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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Bangkok?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Bangkok is not a city you see or travel to, it is a magical place you feel with your senses and retain with yourself for a lifetime. From striking colonial architecture to fascinating marvels of science and from an electrifying party culture to the tranquil cradle of religion, Bangkok is a wonderland of opposites living in complete harmony. Some of the top attractions of this enchanting city are as follows:

Historical Attractions

  • Victory Monument

    A monument in complete contrast to the kind of architecture one expects in Thailand, the Victory Monument was constructed to commemorate the victory of Thailand in its war with France in the 20th Century. The structure is made out of five statues clasped together, each representing Navy, Army, Air Force, Police and Civilian Bureaucracy. Standing as a major traffic intersection today, the Victory Monument has emerged as one of the most familiar landmarks around.

    Address: Thanon Phaya Thai

  • Grand Palace

    Home to the famed ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’, the Grand Palace is actually a series of palaces located within a huge compound. The Outer Court once housed the offices of the government departments such army, civil administration, and treasury, which were directly handled by the king. The Central Court was the king’s residence and affairs of the state were carried out in the opulently done up halls here. Further inside is the Inner Court, the erstwhile home for royal ladies and children. In fact, the Inner Court is like a city in itself and is off limits for visitors. Although, quite a few areas are not open to the public, the experience of visiting the Grand Palace is a memorable one. A couple of other hot draws here are the Amarinda Hall and the Boroma Biman Hall.

    Entry fee: Baht 400
    Timings: 8:30am to 3:30pm, best visited early morning to beat crowds.

    Address: Tha Na Phra Lan

  • Bangkok National Museum

Established by King Rama V in 1874, National Museum is a window to the myriad aspects of Thailand, such as culture, history and Buddhist influence. Located in the Front Palace, the museum houses captivating remnants from the bygone era, including the prized The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription, believed to have been written by the legendary king Ramkhamhaeng, probably country’s most ancient work of literature. You can go for guided tours that are available in different languages, including English, French and German. Please take care not to touch the artifacts and do remember that smoking isn’t allowed in the premises.

Entry fee  is 50 Baht per person.

Timings: 9 am to 3.30 pm. The museum stays closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
Phra Nakhon




Telephone: 66-02-2241333

Official Website: de.top-travel-bangkok.com/

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Shake hands with Madonna, do a jig by Michael Jackson’s side, get a picture clicked with Lady Gaga or try crooning along with Justin Bieber - it’s all possible here. Walk around the museum to come face to face with the wax figurines of celebrities awaiting your presence. The figures include sports star, musicians, TV and movie actors, world leaders and more.

Entry fee is 800 Baht for adults and 600 Baht for seniors and children.  

Address: 6th Floor

Siam Discovery

989 Rama I Road





Telephone: +66-02-658 0060

Official Website: www.madametussauds.com/Bangkok/en/

Art Galleries

  • National Art Gallery

    If fine arts is your cup of tea, then you just can’t skip a visit to this one. The very walls of this massive building are an artwork, dating back to the Ratanakosin era. Apart from the artworks that are on permanent display, the various exhibitions that are organised here from time to time are worth a dekko. Works of amateur artists share space with the expert creations. The collection is spread on two floors, with the garden and courtyard displaying some of the finest pieces of sculpture.  

    Timings: 9 am to 4 pm

    Address: Thanon Chao Fa  Chana Songkhram

Phra Nakhon


Telephone: +66-2-2812224

  • Gossip Gallery

Know what’s doing the rounds of the international contemporary arts circle when you walk the passages of Gossip Gallery. Let the latest marvels of art world take your breath away here, for there’s usually an exhibition going on. Needless to say, this is one of the most visited galleries at Bangkok.  

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm. Make an appointment and you can walk in on Sundays as well.

Address: 3rd Floor

Unit 331

The Silom Galleria


Silom Road





Telephone: +66-02-2375568

Official Website: http://www.gossipgallerybkk72.com/index.aspx

Amusement Parks

  • Siam Ocean World

    Probably, the largest oceanarium throughout
    Southeast Asia, the wonders of Siam Ocean World hit you with the force of a sledgehammer blow. After all, this is what you would expect of a place inhabited by over 400 species of colourful marine life including penguins and sharks. This underground oceanarium has 12 different zones housing these marine denizens. Not to be missed is the main tank with its tunnel, where one gets the chance to walk right under sharks, rays, and other interesting fish species. Its easy to see why the Siam Ocean World is a hit with adults and children alike. The place is best visited during the feeding times of sharks and penguins. If the adventure bug has bitten you in Bangkok, you may also try out the ‘diving with sharks’ experience offered here!

