A guide to Bangkok.

The city of Bangkok is located in Thailand. The city has many cultural attractions and is known for its canals, its festivals and its temples.

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Explore the temples.

Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. This temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples. This temple, the Temple of the Dawn, has colourful spires covered in mosaics and views towards the river. A short distance away from this temple visitors will find Wat Pho, another temple.

Wat Pho is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. This temple is one of the largest ones in the city and the home to a statue of a reclining Buddha that measures more than 46 meters. The statue is covered in gold leaf. After touring the temple visitors will be able to walk around the temple grounds.

 

Tour the Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace is another one of the city’s main landmarks. The palace used to be the home of the Thai King and the Royal Court. This palace is known for its architecture and craftsmanship. The palatial complex held mint, several state departments and the war ministry.

The palace grounds hold the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The emerald Buddha was carved from a 66 cm tall block of jade. This temple has a gallery covered in murals, and there are 178 scenes from a local story, the Ramayana. The temple is covered in gold leaf and colourful glazed tiles, and there is a large golden stupa of Phra Sri Rattana.

 

Visit the floating markets.

Another way to explore the city when traveling is to visit its floating markets. Instead of stalls there are boats that float along the river, selling local products. Visitors will be able to buy fresh colourful fruit, vegetables and some refreshing coconut juice. The main floating markets include the Damnoen Saduak market and the Taling Chan Market.

 

Cross over to the khlongs.

To see a more traditional side of Bangkok visitors can cross over to the western banks of the Chao Phraya river, where Thonburi is located. This area used to be an independent province and is now known for maintaining traditional structures. Visitors will be able to explore several of the remaining khlongs, local canals, including the khlongs of Bangkok Noi and Man. Long tail boats navigate these canals, where there are wooden houses and traditional markets on the shore of each khlong.

 

Spend an afternoon in a museum.

The city has many museums. The Erawan Museum is one of the city’s most popular museums. There is a three headed green elephant statue on a pedestal in the museums. Another popular museum is the Human Body Museum, an exhibition where visitors will be able to see fourteen dissected human bodies that were brought from Japan.