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Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the most popular cities of the Orient. It holds 12.6% of Thailand’s population and offers a wealth of history. From its roots as a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, to eventually becoming Thailand’s most influential modern society; the splendour and beauty of its memorable past still prevails intertwined with its fast track, bright light modernist boom, making it one of the most exciting cities to visit. To this day, the city offers it visitors an unforgettable sightseeing experience with its stunning temples, majestic palaces, unique floating market, buzzling Chinatown, all imbedded with a fascinating political and cultural history.

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1. WAT ARUN (The Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun was named by King Taksin in 1768. After having fought and saved himself from Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he found himself at this particular temple right at the break of dawn. At a later stage he has the temple renovated as we know it today.
Wat Arun, known locally as Wat Chaeng, is located on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. Due to its privileged location by the river and its intricate architecture, which is unique and unusual, the Wat Arun Temple is one of the most reknown temples in Thailand and one of the most majestic. It is made up of colourfully decorated spires with glass and Chinese porcelain. The spire reaches 70 metres high and offers an imposing, astonishing landmark of beauty on the Chao Phraya River bank.
Interesting to note, though it is called the temple of dawn, it is a site worth visiting at sundown. Just as the sun raise hit the spire, its glowing beauty shines like an enormous sparkling colourful stone.

The Grand Palace, is Bangkok’s most famous landmark. It was built in 1782 and was home to the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of Government for 150 years. This architectural wonder displays a highly disciplined design including intricate detail that honours the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people.

The palace comprises of a number of spectacular buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), home to very famous and greatly admired Emerald Buddha, dating back to the 14th century.
Each season, the King of Thailand changes the robes on the Buddha. This ritual is very significant and forms an important part of the Buddhist calendar.

When visiting the spectacular palace grounds, visitors can view the antique throne and they are able to walk through the Grand Palace hall (Chakri Maha Prasat) where one can admire the beauty of the architecture and its intricate décor. The Dusit Hall, is known for being one of the architectural masterpieces of the world and what’s more there is a museum exposing the entire restoration of the Grand Palace, including scale models.

It is important to note that The Grand Palace including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. A strict dress code therefore applies. Men must wear trousers and a long sleeve shirt and closed shoes. Women are expected to be in smart casual wear, a dress or skirt to the knee or trousers and covered shoulders. No transparent clothing is allowed. They even have a “proper attire on loan” section in case any visitors do not follow the dress code.

3. WHAT PHO (The Old City)
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), is one of the largest temple complexes in Bangkok. It is world renowned for its massive sprawling Buddha, completely covered in gold. What’s more, this sacred place provides its visitors with a fantastic, traditional Thai massage a unique and enjoyable experience.

Originally, Wat Pho was the first public university in Thailand. Its main concentrations were religion, science and literature. Today, it is a healing centre for traditional massage and medicine. Thai massages are unique in that they aren’t meant to relax; but rather to invigorate. They combine Yoga postures to relieve stress and encourage a healthy flow of blood circulation.
As is the case for the Grand Palace, appropriate wear is required.

Unique to Bangkok, are its spectacular floating markets; a pleasure to the eye and a fascinating experience. These unusual colourful markets offering all kinds of fresh ingredients, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, spices, etc. are all for sale on floating boats piled with their goodies. The buzzling activity of people buying and selling, negotiating is mesmerising. When in Bangkok, you must visit at least one of these floating markets to get a true taste of Thailand and you can’t go without trying fresh coconut juice and local dish cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.

There are various floating markets around Bangkok. These are: Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Amphawa and Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak, to name a few.

Taling Chan Floating Market

This market is located jusr a few kilometres outside Bangkok. Due to its location, slightly away from the city, Taling Chan Floating market has kept its traditional charm and to date is still very much of a local market and not one converted into a tourist phenomenon. This market, though not as famous as the bigger markets, provides one of the most genuine Thai market experiences. You can enjoy a fantastic typical seafood lunch sitting with the locals on the floor, enjoy a gastronomy tour tasting all kinds of different local meals, enjoy some shopping time and visit the canals on one of the traditional long-tail boats.

Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market

This market is also very exciting. The Monks arrive early in the morning on their traditional boats and sell their freshly picked produce. This is a great way to get a hold of naturally grown, fresh Thai produce; if you venture to cook a delicious fresh Thai dish, or simply to enjoy a peaceful morning amongst the monks on the waterfront.
The exciting part about these markets is that you can really witness the traditional day to day Thai way of living. You can observe the old-style homes, green fields and Thai farms.
There is also a nearby salt production plant by the Thai Gulf, where you can experience the process of making salt from the river banks.
The Damnoen Saduk Floating Market was actually filmed in one of the James Bond movies, as the feature location for one of the famous chase scenes, thirty years ago. Since it is one of the most visited floating markets, it provides an array of products, goods and accessories to sell to the tourists. This market is buzzling with packed tourists, negotiating with little, old Thai ladies and others, calling at you to sell whatever they have on showcase today. It is a great experience. Yet, as packed and loud as it is, this floating market offers an energetic cultural and colourful smells, food and Thai souvenirs.
These floating markets all have their individual character and as such each offer a unique and diverse experience worth doing.


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