective. The street markets in this area is where the locals shop. While one may not want to buy much here(the endless display of shoes and clothes gets tiring), it is an interesting place to just walk around and see the city for what it is, beyond the tourist trappings.Dinner was at Terminal 21 near MRT Asok, the food court is huge with every cuisine one can think of(Sushi, burgers, pasta, Thai food, Malay, Indonesian! How does one pick?), it can be a little chaotic, like the city itself but it is interesting and fun, just like the city!I only had until 2 pm on day 5, after which I had to leave for the airport. I spent the time just walking around Riverside and then at Terminal 21(the shopping mall). I also found time to buy ten packs of Wrigleys 5 gum(it costs 25% of what it does in Bangalore!). I left for the airport an hour earlier(around 2) so I could pick my seats and explore the stores at the airport. Bangkok is an extremely interesting city, and is a convenient gateway to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. There is also Ayuththaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phuket that are easily accessible from here. This city is worth visiting several times just to relax(and shop). The one thing I have taken back with me is how pleasant and cheerful people are. So book your tickets and say Sawasdee to Bangkok!#SwipeRightToTravel
Calypso Bangkok Bangkok Thailand
I’m a geek for cabaret; and Chinese Opera. Calypso is one thing I plan to finally check out when I return to Bangkok. It’s a cabaret show that is all ladyboys! Oh, and you can eat dinner there too if you like. Forget going to a bikini bar in Patpong and playing ‘Which one is a dude?’Also, if you’re in Bangkok, there are some great eateries to check out. You NEED TO EAT SHWARMA! I am obsessed with Shwarma in Bangkok. In fact, if you ask my friends in Bangkok about what I’ll do as soon as I get back, they will probably tell you I’ll go see my Shwarma guy.
Sukhumvit Khlong Toei Nuea Bangkok Thailand
And invariably, having the street food is closely associated with exploring the alleys by walk. Yeah, You guessed it right. All the fun and vibrancy encompass most of the streets in the Central Business District of Sukhumvit and Asok. Starting from Shopping Malls to Multi specialty Restaurants, from Public Transport Terminals to affordable street shops, from 5 star Hotels to street artifact shops, all can be found in this One Kilometer stretch.5. Chatuchak Weekend Market :
Chinatown Bangkok Thailand
It is a haven to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. The food is cheap and fresh. Chinatown is definitely not to be missed. We had bird’s nest soup, suckling pig, roasted duck, and grilled prawns. It is a perfect spot for the best bargains as there are many whole sellers here if you need to buy souvenirs. Visit after sundown.
Temple of Dawn Bangkok Yai Bangkok Thailand
Next up was Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. This one is probably one of Bangkok’s most recognised attractions; you just have to see how gorgeous it looks all lit up at night. Wat Arun also finds itself on a Thai 10-Baht coin, that should indicate to you how iconic a landmark it really is. Named after Aruna – the Indian God of Dawn, it is believed that after the fall of Ayuthaya the royal fleet of King Taksin, founder of the former capital of Thonburi, arrived at this location precisely at dawn, which is how it got its name. Located right across the river from Wat Pho, it is easily reachable by the Chao Phraya Express Ferry that makes trips back and forth from one side of the river to the other. Climbing up is possible, very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower, and if you’re brave enough to attempt the somewhat intimidating climb, you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic views. The 79 meter high prang or Khmer-style tower is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-colored porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.
Siam Ocean World Bangkok Co.
