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Bangkok Attractions

Chinatown
Chinatown of Bangkok was formally an area called "Sampeng", started when the Chinese merchants moved in 1780s after vacating the land where the Grand Palace now stands. In 1863, King Mongkut commanded the construction of New Road (or Charoen Krung Road) which runs over six kilometers from the Royal Palace till it drops straight into the Chao Phraya River, just south of Krung Thep Bridge now. The Chinatown expanded along Charoen Krung, Krung Kasem and the third road, the Yaowarat Road which was built between Charoen Krung and Sampeng.
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Chatuchak Park
A large scale amusement park is located on Phaholyotin Road on the way to Domuang Airport. Within its beautifully decorated area, there are linked paths, pools, legendary castles and more than 30 funny toys.
Opening time is from 10.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. on weekdays and 9.30 a.m.7.00 p.m. on weekends.
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City Pillar Shrine
Located across the street from the eastern wall of Wat Phra Kaeo to the southeast of Sanam Luang, this shrine contains a wooden pillar erected by King Rama I in 1782 to represent the founding of the capital. The spirit of the pillar is considered the city's guardian deity to whom hundreds of Thai worshippers daily come to pay homage and offer prayers.
Thai classical dance performances are given many times daily from 08:30 until 15:30 (16:00 for Sunday).

 

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Crocodile Farm
Here is the world's largest crocodile farm with over 60,000 crocs in stock. Visitors can also view a crocodile wrestling show and elephant shows which are presented several times daily.Besides, there is a modest sized zoo with some rare animals such as tigers, chimpanzees, lions, leopards, pythons, camels, etc


Location : Amphoe Muang, Samut Prakan, 25 km from Bangkok

crocodile farm bangkok
Dream World
This amusement park is situated on km. 7 of Rangsit-Ong Kharak Road, a 10 minute drive from Don Muang Airport. It is a beautiful land designed in classic style and decorated with European style plaza, miniature land of the major world legend and exciting playing machines. Open daily from 10.00 am-5.00 pm. except on weekends from 10.00 am-7.00 pm.
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Dusit Zoo
Located near Vimanmek Palace, Dusit Zoo is opened to the public everyday from 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Tropical animals to be found include great grey kangaroos, Sumatran rhinoceros, Siamese crocodiles, gaurs, lesser mouse deer, American bisons, etc.
dusit zoo bangkok

Floating Market
For those who want to be amid the peaceful atmosphere and observe the traditional ways of life by the water, Bangkok has quite a lot to offer. The easiest way is taking a Chao Phraya River express boat. There are also several canal routes by long-tail boat which offer more charming scenery with stops at old temples which are scattered along all canals.

floating market bangkok
Jim Thompson House
This remarkable Thai-style wooden house once belonged to the late Mr. Jim Thompson, an American silk entrepreneur. The house, now a museum, displays Mr. Thompson's splendid collection of Asian artefacts and antiques.

jim thompson house bangkok
Ko Kret
Location : An islet in the middle of the Chao Phraya River a little way from Bangkok's northern edge.

This islet, which is worth a one-day visit, is home of a Mon community that immigrated from their homeland in Burma more than 300 years ago. The islet is well known as a centre of earthenware production -- the Mons' inherited art, and a market of authentic Mon-style pottery.

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National Museum
Established in 1926 in the reign of King Rama VII, it is located within walking distance of the Grand Palace next to Thammasat University, this is the largest and most comprehensive museum in Southeast Asia. It contains an 18th century palace and a group of well-designed buildings, housing Thailand's artistic treasures from prehistoric to contemporary.
Tours conducted at 9.30 a.m. daily -- in English (on Wed and Thur), French (Wed and Thur), German (Thur) and Japanese (Wed).

For more information, call 0 2224 1333.

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The Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium
The Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue near the TAT office holds bouts on Mondays at 5.00 and 9.00 pm, Wednesdays at 6.00 pm, Thursdays at 6.00 pm, and Sundays at 5.00 pm. The practice bouts held at 2.00 pm on Sundays are pretty much for the tourists. Don't get ripped off by touts selling tickets on the street. Only buy tickets from the authorized sellers in the ticket windows at the stadium. Tickets vary in price depending on the seating. Outer circle seats cost around 250 baht. Ringside tickets cost 500 baht on up to 1000 baht depending on the card. A boxing match includes eight fights with a maximum of five rounds each.

