5 Must See Attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok is the gateway to South East Asia, a perfect place for budget backpackers due to it’s cheap prices as a travel destination. Bangkok has something for all kinds of travellers however, whether you’re backpacking around the world or going on a luxurious shopping holiday. Many people only go through Bangkok to head to other parts of Thailand, mainly the islands in the South of the country. However the capital city has a lot to offer travellers and it’s worth spending a few days there to see some of the sites. Here are the top 5 attractions that you must see when going to Bangkok. 1. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew The Grand Palace has been home to the Thai Royal family since it’s construction in the 18th century, when the capital of Siam (Thailand) was moved to Bangkok. Although you cannot go inside the palace itself, you can wonder the grounds and marvel at the magnificence of the the buildings. Within the palace walls is also the most sacred temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). This temple is magnificent and it’s ubosot (main shrine) contains the sacred symbol of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha. Entrance fee (Gives access to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and some museums): 250Baht ($7.80) 2. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) This temple, located near the Grand Palace, began construction in the 18th century. It is a large temple complex with many interesting buildings and artwork. Most importantly though, it is home to the gigantic 45m long and 15m high Reclining Buddha, coated in gold leaf with Mother-of-pearl inlaid on it’s feet. Wat Pho is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Entrance fee: 50Baht ($1.60) 3. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) This temple began construction in 1809 and is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, opposite the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The main feature is it’s central prang (tower) and surrounding smaller prangs that are all covered in exquisite artwork and sculptures. Steep steps lead up the central prang that you can climb to the top of to get amazing views of Bangkok. Entrance fee: 50Baht ($1.60) 4. Chatuchak Weekend Maket Arguably the largest open air market in the world, Chatuchak is a must see for shoppers in Bangkok. You can get nearly anything here and often at very cheap prices. It’s so large that it is very easy to get lost, and will take a whole day to explore properly. Getting to Chatuchak weekend market is easy depending on where you are staying. It’s possible to take a train if you are staying in the Sukhumvit area, otherwise a metered taxi will cost around 100Baht from the Khao San Road area. 5. Floating Markets There are several floating markets near Bangkok, and although some can be quite touristy, it still makes for a great experience. It’s best to get there fairly early to see things properly and also to avoid the crowds. You can make your own way to the markets with buses boats or taxis, or you can take a tour from many of the main piers in the city. Bangkok has a lot to offer travellers and is definitely worth spending some of your time there before heading to other parts of Thailand.