Bangkok is often the first stop of tourists visiting Thailand. This city, which is also known as “the city of Angels” offers so much to do and see, an entire holiday could easily be spend just here. Bangkok does not only has the old and beautiful architectures to captivate your eyes, but also includes newly built tourist attractions.The city has more than 400 temples, a wide range of Royal Palaces and Mansions and a modern skyline of skyscrapers and suspension bridges. It is easy to get around much of the city thanks to the BTS Sky Train and the MRT Subway, which are reliable, cheap and usually quicker than a taxi.Probably the most comfortable way to see some of the city’s highlights is to make a boat trip on the Chao Phraya river and its many waterways, the khlongs.
1. Sea Life Bangkok
If you want a welcome break after spending time in crowded sights of Bangkok, then SEA LIFE Bangkok is the perfect place. This is a good place to visit with family. This is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia and was previously known as Ocean World. Entry fees are quite steep if you’re only planning to be here for an hour, but stay for longer and you’re more likely to get your money’s worth.
Also, consider upgrading your ticket to include a ride on the glass bottom boat through the shark tank. This is the closest many of us will ever get to a shark! The upgraded entry also includes many other facilities like the 5D cinema, and a souvenir photo, plus there’s an option to get a combined ticket for the aquarium and Madame Tussauds.Exhibits include an underwater tunnel, and there are countless different species of fish and other marine life here including octopus, seahorses and turtles, and the always entertaining penguins.
2. Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds is wax museum that is based in London with branches in a number of major cities including Bangkok. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud in the 1800’s and it has been major tourist attraction all around the world. Madame Tussauds Bangkok is the 10th installation of the legendary wax museum exhibit with over 70 wax figures of the world famous people, including several Thais. Visitors can enjoy the details of the waxworks and touch the sculptures itself as well as taking a
photo up close with their favorite celebrities. What make this museum so special and unique is that visitors can actually have an interactive experience with their favorite celebrities, sports figures, or historical icons. Madame Tussauds is also a place to learn about some notable and influential people in the world throughout history. It also showcases the world’s famous artists, scientists, and the fun section of the red carpet where it features celebrities from the music, TV, film and sports world. You will surely have a fun and unique experience here among the waxed stars like Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Mark Zuckerberg, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, Wayne Rooney, Oprah Winfrey and many more. Costumes are provided at some of the displays where you can dress up and have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Interactive activities are organized at some of the displays, such as trying a penalty shot at the football display and participating in a quiz at the Einstein statue.
3.The Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya river by night is a charming place not easily forgotten. The Chao Phraya river, also known as the River of Kings, is one of Thailand’s major rivers. The Chao Phraya River flows through the heart of Bangkok. To get a relaxing time ,make a trip along the river in Bangkok. River ferries flow all around the hotels and landmarks, so, even if you just take a quick trip from one side to the other, it’s a nice experience. You can either choose a river cruise or rent a boat and travel at your own speed to enjoy this beautiful place.
There are different piers from where you can rent a longboats and the price includes a driver so you don’t need to worry about finding your way around. Do remember to ask him to take you to the canals as this is an amazing thing to do in Bangkok, but unfortunately, many tourists to the city don’t get to see. Guided river cruises are also available as well if you want to learn all about the river while cruising on it. Dinner cruises are the perfect end to a day and allow you to see the city from a different perspective as the sun goes down and the temples and palaces are lit up.
4.Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is one of the most familiar sites in Thailand, and best known temples in Bangkok. The full name of Wat Arun is actually Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, which is a bit of a mouthful. It’s often known by the simpler title of the Temple of Dawn. Its soaring golden tower is a spectacular sight at any time of day but is especially impressive when the sun is setting on the horizon. Wat Arun is situated opposite to the Grand Palace, across the Chao Phraya River. You can easily catch a boat from Sapphan Taksin boat pier which will take you to pier 8. From there you can take a shuttle boat to get you across the river. Wat Arun has an amazing architecture, so, to appreciate the beauty of this temple allow yourself at least an hour for a visit to this site. The cloister of the temple complex contains more than 100 Buddha images. With its beautiful structure the temple is popular to be very divine and giving peace of mind and soul.The Wat Arun is commonly known as “the Temple of Dawn”. It is one of only six temples of the highest grade of the first class Royal Temples, and therefore, one of Thailand’s most renowned religious places. So, wear your sports shoes and get ready to climb if you want to explore the beauty of this amazing temple.
5. Bangkok National Museum
The city is full of museums of different sizes and different subjects,but if you want a general overview of Thai art and history, then Bangkok National Museum is the place you must visit.This is the largest museum in Southeast Asia, so, you should keep several hours at least for visiting this amazing Bangkok attraction.Starting in pavilion one you’ll see some very nice exhibits that begin to summarize the country’s history. Rest of the museum is set over several buildings, some with more to offer, and many with better exhibits than others.
The museum not only preserves and displays Thai artifacts dated from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya period, but also exhibits a wide range of collections of regional Asian Buddhist Arts such as Indian Gandhara, Chinese Tang, Vietnamese Cham, Indonesian Java, and Cambodian Khmer arts.The National Museum Volunteers offer foreign language tours of the museum. All tours begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Tours are held in English, German, French and Japanese.