The Grand Palace was home to the King of Thailand for 150 years. Built in 1782, it was first intended as a new seat of government when the king decided to nominate Bangkok as Siam's new capital. Constantly expanded over the years, it includes numerous additional structures in the present day. Today, the palace houses the government offices, royal residences and the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho's official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. It is the first-grade royal monastery, regarded as the most important one during the Chakri Dynasty, when King Rama I reigned. Wat Pho is located on Sanam Chai road and Maharaj road next to the Grand Palace. Tourists need to adhere to a semi-formal dress code; no shorts are allowed.
One of Bangkok's most famous landmarks, the Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma. Located at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Pathum Wan district, Erawan Shrine is near Bangkok Skytrain's Chitlom Station and often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes. The area has many shopping malls nearby, including Gaysorn, Central World and Amarin Plaza.
Locally known as Wat Chaeng, Wat Arun, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was besieged by a Burmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. The king reigned during the Thonburi period and designated Wat Chaeng the era's chief temple. It once enshrined the Emerald Buddha and another important Buddha image, the Phra Bang, both of which were removed from Vientiane.
Bangkok's Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and food haven for gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street food culture. The locale remains busy during the day with hordes of shoppers descending upon this one-kilometre strip and the adjacent Charoenkrung Road to purchase a day's worth of goods, trade gold, or pay a visit to one of the Chinese temples.
Packed with market stalls, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and countless gold shops, Chinatown is an experience not to miss. Plan your visit during major festivals such as Chinese New Year, and see Bangkok Chinatown at its best.
Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquillity, fresh air and shade - offering city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park spans more than 500,000 square kilometres and is home to various flora and fauna.
While Thailand is famous for its floating markets, Damnoen Saduak is arguably the most renowned of them all. Watch as traders paddle their boats along congested canals, hawking fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is a hubbub of excited chatter, frantic activity and continuous haggling. Ride through the floating market onboard a small boat for the best of this immersive experience.