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Bangkok – The Most Visited City in the World

With over 20 million visitors every year, Bangkok is presently the most-visited city in the world. It is the capital and the largest city in Thailand. This small trading town of yesteryear has grown into a booming metropolis and a major cultural, financial, and entertainment hub of South East Asia. From ancient Buddhist temples to magnificent royal palaces, and from swanky shopping centers and parks to its pounding nightlife, the list of tourist attractions in Bangkok is almost endless. From backpackers and honeymooners to families and senior travelers, Bangkok can attract and entertain anyone. Hers is our pick of the top attractions that Bangkok has to offer.

 

 

  1. Vertigo Restaurant & Moon Bar, Bangkok
Vertigo Restaurant & Moon Bar

True to its name, this restaurant will give you wings to fly so you can touch the moon. A part of the famous Banyan Tree Hotel, this grill-and-bar restaurant is set atop a roof terrace overlooking the breathtaking cityscape of Bangkok. The uniqueness of this dining place lies in its architecture. The terrace is 61 floors above the city. The unusually narrow and protruding deck stretched outside instantly gives you a feel of floating mid-air. The feeling is almost like being inside a spacecraft in the sky.

 

  1. Victory Monument
Victory Monument

The Anusawari Chai Samoraphum, popularly called the Victory Monument, is a military monument located at the intersection of Ratchawithi Road, Phaya Thai Road, and Phahonyothin Road. The monument was erected the victory of the Thais in the Franco-Thai War. It is shaped like an obelisk, but, actually depicts 5 bayonets clamped together, symbolizing the air force, navy, militia, army, and police. It was designed in 1941 by Corrado Feroci, an Italian architect who settled in Thailand and changed his name to Silpa Bhirasi.

 

  1. Nana Plaza
Neon-lit Nana Plaza at night

Nana Plaza is a neighborhood near the BTS Asok Station in Bangkok. This 150 m stretch of a narrow street has a number of bars, go-go bars, strip clubs, and massage parlors that attract a large number of visiting tourists every night.

 

  1. Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall
Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

The Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall is one of the prominent attractions in Bangkok. It is located in the Dusit Palace Park along with the Vimanmek Mansion. The entry ticket for this attraction is included witha ticket to  the Grand Palace; it can also be bought separately. The Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall was originally built in 1904 as the throne hall for King Rama V. It has a unique fusion architecture of a Victorian style blending with Moorish porticoes. The house has now been transformed into a museum and art gallery with handcrafted works by members of an organization run by Queen Sirikit.

 

  1. Ancient Siam
Ancient Siam

Ancient City, or Ancient Siam, is an open-air recreation and conservation park of many ancient landmarks and monuments of Thailand. Located about 30 km south east of downtown Bangkok, Ancient City is promoted as the largest open-air museum in the world. A visit to the park is like walking though centuries of Siamese and Thai history in a few hours. The museum has some exhibits recreated from the original and some others which are reconstructed originals. There are a few creative artwork displays also.

 

  1. Asiatique -The Riverfront
Asiatique -The Riverfront

Asiatique -The Riverfront is one of the newer additions in the long list of entertainment zones in Bangkok. It is a homage to the city’s history as a trading port. The easiest way to get there is by taking the free ferry ride across the river from the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Housed primarily in the restored warehouse of the East Asiatic Company, Asiatique -The Riverfront has several shops selling a variety of items along with plenty of eateries — from fine dining to the famed Thai street food.

 

  1. Dusit Palace Park
Dusit Palace Park

The Dusit Palace Park is one of the major sites in Bangkok that attracts thousands of visitors every month. It includes a number of royal buildings and offices, some of which are open to the public. The place was first developed with the building of the palace by King Rama V in the early 20th century. Attractions in the Dusit Palace Park include Vimanmek Mansion, the Royal Elephant National Museum, Anantasamakhom Throne Hall, Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Dusit Zoo, and the Royal Turf Club of Thailand. Temples in the complex include Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Intharawihan.

 

  1. Dusit Zoo
Dusit Zoo

The Dusit Zoo  is located at the edge of the Dusit Palace Park, opposite the Parliament House. The zoo is considered the oldest in the country. It was originally the private garden of King Rama V. In the late 1930s, King Rama VII donated the park to Bangkok City Municipality along with a number of animals for public exhibition. In 1954, the zoo was taken over by the Zoological Park Organization, which has been managing it ever since. The present zoo spans about 190,000 sq meters and attracts almost 2.5 million visitors every year. It has over 1600 species of animals.

 

  1. Hua Lamphong Station
Hua Lampong Station

The Hua Lamphong Station, popularly the Bangkok Railway Station, is the main train station of the city. Opened in 1916, the Hua Lamphong Station is certainly the busiest station in the city, handling over 60,000 passengers every day. The station building is an attraction in itself. It was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance style of architecture and decorated with stained glass windows and wooden roofs.

