Bangkok has a rich cultural heritage with its own distinctive value which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and the biggest city there. Its nickname is the City of Angel’s. It is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok has an official name registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the place with the longest place in the world; “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.” This name was given by the Buddhist king, Yodfa Chulaloke.
Here are seven of the best places found in Bangkok:
- Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Local people used to call it “Wat Chaeng.” The name Wat Arun was taken from the name of the god of the dawn, Aruna. Wat Arun is also called Temple of Dawn. Located on the west side of Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is a popular place for tourists. If you want to see the beauty of Wat Arun, visit after the sun goes down. Unlike other temples, Wat Arun is white because it is coated with Chinese porcelain, so it emits light after its been exposed to sun light.
- Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is an icon of Bangkok, which became the main destination for tourist. Its located across from Wat Arun. It includes many other places attractive to visitors, such as Wat Phra Keo (The Temple of Emerald Buddha), The Pavilion of Regalia (Royal Decorations and Coins), Vimanmek Mansion Museum, and Arts of the Kingdom Exhibition. If you want to visit please don’t wear shorts or sleeveless shirts.
- Wat Pho
Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. Located near the Grand Palace, Wat Pho has the largest “Sleeping Buddha (Reclining Buddha)” 15 meters high and 46 meters long, made of gold. In the hall corridor, there are 108 bronze bowls. It’s believed that if you put a coin into the bowl, your wish will come true. Wat Pho is also known for traditional methods of treatment. The best massage school in Thailand was established in Wat Pho.
- Floating Market
A floating market is like a grocery store or market, but everything is sold from boats! You can buy the food you want by using a boat or from the bank of the river. The most visited floating market in Thailand is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
- Chao Phraya River and Waterways
Chao Phraya River is the main river in Thailand. It is 372 kilometers long and 50 meters wide. Many tourists enjoy the river at night. One of the most popular ways to enjoy the river is on a luxury cruise where tourists can eat dinner and see cultural performances.
- Jim Thompson House and Museum
The Jim Thompson House and Museum is an American architect’s house. Jim Thompson lived in Thailand because of his love for Thailand’s architecture. Jim built a traditional Thai house. It became famous after he mysteriously disappeared in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Jim Thompson was also an entrepreneur who introduced Thai silk to the international world.
- Khao San Road
Khao San Road is an area located a block from the Chao Phraya River. This is a popular place for backpackers. They can find affordable hotels and restaurants. Khao San Road is especially crowded at night.
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Now go out and enjoy your vacation. You deserve it!