For visitors who come to Bangkok for the first time, they might feel that the city does not instantly give a good atmosphere. However, despite the overcrowding traffic, heat and air pollution with a population of over 9 million people, yet Bangkok is a vibrant city offering some unique cultural, historic and natural attractions for everyone.
Located in Central Thailand, Bangkok is the capital city with numerous ancient temples, high rise buildings, bustling markets, marvelous palaces, and dazzling nightlife. This overview of some tourist attractions in Bangkok:
The Reclining Buddha ( Wat Pho)
This is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok that houses the huge Reclining Buddha statue. The gold plated Reclining Buddha statue is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, commemorating the passing of Buddha into Nirvana.
The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings and has an area of 218,400 sq. meters. The palace is surrounded by walls and the length of the four walls is 1,900 meters. It was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782 until the death of King Anada Mahidol in 1946. Later, his brother, King Bhumidol Adulyadej, moved to Chitralada Palace. Inside the Grand Palace compound located a royal chapel called the Temple of Wat Phra Keaw, the most sacred temple in Thailand where the famous jade statue of Emerald Buddha is sitting in gold clothing. Today, royal ceremonies are still held within the walls of the Grand Palace.
Khao San Road
This is the world famous hangout for backpackers as it offers every need of the budget traveler from cut-priced air fares, travel agencies, cheap accommodation as well as bars, restaurants, food stalls, convenient stores and internet cafes. It is actually only a small and short road located at central Bangkok about 1 km north of the Grand Palace. As you walk down the street, you will encounter people from all over the world eating Thai food.
Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn
Sitting grandly on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is one of the few legacies from the Chakri dynasty of Thailand and the oldest temple in Bangkok. This striking Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. Despite its name, the most spectacular moment to see the legendary temple is from the east side of the river at sunset. The temple can be reached by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier and is open to public daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.