Bangkok’s colourful history dates back to the 15th century and today is a vibrant prosperous city boasting a staggering population of over 14 million inhabitants.There is so much to see and do in Thailand that we could go on forever, however we have compiled a guide to the top travel destinations in Bangkok.
Also known as the temple of the dawn, this breath taking temple is one of Bangkok’s finest landmarks and can be found on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. With its dramatic spire reaching a staggering 70 metres high, colourful, intricate design and stunning riverside location Wat Arun is very different from other temples in the city.
The Grand Palace within the Old City is a sight to behold, and tourists can enjoy walking the same sacred grounds as the Thai Kings and Royal courts from years gone by. Within the palace complex there are exquisite examples of Thai craftsmanship, one of the most popular being the Wat Prakaew temple,which contains the ancientEmerald Buddha.Visitors must adhere to a strict dress code on this sacred site so ensure you wear modest clothes, long trousers and sleeves and have no bare feet.
The Floating Markets
A trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the colourful bustling floating markets on the Chao Phraya River. The largest of these markets is Damnoen Saduak, but we recommend heading to Amphawa which is frequented by the Thai people themselves. Here you can marvel at the floating wooden vessels filled with everything from fresh seafood to locally sourced fruit and flowers.
Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is an integral part of life in Bangkok, providing a transportation system for both people and goods and a trading area. Water taxis and boat tours are available throughout the day so you can enjoy the spectacular city skyline, and the most dramatic views can be enjoyed at night when the city is lit up.
Jim Thompson’s House
This 100 year old wooden house contains a breath taking collection of fine Asian art and antiques once owned by esteemed entrepreneurJim Thompson. A trained architect, Jim relocated to Thailand when he was discharged from military service in 1946. He spent 30 years reviving the Thai silk industry before mysteriously disappearing into the Malaysian jungle in 1967, never to be found again.