Bangkok started as a minor trading center and port more than 200 years ago. Today, it offers many beautiful sites for visitors, including:
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Riverside
The immense spires of the Wat Arun are recognized all over Southeast Asia. It was built during the first part of the 19th century and designed in the ancient Khmer style of architecture.
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw in the Old City
The Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew were built in 1782 as homes for the Thai kings and their royal courts. One marvel it holds is the Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaew Morakot, which was carved out of a single large emerald.
Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak
Damnoen Saduak gives visitors a look at an authentic and traditional floating market with dozens of wooden boats full of their wares, such as produce, flowers, or even foods for sale to hungry tourists and locals such as seafood skewers or noodles.
Chinatown is another busy marketplace where you can find just about anything including the highest concentration of the city’s gold shops. Festivals are celebrated there like Chinese New Year or the Vegetarian Festival and it’s full of life and excitement.
Wat Pho in Old City
Wat Pho is an intriguing mix of things to do and see with beautiful murals and inscriptions and sculptures that feature many topics from astronomy to war, as well as a huge temple complex with a landscaped garden, and its home to the College of Traditional Medicine.
Chao Phraya River & Waterways
The river and its waterways are an interesting sight full of water taxis, rice barges and more heavy traffic, as well as luxury hotels and temples on the banks. It is home to some of the oldest settlements in the city.