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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand: Sights And Temples - City Tour

Bangkok is famous around the world for its historical temples and even though it has evolved as one of the most industrialized city in Asia, it’s still good to see that they have also been carefully preserving their old structures to continuously remember their past.

Bangkok Temples and places

Because of my tightly-packed trip schedule to Thailand, here were the must-see places I visited in Bangkok:
  1. Wat Pho
  2. Wat Arun
  3. Grand Palace (from afar only)
  4. Khao San Road 
Let me start with the places I visited in the City of Bangkok. These places are just conveniently located in the heart of the city. You can just ride a Train, Taxi, or a Tuktuk going to these places. Check out from here Bangkok's Transportation: "Where to in Bangkok?".

Grand Palace View
A View of the Grand Palace from Sanam Luang

WAT PHO (Entrance Fee: THB 100)
Wat Pho, or popularly known as the "Temple of the Reclining Buddha" is a popular destination among tourists. It is located on the southern side of Wat Phra Khaew and just beside Tha Tien Pier.

Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho buddhaGolden Buddha head

Wat Pho templesWat Pho temple Freedom

Magnificent Wat Pho

Welcome to Wat Pho
TRAVEL TIP: Wear your proper attire if you want to enter the Temple (NO short pants and NO sleeveless shirts). Be sure to bring your refreshments with to hydrate yourself under the heat of the sun.

WAT ARUN (Entrance Fee: THB 50)

From Wat Pho Temple, go straight directly to Tha Tien Pier and ride the Chao Phraya express ferry going to the other side of the river. The boat ride costs only THB 3 and will take around 5 minutes. Upon alighting the other side of the river, you can directly enter Wat Arun.

Wat Arun Thailand
Wat Arun

Wat Arun is known as the "Temple of the Dawn" and home to beautiful ancient temples. You can go up the temples and experience the overlooking view of Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok Metro. It's good spending some quiet time atop the temples and watching the sun set in peace.

Wat Arun templesWat Arun temples Thailand

Bangkok from Wat Arun
View from Wat Arun
Dragon Dancers in Wat Arun
Dragon dancers doing their stunts at Wat Arun

Wat Arun sensetSunset at Wat Arun
 Sunset watching at Wat Arun

TRAVEL TIP: The Chao Phraya Express Ferry operates until 8 PM so you still have more time to spend in Wat Arun before going back to Tha Tien Pier.

Khao San Road (read also Bangkok Food)

One place on a backpacker's travel list is definitely Khao San Road. It is a home of cheap backpacker's hostel and guest houses. A lot of chill-out bars are found here during the whole stretch of the night.

Khao San Road

Chang Beer Thai
Thailand's Chang Beer

TRAVEL TIP: Try their tasteful local beer, Chang Beer, which is only THB 60 for a 640 ml bottle.

Never miss visiting other beautiful places like Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok Grand Palace and Damnoen Floating Market, because I myself haven't had the chance to see those up close because of time constraints. Be aware of the operating hours of the temples so you surely can pay visit.

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  1. Nice posting! I am very fond of the traveling and love to read such article on travel. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks a lot for reading my Thailand travel adventures. Thailand is a very nice and "touristy" place and I would love going back there.

      Keep traveling! :)




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