Top 5 Bangkok Attractions

August 24, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Top 5 Bangkok Attractions

City: Bangkok
State: Central Thailand
Country: Thailand

With a population of over 11 million people, high-rise buildings, terrible traffic conditions, intense heat, busy markets and vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is Thailand most accessible and important city. Considered by many to be the quintessential Southeast Asian city, Bangkok is the place that springs to mind when many travellers talk about this region. The rich history and culture of Thailand is evidenced by the many attractions in Bangkok.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Bangkok, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.


1. Grand Palace, Wat Prakeaw
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The Grand Palace is a complex made up of numerous buildings, pavilions, gardens and courtyards that is partially open to the public as a museum, while the remaining portions are still in use by the government of Thailand. The most significant building within the Grand Palace is Wat Prakeaw, considered to be the most sacred temple / chapel in Bangkok. Wat Prakeaw, or Wat Phra Kaew houses a statue carved from a single piece of jade stone. The entire complex offers visitors a look into the lifestyle, architecture, and culture of Thai royalty.



2. Jim Thompson House
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Located in central Bangkok, the Jim Thompson House is a museum named after American businessman and Thai silk mogul, James Harrison Wilson Thompson. Comprising 6 traditional Thai homes, Jim Thompson House showcases art and antiques from across Thailand, as well as a glimpse into how ordinary Thai people lived.



3. Siam Ocean World
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Siam Ocean World is among the largest in Southeast Asia, covering over 10,000 square meters and housing over 400 species of marine life in 7 different theme zones. Located in the basement of the glitzy, up-market Siam Paragon Shopping Centre in downtown Bangkok, the highlight at Siam Ocean World is the 270-degree underwater viewing tunnel. It also serves to educate people about marine life in Thailand.



4. Wat Arun
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Also known as the Temple Of Dawn, Wat Arun is one of the most well known landmarks in Thailand. With its distinctive spires encrusted with seashells and colourful porcelain, Wat Arun gleams with spectacular iridescence in the early morning light of the rising sun over Bangkok. The silhouette it casts during sunset is just as magnificent.



5. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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Located on the outskirts of Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the biggest and most well known floating market in Thailand. Known for the vibrant and busy activities of merchants paddling through congested canals in long, sturdy canoes heavily laden with all manner of goods, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is best visited in the mornings.





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