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Bangkok Sightseeing

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A February 2007 trip to Bangkok by LenR

Art and religion often mix Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok has a world-wide reputation for its wonderful Thai food and wild nightlife but there is much more to this city than that.

Bangkok Sightseeing

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Overview

Art and religion often mix Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is certainly not one of the world’s most beautiful cities but it must qualify as one of the world’s most exciting.A city that is flat, low-lying, polluted and crowded is unlikely to win any beauty contests. But if you add some of the world’s most enterprising and attractive people, a flamboyant architectural style, a diverse economy and a natural love of life, you will end up with variety, excitement and, believe it or not, style. That is Bangkok today.Bangkok, known to the Thais as “Krungthep” (City of Angles), was established in 1782 by King Rama 1 as the capital of Siam. Since then, it has developed into a city of some 8-10 million with an intriguing mixture of East and West...Read More

Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "Jim Thompson’s House"

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I have been here at least six times and I never tire of the place. It really is something quite special. This was the home of Jim Thompson, an American architect who settled in Thailand after World War II and turned his energy to reinvigorating the Thai silk industry. His efforts were highly successful and in the process, he made considerable profit. He disappeared in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia under quite strange circumstances in 1967 and has never been seen since.For his contribution to the development of the Thai Silk industry, Jim Thompson was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a decoration bestowed upon foreigners for having rendered exceptional service to Thailand. Thompso...Read More

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Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasem San 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 216 7368

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Attraction

Chatuchak Weekend Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This has been a Bangkok ‘must-see’ for years but the market is currently going through a transition. Some areas of the original market have been closed and the stalls pulled down, and a new air-conditioned high-rise building called JJ Plaza has opened close by. Some stalls have relocated here but many parts of the old market are still operating and the adjacent Chatuchak Plaza still exists.The scale of it is unbelievable. It covers 35 acres, contains more than 15,000 shops and stalls, has over 200,000 visitors each day, who spend an estimated 30 million baht (approx US$800,000). The range of products on sale is extensive, and includes household accessories, handicrafts, religious artifacts, ar...Read More

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Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace

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Attraction | "The Grand Palace"

Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Grand Palace and the adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha must be on every visitor’s itinerary. This complex rivals the very best European palaces and cathedrals in interest and architectural attraction. From certain angles, this represents all that is best about Thailand and Thai culture. It is a sight guaranteed to impress the most blasé traveler.The huge white walled complex is in the center of ‘historic Bangkok’. The palace was originally built in 1782 by the first king who ruled from Bangkok. Since then almost every other king has added to it so that today the complex is an amazing mixture of architectural styles that somehow work together to create a very impressive feature. The Gra...Read More

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Grand Palace
Na Phra Lan Road Ko Rattanakosin District
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
+66 (2) 694 1222

Temple of the Emerald Buddha/Wat Phra Kaeo

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Attraction | "Temple of the Emerald Buddha"

Temple of the Emerald Buddha/Wat Phra Kaeo Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This magical place is a temple purpose-built to house a Buddha image carved from a large solid piece of green jadite. Chaophraya Chakri, who went on to become King Rama I, brought the image from Vientiane when he captured the city in 1778. It is believed the image was previous in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand and was captured from Chiang Mai by the Laos. King Rama I built the temple and enshrined the Emerald Buddha there as a symbol of Siam's regained nationhood. The temple does not house any monks. Rather, it is more like the personal chapel of the royal family.The Emerald Buddha is housed in the main building of the temple – the Ubosot. It is difficult for non-Thais to understand fully the...Read More

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha/Wat Phra Kaeo
Grounds Of The Royal Palace
Bangkok, Thailand
02222-0094

Wat Po

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Attraction

Wat Po Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Po is located just south of the Grand Palace. It is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and is often called Thailand’s first university. The temple complex is so large, yet so crammed with buildings and other structures that it is initially somewhat overpowering. To help you overcome this problem there is a guide service available at the main gate. This can help you get the most from a visit.The main attraction for most visitors is the gigantic 46-metre long reclining Buddha, entirely covered in gold leaf. The huge feet are marvelously inlaid with mother-of-pearl with the 108 signs of the Buddha. Rama III is responsible for the construction of the reclining Buddha. The Wiharn housing ...Read More

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Wat Po
Located across from the Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand