Author Sushant Published on February 18th 2019
From a small trading post of the 15th century “Ayutthaya Kingdom” to a capital city of Thailand with more than the population of eight million, the city has seen so much and was at the center of Thailand's political struggles throughout the 20th century. With the abolishment of absolute monarchy, the city has been through numerous coups and several uprisings.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, Bangkok city grew rapidly and has a significant impact on Thailand's politics, economy, education, media, and modern society.
Let’s Explore The City, that Shines
The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho:
The Reclining Buddha stands at fifteen meters tall and forty-six meters long and is covered in gold leaf. As per Buddhist system, there are 108 qualities to be developed to become Buddha, Siddhartha became Buddha after mustering those 108 vices. To represent this, there are 108 bowls in a temple.
This is one of the largest markets in the world with 8000 stalls covering 27 acres of space and it opens every Saturday and Sunday. It attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a day, most of the items at the sale are at local prices rather than tourist prices.
The Grand Palace
Grand Palace is the most famous attraction in Bangkok. It was the king’s home at one point in time. A trip to the palace can take almost 4-5 hours as there are over
214,000 sq. meters to cover.
National Museum of Bangkok
If you love art then this is the place where you should visit. The museum has the largest collection of artifacts and Thai art in all of Thailand. Go to the museum on Thursday so that you can be given a tour in English to develop a greater understanding of the museum.
Action Time, Kickboxing Matches
Biggest fights of kickboxing happen in Bangkok either at the Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen stadiums. Difference between watching the fight on TV and Live is unimaginable. Just a piece of advice doesn’t indulge in betting.
Thai Puppet Show
An absolute must for all tourists to Bangkok, This puppet show is unique as in most puppet shows the puppeteers are hidden from view but in this show, they are
part of the show. Classic folktales are told while a live orchestra plays music.
The temple of God /Aruna, Wat Arun
The temple of the God of Dawn stands at 79 meters tall and makes for an incredible sight when you catch it in the right light.
A Word of Caution
The Thailand National Anthem is played in the morning and evening you should stop walking and stand silently.
Monks are a common sight in Bangkok, they never touch a female, so it is a good idea for a female tourist to not sit next to the monk on public transport.
A photocopy of your passport is enough, don’t carry your passport with you around Bangkok.