With a relentless array of sights, sounds, scents and tastes all immersed in a bevy of hidden treasures, Bangkok has an overwhelming variety of things to discover and absorb.Home to the famous Emerald Buddha, the most revered.

  • Grand Palace

Buddha image in Thailand, the Grand Palace is a spiritual hub and glorious architectural feat. Get in early to bypass the bustle and crowds, and remember to show respect by wearing long pants – no shorts allowed! Take a taxi or tuk-tuk direct to the palace. Alternatively, catch a Skytrain to Sapan Thaksin and jump on a river boat to Phra Arthit pier.

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  • Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok Internet: www.palaces.thai.net
  • More Info: Dress code: Long trousers/skirts, long-sleeve shirts, foot-covering footwear. Appropriate trousers/skirts and shirts provided at entry with refundable deposit.
  • Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Directly adjacent the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country. It houses the magnificent statue of the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade.

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  • Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok Internet: www.palaces.thai.net
  • More Info: Situated on the Grand Palace grounds. Dress code: Long trousers/skirts, long-sleeve shirts, foot-covering footwear. Appropriate trousers/skirts and shirts provided at Grand Palace entry with refundable deposit.
  • Wat Phra Chettuphon (Wat Pho)

Directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the largest reclining image of Buddha in the nation, at an impressive 46 metres long and 15 metres high. It is adorned with mother of pearl and gold plating. Not limited to the one attraction, Wat Pho temple is home to over 1,000 images of the Buddha, towering statues, buildings and stupas. It is also home to the renowned Thai massage school for monks, and visitors can have this exceptional service on the grounds.

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  • Address: Sanam Chai Road and Maharaj Road, Bangkok Internet: www.watpho.com
  • More Info: Next to the Grand Palace. Dress polite: no shorts, flip-flops, tank-top shirts or short skirts.
  • Wat Arun (The Temple Of Dawn)

Named after the Indian God Aruna. Take in the majestic white porcelain spires of the iconic 19th-century DTemple of Dawn.’ Linger in mythical gardens, climb the steep white stairs and soak up the romantic views at sunset. Take a taxi or a river ferry at Tha Tien Pier on Thai Wang Road across the Chao Praya River to the Thonburi area.

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  • Address: 34 Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Internet: www.watarun.org
  • More Info: On the west side of the Chao Phraya River.
  • Wat Saket And Phu Khao Thong (The Golden Mount)

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Thailand’s revered King Rama IV built this temple’s large golden chedi atop the ruins of previous temple buildings. The chedi is layered with centuries of gold leaf. Visitors can take the easy winding stairs that encircle the mount to the viewpoint at the top. A small entrance fee allows you to enter the terrace and the temple area where you will have a 360-degree view of Bangkok.

  • Address: Ratchadamnoen Klong, Bangkok
  • More Info: Ratchadamnoen Klong (Canal) and Boripihat Road

Found in Siam Paragon Mall in the Siam shopping district, Sea Life is Bangkok’s modern, sleek aquarium complex, and the largest aquatic centre in South East Asia. Kids and adults alike will enjoy Ocean World’s 30,000 aquatic creatures from 400 different species. Marvel at this remarkable underwater world and dive with the sharks if you dare!

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  • Address: Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok Phone: +66 2 687 2000 Internet: www.sealifebangkok.com
  • Lumpini park bangkok

Expansive, lush green Lumphini Park is Bangkok’s green lung – a magnificent sprawling park with gardens, ponds, lawns and stages in the heart of the city bustle.

Named after Buddha’s Nepalese birthplace, it is replete with karaoke singers, tai chi artists, joggers and kite flyers. Join the throng and take a break from Bangkok without having to leave the city.

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  • Address: Rama IV Road, Bangkok
  • Public Transport: MRT (underground transit train): Lumphini Station or Silom StationBTS (elevated Skytrain): Sala Daeng Station More Info: Wangmai Subdistrict
  • Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

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This pinnacle .East-meets-West structure was built by King Chulalongkorn, the first Thai monarch to visit Europe. Visions of his travels must have still been swimming in his head when he commissioned this stunning, grandiose building with distinct Western influences fusing with a glorious Thai exterior and oriental charm.

  • Address: Ratchawithi Road, Bangkok More Info: Across from Dusit Zoo
  • Jatujak Weekend Market (also: Chatuchak)

Thailand’s largest weekend market is a shopper’s dream, with locals and tourists hitting Jatujak’s labyrinthine stalls. Housing more than 10,000 stalls, you will discover amazing prices on silks, handicrafts, clothes, antiques, collectibles and plants, to name a few. Get there early to avoid afternoon crowds and the sweaty hustle and bustle.

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  • Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Bangkok More Info: Watch out for pick-pockets!
  • Sala Chalermkrung Theatre: Khon Masked Dance

Savour Thailand’s classical masked dance at the Sala Chalermkrung Theatre, regarded as one of the most refined styles of performing art in the world. Once privy only to the royal court of the King, Khon’s masked dance is held every Thursday and Friday evening and is a rare treat for the culturally savvy.

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This floating market is truly an impressive sight as vendors on long boats brimming with fruits or brightly coloured trinkets, navigate the ‘klong’ (canal) to sell their produce to the tourists and locals standing along the canal’s edge. This world-famous market, from a James Bond movie, is located 80 kilometres outside of Bangkok, but it is 
certainly worth the journey. Take an organised tour, or a regular bus from the Southern Bus Terminal and see what the hype is all about.
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  • Address: Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi Province
  • Opening hours: 7-11 am daily
  • Khaosan Road

Enter a bustling, exciting, vibrant mix of eateries, bars and lines of street stalls selling clothes, jewellery and tantalizing Thailand souvenirs. With the rich smoky scents of vendors cooking fresh Pad Thai on the curbside, t-shirt and jewellery stalls decorating the road walkways, and a maze of ferny alleys lined with local and travelling characters, a trip to Bangkok is incomplete without a stroll through its most lively, action-packed area. The area was once the infamous backpackers haunt, but is now a family-friendly area where tourists towing prams and elite Bangkokians come to spend the day. Nightlife here is still robust however, and many are up until dawn enjoying the revelries on this street.

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  • Address: Banglamphu, Bangkok
  • More Info: Banglamphu Old City near the Chao Praya River and the Grand Palace

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