The capital of Thailand is already well-known as one of the most visited tourist destinations by the Indonesian people besides Singapore and Malaysia. Besides being famous for having cuisine that fits the tongue of the Indonesian people, Bangkok also provides many tourist attractions that can be visited by all ages.
Here are 15 tourist attractions in Bangkok that we must visit,
- Grand Palace and Temple Wat Phra Kaew
The Grand Palace is a palace built in 1782 where for 150 years it was used as the residence of the King of Thailand as well as the government administration building. Although now it is no longer used as the residence of the King of Thailand, it does not dim the beauty of the palace complex which is next to the Chao Praya river.
Located next to the palace, the temple of Wat Phra Kaew is not shy about showing its beauty and splendor. Wat Phra Kaew Temple is considered the most sacred temple in Thailand where the walls of this temple are decorated with mural paintings that tell important events in the life of the Buddha such as birth, death, and enlightenment. When visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple, tourists are required to wear modest and close clothing for both men and women. A cloth rental place is also provided for tourists who are already wearing revealing clothes.
- Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
As the name suggests Wat Arun temple is most beautiful when viewed at night when various lights illuminate the temple which was built in the 19th century. You can visit this temple by using a small boat from the Wat Pho temple which is located across the Chao Praya river. Around this temple area, there are many Thai souvenir sellers and it is unique because many Indonesian tourists visit this temple, the sellers can speak Indonesian even if it is only a word or two.
- Wat Pho
The temple, which is famous for its 46-meter-long statue of the Sleeping Buddha, makes Wat Pho temple one of the places that tourists cannot miss when visiting Bangkok. In this temple area, there is also a famous traditional Thai massage place. So if you are tired of walking around this temple you can try a traditional Thai massage which is open from 08:00 to 17:00.
- Chao Praya River
This famous river in the city of Bangkok has its charm for tourists where you can enjoy the beauty of the city of Bangkok along this river. You can also see the magnificent temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun from this river.
There are 2 ways to enjoy the beauty of the Chao Praya river, namely by using the Chao Praya Express Boat or you can also take a cruise ship tour that just starts at night. Wherefrom this cruise ship you will be presented with the beauty of the city of Bangkok at night while having dinner with traditional Bangkok food.
- Khao San Road
This area is famous among backpackers because of the many cheap hotels that present their uniqueness. Usually, Khao San Road will be very crowded at night due to the many bars and restaurants that are open until the morning. For those of you who are tired of walking around the city of Bangkok, you can visit the massage places that are available along Khao San road.
The Chinatown area of Bangkok is well known among locals and tourists alike for the many restaurants in the area. One of the most famous restaurants is T & K Seafood restaurant which is open from 16:00 to 02:00. You will be served a variety of seafood-based dishes that are still fresh and cooked with Thai spices.
Bangkok is famous for its cheap fashion shopping center and has a variety of models. Pratunam Market, which is located close to Mall Platinum, makes the Pratunam area a paradise for women who want to buy clothes at low prices. Not only clothes, in this place you can buy unique and cheap bags and accessories.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
Haven’t been to Bangkok if you haven’t been to Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market, which is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, is a must-visit shopping place for tourists. Chatuchak market is very wide so you can find a variety of goods sold in this market such as clothes, food, souvenirs, home decorations, furniture, women’s accessories toys, and pet clothes.
Only 10 minutes from BTS Saphan Taksin with a free shuttle boat you can get to Asiatique. The area, which starts operating at 17:00, offers approximately 1,500 selling stalls and 40 restaurants that you can visit with friends and family. You can also climb the Asiatique Sky to see the beauty of the Asiatique area and the city of Bangkok from a height.
- Rod Fai Night Market
The night market has become an icon in the city of Bangkok and one of the famous night markets is Rod Fai Night Market. This night market has 2 locations, namely in Srinakarin and Ratchada. In this vintage night market, you will find many sellers of food, clothing, and jewelry at low prices. If you have finished shopping, you can also enjoy Thai specialties which are widely available in this market and there is also a bar with live music that adds to the excitement of this night market.
- MBK Shopping Center
This mall, which is very popular with locals and tourists alike, offers more than 2000 shops selling various items ranging from clothing, electronics, souvenirs, women’s accessories, children’s toys, and furniture at low and affordable prices. Due to its strategic location, you can easily visit this mall on foot from BTS National Stadium. Located close to other malls such as Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon, the area around MBK mall is a shopping paradise for locals and tourists alike.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
You can have a unique shopping experience in this market because the sellers in this market usually sell on boats, but not only sellers, you can also go around this market using small boats. The location of this floating market is indeed a bit far from downtown Bangkok, which is about an hour, but even though the location is a bit far, this floating market is not deserted by tourists.
- Bangkok National Museum
The museum which has the largest collection of historical items and artifacts of the Thai state is certainly not to be missed. Its location which is adjacent to the Grand Palace which is about 10 minutes by foot can be the location of the next visit, especially if you bring children where they can at the same time learn about the history of Thailand.
- Madame Tussaud Bangkok
Located in the Siam Discovery Center, this famous wax museum is a must-visit because inside there are wax statues of 2 Indonesian figures, namely Mr. Ir. Soekarno and singer Anggun C. Sasmi. In addition to these 2 figures, you can also take pictures with wax statues of other famous foreign artists and singers such as Bruce Lee, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.
- Jim Thompson’s House
Jim Thompson is an American citizen who works as an architect and fell in love with Thailand so he stayed until the end of his life. Jim Thompson also has a collection of antiques such as paintings, ceramics, and sculptures. There are tour guides who can speak English, Japanese, French, and Thai who will accompany tourists while traveling around this house.
So what are you waiting for, immediately plan your next vacation with friends or family by visiting interesting tourist attractions in this White Elephant country.