The commercial and cultural centre of Thailand, Bangkok is rich in history and tradition. There are thousands of high-rise buildings and mesmerizing temples on both sides of the holy Chao Phraya River. A certain type of energy and madness and energy surrounds the city. Here you’ll observe a heady mix of refinement and chaos including hushed golden temples, frenzied markets and streets packed with people and food-stalls.
Bangkok truly is a lively and fast city. Shopping plays an important role in the lives of people here, and many tourists come to Bangkok because of its shopping centres such as MBK, Siam Paragon and Platinum Fashion Mall. However, it’s also full of interesting historical buildings.
Places to visit in Bangkok
- The Grand Palace
- Wat Pho
- Wat Arun
- The Poh Yot National Park
- The Surin Islands National Park
Here are 5 most unique places you can visit:
1. The Grand Palace
This is the place which is most included in everyone Bangkok holiday. Constructed in 1782, the Grand Palace was home to the Thai King for around 150 years and is now used for state functions and royal ceremonies. It combines the traditional Thai architecture with European designs and is undoubtedly one of Thailand’s major tourist highlights.
2. Wat Pho
Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is home to Thailand’s most revered buddha. The reclining buddha is 46 metres long and 15 metres tall making it the world’s largest buddha statue. It took around 16 years to complete and was finished in 1788.
The statue represents Buddha after he entered parinirvana or final state of enlightenment prior to his death at age 80. Visitors looking for another one of Thailand’s fine accomplishments will find them here with an abundance of gold plated chedis (stupas) at this temple complex where every single inch has been lavishly decorated with intricate designs. Wat Pho also offers traditional
3. Wat Arun
You can’t stop yourself from including Wat Arun in your tour to Bangkok. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it is one of the city’s most dramatic temples. Wat Arun, also known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, is at its best when glistening in the rising sun’s light. If you are not afraid of heights, brave the steep set of stairs up and be rewarded with stunning views of the area.
4. Poh Yot National Park
This park is in the northern province of Lampang – 65 kilometres from Chiang Mai. The area is a haven for rare flora and fauna, including tigers, elephants, and wild boar, as well as 300 species of birds. Located within the park’s boundaries are waterfalls and rapids.
An elephant back safari through the jungle is one of the most popular activities along with trekking up to a secluded mountain peak. River trips can also be arranged on bamboo rafts or by boat. Cave exploring is another fun activity available at Poh Yot National Park.
5. Surin Islands National Park
Located 48 kilometres off the coast of Thailand’s eastern coastline you’ll find this national park which is made up of five small islands. Visitors can explore the island’s limestone cliffs and mangroves by kayak, take a swim in an enclosed lagoon, or go snorkelling and scuba diving among the colourful coral reefs below. Hiking and birdwatching are also popular activities at this aquatic national park which has over 120 different species of birds including ospreys and sea eagles.
As far we have seen some nice places to visit in Bangkok but why not try somewhere completely different? If you’re looking for things to do in Bangkok then consider going to see the world-famous floating market. It’s said that Ramkhamhaeng Road is one of the most attractive streets in Asia, so it should be added. Know more about tourist places across the world, browse the Travel page of our blog.