Bangkok is Thailand's capital city and a city which is a delightful representation of the country’s rich history, culture, religion, and cosmopolitan outlook. No wonder then, that Bangkok is a hugely popular destination attracting tourists from all over the world. And to facilitate smooth connectivity, Bangkok has two International Airports: Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport.
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Though the city has its origins in the 15th century AD, it was only 200 years ago that it was founded under its current Thai name. The city, located near the mouth of the river Chao Phraya, has grown tremendously in the past few decades to become a center of trade, commerce, and politics. Though there are innumerable attractions in the city that include its bustling night life, here is what we believe no visitor to the city should miss.
Not to Miss in Bangkok
- Wat Arun: This Stupa or the Temple of Dawn, built in the 19th century in the ancient Khmer style on the banks of the river Chao Phraya, is recognizable from a distance with its towering spires. The Stupa is decorated with an ornate floral pattern in glazed porcelain.
- The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: Built in 1782, this awe-inspiring and majestic palace had been the home of the Thai kings and the royal family for 150 years. The exquisitely designed palace was also the seat of Thai administration. Within the palace complex is situated the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha that houses the small and highly revered Emerald Buddha dating back to the 14th century AD.
- Wat Pho: This temple is home to the giant Reclining Buddha statue which measures 46 meters and is covered with gold leaf. The temple complex is huge and has four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha statues, apart from huge murals in the walkways. It is also known for traditional Thai massages.
- The River Chao Phraya: The River and its waterways earned Bangkok the nick name of Venice of the East. A boat ride offers pleasant views of the riverside temples and hotels.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market: With over 8000 stall, this market is a must visit for tourists who enjoy shopping. The market offers an impossible selection of merchandise of all types, including souvenirs.
- Khao San Road: This is where you see the amalgamation of East and West. From the Tuk-Tuk drivers and street vendors that sell all kinds of stuff to clubs, pubs, and glitzy restaurants, Khao San exudes an energy that is sure to lighten up your evening.
Best Time to Visit
One of the hottest cities in the world, Bangkok has day temperatures that are higher than 30 degrees centigrade most of the year. As such, December to February, the cool months, are the best to visit the city.
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