Top 5 highlights 1 Day trip in Bangkok
Bangkok, the ancient and the capital city of Thailand that everyone knows and wants to visit at least once. It is a city with a history of nearly 300 years, making it a place filled with fascinating stories to explore and learn about. Bangkok is a city with a unique identity that sets it apart from anywhere else, be it in terms of art (architecture), cultural traditions (food), or its people (friendly). Today, we will take you to discover 5 interesting check-in points that can be considered the highlights of Bangkok.
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1. The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang)
Located in the heart of Bangkok, it has been considered the central district of the city since its founded. In the past, it was a place of prominence for several Thai kings. This area was reserved exclusively for the elite and is comprised of numerous buildings, all of which are exquisite examples of Thai art. They convey through architecture the beauty akin to a heavenly city, with everything adorned in a golden hue, shimmering and radiant. Many tourists visit intentionally to admire these beautiful structures. The place is spacious, clean, and has guides to provide advice and explanations at nearly every point. It is open to visitors every day from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. It is recommended to come early when there are fewer visitors while the weather is not too hot. The proper attire includes dressing modestly, long trousers, and following the designated paths. Visitors are advised to keep noise levels down and if you wish to take beautiful and unique photos, consider renting traditional Thai attire.
Opening Hours: Daily from 8:30 AM – 3.30 PM
Entrance fee: 500฿ (Baht) (Both the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew can be visited)
2. Wat Phra Kaew
This is located in the same area as the Grand Palace and is an important temple within the Grand Palace. It houses the sacred Phra Ubosot, which enshrines the Emerald Buddha, regarded by the Thai people as a revered and auspicious symbol. Nearby are three thrones arranged in a row, adorned with sculptures of Giant and Garuda, beautifying the building, and making it unique. The balconies are surrounded by mural paintings that depict Buddhist stories, created by highly skilled artists in ancient times. In some parts, photography is allowed, but in others, it is prohibited. Therefore, it’s essential to observe and abide by the various rules and prohibitions indicated by signs. If you’ve visited other temples and seen resident monks, don’t be surprised to learn that this temple is unique in Thailand, as you will not see any monk in the temple.
3. Wat Pho
Located at the rear of the Grand Palace. Inside the temple, there is a large, exquisite golden reclining Buddha statue, a popular pilgrimage site for tourists. Surrounding the temple’s courtyard are various-sized stupas, and the main pagoda itself has a unique and distinctive art style, decorated with colorful ceramic tile fragments, making it incredibly beautiful. Additionally, there are Chinese-style stone dolls scattered throughout the temple. Furthermore, Wat Pho is also the location of the Traditional Thai Massage School, the leading institution of its kind in the country. It is often regarded as Thailand’s first university. Presently, they still offer massage instruction. Visitors have the opportunity to experience massages to relieve fatigue, including head massages, body massages, and foot massages. There are also traditional stretching techniques taught according to ancient ways. These massages help improve circulation in various systems of the body, promote good health, and leave you feeling refreshed, ready to continue exploring for the rest of the day. Whether you prefer a deep or light massage, you can specify your preference to the masseur.
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Entrance fee: 300฿ (Baht)
4. Wat Arun
We continued our journey to Wat Arun. From this side, we looked across the river and could see the grand stupa of Wat Arun shining in the middle of the sun. We could easily take a boat across the Chao Phraya River to get there. Wat Arun is located on the old historic side of Bangkok before it moved to the current side. It used to be the temple for the old royal palace, located nearby. You will see a pair of giants standing as guardians at the entrance, and there’s a legend that Thai people have passed down saying that the giants of Wat Arun and the giants of Wat Pho (Chinese dolls) are a matching pair. At Wat Arun, there is a central pagoda surrounded by smaller pagodas, all decorated with ancient ceramic tiles that were salvaged from shipwrecks in the Chao Phraya River in the past. This temple is known for its fragrant Thai tea ice cream that is shaped in patterns resembling ceramic tile designs. Not only is it visually appealing, but it also tastes delicious and has a delightful aroma. Anyone who has a chance to visit must not miss the opportunity to taste it. It is recommended to visit in the late afternoon or early evening because the central pagoda shines beautifully when it is illuminated by the golden rays of the sunset. It is truly captivating.
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
Entrance fee: 50฿ (Baht)
5. Asiatique the Riverfront
The final destination of the day. As the sun sets, after a day of relaxation and release in delicious food and fun activities at Asiatique. the Riverfront, the old warehouse by the Chao Phraya River, which has been newly transformed into a popular hangout spot for tourists of various nationalities. In the evening, there is a riverside area to enjoy the last rays of the day, with colorful lights creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere for relaxation. The highlight of this place is the giant Ferris wheel that offers a panoramic view of Bangkok, especially stunning when the city lights up at night, never seeming to sleep. You can choose to have dinner at one of the 5-star restaurants here, offering a wide range of cuisines and beverages, including live music. Alternatively, you can try a special dinner cruise on the river, with both regular and halal food options available for your satisfaction and fun, don’t forget to go shopping for various local products and popular souvenirs, as well as delicious snacks. If you have time, consider taking a ride on the giant Ferris wheel.
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM –12:00 AM
Entrance fee: –
A day filled with delicious food and excitement in Bangkok. This experience must be shared and recommended. Invite your friends to explore Thailand together. It is time to return to your accommodation for a good night rest. There are many more exciting places to visit both within and outside of Bangkok, waiting for you to explore… Have a great night !
Writer : Natthapong R.
Date : 04/10/2023