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About Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.


Activities

The Grand Palace

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The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a must for any first time visitor. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. If you are going to spend any time in Bangkok, plan a trip to see this magnificent display of opulence that serves as the religious, ritual, and spiritual center of the country for all Thai people. Even though only certain areas of the main palace are fully open to tourists, the outlying structures and gardens showcase some of the most spectacular architecture, sculptures, and Artworks in Thailand.


Wat Arun Temple

Photographer: Alexandr Podvalny

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Visitors are welcome to climb up to the middle level of the grand pagoda and those that do are rewarded with a beautiful view of the winding Chao Phraya River below as well as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho on the opposite bank of the river.


Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)

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Wat Saket ‘The temple of the Golden Mount’, which is located outside the old area of Bangkok, is one of the city’s oldest temples. The Golden Mountain is a well-known and much revered landmark in Bangkok. A climb to the top of the mount is a journey of 344 steps. Visitors are treated to several resting spots and viewpoints while climbing the many steps leading to the top of the mount.


Go to Chinatown

Photographer: Suzukii Xingfu

Bangkok’s Chinatown has everything for everybody. Whether you are interested to explore the renowned street-side cuisine or discover untold shopping bargains on the vibrant back streets of the city’s oldest community, Chinatown is a destination that should not be missed. Regardless of the time of day or night Chinatown is bustling with shoppers, sellers, diners and tourists. Every small road in Chinatown is packed with market stalls, sidewalk restaurants and gold shops. Chinatown has a frenzied vibe of commerce that draws visitors in with its promise of something new and undiscovered around every corner.


Wat Pho Temple

Photographer: Nikki Hatten

The Wat Pho temple, is one of the six temples in Thailand that are of the highest grade of first class Royal temples. Wat Pho serves as home to the massive 46-meter long reclining Buddha image, the size of which must be experienced in person as it is simply breathtaking. The amazing feeling of taking in the sight of the enormous golden figure of the ‘enlightened one’ cannot be explained with words, and even more rarely captured in photos due to its massive size. It is a must do for any first-time visitor to Bangkok.


Nana Plaza

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Nana Plaza is Bangkok’s naughty central, notorious for its racy themed go-go bars. It’s three storeys of eye-popping activity all focused around a square-shaped central atrium. Unlike at the better-known Soi Cowboy or Patpong, Nana Plaza is a ‘more adult’ scene. That means no families, no markets and few curious tourists strolling in for a look. It is a popular venue for those in the mood for an exotic visual experience, and something extreme to talk about when back home.



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