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10 BEST Places to Visit in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a big city with magnificent shrines and bustling streets. The Chao Phraya River, which is overflowing with boats, feeds the Rattanakosin royal area, which is home to the magnificent Grand Palace and the sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Wat Pho Temple, with its massive reclining Buddha, is nearby, as is Wat Arun Temple, with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire on the opposite coast. 

Below are he 10 must visiting places in Bangkok are:

1. Grand Palace

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Grand Palace

Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand, located in the centre of the city. Since 1782, the palace has served as the royal residence of the Kings of Siam (and later, Thailand). Until 1925, the king, his court, and his royal government were all housed on the palace grounds. Although King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and his successor King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) lived at the Dusit Palace's Chitralada Royal Villa and Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, respectively, the Grand Palace is still utilised for official ceremonies. Every year, a number of royal events and official occasions are hosted within the palace's walls.

The palace was built on the order of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, who relocated the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok on May 6, 1782. Many new buildings and constructions were erected throughout the reigns of successive kings, particularly during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). By 1925, the king, the Royal Family, and the administration had moved out of the palace and had taken up residence elsewhere. All government offices moved out of the palace once absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932.

2. Temple of the Emerald Buddha | Wat Phra Kaew

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Wat Phra Kaew/Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is within the Grand Palace, is Thailand's most sacred Buddhist temple. The complex consists of a variety of structures within the Grand Palace's precincts in Bangkok's historic centre. It houses the Emerald Buddha statue, which is considered the country's palladium.

The temple was built under the orders of Rama I, the first ruler of the Chakri dynasty, in 1783. The monarchy and the state have a national shrine. Each king has donated sacred and costly things to the temple over the years, transforming it into a treasury. The temple complex have a number of buildings designed for  religious purposes and created in a range of Thai architectural styles while keeping following to Thai religious architecture's fundamental ideals.

 3. Wat Pho | Temple of the Reclining Buddha

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Wat Pho/Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand's Phra Nakhon District. It is located directly south of the Grand Palace on Rattanakosin Island. The official name of Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan, widely known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan. Wat Pho is a truncation of Wat Photaram, which was the temple's previous name.

The temple is the first of six temples in Thailand that are classified as first-class royal temples of the highest degree. It is linked to King Rama I, who erected the temple complex on the site of an older temple. It became his primary temple, and part of his ashes is interred there. Rama III later extended the temple and restored it considerably. The compound contains Thailand's greatest collection of Buddha images, including a 46-meter-long reclining Buddha. The temple is regarded Thailand's first public education centre, and UNESCO's Memory of the World Program has recognised the marble pictures and inscriptions put in the temple for public instruction. It is home to a Thai medicine school and is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is still taught and performed there.

4. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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Wat Arun/Temple of Down

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Wat Arun Buddha

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) or Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok's Yai district, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple takes its name from the Hindu god Aruna, who is commonly depicted as the rising sun's rays. Wat Arun is one of Thailand's most well-known landmarks. The first light of the day reflects in a lovely iridescence off the temple's surface. Although the temple has been around since the seventeenth century, its characteristic prang (spire) was built during the reigns of Rama II and Rama III in the early nineteenth century.

Wat Arun's prominent feature is its centre prang, which is covered in colourful porcelain. This is interpreted as a pagoda with a stupa-like structure encrusted with coloured faience. Various sources estimate the height to be between 66.8 m (219 ft) and 86 m. (282 ft). Four tiny satellite prangs circle the corners. Seashells and porcelain shards adorn the prang, which were once used as ballast by boats arriving in Bangkok from China.

The Chao Phraya River provides access to Wat Arun, and boats sail across the river to the Maharaj port. The temple charges a 100 baht admission fee for foreigners. During Kathina, the king leads a procession of royal barges to Wat Arun to deliver new garments to the monks.

5. The Golden Buddha | Wat Traimit

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Wat Traimit/Golden Buddha Temple

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Golden Buddha/Wat Traimit

The Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), also known in Thai as Phra Sukhothai Traimit and officially designated Phra Phuttha Maha Suwant to Patimakon, is a 5.5-tonne gold Maravijaya Attitude sitting Buddharupa statue (5,500 kilograms). It is housed in the Wat Traimit temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The statue was covered with a coating of plaster and coloured glass to conceal its true value at one point in its history, and it stayed in this condition for about 200 years, eventually becoming a tiny pagoda. The plaster was scraped off and the gold revealed during the statue's transfer in 1955.

