Here is my quick intro (based on my personal experience) to some of the attraction areas with links to help you learn more about each attraction. Click on any number below to jump to different meeting point
- Grand Palace
- Wat Pho
- Museum Siam
- Giant Swing
- Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
- Golden Mount
- National Museum
- Khao San Road
- Marble Temple
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1: Grand Palace
Must see! This area is the origin of Bangkok before the city started to expand. Attractions around this area are
- At Wat Phra Kaew, the Emerald Buddha is the key highlight where it has four different seasonal costumes. Check out the big giant statues at the gates, and the unique mural on the walls, which depicts Ramakien story (Thai Ramayana). Although the royal family no longer lives in the Grand Palace, it is still used for several official ceremonies.
- Bangkok City Pillar is believed to houses city’s spirit. When King Rama I built Bangkok, this pillar symbolizes the first stake that he put on the ground. Rumor has it that some of these city pillars outside of Bangkok have people buried underneath, but not this one in Bangkok! Phew….
To visit Grand Palace, please dress appropriately; else, you can rent a pull over pants.
2: Wat Pho
- Besides the large reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is also known to be one of the first center of public education in Thailand and the birth place of Thai massage. You will see many statues with various postures inside the temple (similar to yoga). If you want authentic/original Thai massage, you can visit the massage place inside the temple (see Tuk Tuk Hop app).
- Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) can be easily access by using a crossing boat from Pier #8: Tha Tien. It costs only 3 baht to cross (each way). Climb up the pagoda to see a nice view of Chao Phraya River with Grand Palace as a backdrop, while feeling a nice cool breeze. Yes, those stairs are steep!
3: Museum Siam
- Museum Siam is a relatively new museum with the concept of Play + Learn = Plearn (Plearn in Thai เพลิน = having fun, enjoying the moment). In addition to edutainment the museum offers, there are many funky/cool art displays throughout the museum. Unlike National Museum or Rattanakhosin Exhibition Hall, Museum Siam is very interactive and engaging.
- Flower market (Pak Khrong Talad) is one of the biggest flowers/vegetables markets in Bangkok. Although, most of the flower street vendors are now gone due to latest management campaign by Bangkok authority. Nevertheless, the flower market still exists, albeit with a different vibe.
4: Giant Swing
- Giant Swing was used for Lo Jin Ja or Lo-Chin-Cha ceremony (“pulling the swing”), which was stopped due to several fatal accidents. You will understand why, when you see the size of this swing.
- Wat Suthat is a royal temple of the first grade, built by King Rama I; thus, it is one of the temples that has been with Bangkok since the beginning.
- This area is well known for many good local food. Mont Nom Sod (bread & milk shop) is just around the corner, but it opens after 2PM. Bunch of good street foods on Thanon Mahannop that you can try.
5. Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
- Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall is packed with quality exhibitions. This is a modern museum focusing on Rattanakosin era (which starts when King Rama I reigned Thailand). Less interactive than Museum Siam, but rich with contents. Get the audio tour, it is included in the ticket.
- Loha Prasat is under renovation (see below pic). The landscape around this area and the 37 metal spires always strike me when I enter Ratcha Damnoen road.
- While you are on Ratcha Damnoen road, note that the lay out is similar to Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Also, most political protests often happen on this road around Democracy Monument area.
6. Golden Mount
- Walk up to the top of Golden Mount to see the view around Grand Palace area, where there is no condos to block your view. The waiting area of Golden Mount area is quite chill (literally).
7. National Museum
- National Museum is a traditional Thai museum, which means that it has many cool/important artifacts, but without any explanation…. Nevertheless, the museum offers free guided tour in English.
8. Khao San Road
- Khao San Road is like a little western town in Bangkok (similar feeling to Pattaya and Phuket). Everything in Khao San Road is geared toward tourist, i.e. international food, tattoo shops, clubs, bars hostels for back packers, etc. It is worth a visit even for Thais.
9. Marble temple (under renovation)
- Marble temple has a unique architect where it uses leftover Italian marbles from building Ananta Samakom Throne Hall. These marbles give a very nice cool feeling in a hot weather. You might recognize this temple from The Amazing Race 9.
- Strangely, this area is a cluster of attractions where many people skip. Vimanmek Mansion is well-known for its world’s largest golden teak-wood mansion. Very beautiful architect that fuses between Thai and Western styles. Built by King Rama V as a royal palace. The place was renovated after it was bombed in WWII, except one area where the bomb went straight through the roof but did not explode.
- Once you walk to the back of Vimanmek Mansion, don’t stop. Keep walking a bit more to Abhisek Dhusit Throne Hall, which used to be a throne hall of Rama V. Today, inside this throne hall is a handicraft museum.
- If you keep walking a tiny bit more, you will arrive at the back of Ananta Samakom Throne Hall. This throne hall was also built by King Rama V, but it was completed after his death. During 1932-1974, it was used as a parliament house before the new one was built (right next to Ananta Samakom). Today, inside is a museum showing exhibits from Thai’s national artists and others.
- You can see King Rama V monument from the front of Ananta Samakom Throne Hall.