The best of Bangkok – Incredible monuments

The highlight of Thailand is none other than the grand city of Bangkok. The city has both its urban façade as well as historic marvels portraying the rich Thai culture! Here are some places that you simply must visit during your stay here.

Loha Prasat

Loha Prasat| Img by: Ahoerstemeier via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 3.0

Wat Pho

Also referred to as ‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, Wat Pho houses the magnificent golden statue of Lord Buddha which is one of the most iconic monuments one cannot miss! Furthermore, the temple is one of the oldest massage and traditional Thai medicine schools that exists even to date!

Wat Saket

Wat Saket is a man-made hill with approximately 318 steps that take you right up to the chedi clad in gold. The gardens are filled with shady trees that cool the area and also a few Buddha statues here and there. On your way to the peak you will come across age-old prayer bells, once you get there, the view of the city is wonderous. You will find that climbing all those steps were worth it after all!

The Metal Castle

Loha Prasat or The Metal Castle is a unique temple in Bangkok. This is said to be the only building of its kind in the entire world! The 37 steeples embody the 37 virtues that are necessary to reach enlightenment in Buddhism. If you are planning your stay in Bangkok city hotels, the likes of AVANI Atrium Bangkok for example, this site is just minutes away.

Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit is renowned for its solid gold Buddha statue that happens to be 10 feet tall and weighing 5.5 tons. Therefore, Wat Traimit is also called ‘The Temple of the Golden Buddha’. The statue was initially covered in plaster for centuries to avoid it being stolen, the true golden statue was discovered in the late 90s.

 

 

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Quick Bangkok Travel Guide – To See as Much as Possible

Bangkok is a city that has a myriad of possibilities with entertainment for people of any age and this quick guide will cover everything you need to know about Bangkok.

When to go

Bangkok does have a winter; it happens from December and ends in January. Winter is when the tourists flock to Bangkok too and if you want to have lesser crowds at attractions, visiting the city during November or February is a smart thing to do.

Accommodation

Bangkok city hotels can be found in all sizes and styles, from luxury hotels like AVANI Atrium Bangkok to other boutique hotels, the place has everything you will ever need.

Exterior view of Atrium Bangkok Hotel

Image Credit: AVANI Atrium Bangkok

Getting Around

The city has quite a meticulous BTS and MRT system, meaning travelling in and around Bangkok is made easy. Almost every attraction and shopping hub can be reached by getting on a train itself.

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Things to know

If you want to avoid the sweltering tropical heat, plan your trip so that it does not fall in the months from March to August. But, if you are indeed looking for a typical tropical holiday abroad, visiting during these months will be beneficial since most tourist attractions will be open then.

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Places to Shop until you Drop in Bangkok – Shopping Meccas

Out of the many things to do around Bangkok, shopping is quite an experience. Just about anything your heart desires is available at the glitzy malls. Catering to varied tastes and budgets the malls are indeed shopping hotspots.

CentralWorld Siam

The lively atmosphere that prevails around CentralWorld is infectious. Catering to the discerning shopper, the mall is home to a medley of stores that sell a variety of goodies. Entertainment and shopping go hand in hand at this mall.

Chinatown

Located in close proximity to AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel and in the network of alleys between Yaowarat Road and the Chao Phraya River is Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown. Loaded with shopping attractions offering almost every imaginable good and product, Chinatown is a shopping experience that offers you a great variety of things to buy as well as a glimpse into the culture of Bangkok.

MBK, Siam

Enjoy excellent budget shopping at this huge mall which is a massive favourite amongst tourists. There are seven floors that house retail shops selling electronics, streetwear, luggage, gold ornaments, mobile phones, video games and loads more.

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Amphawa Floating Market

No trip to Bangkok will be complete without a trip to one of its floating markets. Taking place on the weekends on the canals of the Mae Khlong River, Amphawa Floating Market offers some of the best produce and other items. However, the major highlight of the market is its food, as all manner of traditional snacks are cooked right then and there for your enjoyment.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+