What to see in Bangkok? Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, with a population of 9 million people! A city with many contrasts, heat and heavy traffic and a lot of nightlife. This is what you will find when your plane lands, and this colorful city has many places to visit and experiences to live in.
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Here are 10 must-see destinations on your trip to Bangkok!
1. Temple of the emerald buddha
The Royal Palace, inside of which is kept in the chapel of Wat Phra Kaew, a striking statue of Buddha in emerald, is a magical place and absolutely “chaste.” Merit, perhaps, of its particular architecture (the complex where the palace is located is composed of many gold pagodas with orange roofs), of the lush gardens surrounding the area, of the bright multi-colored glass. To enter the building, you have to follow some details: access to Wat Phra Kaew is exclusively barefoot, and to visit the entire area must wear long pants (also supplied from outside the palace staff).
2. Wat Pho
It is a fascinating monument in its atypical nature, with its four white marble pagodas and, above all, for the famous statue of the reclining Buddha, 46 meters long (15 meters high) on which feet, entirely covered with mother of pearl, are depicted 108 Buddhist scenes.
Chaos and daily life can be breathed in deeply in the diverse Chinese district of the city. With its markets, its narrow streets, and typical carts that tread the streets of the district, Chinatown is highly recommended for lovers of Thai daily life and for those who want to win a memorable souvenir exploring the many shops in this cheerful “maze.”
4. Jim Thompson house
Once upon a time, a well-known American silk entrepreneur, lover of art, and beautiful things decided to build a home by mixing western-style and architectural details in a pure Thai mood. Today, the huge Thai complex of Jim Thompson has become a house-museum in the charming neighborhood of Pathumwan, an oasis of peace where time seems to stand still and one of the “spearheads” in terms of tourist attractions offered by Bangkok.
5. Sky Bar
You cannot visit and fully experience Bangkok without having tried, at least once, the experience of having a drink from one of the many sky bars in the city! An unrepeatable emotion, often with not affordable costs, but to try, at least once in a lifetime. The sky bar that we take as a reference is the Lebua Sirocco, which has become famous as the location of the second chapter of the famous film franchise “The Hangover”!
6. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Pure folklore, about 100 km from the center. The floating market of Damnoen Saduak, which has now become a must for every self-respecting tourist, overwhelms us with its mix of “modern” market – the classic corner of sale to which we are used – and a real “bargaining” corner, where you can haggle on the final price, buy products from the boats and juggle the stalls on board a longtail boat. A real journey through time.
7. Wat Arun
The extraordinary “Temple of Dawn,” Wat Arun, overlooks the Chao Phraya River. With its 260 meters and terraces from which to enjoy a breathtaking view of the river, Wat Arun owes its popularity to its extraordinary architecture – the Spiers are made in Khmer style – and to the decorations in sparkling Chinese porcelain. A true gem of Thai religious architecture.
8. Lumphini Park
It’s one of the most important green lungs in the city. With 142 acres of vegetation, fitness areas, and footpaths, Lumphini Park is the ideal location for a long and regenerating break from the chaos of the city. The park is a great environmental gem within Bangkok, where you can admire the fabulous lakes and enjoy an afternoon of peace and tranquility.
9. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
Looks can be deceiving. This can be said by simply observing from the outside the BACC, the nerve center of performing and figurative arts located near the well-known MBK shopping center. Although the concrete structure does not really entice tourists to access it, the interior of the BACC is a constantly moving and ever-evolving core! For cinema, theatre, and contemporary art lovers, the cultural center must be a “must” to visit in Bangkok.
10. Siam Square
The most cosmopolitan and commercial soul of Bangkok. Big screens, shopping malls, and tall buildings characterize the area of the city full of traffic and worldliness, where young and sophisticated fashion, unfortunately not always within reach of all budgets.