Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace:
It is a Must. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are probably the most famous landmarks in all of Thailand; the beautiful architecture of the Grand Palace is an excellent example of the creativity of Thai people. Wat Phra Kaew contains the famous Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade.
Chinatown is an experience not to be missed. Chinatown is an old business centre located east of Hua Lampong Station and covering a large area around Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Road. It has been the centre for trading of the Chinese community, since they moved to this area in the early 1780’s when Bangkok was founded.
There are plenty of temples and traditional Chinese-style shop houses. There are also many small streets jam-packed with shops and vendors selling all types of goods such as delicious food, jewellery, textiles, musical instruments, gold; in fact Chinatown is one of the better places to shop gold. You can find just about anything.
Bangkok is home to an extensive array of qualified traditional Thai massage centers spread throughout the city. Thai traditional massage originated some 2,500 years ago, its basic principles involves the theory of ten energy lines flowing through the body, by massaging these points, it is said that illness are cured and pain removed.
Although there are several temples named Wat Mahathat their full names are unique. In this case, its full name is Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara. It was built in the Ayutthaya period and known as Wat Salak. The temple is an important center for the study of Buddhism and meditation for monks. There is also an amulet market, selling religious amulets, talismans, traditional medicines and herbal potions.
Wat Saket and the Golden Mount:
Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan dates back to Ayutthaya period, when it was known as Wat Sakae. During the reign of King Rama III, the chedi Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount), an 80-meter tall artificial hill, was added to the temple; it was finished later by King Rama V; as you climb to the top, enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Bangkok. Every first week of November, a large fair is held on the ground of Wat Saket, the Golden Mount is illuminated with colored lanterns.
Muay Thai is the country’s national sport, known as the “Art of the Eight Limbs”. Before the fight, each contestant performs a “Wai khru ram muay”, you can see interesting fights at the Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen stadiums.
Jim Thompson's House:
The home of Jim Thompson is one of the best examples of traditional Thai architecture, formed from part of six antique Thai houses; most of them were at least two centuries old. The house s is located near Siam Square.
Chatuchak Weekend Market:
It is a must for any shopping-lover. One of the largest markets in the world, the market is open at the weekends; you can buy Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, books, music, pets, souvenirs and many more. Going early is recommended.
It is one of the most important repositories of Southeast Asian antiquities in the world. The museum collection encompasses a large range of pieces including Neolithic tools, sculptures, armaments, musical instruments, Khon masks and more.
It is one of the most beautiful and modern temples in Bangkok; the temple houses the imposing Buddha statue Phra Buddhajinaraja and 52 bronze Buddha images collected by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab from various Buddhist countries and regions.