Yay, guys! As I know that many tend to visit Bangkok very shortly on the way to other destinations in Thailand, e.g. while backpacking or as a layover, I thought I was just quickly gonna list some of the things that you absolutely can’t miss while in the city. Here we go:
Grand Palace A complex of the most breathtaking buildings that were the official residence of the Kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925. Even though late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his successor reside(d) elsewhere the premises are still used for official events and royal ceremonies.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) The first of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of royal temples. It was rebuilt on a former temple site by King Rama I who used it as one of his main temples and has some of his ashes enshrined on the site. The inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and the Ordination Hall A Buddhist temple located by the Chao Phraya River that reflects the first sunlight in the morning. The name derives from the Hindu god Aruna that is often personified as the radiation from the rising sun.
Jim Thompson House A museum hosting the art collection of American architect Jim Thompson who moved to Bangkok after the Second World War. One of few buildings that remain from the era in a traditional Thai architecture with guided tours that offer an insight into the customs of that time. Fun fact is that JFK’s little brother once dined here in the living room. Outside the house, in the jungle like garden, is a great restaurant located by a pond with koi fish (one of my personal favourites in BKK)
A floating market Where goods are sold from boats. In the past areas near the rivers where the most populated and the waterways served as means of transportation that became the centre of economical activity. Nowadays, the floating markets mostly serve as tourist attractions.