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Did you know that Bangkok ranked 3rd behind London and New York in Euromonitor International’s list of ‘Top City Destinations in 2008? It’s true, over 10 million people visited Bangkok in 2008 alone. There is no shortage of things to do in Bangkok with its winding canals, historic temples, art museums and night life, there is something for everyone!
- Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace
Temple of Emerald Buddha - this temple, dating back to the 15th century is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. This temple is located in the heart of the historic district and houses the Emerald Buddha, this revered icon is carved from a single block of jade. This temple (wat) is considered a sacred place and appropriate dress is required.
- Wat Pho
Wat Phra Chetuphon (locally known as Wat Pho) is famed for the massive 'Reclining Buddha' it houses. At 46 meters long and 15 meters high, this gold-plated Buddha image depicts the Buddha's passing into Nirvana. It's highly ornate and a genuine spectacle - genuinely worth seeing. The Buddha image's eyes and feet are decorated with mother-of-pearl and carvings in the feet depict the '108' characteristics of Buddha.
- Wat Arun
The famous Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. It consists of a massive elongated prang (Khmer-style tower), and is surrounded by four smaller prangs. The prang is described by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as 104m high, while most other sources quote figures around 80-85m. It is decorated by bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China, a hallmark of the reign of King Rama III.
- Bangkok Thonburi Khlongs Tour
This amazing tour will take you down the Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi - the original site where Bangkok was founded. See the true culture and experience the lives of the people of Bangkok. Along the banks of the Chao Phraya witness Buddhist temples, Catholic churches and Taoist pavilions.
- National Museum
In the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. Scores of interesting collections include decorative arts and ethnological collections as well as Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, Khon masks, puppets, ceramics, clothing and textiles, woodcarving and traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia.
Other exhibits of interest include a funeral chariot hall, featuring carriages used for royal cremations, and many excellent examples of Thai architecture.
Museum of Siam (not in English yet)
The museum’s 3,000sqm floor space is dedicated to a permanent exhibition called ‘An Essay on Thailand’, which raises questions about Thai-ness and what it means to be Thai. It traces the origins of Thai ethnicity and Thai-ness from pre-history to the birth of Suvarnabhumi (golden peninsular), which is the area covering the entire Southeast Asia, to Siam and finally modern Thailand.
Take a journey into the Thai culture at this beautiful and one of a kind museum.
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