Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Top 10 places you must visit in Bangkok

Top 10 places you must visit in Bangkok ! 

1. Wat Arun ( The Temple of Dawn )

ซอยปรกอรุณ อรุณอมรินทร์  Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho.

Operation Time : 8.30a.m to 5.30p.m.

Admission Fee : 30baht for Foreigners
                         Free for Thai citizens

Dress code:

1. Shorts, mini skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights.

2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers cannot be worn.

3. Sleeveless shirts or vests cannot be worn as outer garments.

4. Sandals ( without ankle or hell straps) 

5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, cannot be rolled up.

History of the Wat Arun ( Temple of the Dawn)

2. Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw

Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)

Operation time: 8.30a.m to 3.30p.m

Admission Fee: 400 Bahts (includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.)

Dress Code : Same as Wat Arun

Built in 1782 and for 150 years the of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government- the grand palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its wall were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

3. Floating Markets

There are many floating markets and riverside around Bangkok. The most famous floating market for foreign tourists is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province.

However, Taling Chan Floating Market is actually a famous market in Bangkok. Many vendors selling fruits and other produce.

There is another floating market which is Tha Kha Floating Market in Samut Songkhram. This floating market caters for local people because not many tourists will visit as it is not so easy to get to and is not on many tour routes.

Don Wai Floating Market is another market which selling all kind of delicious food. However the market is at riverside. 

4. Chinatown ( Yaowarat )

It is a good place to head to for a wonderful dining experience. Many of tourists come here to try their bird nest because it is very cheap and affordable. 

It is also home to countless gold stores, medicine and herbs dealers and markets that seem to go on forever. Exploring the narrow alleys and markets is a great way to get a feel for this lively area of Bangkok.

In the daytime, Chinatown Bangkok (เยาวราช) is home the Sampeng Market which is one of the city's busiest wholesale market for textiles, fabric and random trinkets. In the night, Charoen Krung road and Yaowarat road transforms into a street food paradise - some of the most famous stalls in the city.

However, you should miss out their Wat Traimit - The Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Operation time: 9a.m to 5p.m 

Location: Traimit Rd., Chinatown (west of Hua Lampong Station, just west of the intersection of Krung Kasem and Rama IV rds.) 

5. Wat Pho ( Temple of Reclining Buddha )

Admission Fee : 100 Bahts

Operation Time: 8.30a.m to 6.30p.m.

Located : Maharat Road. Close to the river (about a half mile south of the Grand Palace)

Dress Code : Same as Wat Arun

There are a few astrologers and palm readers available for consultation. You can also receive a blessing from a monk for a small donations which helps to main the temple.

To be Continue ...