Through years of fast development, Bangkok has become a modern metropolis. Alongside giant shopping malls and famous brands, a great variety of traditional markets and stunning temples remain untouched. These sites, including the famous floating markets, still retain a feeling of yesteryear and authenticity.
The Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a royal monastery. The site dates to the year 1656 when a temple called Wat Podharam stood here, during the Ayuttaha period. Today it houses a collection of art and images of Buddha, but the reason why most tourists come is the largest image of them, the great Reclining Buddha. The huge figure that occupies almost an entire pavilion is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
The Grand Palace in Bangkok is perhaps one of the most important and impressive complexes in the country. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the compound was the seat of the Thai royal family from the 18th to the 20th century. Among the most important structures inside are the Wat Phra Kaew, that houses the famous Emerald Buddha, a giant guardian, a pantheon, a chedi and a currency museum. This venue is always full of tourists and since the death of King Bhumibol on Sundays it has been filled with loyal fans who continue to pay tribute to him.
Lumphini Park crowns the crossroads of two huge, busy avenues in Bangkok’s business district. This green area of almost 60 hectares is a meeting place where neighbors go to walk or exercise. As you explore, it is more than likely that you will stumble upon one of the hundreds of huge monitor lizards that roam the park freely, which do not hesitate to take a dip and be seen swimming in the park’s lake to the astonishment of the tourists. We recommend this place for a pre or after lunch stroll since many delicious eats are located just steps from it.
Travel by tuk tuk to explore Bangkok’s markets, temples and food, under the night lights. Seeing the sites at night brings out the true excitement, beauty and mystery of the city. Cruise through a memorable night of dining and ambience on one of Bangkok’s most luxurious restaurant boats. Relax in modern comfort and dine like King Rama V on a variety of scrumptious Thai dishes.
Embark on a memorable night of dining and ambience on one of Bangkok’s most luxurious restaurant boats. Relax in modern comfort and dine like King Rama V on a variety of scrumptious Thai dishes. After your gastronomic exploration, sway with the rhythm of music and dance as performers entertain you with the musical flavours of Thailand.