Rose Garden
Location : 30 km southwest of Bangkok on Phetkasem Highway

Covering an area of over 20 hectares, it is a beautiful flower garden resort, noted for its scenic riverside landscape. At the resort, there are a Thai cultural village and a restaurant. It also stages cultural shows, folk dances and martial arts at 14.30 every day.



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Royal Barges Museum
The museum can be reached by boat from Tha Chang Pier near the Grand Palace. It houses several royal barges used in Royal ceremonial processions on the river.
The most beautiful and important barge is the Suphannahong, the king's personal barge, which was built in 1911 in the reign of King Rama VI. It is 44.7 metres long and 3.1 metres wide, being the largest and most elaborate dugout in the world. The name, meaning "golden hongsa", came from the bow of the barge carved into the shape of the head of a mythical bird called hongsa.
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Sanam Luang
This huge public ground in front of the Grand Palace used to be the place where the Weekend Market now moved to Suan Chatuchak on Phahonyothin Road was held. Special activities or ceremonies such as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in May and the New Year Festival also take place here. At the northern part of Sanam Luang opposite the Royal Hotel is a small statue placed in small white pavillion. The Goddess of the Earth was built during King Chulalongkorn's reign (1868-1910)t o provide public drinking water.
Pasteur Institute (Snake Farm)
This interesting spot is located at the corner of Henri Dunant Road and Rama IV Road west of Chulalongkorn Hospital. It is a section of the Thai Red Cross where one can have cholera smallpox and typhoid inoculations as well as rabies treatment. The institute has become a popular tourist attraction because of its large collection of live poisonous snakes.

The Snake Farm is open to the public every day between 8.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on weekdays and 8.30 a.m.- 12.00 p.m. on public holidays. The extraction of venom from the snakes is demonstrated daily at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. on weekdays and at 10.30 a.m. on public holidays.

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Safari World
It is located at 99 Ramindra 1, Min Buri, covers an area of some 430 rai and is divided into 2 parts. The first, the Safari Park, houses a large variety of animals like zebra, deers, giraffe, birds, tigers, lion, bears, etc.in natural habitat. Visitors can drive their own cars or have a good look from one of the Safari World's air-conditioned coaches . The second, the Marine Park, exhibits marine and some rare animals. Visitors can enjoy performances by trained animals like dolphins, birds, seals, and monkeys Restaurants and game shops are also scattered within the area and tram service is provided for those wishing to have a look around. Safari World is open daily between 9.00 a.m.

safari world bangkok

Siam Water Park (Suan Siam)
Siam Water Park is merely a 60-minute drive from the Lat Phrao flyover, and is located in suburban Amphoe Minburi. The park features an extensive man-made sea with artificial surf, whirlpools, fountains and fountains and waterfalls, and towering water slides amid carefully landscaped gardens. Satellite attractions include children's playgrounds, aviaries, an open zoo and botanical gardens. The complex is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (weekdays) and 9.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m. (weekends).
Bangkok Temples and Palaces
Royal Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the former residential palace of Kings Rama I to Rama IV of Chakri Dynasty between 1782 and late 1800 A.D. The current reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulayadej or Rama IX, represents the ninth member of the Chakri dynasty. Witness the architectural opulence and splendour of this historic Thai landmark, which covers an area of 2.5 square kilometers (one square mile) on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River.
 
Phra Thi Nang Vimanmek (Vimanmek Palace) and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall
Vimanmek Palace is located behind Bangkok's National Assembly and is the world's largest building made entirely of goldenteak. The threestorey wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms, excluding terraces and verandahs. Near the entrance to Vimanmek Palace is the Royal Carriage Museum where 13 royal horse-drawn carriages once used during the reign of King Rama V are collected. The collection is so splendid and regarded to be of great historical value. The compound is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall (The Support Museum), a one storey teak building built in the reign of King Rama V. is situated on the east wing of Vimanmek Throne Hall. Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall is now Thailand's first handicraft museum where Her Majesty The Queen collects handicraft masterpieces created by members of Support Foundation. In the museum, visitors find such handicrafts as niellowares, Thai silk with various unique designs, ''Lipao" basketry like beautiful trays, handbags studded with jewels in different designs such as green beetle.
 
