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)
WAT ARUNWe landed on the west bank of the river, onto the pier of Wat Arun, also called the “Temple of Dawn” owing to the fact that the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple. The temple was named after the Hindu god Aruna, personified as the radiations of the rising sun.This temple has a beautiful architecture. I liked the central Pagoda which was encrusted with blue porcelain(my favourite kind of ceramic.)
Chao Phraya River
>With all the traffic around, I would recommend to stay in and around the Sukhumvit area. We took a tuk tuk to reach the port from where we decided to take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River which was 400 baht( after a huge bargain ????) the 2 hrs solo ride through some canals is the most pleasant way to explore the city once dubbed "Venice of the East" by Europeans. On both sides of the Chao Phraya River, a touristi can see many magnificent temples and architectural buildings including the First Presbyterian Church, the Royal Thai Navy Dockyard, the Thai Maritime Navigation oCompany, the Old Customs House, You can also see people selling fruits vegetables and other commodities in the floating market. (TIP: do not buy souvenirs from the floating market, you will get it cheap in the market ) you can also feed the fishes there for some good omen
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Every traveller is involuntarily partial to one particular destination in the world. For me, that spot has perennially been occupied by Bangkok. The city has taught me every travel lesson in the book. Right from helping me become street smart to reading maps like an expert. It has also turned me into a master of sorts when it comes to playing impromptu rounds of dumb charades with the non-English speaking locals. I am now capable of emulating accents like a pro, much to the amusement of my acquaintances. And then, I firmly believe that Bangkok could award degrees in the art of bargaining considering how it is a major learning centre for the same. Take a trip to the massive wonder known as the Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will know exactly what I am hinting at.
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
>After a day full of wandering and street shopping when hunger strikes its time to taste some authentic Thai food . So we are here in Khao san road. This road is very unique in itself. One end of the road is full of shops for street shopping and hotels which is calm and quite while the other end of the road separated by a crossing junction is full of bars, pubs live band and shows with people drunk and dancing on the roads. It's an once in a lifetime opportunity to experience something like that.. truly it was one crazy night.After midnight and a full day of exploring this lively city it's time to be back to the hotel for some rest. Tomorrow is Gona be a new adventurous day...TIP:: 1.visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee when entering temple2. Make sure to remove footwear outside the temple.3. When out for shopping you have to use your expert bargaining skills.4. Don't forget to get the traditional Thai massage.5. A must have is the Thai green and red curry , pad Thai noodles to open up your taste buds.My next stop is PATAYA ...Keep following for my update on my Sky diving adventure in pataya...coming soooonnnnnnnn.....Till then happy traveling..keep wandering ... keep exploring
Day 6: It’s 10 and gates are open to the most erotic place on earth for any women: Shopping Malls. For shopping Electronics and watches, one should visit MBK Shopping Centre. For Bulk Shopping of clothes, whether it’s a lingerie or a party dress or it’s an office formal, one should grab all these in Pratunam Market. Crazy for bags?? Please rush towards the opposite of Pratunam- Platinum mall. Now its 4.00 P.M and Time to say “Bye” and heading towards Bangkok International Airport.
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.
But then after getting several pictures clicked with the adorable elephants at Safari World, swerving and tumbling on every possible slide in the many Disneyland-esque amusement parks and carrying home a box full of toys, stationery and clothes from Central, I was a happy child.
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
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.
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.
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.
Museum of Forensic Science Bangkok Thailand
Does it sound weird? Yes. Does it sound creepy? Yes! But despite everything I’ve heard about fetis’ in formaldehyde, and other gruesome things – I promise you, I’m not a sociopath. It just sounds weird, and well, you know me, I like to check out weird things; even if it means freaking myself out.
Don Mueang International Airport Bangkok Thailand
It was then time to head back home from DMK! DMK's departure hall looks aged, and is decorated with murals of King Bhumibol's travels which is really thoughtful, I guess! Macdonalds there has the sawadee greeting posture too. Flight back on Thai AirAsia was uneventful.
Siriraj Medical Museum
Located in the Siriraj Hospital are six distinct museums in two separate buildings. The notable displays are mummified remains of the first known serial killer in modern Thai history, Si Ouey Sae Urng. He was said to be a cannibal, eating kids in the 1950s. The body standing in the booth is supposed to be a deterrent against such violent crimes. Another museum has a room dedicated to all kinds of parasites. There is a human testicle affected by elephantiasis weighing 35 kilos. Not a sight for the faint of heart. Another museum has babies affected by genetic disorders preserved in formaldehyde. Though I was looking forward to this part of the trip, I couldn't save myself from the frowns of my relatives.
Dusit Palace Bangkok Thailand
Take a motorcycle taxi from the Grand Palace to reach this beautiful palace. This palace is more open and airy, and not as colorful. However, it is extremely beautiful, I was more impressed by this beautiful, well lit palace than I was by the Grand Palace(But that is just my humble opinion.)Take the Audio guide and educate yourself about all the grand installations and artwork as part of the museum.