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7 destinations in Bangkok you absolutely cannot miss

The city of Bangkok is known as Krung Thep, and its ceremonial name is the longest in the world. The number of attractions it houses in the city is almost as extensive as its full name, leaving many visitors overwhelmed when they try to decide which ones to go to. Do not worry, since we are here with the 7 main attractions you should not miss in Bangkok.

1. Chinatown

This is the largest concentration of Chinese people in the world, founded many centuries ago. At first you will be surprised by the huge red entrance gate of the city with the exquisite dragon carved in glyph. China Town is truly a Bangkok playground where you have countless places to visit and try extremely attractive street food with Thai and Chinese style. You can visit the Mangkon Kamalawat Pagoda, the Samphanthawong Museum to learn more about the culture here or visit the Pak Klong flower market, the Talat Kao market or the Pahurat garment market … If you arrive on the occasion of the Lunar New Year , -The Autumn Festival or the Vegetarian Festival in October, will be much more boisterous.

2. Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

No other attraction is more likely to leave visitors breathless than the Grand Palace. Visitors kill two birds with one stone when visiting these historic grounds, as here is also the gleaming Wat Phra Kaew. The white exterior walls keep the relics hidden from the public so far. By paying the entrance fee of ฿ 500, visitors will contemplate a large amount of traditional Thai architecture that make up most of the buildings on the land, of which there are more than 100. Some areas were largely inspired by the European Renaissance , that visitors can glimpse while exploring the three main areas that make up the Grand Palace.

Wat Phra Kaew, Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, +66 02 623 5500

3. Wat Pho

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is known for the giant Buddha that is at its center. The religious image is massive, 46 meters long and 15 meters high. However, the temple is equipped with much more to see besides this huge sculpture, even if it is the focal point of the temple grounds. In addition to Buddha, visitors will find colorful murals that illustrate more than 400 Buddha images. The chedis, a colorful Chinese pavilion and a traditional Thai massage school stand out in the field. There is an entry fee of 100 THB.

Wat Pho, 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, +66 02 225 9595

4. Wat Arun

Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, is located on the western shores of the Chao Phraya River in the ancient capital of Thonburi. This name was given by King Taksin, who arrived at the structure at dawn. The temple is home to five towers, which can be seen from the river. These are covered with vibrant porcelain and colorful ceramic tiles, many of which are made to look like pieces of foliage. The reclining Buddha found in Wat Pho used to be in Wat Arun. Admission to the temple is 50 THB.

Wat Arun, 158 Wang Doem Rd, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 891 2185

5. Wat Traimit

A few steps from Yaowarat Road is Wat Traimit, one of the most prominent temples of the capital. The impressive building is home to a 5.5 ton Buddha. The Sukhothai style statue is almost 15 feet tall. The Buddha could be worth a fortune, but the entrance fee to see it only costs 40 THB  (1.2 dollar)

Wat Traimit, 661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100

6. Ayutthaya 

Many of the ruins found in the Ayutthaya Historical Park took about 150 years to complete. The city, which was the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai, flourished for some 400 years before it was finally destroyed by the Burmese. Many of the structures found in the city were made of wood, which did not withstand the fires that eventually destroyed the city. Only the stone structures remain, but these, regardless of wear, are some of the most spectacular remains of all of Southeast Asia. The construction of the temples reflects Siamese and Khmer architecture, and the ruins were so remarkable that they were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.

Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 7. Chao Phraya River

7. Chao Phraya River 

The Chao Phraya River has a poetic beauty that makes it unique to the bustling capital of Bangkok. If you want to find a quiet place and admire the city, a boat trip on this river is definitely one of the best ideas. Standing on the boat gliding gently in the river, observing activities on both sides of the river, listening to the introduction of history, architecture and culture is truly a memorable experience when traveling to the country of the Golden Temple.

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