Suan Pakkad Palace
On Si Ayutthaya Road not far from the intersection of Phaya Thai Road, used to be the residence of princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, one of Thailand's leading art collectors. There is a complex of five traditional Thai houses, overlooking a beautifully kept garden. They house a large collection of Asian art and antiques. One building exhibits a collection of seashells, mineral crystal and painted pottery from Ban Chiang. Suan Pakkad Palace is open everyday except Sunday from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.
 
Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple)
On the Grand Palace grounds, stands Wat Phra Kaeo, the royal chapel and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The temple was made famous by the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most revered and cherished Buddha images, which is housed in the temple's main chapel (Viharn Phra Kaeo). The image is a sitting posture of the Buddha, 75 centimeters (30 inches) in height and is carved entirely out of emerald. Buddhist pilgrams and tourists from all over the world come to visit and to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha.
 
The City Pillar Shrine (San Lak Muang)
Located at the southeast corner of Sanam Luang this graceful temple-like Structure houses "Lak Muang" a stone pillar placed there by King Rama I, the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, as the foundation stone for his new capital city of Bangkok. Lak Muang is believed by many people to have the power of granting wishes.
 
Wat Pho
This world famous temple is located right next to the Grand Palace on the south side. It is one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temples. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and houses the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha. This unique image is 46 metres in length and 15 metres high with beautifully inlaid mother-of pearl soles . Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called "Thailand's First University". The building housing the Reclining Buddha is open daily from 8.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
 
Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River Wat Arun can he reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by crossing the river hy boat from Tha Tien Pier near Wat Pho. The most attractive structure in this temple is the 79 metre-high pagoda or "Phra Prang". Wat Arun was restored during the brief Thonburi period to he the Royal Chapel of King Taksin. Despite its name "Temple of the Dawn" the most beautiful view of it is from the Bangkok side of the river at sunset.
 
Wat Sa Ket (The Golden Mount)
Wat Sa Ket or the Golden Mount was begun during the reign of King Rama I(1782-1800). The golden chedi houses relics of Lord Buddha and affords visitors a panoramic view of Bangkok.
 
Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
At the end of Yaowarat Road, near Bangkok's Hualamphong Railway Station, is a temple situated on Traimit Road. This temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha, constructed during the Sukhothai period. The image, of solid gold, is three meters high and weighs five and a half tons. The building holding this image is open to the public everyday from 9.00 am.-5.00 pm.
 
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
The Marble Temple is on Si Ayutthaya Road near Chitralada Palace. The temple is well-known because its main building was constructed during the reign of King Rama V. The best time to visit this temple is early in the morning when Buddhist monks are chanting inside the chapel. The interior of the main building is magnificently decorated with cross beams of lacquer and gold. A large collection of Bronze Buddhas lines the walls of the spacious inner courtyard. The main building is open to visitors until 5.00 p.m.
 
Wat Suthat (The Giant Swing)
Located on Bamrung Muang Road this temple took 27 years to build. It is famous for the excellent murals in the main building from the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851). The viharn should be seen for its collection of gilded Buddha images. The temple complex is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. In front of the temple is the famous Giant Swing. Many shops surrounding Wat Suthat stock a very comprehensive range of Buddhist ecclesiastic supplies.
 
Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)
This is a very old temple on Na Phrathat Road between Silpakom University and Thammasat University. The back of the temple faces the Pramane Ground or Sanam Luang. Wat Mahathat was built during the reign of King Rama I and houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in the country. Those interested in Buddhist meditation should visit Section 5 which is the head-quarters of Wipassana (insight) meditation in Thailand. Information and practice in English can usually arranged according to availability of suitable monks. The temple complex is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. On Buddhist holy days there is a thriving open air market in the grounds and a comprehensive selection of traditional Thai medicines usually in plant or root form for sale.
 

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