Bangkok is capital of Thailand. It is located in the southwest of the country and lies about two meters (6.5 ft) above sea level. Situated near the Gulf of Thailand on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok city is blessed with beautiful locations that serve as its tourist destinations. The population of this tropical city is approximately 6,355,144. The geographical status of Thailand that is encircled by India, China and Southeast Asia makes Bangkok of a strategic importance from economic and political viewpoint for these countries and for the world as well. Bangkok is the heart of economic, cultural and tourism activities of Thailand. The city is famous for other things too, such as for jewelry, silver and bronze goods, and precious stones.
Tourist Attractions in Bangkok
Grand Palace deserves a visit every time you travel to Bangkok. The palace stretches over a large area. It is of historical, architectural and religious importance. The sacred temple of Emerald Buddha, known as Wat Phra Kaeo, is in the precinct of Grand Palace. Many of the tourist attractions of Bangkok are located around the Grand Palace.
Jim Thompson's Houses
Jim Thompson's Houses consists of seven wooden houses. It is named after the American born James Thompson who made Thai silk popular all over the world. Jim Thompson's Houses is used to display the splendid art collection the American had built up. It is an example of architectural excellence of beautiful old Thai houses.
The old Wang Na Palace built by Rama I is now an extraordinary museum of Bangkok. National Museum is a magnificent building with walls decorated with murals and has some extremely valuable collections like Red house and Buddha figures from all the different periods. The museum also has exquisite statues in the Srivijaya and Lopburi styles
Wat Benchama-bo-bitr / Marble Temple
Wat Benchama-bo-bitr is a lovely temple made of marble. Different colored marbles are used in making of the temple. Red and gold marble are prominently used. For the people in search of peace it is a place worth a visit.
Wat Pho is of a great religious importance. It is the oldest and also the largest temple in Bangkok. It is standing in the south of the Grand Palace precinct. In ancient times, the temple was a place of pharmaceutical importance.
Wat Traimitr (Golden Buddha)
Many Buddha temples are scattered all over Thailand. But, this one got its fame because of an incident related to it. There is no trace about how a statue of Buddha made of gold came to this place.
Markets of Bangkok are always a favourite tourist spots. Amulet Market Is the biggest market of Bangkok. It is situated between Maharat Road and the river. All kinds of things are available in this market.
For tourists fond of unusual places Ko Kret provides a wonderful chance. It is a beautiful island in the midst of Chao Phraya River. Ko Kret is the home of Mon tribes. They are famous for their work of pottery.
Dusit Park is a beautiful park offering its visitors peace and refreshment. The best thing about the park is that it is located far from the noise of city. The biggest attraction of dusit Park is Vimanmek Palace mansion. It is made of teakwood.