Most of the people know Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand capital, vibrant street-life, skyscrapers, bars, casino, and shopping malls. However, there is another side of the city which has several world-class destinations linked to history, culture, and tradition of Thailand. The Chao Phraya River with its network of canals filled with boats gives it a unique look. The city, spread over 1569 square kilometer has a population of near 9 million. Today, one can easily book a Bangkok tour package from Dubai, America, Sri Lanka, Netherland and others must have sites of historical importance in it so that you could have desired diversity of experience
Most of the historic sites in Bangkok are palaces and temples, but you must also visit the old city get the pulse of local culture and lifestyle. You will definitely enjoy the naturality and purity of life in this part of the city. Bangkok is a perfect mind-body-soul package with coverage of maximum fun to deepest meditation. Let’s explore the city’s historic sites;
This palace, built by King Rama I in 1792, should be at the top of the historic sites list. This is Thailand’s most admired and glittering place which was home of the king and the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is grand because it is home to Thailand’s most visited temple, Wat Phra Kaew. It is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You simply can’t miss most worshipped 31 inches tall Emerald Buddha. However, you have to wear the proper dress as anything else is not allowed inside the temple. You will appreciate the structural marvel of the Grand Palace.
You must have seen the giant sleeping Buddha image. Wat Pho, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, is home of the 150 feet long sleeping Buddha. Although the temple has been rebuilding the old glory with all possible details of the 16th-century temple is intact. The gold-covered statue is a masterpiece with 108 auspicious signs in the giant foot. The 1000 Buddha idols, mostly from the ruins of ancient capital Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, make a large ground of the Wat Pho temple mesmerizing. This temple is home to the world-famous traditional Thai massage school. It is one of the most relaxing massages appreciated globally. If you want to reach smoothly with the fun of boat ride, then use the Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Tien Pier and then enjoy the little walk.
If Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Phra Keo are in your list of spots to visit then you must also include Rattanakosin Island as well in the list. Surrounded by the Chao Phraya River and network of canals, this place from where you could reach all possible historical spots easily. This island still holds the traditional beauty of Thailand in contrast to other parts that shifted towards modernity. The Giant Swing, locally known as Saochingcha, is here. You can enjoy traditional foods at several tiny restaurants.
You will love the place for its architectural marvel and handicraft. It used to be the royal palace and currently functions as a living museum. The golden teakwood mansion was built in 1900 by king Rama V. You will appreciate the sanctity and beauty of the place which is a blend of Thai and Victorian architecture.
After the overdose of history and museum, you want to unload yourself but still want to keep that mood intact. Then Chinatown is the place where you have the history, tradition, market, temples, and joy of walking in narrow lanes with amazing traditional Thai food. You simply cannot ignore it. Be there has fun, you will remember it for the lifetime.
Bangkok has everything you can imagine as a traveler. All you have to do be ready to explore and of course little cautious.
About Dani Gurrie
Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.