5 Things to do in Bangkok
To visit Bangkok and not to see the Grand Palace is the same as not to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Any guide to Bangkok will certainly include this beauty into your must-see list. The magnificent construction of traditional Thai architecture impresses with exquisite decorations and it’s size: 218,000 square meters, surrounded by two-kilometer walls, with several palace buildings and 95 pagodas.
Visitors to the palace can admire the luxurious decoration of the halls and frescoes with episodes from the life of King Rama I and, of course, take a walk around the grounds of the palace complex.
Opening hours: from 08:30 to 16:30
Entry is 350 baht.
The dress code: long sleeve shirt and pants or skirt covering the knees.
2-Visit Temple of the Dawn
Temple of the Dawn (Was Arun) is the calling card of almost all of Thailand. This name is not accidental: it is at dawn hours that the temple looks the most majestic and beautiful. Another remarkable feature is that it is still functional today and hosts religious ceremonies.
The main treasure of the temple is the 79-meter prang, which holds relics of Buddhism. All the buildings of the temple, as well as the surface of the stupa, are intricately decorated with magnificent porcelain, mined, according to legend, from the bottom of the Chao Phraya river, on which Wat Arun stands. In the evenings, on the territory of the temple, light shows telling about its history are held, In the evening there is a light show that tells about the temple history. Also if you climb to the very top, you will have a breathtaking view of the city and the river.
Entrance to the temple is free, a visit to the pagoda is paid.
Vimanmek is famous for being the largest in the world wooden building, built without a single nail!
The fact that the palace is made of pink yew makes it look like a huge carved jewelry box. Items that belonged to the royal family are stored in the 80 rooms of the palace: the finest porcelain items, furniture, hunting trophies and much more. A park and a pond near the palace create a uniquely peaceful atmosphere.
The palace is located in Dusit Park. Guided tours in English (4 groups per day) are held from 11:00 to 14:00.
When visiting the palace, you must comply with the dress code: a long sleeve shirt and trousers or a skirt covering the knees.
4-Check out the markets
The markets of Bangkok usually remain in the shadow of the brighter landmarks of the capital, although there you can see some real local life and culture, unlike temples and palaces. In the morning you can go to any grocery market to buy fruit for the day and check out Thai product selection – you will definitely find some new fruit for you.
Get a massage near Wat Pho and visit the colorful flower market after that.
In the vicinity of Bangkok, there are several photogenic "floating markets", where instead of counters there are boats. The most famous and major among them are Taling Chan (open on weekends) and Damnoen Saduak (open daily). And, perhaps, the most exotic bazaar of Thailand is located on the railroad at the station Maeklong. It would be the most common grocery market if the trains didn’t rumble right along, and the vendors didn’t remove the goods from the rails a second before the roaring diesel locomotive appeared.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of crowded Bangkok and go to Lumpini Park. Shady avenues and a cool pond with boats make you want to just relax. If you can’t imagine your life without sports, you can workout, bike and play sports.
In the park, in addition to cats and turtles, you can see monitor lizards, which are so used to visitors and being photographed. Do not miss the opportunity!
The park is located at Rama IV Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan.
From Khao San Road, you can take a taxi there for 100 baht.
The entrance to the park is free.
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