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Top Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok – the city of angels – is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, but much more a center for arts, fashion and entertainment, with many cultural landmarks such as countless temples, and with a vivid street life at any time of day or night.

It is one of the world's top tourist destinations and one of the must-see cities in Asia. Find out more about Bangkok's attractions:

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is the former residence of the kings of Siam, as Thailand was named before. When passing the two yaks at the entrance, you will find yourself in a different world of fairy tales. It is a must-see on your visit to Bangkok.

The Grand Palace consists of numerous buildings, halls and pavilions surrounded by open lawns, gardens and courtyards. It is used for official receptions of the King’s guests, state guests, and other foreign dignitaries and still contains a number of royal offices and a museum.

Location: Thanon Na Phra Lan, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok.

Opening hours: 8:30 - 15:30

Entrance fee: 500 Baht (together with Temple of Emerald Buddha)

You can take a boat to either Tha Tien pier or Tha Chang pier.

Best time to visit is probably morning time, before vast crowds of tourists appear.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Khaeo is situated right next to The Grand Palace, forming an ensemble with it and sharing the same entrance. Admire the wall paintings in the colonnades around the Emerald Buddha statue.

The whole scene is dominated by splendid colors and by gold. See the royal audience chamber in Phra Thinang Amarin Winitchai, with its gold overcharged throne. They say, you will find nothing alike in the whole of Thailand.

Location: Thanon Na Phra Lan, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok.

Opening hours: 8:30 - 15:30

Entrance fee: 500 Baht (together with The Grand Palace)

Please dress modestly, cover upper arms and feet. Shorts and skirts should reach the knees.

You can take a boat to either Tha Tien pier or Tha Chang pier.

The best time to visit is probably morning time, before vast crowds of tourists appear.

Wat Arun

Situated on the bank of Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is one of the visually most recognized attractions of Bangkok. The temple is in the center of an extensive garden with green trees and many statues. Its surface is covered with a million Asian pottery, shells and glass shards, making it unique and dazzling in the sunlight.

After restoration, this temple is fully accessible again, and one can climb the steep stairs from all four corners of the building. Alternatively, one can watch Wat Arun glow at sunset from the opposite side of Chao Phraya River.

Location: On the west side of Chao Praya River, opposite Tha Thien Pier

Opening hours: 8:30 - 17:30

Entrance fee: 100 Baht

The best time to visit is probably at sunset.

A tip for insiders is to enjoy a drink and the view from the bar “the deck” on the roof-deck of the Arun-Residence Hotel.

Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House, on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal, is the garden-enclosed home of James H.W. Thompson, an American businessman of Thai silk industry. Consisting of six traditional teak-structured Thai-style buildings, this house is a museum, holding its owner's extensive art collection.

Take this trip into ancient Asian objects of art from Thailand, China, Cambodia and Burma, covering paintings, sculptures, porcelain and other collectable items.

Location: Soi Kasemsan 2, Bangkok

Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00

Entrance fee: 100 Baht

Take the Skytrain to National Stadium Station.

National Museum

The Bangkok National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts of the country. It offers a wide range of decorative arts and an ethnological collection of Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, Khon masks, puppets, ceramics and clothing, and you can find textiles, woodcarvings and traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia.

One of the most remarkable exhibitions is the funeral chariots of the royal family, made of teak and gold-plated, some up to 15m high. Furthermore, find examples of Thai architecture including the Buddhaisawan chapel and various beautiful pavilions.

Location: 4 Naphrathat Road, Phra Nakorn District

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 - 16:00

Entrance fee: 200 Baht

If you take a boat, get off at pier 9 Tha Chang/Tha Phrachan

In order not to miss anything, take a guided tour.

Chao Phraya River

It is also called the River of Kings, because all three cities where Thailand's kings had their residences, Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Bangkok, are on this river. It used to be the main transportation route of ancient Bangkok and, with a length of 370 km, of the whole of Thailand.

Three of Bangkok's attractions are on the bank of Chao Phraya River: The Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. You will also find some of the best hotels there. The river is the scene for several festivals, such as Loy Krathong, during which candles are set floating on the river. Take a boat tour or a dinner cruise to watch the skyline and endless number of illuminated temples pass by along the banks.

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Brahma – the Lord of creation – in Pathum Wan district of Bangkok. It was built after a number of casualties occurred during the construction of Erawan Hotel.

To support one's prayers to Brahma, a group of dancers is available to propitiate the God of creation, whom you can ask for money, love, health but also success in your career and satori.

Location: On Ratchaprasong crossing, across Central World Plaza

The best time to visit: Between seven and eight o'clock – morning and night.

You can buy a little gift from the small booths along Phloenchit Street to sacrifice to Brahma.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

As Bangkok’s Khlongs (canals) have been filled up to build streets during the last decades, the hot spot for the floating markets today is Damnoen Saduak, a city about 80 km south-west of Bangkok. As a photographer you will enjoy the colorful motives there, known also from a James Bond movie.

In ancient times, the river carried the boats and their loads of fresh vegetables and other agricultural products from the countryside into the cities. These days it is still worth visiting the floating markets, especially in the morning between 6 and 9 a.m., before the tourists dominate the scene.

From Bangkok city you will have to take a car to reach this destination. We will be happy to organize an individual or a group tour for you.

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market is said to be Thailand’s biggest in-door market, covering a surface of 1.13 square kilometers. It contains more than 10,000 little shops and stores, the majority of which are only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

It is a paradise for those who love to bargain. You can buy almost anything from clothes and food to antiques and handicrafts. It attracts some 300,000 visitors on a busy day, being a good spot to pick up souvenirs and enjoy the local atmosphere.

Location: Kampendpetch 2 Road, Ladyao, Chatuchok

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 6:00 - 18:00

Take the subway (MET) and get off at Chatuchak Park

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