Top 3 Bangkok Sites

Bangkok is an exciting and thrilling place to visit, with a strong cultural history, beautiful temples and other ancient buildings, bustling streets, good food and a nightlife that could keep you partying until dawn. If you are planning your first visit to this amazing city, then here are three tourist attractions that you should be sure not to miss out on:

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without taking in the amazing sights of the Grand Palace, and the Buddhist Temple of Phra Kaew that lies within its grounds. This is the spiritual heart of Thailand, and although it is no longer the royal residence – the King stopped living here around the turn of the 20th Century – it is still the site of many important religious and cultural rituals and events. The Temple is the premier Buddhist temple in the country, and houses one of the most important Thai religious artifacts, the Emerald Buddha, which was skillfully carved from a solid piece of jade in the 15th Century. These are sacred sites, and there is a strict dress code, but respectful tourists will be rewarded by the stunningly beautiful architecture and relics found within their walls. Entry costs 400 baht, and the Grand Palace is open daily from 8.30am – 3.30pm.


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Wat Arun

Known locally as Wat Chaeng, and also called the ‘Temple of the Dawn’, this is one of the most stunning beautiful of all Thailand’s many Buddhist temples. Its delicate yet imposing spires, the tallest of which is over 70m high, are intricately patterned with decoration of glass fragments, sea shells and chinese porcelain. The temple has been there since the 17th Century, if not longer, but the distinctive spires (or prang, as they are known) were added in the 19th Century during the reign of King Rama II. Climb the steep stairs up the central prang early in the morning to avoid the crowds and to see the spectacular views from the top at their very best. Entry is 100 baht, and the temple is open daily from 8.30am – 5.30pm.


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Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak

This market is around an hour outside Bangkok, but it should form part of any visit to the city. This floating market is more than just a tourist gimmick or a photo opportunity, it is a window into a rapidly vanishing way of life. Some of the authenticity of these markets has undoubtedly been lost, but this is the most popular market for tourists to visit for the very good reason that this market does still give you an insight into the relationship of the people to life on the river. Take a boat tour down the river to the market, see how the people live there in harmony with the water, and to buy some local produce. Ignore the stalls of tourist tat and head for the food market, where vendors sell fresh fruit and vegetables. Start early to avoid the worst of the heat and the crowds, and to catch the market at its liveliest and least touristy. It may not really be the ‘true’ Thailand any more, but this floating market is one of the quintessential components of any visit to Bangkok. Tours leave frequently from Bangkok, and are run by a number of operators.


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These three attractions are only the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bangkok’s many tourist sites, but once you have experienced their beauty and wonder you are bound to want to explore more of what Thailand has to offer by booking new trip with your favorite tourist agency.

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