The statue's origin is unknown. It was made in the manner of the Sukhothai Dynasty in the 13th-14th centuries, but it could have been made later. The statue's head is egg-shaped, indicating that it dates from the Sukothai period. Sukothai art had Indian influences, and metal Buddha figurines created in India were transported to various locations for installation, implying that portions of the Golden Buddha statue were cast in India.

The Sukothai period is indicated by the shape of the statue's head.

Around 1403 the statue was most likely carried from Sukhothai to Ayutthaya.

6. Wat Saket (Ratcha Wora)

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Wat Saket

The striking golden Chedi of Phu Khao Thong, or 'the Golden Mountain,' can be found at Wat Saket. This huge structure, perched atop a high hill in Bangkok's old city, has a long and tumultuous history.

Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, often known as Wat Saket, is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok's Pom Prap Sattru Phai neighbourhood.

The temple was originally known as Wat Sakae during the Ayutthaya period. King Rama I (1737–1809) rebuilt the temple and gave it its current name when Bangkok became the capital. Its name means "to wash hair" in English. Because it was thought that the monarch would return from the war on the way. Before approaching the inner city, he came here to take a bath and wash his hair.

King Rama III (1788–1851), Rama I's grandson, planned to create a massive chedi inside Wat Saket, however the chedi fell during construction due to the soft soil of Bangkok being unable to withstand the weight. The abandoned mud-and-brick construction grew overrun with weeds and took on the shape of a natural hill over the next few decades. It was dubbed the phu khao by the natives, as if it were a natural feature.

 7. Chinatown (Yaowarat) Bangkok

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Chinatown Bangkok

Bangkok's Chinatown is a renowned tourist destination as well as a sanctuary for authentic Chinese cuisine. After nightfall, local gourmands throng here to enjoy the colourful street-side restaurants and sellers. During the day, throngs descend upon this 1-kilometer stretch and neighbouring Charoenkrung Road to buy for necessities, trade gold, or visit one of the area's many Buddhist temples.

Its unending rows of market booths and wooden shop-houses exude a contagious energy that will leave you wanting to return for more. Visit Bangkok's Chinatown during big events, such as Chinese New Year, to experience it at its best.

 8. Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Market Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market (also known as JJ Market) in Bangkok was formerly only famous among wholesalers and dealers, but it has now become a must-see destination for visitors to Thailand's capital. Any seasoned shopper will be brought to their knees by the market's sheer breadth and different selections of items – it's a place where you can truly "shop until you drop."

More than 8,000 market stalls are sprawled across more than 14 hectares in Chatuchak. On a normal Saturday, almost 200,000 people gather here to peruse the wares on offer. Veteran shoppers will agree that almost everything is on sale here, albeit not all of it is at the best possible prices.

 9. Asiatique: The Riverfront

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Asiatique: The Riverfront

Asiatique: The Riverfront is a great blend of two famous shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall. It's a 10-minute walk downstream from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. It has been turned from a lively international trade port to a massive replica warehouse complex with over 1,500 stores and 40 restaurants.

It's a lot of fun to spend an evening here perusing the stores, buying up gifts or something for yourself. The Calypso ladyboy cabaret, as well as a Muay Thai show and a vintage Thai puppets performance, are all performed nightly.

 10. Chao Phraya River & waterways (Riverside)

Chao Phraya River & waterways (Riverside)

The Chao Phraya riverbank, one of Bangkok's most attractive regions, displays a continuously changing image day and night, with water taxis and heavily laden rice barges moving upstream against a backdrop of sparkling temples and luxury hotels. Some of Bangkok's oldest villages may be found between Wat Arun and Phra Sumeru Fortress, particularly Bangkok Noi with its lovely atmosphere of stilt dwellings lining the complicated waterways.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

As Bangkok is an international tourist destination, it has all types of hotels available, from super-luxury to budget. Getting a hotel is not a big issue; anyone can find their own accommodation as per their suitable budget. Below is a list of a few hotels of my choice.

Tourist-Friendly Hotels in Bangkok

Best Luxury Hotels in Bangkok

Anantara Siam • Banyan Tree • Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Bangkok's Best Boutique Hotels

Chakrabongse Villas • Hansar Hotel • Ariyasom Villa

Bangkok's Best Budget Hotels

Ibis Khaosan Viengtai • Buddy Lodge • Novotel on Siam Square

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