 

  1. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House

Located close to the National Stadium in Bangkok is one of the most iconic houses in the city — the Jim Thompson House. The house belonged to James H W Thompson, an American who founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company that established the popularity of Thai silk to the Western world. Jim Thompson first visited Thailand during the World War II and later settled in Bangkok. He disappeared during a trip to Malaysia in 1967, but by that time was already a legendary figure in the Thai city. His beautiful wooden house is now open to the public as a museum.

 

  1. Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park

Spread over 142 acres, Lumphini Park is a public park in the city of Bangkok. It was commissioned to be created on royal property by King Rama VI. The park is aesthetically landscaped with a lake in the center, and walking and jogging tracks around it. Cycling is also permitted inside the park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, dogs are not allowed inside the park. The park has a library and a dance hall in its complex. It is also a popular place for concerts during the winter months.

 

  1. Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum

The Bangkok National Museum is the main branch of the National Museums in Thailand. It is considered to be the largest museum in SE Asia and a must-see attraction when visiting Bangkok. The museum is located near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The Bangkok National Museum has the largest collection of Thai artifacts and art in the country. It also has an impressive collection of artworks from the neighboring countries and kingdoms, some of which date back hundreds of years.

 

  1. Patpong
Patpong Night Market

Patpong is one of the most-known neighborhoods in the city of Bangkok, primarily for its red light district and its night market. It is located near the Silom Road and is within walking distance from the Sala Daeng Metro station. The place gets its name from the Chinese Patpongpanich family who migrated to this city and bought a substantial amount of property in this area. A number of movies have been shot in the Patpong area for its colorful and vibrant nightlife, including The Deer Hunter and Miss Saigon.

 

  1. Chatuchak Market
Clock Tower at the Chatuchak Market

Covering 27 acres, the Chatuchak Market is one of the largest weekend markets in the world. The market area is divided into 27 different sections accommodating around 8000 stalls. The market is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The products sold in the market are divided into 9 categories — books, clothes and accessories, home decor and furniture, ceramics, fresh and dry food, food and drinks, pets, antiques, and plants. Do not miss the famous clock tower which is often used as a meeting point in the vast array of stalls.

 

  1. Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Located inside the Siam Discovery Center in downtown Siam, Madame Tussauds Bangkok is one of the popular tourist attractions of the city. There are scores of wax statues in this museum divided into various categories like World Leaders, Sports, Films, A-Listers, Music, and History. It is an attraction for the whole family where can get to see  these stunning replicas and even take photographs with ‘them.’ Personalities who have been waxed at the Madame Tussauds Bangkok include Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Cristiano Ronaldo, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson, and many more.

 

  1. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

The Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is an aquatic-themed entertainment zone in the Siam area in Bangkok. It is located inside the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall and is an attraction for the whole family. About 5 million liters of water displays a wide variety of marine creatures from all over the world. Of particular interest is the water tunnel, where visitors walk through a tunnel surrounded by various sea creatures including sharks and stingrays.

 

  1. Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion

The Vimanmek Mansion is located inside the Dusit Palace Park grounds. It is the largest golden-teak mansion in the world. It was constructed in 1868 and was originally on Ko Si Chang, but was relocated to its present location in 1910. The mansion was the residence of King Rama V. The mansion is a museum today, displaying many artifacts and accessories used by the King. There are several English language tours of this mansion.

 

  1. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

A visit to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a must when in Bangkok. This grand building is located in the Dusit Palace Park and was built in 1908 as a reception hall for state guests. The architectural style is a fusion of Neo-classical and Neo-renaissance. Marble from Italy and many other foreign materials were used to build this magnificent structure. The interior walls were decorated with frescoes and paintings. The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is presently a gallery and a museum. The upper floor has incredibly stunning artwork of gold and wood that were used as royal gifts. The ground floor has a gallery of artwork and a store selling handcrafted materials made by an organization of Queen Sirikit.

 

  1. Buddhist Temples in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew inside the Grand Palace Complex

Bangkok is dotted with numerous Buddhist temples all over the city and beyond. Although the temples are primarily built in the same engineering style, each one has a distinct flavor and beauty. The most famous and revered is the Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace complex. Other major temples include Wat Arun, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Mahathat, and Wat Pho, to name just a few. For more interesting information on the Buddhist temples of Bangkok, read our blog at…. https://www.amazing-places.com/?p=9556&preview=true

 

  1. Grand Palace
Grand Palace Complex of Bangkok

The Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, commonly known  as the Grand Palace, is certainly the most-visited tourist attraction in the city of Bangkok. The Grand Palace has been the royal residence since 1782 and although the present king resides in the Chitralada Palace, the Grand Palace is still used for royal events. This magnificent palace was built in 1782 by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, popularly known as King Rama I. A ticket to see the Grand Palace also allows entry to the Wat Phra Kaew  in the same complex. The Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered statue of Lord Buddha.

Originally posted 2017-06-19 11:39:49.

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