Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its largest city with a population of more than 8 million people (in 2010 year). Bangkok always holds a high position in world’s top tourism destinations with more than 16 million international tourists annually!
200 years ago, the population of Bangkok was only 50000 but the city grew as the city modernized. Once a small trading post, Bangkok became a fast-growing mega city!
WHERE TO GO IN BANGKOK?
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings, the home of the Thai King. It was built in 1782 when the King Rama I decided to build a capital city for Chakri Dynasty (current ruling royal house). It was the home not only for the King, but for his court, royal government and the royal mint.
Although, The Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Thailand, it is overcrowded and the ticket price is quite high. Also, there is a strict dress code. Men must wear pants, shirts with sleeves. No see-through clothes, no bare shoulders and etc. for women.
Opening hours: 8:30 – 15:30. For better experience try to visit it at 8:30 – 9:00.
Price: 400 baht (~12$)
After the Grand Palace you will definitely want to get a more relaxing experience, so Wat Pho, known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the second in our list of recommended attractions! Wat Pho is just few minutes away from the Grand Palace. The most popular thing about the Buddhist temple is the huge statue of the Reclining Buddha. There are more than one thousand Buddha images some of them sitting in lotus position. There you can also try a traditional Thai massage! Wat Pho is a birthplace of traditional Thai massage, so you are literally in good hands here!
Opening hours: Every day 8:00 – 17:00
Price: 100 baht (~3$)
Bangkok is full of beautiful temples, but usually two temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho contest for being the best temple in the city!
To get to Wat Arun from Wat Pho, you can take a ferry across the Chao Phraya River, which costs only 3 baht. Wat Arun is one of the best known and recognizable Thailand’s landmarks, not only because it is situated on the riverbank but because of its remarkable design. The temple is particularly amazing when the temple’s surface reflects the light of the morning sun and when it is lit up at night. Also, you can climb to the top for fantastic views of the city!
The temple is a bit different to the other temples in Bangkok and this is another reason to visit Wat Arun!
Opening hours: Every day 8:00 – 17:30
Price: 50 baht (~1.5$)
Bangkok is a very busy town and few things can spoil your impression of Bangkok – heavy traffic congestion, fumes, noise, intense heat, but Lumpini Park is like an oasis that is in the heart of the business district!
The park was created in 1920 and this is the first park in Bangkok! Smoking is not allowed in the park, as well as dogs.
Many activities are provided for the visitors. You can rent boats there or watch birds; the park is the home for more than 30 species of birds! There is a library where you can take a book or you can take sports equipment in the Lumpini Youth Centre for dancing or to play football, basketball. Also, there are few places where you can grab something to eat.
Opening hours: 4:30 – 21:00
Entry fee: No
If you still have the Grand Palace entry ticket, then you can visit the Dusit Palace for free using the ticket! The Dusit Palace is a complex of royal residences. Although, this is the primary residence of the King, it is not the official residence.
Back in the 1900s, King Rama V began to build the complex in order to escape the heat of the Grand Palace. King Rama V was the first Thai ruler to visit Europe. He was very impressed and he came back to Thailand with ideas of modernization. And one of the best examples of the modernization process is the Dusit Palace!
Opening hours: 9:30 – 16:00
Entry fee: 100 baht (~3$)