    Entry Fee: Starts at 900 Baht, increases with sections you want to see. You can get attractive discounts if tickets are purchased online.
    Timings: 10am to 9pm

    Address: 991
    Rama 1 Road  
    Telephone: +66-2-6872000
    Official Website: http://www.siamoceanworld.co.th/index.php?lang=

  • Safari World

    One of the places your kids will love Bangkok for, Safari World promises an experience which is one of its kind. This is where one can witness Sealion Shows, Jungle Cruise, the one of its kind Lion Feeding Show, Dolphin Show, Bird Show and much more. Head here for an action packed, excitement filled day which is going to delight adults and children equally. Lunch is included in your ticket so you don't have to worry about the times when the hunger pangs strike. For navigation purposes remember, the park has four parts, Safari Park, Bird Park, Games Corner and Macaw Island. Also, there are numerous shows going on, so its better to select a few and watch them at leisure, rather than running from one show to the other.

    Entry Fee: 400 Baht onwards
    Timings: 9am to 5pm

    Address: 99
    Ramindra 1 Rd
    Telephone: +66-2-9144116
    Official Website: http://www.safariworld.com/att.html

Religious Places

  • Wat Phra Kaew

    Housing the emerald Buddha that has come to symbolise
    Thailand today is the Wat Phra Kaew Temple which was built in the 18th Century. This is the highest place of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Thailand and needless to say is thronged by devotees all year. The structures of here worth observing are the mural of Ramayana, the Royal Pantheon and the Sri-Lankan style Phra Si Rattana Chedi. Sitting on the premises of the Grand Palace, the statue has been carved out of a single block of jade and depicts the Buddha meditating in the position taught at the Lanna school of the North way back in the 15th century A.D.

    Entry Fee: 400 Baht
    Timings: 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Address: Maharaj Pier
    Chao Phraya

    Telephone: +66-2-2241833

  • Temple of Dawn

    When you see a marvellous example of the intricate Thai architecture coupled with an aura of spiritual comfort as beautiful as the Temple of Dawn, you will be left totally spellbound. Climb around the winding staircase to the top of the temple and let the beauteous sweeping views of the City of Angels take your breath away. Locally this temple is called Wat Arun, and this monument is best viewed in the evening when twinkling city lights add divine beauty to its precincts.

    Timings: 7:30am to 5pm

    Address: 158 Wang Doem Road
    Wat Arun
    Bangkok Yai
    Telephone: +66-2-8912185


  • So Thai Spa

    One of the best spas in the Chaotic Capital, So Thai Spa promises to indulge your senses in the best way possible. Feast your eyes on the beauteous sights that greet you as soon as you step in here, let the calming music take your worries away, relish the enchanting fragrance of the soothing aroma oils and transcend into another world as the skilled masseuses work off all the tension in your muscles. Take the four hour luxury package or pick up an assortment of treatments, but don't step out of the place without a body scrub which will give an all new life to your skin!

    Timings: 7am to 7pm

    Sukhumvit Soi 31
    Telephone: +660-2-6622691
    Official Website: http://www.sothaispa.com/

  • The Oriental Spa

    A place massage lovers swear by, The Oriental Spa is a place which fits everyone’s definition of King Size! From the breathtaking tropical gardens to the heavenly treatments and skilled staff, everything seems perfect at this spa. Enjoying relaxing foot massages or a host of other treatments, but be prepared to shell out the moolah, as good things always come at a premium!

    Address: 48
    Oriental Avenue
    Telephone: +66-2-6599000


  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Filled with a galaxy of irresistible goodies, the Chatuchak Weekend Market may well be described as a milky way of countless shopping treasures. The market is one of the largest on the planet and emerges as a hive of activity. Due to its immense size, it has been divided into different sections devoted to specific goods. Although, these demarcations may not be strictly followed in terms of goods being sold, they do help shoppers find their way in this huge maze like market. Sprawling over some 35 acres, this place has over 8,000 bazaar stalls and is thronged by thousands of keen visitors trying to make the most of their Bangkok shopping experience. Be it dogs and other pets or clothes and antiques, the Chatuchak Weekend Market spoils one for choice and actually brings the phrase, ‘shop till you drop’ to life. To get the best possible deals, bargain as hard as you can. There are plenty of drinks and food stalls here dishing out local
    Thai fare as well as overseas cuisines for indulging the shoppers who end up ravenous after all that shopping.

    Address: Chatuchak

  • Floating Markets

    No shopping spree in Bangkok is complete without an experience of the city’s famous floating markets such as Bang Khu Wiang, Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan and Tha Kha. A great way to mix shopping with a boating trip and a rich insight into the simple traditional Thai way of life, these floating markets ensure loads of fun. Most of the floating markets have the usual frenetic pace of traditional outdoor bazaars. For, a more serene experience, go to Tha Kha amongst some of other other slightly less frequented floating markets.

To be honest, this is just a sneak peak of Bangkok. Plan your places of visit before you set out or else you will not have enough time to spend on each attraction! Have holiday the Bangkok way!

Snigdha Jain Feb 23 2013
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In religious places - a visit to see the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a must. You can read more on this at - http://getsetandgo.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/meeting-with-the-reclining-buddha-wat-pho-thailand/ 

In shopping - a must visit are a trip to Khao San road and Platinum Mall. You can read more on this at - http://getsetandgo.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/places-to-shop-in-bangkok/

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