Nestled below the posh Siam Paragon mall in Sukhumvit, Bangkok is the Siam Ocean World oceanarium. It is one of the largest in Southeast Asia, just a tad bigger than the Manila Ocean Park, at 10,000 square meters. I visited the oceanarium on my third visit to Bangkok, during the food tour. The aquariums were grouped into zones, seven in all: Weird and Wonderful, Rain Forest, Deep Reef, Rocky Shore, Living Ocean, Open Ocean, and Jellies. The Weird and Wonderful section contain several cylindrical aquariums housing weird creatures, such as the giant spider crabs, sea horses of all shapes, and mollusks that somehow resembled Admiral Ackbar of Star Wars. The Rain Forest also has its share of strange animals, not just fishes. I was particularly fascinated with the lung fishes, some albino-colored cave fishes with two hind legs, some rodents that swim, and a chameleon, staring at the onlookers with its multi-colored eyes.The Deep Reef, containing large tanks, are populated with a multitude of fishes, swimming around the artificial corals and rocks set in the aquarium. Penguins and other marine animals populate the Rocky Shore. Midway through the exhibits we entered a room to board glass-bottomed boats to observe the fishes from a different angle. We were also able to see the machineries that responsible for the upkeep of the aquariums, and we saw where they are breeding some of the fishes and shells. After taking the glass-bottomed boats, we went through the 270-degree acrylic underwater tunnel to the Open Ocean, where sharks, stingrays and groupers abound. The size of the aquarium was impressive, but the number of shark species and sharks were a bit of a letdown (Manila Ocean Park has more sharks). I did enjoy the last part before we exited - the jellyfishes. I'm allergic to jellyfish stings in real life, but I find them fascinating. Seeing them in LED-lighted aquariums is the best way to observe them, as it removed the possibility of being stung. But it's a biatch to take pictures of them. It took Arvy several tries to take that picture of the jellyfish above, and all my efforts turned out to be blurry blobs. There are other activities in the Siam Ocean World that we didn't do, such as disturbing the starfishes in the "petting zoo," feeding the sharks and otters, having fishes eat our foot callouses in the fish spa, and scuba diving in the aquariums to encounter the sharks.
Jim Thompson House Rama I Road Bangkok Thailand
Jim Thompson House, which used to be the home of James H.W. Thompson, who was the spy and silk merchant and was known for the development of the Thai silk industry. This is a great place for the people who want to understand about the architecture of the Thai houses.The house is a fine example of Thompson’s interest in design and color, and became the most popular town. They say suddenly he disappeared while holidaying with friends in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Until today, sadly no one knows what happened to him there.
Siam Center Rama I Road Pathum Wan Bangkok Thailand
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Safari World Khlong Sam Wa Bangkok Thailand
Day-4Another thrilling day awaits us as we board our bus to travel to the SAFARI WORLD. It's a huge arena divided into 2 parts. One is for different shows. We watched Urang Otan Show, Dolphin Show, Sea Horse Show & Cowboy Stunt Show followed by Lunch. After lunch it was time for JUNGLE SAFARI. Here , animals are set free and you have to watch them from the bus which runs at 10 Kmph. Afterwards we came back to hotel
Night Market Ratchaprarop Road Bangkok Thailand
We walked back the way we had taken to the Emporium but this time we climbed the stairs to the Sky Train station. A few minutes of disorientation ensured because the Thai self-operated token vending machines would not accept our Baht notes and we had to change them at the counter for loose change to get the job done. We took a train to Chit Lom station and walked to Pratunam Market as this being a week-day the famous Chatuchak was closed. We explored streets lined with stores on one side and street vendors/hawkers on the other and ended up buying a few items of comfort-wear for both of us. Saw a few Thai cats ambling around the food stalls though these were not of the Siamese variety and looked just like our average strays.
The Golden Buddha Temple Tri Mit Road Bangkok Thailand
My second experience was similar, but the city now had more flyovers, high-rises and a lot more traffic for me to crib about. But that didn’t stop me from greeting the Golden Buddha once again. My next three trips were more memorable than the previous ones because I was growing up, changing and adapting myself to the ways of the world. So was Bangkok. It was like we shared this inexplicable relationship. We sailed in the same boat. And by the time I decided to visit this madness of a place for the sixth and the seventh time, it was almost home. It was that haven whose lanes, by lanes, places and faces I was familiar with. The city that I knew would always welcome me back with open arms. It still does.
