Located in the heart of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist getaways of the country. The majesty of its cityscape, complemented by the placidity of the Chao Phraya encompassing it on both sides, lends the city an angelic charm. Besides, its anthology of tourism pleasures makes it conspicuous among all the other regions of the Thai Kingdom. In fact, many overseas visitors reaching Thailand make it a point to start their vacationing experience from this 'City of Angels'. With many historic monuments, museums, monasteries and other tourist attractions, Bangkok dishes out unending pleasures to everyone.
The most prominent of all tourist places in Bangkok is the gleaming
monasteries or Wats that flank its landscape. These Buddhist temples are
not only popular for their religious overtones, but are also significant
from the architectural point of view. Their gleaming affluence, along
with delicacy of Thai craftsmanship, makes them some of the best draws
of Thailand, as a whole. Apart from these temples, Bangkok also boats of
some of the best museums and theme parks in the country, which are
equally popular among many tourists. Then, there is the legendary
nightlife of Bangkok, which is the most magical of all delights. To know
more about the various places to see in Bangkok, read on.
Mae Nam Chao Phraya or Chao Phraya River is the main river of Thailand
that meanders its way south through the nation's Central Plains for more
than 220 miles to the Gulf of Thailand. As far as its etymological
origin is concerned, Maenam or Mae Nam corresponds to the Thai word
'Mother' and 'River'.
Chinatown district is one of the oldest areas in Bangkok and one of the
most exciting places to amble around, while in the city. An impressive
and colossal Chinese gate marks the entrance to China Town area, at
Odeon Circle, and the place stretches until the Ong Ang Canal.
City Pillar Shrine, located at the southeast corner of Sanam Luang, is
an elegant looking temple in Bangkok. Keeping in accord with the ancient
Thai tradition, that the establishment of a new city should always be
followed by the erection of a City Pillar, King Rama I had the Bangkok
City Pillar raised in April 1782.
The Democracy Monument in Bangkok, located between the old Grand Palace
and the Dusit Palace, is a public monument honoring the June 1932
revolution that ended the rule of absolute monarchy in Thailand.
Established in 1939, it is the brainchild of Field Marshal Plaek
Dusit Zoo Bangkok
Located in Central Bangkok, between Chitlada Palace and Ananda Samakhom
Throne Hall, Dusit Zoo, it is one of the most popular recreational spots
of the city. The place is an ideal getaway for Thai families from the
city hubbub, especially during the weekends.
Erawan Shrine, or the San Phra Phrom - as known to the locals, is a
popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok. It preserves a beautifully sculpted
four-headed statue of the deity 'Phra Phrom', the Thai God of creation,
equivalent to the Hindu God 'Brahma'.
to the Expeditionary Force
Located in the old city of Rattanakosin, in Bangkok, Monument to the
Expeditionary Force is a war memorial. It is dedicated to Thai soldiers
who lost their lives on the Western Front in the World War I that broke
out during the reign of King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI.
Golden Mount forms an important part of the Wat Saket temple, which is
a popular landmark of Bangkok, situated next to the Pom Mahakhan fort.
Also known as 'Phukhao Thong', the history of the Golden Mount traverses
to the 19th century, when King Rama III wanted to build a chedi on the
Grand Palace is a complex that houses some of the most magnificent
buildings of Bangkok. Located on the eastern banks of the Chao Phraya
River, the Grand Palace served as the palatial residence of the king of
Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century.
King Rama V
King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V is one of the most legendary figures
in the history of Thailand's monarchy. Revered by all, he was a
benevolent king with a modern outlook, who eradicated various social
evils, including slavery, from the Thai kingdom.
The name 'Bangkok' brings to mind, either the image of crisp
metropolitan air or quixotic Oriental aura. However, a visit to Safari
World promises a voyage that is quite different from the stereotypical
images associated with the city.
Samakhom Throne Hall
Situated near the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, Ananda Samakhom
Throne Hall is a landmark monument of Bangkok. Predominantly Italian in
style, the building owes its architecture to Italian architects, Mario
Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti, who have left imprints of their
legerdemain all over Thailand.
Saovabha Memorial Institute
Positioned near Henri Dunant Road and Rama IV Road, the Queen Saovabha
Memorial Institute (QSMI) is a popular name in Bangkok. It was first
opened with the aim for preventing and treating rabies and producing
snake antivenin for different species of venomous snakes in South East
One of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, Siam Ocean World
spreads across an area of 10,000 square meters. It is housed on two
floors, in the basement of Siam Paragon shopping mall of Bangkok. It is
a subsidiary of the Oceanis Australia Group.
Standing on a traffic island in the district of Ratchathewi, to the
northeast of the centre of Bangkok, is the Victory Monument. Built in
June 1941, during the reign of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadei, the monument
honors Thai victory against the French colonial authorities in
Fabricated entirely of golden teak, the Vimanmek Palace is situated on
Ratchawithi Road and claims the distinction of being the largest golden
teakwood mansion in the world. Built by the royal command of King Rama
V, in the year 1897, the three-storied mansion is a brilliant fusion.
Siam Niramit is a spectacular cultural-cum-entertainment show of
Bangkok, which forms one of the most exclusive tourist attractions in
the whole of the Siam Kingdom. With its larger-than-life theatrical
portrayals, Siam Niramit takes spectators through some enchanting
episodes of Thai history and culture.