Today’s Bangkok is the pearl of Southeast Asia, as it concentrates a substantial share of the region’s economic and cultural potential. Bangkok is also renowned for its skyrocketing growth in all aspects. Of all worlds’ major capitals, it seems to have made the most tremendous leap forward in public transportation and traffic. The extensive Skytrain and underground, as well as river taxi networks, provide decent connection between the city’s biggest business, shopping, industrial and cultural objects and residential areas. Rapid growth, well-organized traffic and a numerous sights have made Bangkok an attraction for tourists from around the globe.
Top 10 Sights in Bangkok
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace tops the Bangkok tourist attraction charts. Built in 1782 as a royal residence, it is still used by governmental authorities for ceremonial purposes and is home to the Emerald Buddha.
This temple is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it houses an enormous statue, which stretches out for too long for the eye to embrace. Built by King Rama centuries ago, it was used for medical purposes and is still home to a traditional medical school, which provides massage services.
The Temple of Dawn symbolizes what Buddhism defines as the center of the universe (Mount Meru). Today, visitors seek to climb to its highest point before sunset to watch the striking city panorama and the sun sinking into the Chao Praya River.
Jim Thompson’s House
Jim Thompson, a former American security service agent, settled in Thailand after WWII and launched silk production. He received the Order of the White Elephant as a foreigner who had greatly contributed to Thai economy. Today, Jim Thompson’s house is a museum that tells a good story of his life and the history of Thai silk industry.
Housed in the Wang Na Palace, the National Museum presents a huge collection of artifacts, weaponry, old household items, musical instruments, regalia, ceramics and chronologically arranged Buddha statues. The collection covers the entire history of Thailand from ancient times to nowadays.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is renowned as a huge cluster of accommodation facilities of various categories. Also, there are a large number of restaurants, bars, cafes, travel agencies, convenience stores, etc. This is the first place that comes to mind when you have to decide where to reside during your trip to Thailand.
This weekend market has thousands of stalls offering a full spectrum of goods: jewellery, souvenirs, silverware, clothes, food, etc. Chatuchak market is a whole-day place to visit, so it is advisable to exclude all other activities from your schedule for this day.
Founded by King Rama VI in the 1920s, Lumpini Park is now a wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility in the middle of a buzzing metropolis. Both Bangkokians and tourists come over here to breathe fresh air, take a boat ride on the pond, admire flora and fauna and take a morning jog.
This unique shopping mall takes you on a brief yet exciting trip around the world. Floors are themed to different cities of the world: Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Istanbul, etc.
Located in the Chatuchak district, this building strongly resembles an elephant – Thailand’s national animal. It is visible from a large number of vantage points and is used as an apartment block and office building.
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When to Go to Bangkok
The best time to visit Bangkok is during the so-called ‘cool season’ that lasts from late November to January. Although temperature is at its lowest point during this time, you do not need to change into winter clothes. In a tropical climate, there are just three ways to define weather: hot, very hot and rainy, and extremely hot.
Where it is Located
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is located on the Indochinese Peninsula, in the Chao Praya lowland, on the river Chao Praya, which empties into the Bight of Bangkok of the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is also the center of the Bangkok province. Thanks to its rapidly evolving transportation systems, Bangkok boasts increasingly favorable logistics and favorable investment climate.