24 Jun Chapter 1 – With Love Bangkok!
As you all know Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. Bangkok is one of the affordable destinations, especially from India. Bangkok is known for it’s street food, jazz bars/club, giant malls, nightlife, magnificent temples, thriving markets and a lot more.
Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions we visited in Bangkok:
Chatuchak Market: Its a famous weekend market
Open from 6am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Its a must go because you get everything here at dirt cheap prices! Can you believe its spread over 27 acres with swirling streets? When we visited, most of the shops were closed due to the water festival and only a few shops were open. The visit was not that worth as a result. I did shop a few items though.
Wat Phra Chetuphon, also known as Wat Pho is famous for its 15m Reclining Buddha decorated in laksana. It is located in Phra Nakhon and is one of the oldest temples. It is also one among the six royal temples. Wat Pho is just ten minutes away from the Grand Palace. You can buy a box of coins and drop it in the bronze bowl which is considered to bring good luck. Wat Pho has attractions like four chapels, courtyard, massage center, and murals. Entrance fee is around 200 baht per person. We just got a glimpse from outside and couldn’t go inside. We didn’t spot any Indians here. There is a market just outside Wat Pho which is nice and we had a walk through the market.
Wat Arun Ratchawararam is also known as the Temple of Dawn. It is located around the banks of the Chao Phraya River. One can take a princess cruise ride to get a view of the Bangkok skyline. It is located in the Yai district. I really loved visiting this temple and the architecture was amazing. There was a music concert going on in the evening. My camera ran out of battery just when I reached here and I had only mobile to shoot 🙁 Entry fee here is around 100 Baht per person.
Wat Benjamphobit is known as the temple of marble and located in Dusit District. Undoubtedly, this one was the most beautiful temple. It typifies the ornate style building. The entrance fee is around 20-50 baht per person which is comparatively less.
Tip: Bangkok temples are best visited at sunrise or sunset. Basically, if you have visited one temple, you have visited them all because there are many striking similarities. Make sure to be respectful, dress appropriately, remove your footwear. Beware of Scammers. Temple Timings are like Opening hours: 8:30am-6:30pm except for the Grand Palace which closes by 3.30pm.
The Grand Palace is a group of royal buildings within the heart of Bangkok. The palace was once the official residence of the Kings of Siam. The view itself is spectacular. Entrance fee is around 500 baht per person. You can gain access to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. There is the Temple of Emerald Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew. Again we had a glimpse from outside and it was impressive.
City Pillar Shrine:
Bangkok City Pillar Shrine is locally known as Lak meang. People come here to get blessing for their luck or prosperity and offer oil lantern/flowers. People consider the shrine as a protector. There is a Buddha statue as well and it is surrounded by holy relics. The shrine connects to interesting places.
This is popularly known as the Golden Mount or ‘Phu Khao Thong’. It is a hill crowned with golden stupa tops. I had a glimpse of this from the long while traveling. I was told it is a man-made piligrim center. Open 9am-5pm.
We also spotted this Historical Military Government Building In Bangkok.
Platinum / Palladium Mall: These are two giant shopping complexes at the Pratunam Intersection. Platinum Mall houses all kinds of technology gadgets, phone, electronic accessories, and printing services. Platinum Mall is a popular spot to get great deals for fashionable clothes, bags, footwear, jewelry, and luggage. A separate post coming up on shopping areas.
During late evenings, the area outside the mall is filled with street vendors selling souvenirs and snacks.
Pratunam Market: It is a large crowded market open day and night. Goods are sold at a wholesale price here. Plenty of tees, pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, innerwear and blouses are sold here. You can get watches and sunglasses for as low as 100 baht. Beware of pickpocketers.
Also try to resist your temptation to buy unwanted things. Everything looks cute.
Other Attractions in Bangkok:
Themed Cafes – Hello Kitty / Unicorn
Jim Thompson House Museum
Khaosan Road for backpackers
Madame Tussans Wax Museum
Sea Life Ocean World
Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm
Glass Skywalk at King Power Mahanakhon
Bangkok never sleeps and is full of activities. I found this city very fascinating. The inhabitants were smiling and kind. Pick from these places near Bangkok, and enjoy your vacation break. You can also book day tours to Kanchanaburi (Famous spots like Erawan Falls/River Kwai), Ayutthaya, Pattaya or Tung Prong Thong (Rayong province) if time permits.