Soi cowboy(for Adults) After a long tiring day we reached our hotel around 8pm. Refreshed ourselves and went out for a night stroll around Sukhumvit. Luckily we stumbled upon a small lane which led us to the famous Soi Cowboy. It is similar to Pat Pong without the night market. It follows the same pattern as in most of the GoGo bars in Thailand, drinks served by ladies and bikini dances. However, it is much better. Each bar here has its own theme. From naughty cops to sexy nurses, you name it. You can take the ladies back to your hotel rooms by paying the bar fine. Bar Fine (in general, may differ) – 500 Baht Charge(boom boom,as it is locally called) – 1000 Baht, again it may differ.
Golden Buddha Mittaphap Thai-China Road Bangkok Thailand
WAT TRAIMIT ,home to the one of the world’s largest solid gold , Buddha statue.It is 3.98 m high 3.13 m wide and weighing 5 tonnes made fully of Gold. Not connected via BTS. It is at the Junction of Traimit, Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Roads. Just across from the main entrance is the Odeon Circle and Chinatown Bangkok. Its a must visit Temple.
Dusit Bangkok Thailand
On day 4 I went to see the Dusit palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. The Dusit Palace appealed to me immediately. It looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale. The lawns and the structure set each other off perfectly, the artefacts in the museum are stunning. The Palace looks light, airy, grand and understated at the same time! The visual lightness and openness of this palace make the heat almost bearable!
Suvarnabhumi Airport Bang Na-Trat Road Rachathewa Samut Prakan Thailand
Arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport from India. We had taken Thai Airways and the fare cost us approximately Rs. 23,000 from Mumbai to Bangkok. Oh, by the way, do spend some time looking at the construction of the airport. You'll find a lot of inspiration from the Indian mythology on the airport!
Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar Sathon Bangkok Thailand
This snazzy bar on top of the Banyan Tree hotel offers the best view of the city by night. On the roof of the 61st floor, at 196 metres high, you can sip on a cocktail and gaze at the twinkling lights of Bangkok below. Aptly named Vertigo, this open-air bar isn’t for those who are scared of heights and is only open weather permitting.
Taling Chan Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok has a lot of floating markets on the outskirts of the city. Taling Chan is one that you can try. You can ride a long tail boat for 100 baht, shop a bit and enjoy the lovely food. The only thing you have to keep in mind here is that you have to come early at 8am to avoid the heat and the crowd.
The Platinum Fashion Mall Ratchathewi Thailand
It is Thailand’s largest Stylist Wholesale and Retail fashion Mall. It consist of 2139 shops each selling different varieties of products. Mostly dedicated to ladies but there are also few shops for guys. The best part: the owners are itself the designer that is why the design, texture and color combination differ from each other. Isn’t it amazing? Also no need to do bargain because the price is more or less same in every shop. It’s a must visit place. Also the food court on top floor is the best part of it. You will get Vegetarian food here. Here shops operate on a principle: buying 1 piece at a retail price and if u will buy 3 at once it will be wholesale price. For More: Click Here Facts: Recommended length of visit: 5-6 hrs. Opening hours: 10am to 8pm (Go in the first hours so that one can get more time to shop) How to get here: Take BTS to Chit Lom Station and exit towards Central World Mall. Walk straight from the central world mall and after you cross Central World walk for another 5 mins on the same path and you will be here soon. What to find here: Clothes, Clothes and more Clothes.
Siam Square One Bangkok Thailand
After finishing all sightseeing and temples we finally went crazy on a shopping! Siam Square is shopping bonanza for gifts, souvenirs and everything you did not know you needed!Malls in Bangkok are more like social hubs where people eat, drink at bars, see movies, sit in coffee shops. You will find all the stuffs extremely cheap some of it includes cheap phones, fancy mobile covers, T-shirts, bags etc.Later we went to Terminal 21 and try some delicious food at the food court.If in Bangkok, Siem Square is a must place to go for shopping.** Experience the Siam Rush HourMake sure you’re in the Siam BTS train station at 6pm. A unique cultural thing happens there. They sing their anthem song everyday. We were not being able to experience that we reached a bit late. But I have heard its worth it.