The Ultimate Guidebook to Bangkok

Bangkok was established as Thailand’s capital in 1782. The city is unique among its South-East Asian neighbors in the way its comforting modern marvels and the magic of ancient times became blended seamlessly as a result of 200 years of harmonic coexistence. Today, Bangkok has become the principal gateway and prime tourist attraction for both domestic and international travelers.

Bangkok has the ultimate experience for everyone. The only question is: how will you find yours? Visitors might be confused by the dazzling variety of things to do, places to see. This site was designed to help you get the most out of the time that you spend in the City of Angels. We do this not only by providing a detailed description of all major attractions found in Thailand’s capital, but also by going through everything that may hold interest to visitors, and covering these in exquisite detail. Pictures and text describe temples, shrines, museums, tourist attractions, shopping and more; if it’s in Bangkok, you’ll find it here.

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There is lots of information in this site; clearly defined categories prevent you from getting lost. The “Highlights” section allows you to find the top ten most relevant attractions The list you see below helps you find the right information quickly, while the links to the left are useful when you want to dwell deeper into an interesting category.

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), located in the same compound in the very heart of Bangkok, are most frequently visited by foreign tourists and local people alike. The Grand Palace is famous for its impressive buildings. Wat Phra Kaeo is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It houses Phra Kaeo Morakot, the most highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of fine jade. It is so richly and intricately decorated that, once entering the temple, visitor will feel as if they were in a real “city of angels”. Open daily from 08.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Vimanmek Mansion, th e biggest golden teakwood building in the world, was built in 1901 by King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) as a royal residence. It is located behind the old National Assembly Building . After having been deserted for decades, it was renovated recently by order of HM Queen Sirikit and opened to the public as the private museum of the late king where priceless treasures and a collection of the king’s memorabilia are displayed. It is open daily from 9.30 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.

Wat Chetuphon (Wat Pho), founded in the 16th century, is the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho was the first open university of Thailand which used to offer courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, archeology, astrology and medicine. It is well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), is attractive in its striking prangs (a kind of pagoda) which are decorated with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain. Its central prang, at a height of a 20-storey building, is the tallest prang of Thailand where a good view of the nearby surroundings can be obtained.

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), is one of the most modern works of Thai religious architecture. Graceful and tranquil, it is famous for its main chapel built in white Carrara Italian marble to house a replica of Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha image, Phra Phutthachinarat.

National Museum, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, contains an 18th century palace and a group of well-designed buildings, housing Thailand’s artistic treasures from prehistoric to contemporary. Open Daily from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. except Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. Tours conducted in English on Wednesday and Thursday, French (Wed), German (Thu.) and Japanese (1st & 2nd Wed. of month).

Wat Traimit which houses the world’s biggest gold Buddha image, presumably 700 or 800 years old.

Wat Suthat is a good place to see the blend of Thai art and Chinese art, the style which flourished in the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851).

Snake Farm. The world’s second oldest of it’s kind, where venom extracting and feeding are demonstrated at 11.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on weekdays or 11.00 a.m. on holidays.

Weekend Market at Chatuchak Park on Phahonyothin Road. Thousands of people come here to see and buy kinds of goods ranging from clothes to handicrafts, from garden plants to pets, from utensils to antiques.

Suan Pakkad Palace stands on Si Ayutaaya Road. The palace was first opened to the public by the late Princess Chumphot of Nagara Svarga in 1959. There are several lacquer pavilions and collections of ancient Thai objets d’ art and artifacts.

Khamthieng House is a 160 years old authentic northern Thai teak house which was moved in perfect condition from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by the Siam Society of Asok Road in order to keep a specimen of the fast disappearing Lanna Thai style construction for the younger generations.

The Floating Market. Though the more authentic floating market has been moved to Damnoensaduak in Ratchaburi province, an excursion to the floating market in Bangkok is still worthwhile for those who love to see canalside Thai Life. Tours start in the early morning, mostly from Tha Chang Landing near the Grand Palace.

Siam Park, an amusement park for the whole family. Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm, the largest crocodile farm in the world with a crocodile population of over 60,000. Ancient City, the world’s largest outdoor museum filled with replicas of Thailand’s historic monuments and works of art. Buddha Monthon, the Buddhist precinct built to celebrate the completion of the 25th century of the Buddhist Era. Rose Garden, where a cultural show is given for the public daily. Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo, located on the way to Nakhon Pathom, presents a unique elephants them show. Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist monument standing 120.45 m. high in Nakhon Pathom. Thai Human Imagery Museum, the first museum of fibre-glass human images of Thailand. Please visit our sister site at Bangkok-Daytrips.com for full details.