10 Best Things To Do in Bangkok Old City
The old city district in Bangkok is home to temples, palaces and ancient architecture, representing its long history and culture.
The district is dominated by the most famous architecture in Thailand-the unforgettable Grand Palace, surrounded by a bountiful of ancient structures. You can catch fresh things even though you have been to Thailand for a long time. Museums and art galleries are on the top attractions in the old city. Many markets, themselves several generations old, are worth visiting whether you are interested in shopping or not. Here are top 10 must-visit attractions in Bangkok Old City.
1.Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew
Located in the center of Bangkok, Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw is a crowded tourist attraction in all of Thailand. It is a place where contains long history of Thailand, a typical symbol in Bnagkok, so Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw should be visited once during any visit to Bangkok.
Besides, the palace was once the home of the King of Thailand for about 150 years and Wat Phra Kaew is the temple that houses the emerald Buddha.
Opening time: 08:30-15:30
How to get there: From Wat Arun, board the quick ferry to cross the river and you will be there.
2. Khao San Road –Land of Smiles
Bangkok’s Khao San Road is a hub and hanger for backpackers from around the world. For a typical backpacker, Khao San Road is a good choice. That is the name of Land of Smiles comes from. In bangkok’s Khao San Road, you can experience two formats—Chinese style and western style. With visitors from everywhere, sleek clubs playing sophisticated sounds, eclectic market stalls, converted VW cocktail bars, and foods tamed to suit the Western palate. However, whether you’re a hard-up foreigner or open-minded Thai, it is well worthy of a visit.
3. Museum of Siam
Don’t be confused by the huge structures around Museum of Siam, where you can see many historical ancient device and accessories. Starting from the giant copper coil in the front yard, you will notice its differences. However, there is a dramatic contrast between the staircase in the reception area, the tiles, the pillars of the classical style and the distinctive modern art and advanced technology, which will bring you a strong visual impact.
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00, Tuesday to Sunday
Location: Phra Nakorn District, Rattanakosin Island, south of Wat Pho
Tel: +66 (0)2 225 2777
4. Bangkok National Museum
In the past, the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and its tributaries are the most important communication channels and boats have become main transport means for Thai, even the royal family. Bangkok National Museum offers you the most unique and spectacular eight barges. In the past 65 years, they had been just used for 16 times. Made teaks and carved with all sorts of animals and covered with gold and glistening small glasses. Fity well-trained paddlers handle boats to parade in a line-a spectacular scene.
Opening Time: 09:00 – 16:00 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
Tel: +66 (0)2 215 8173
5. Queen’s Gallery
Queen’s Gallery was opened in 2003 to create a permanent public space for Thai artists to exhibit and promote their works-a plan initiated by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Located in a five-floor building and covered about 3700 square meters, the gallery in a simple decorated style, exhibits permanent works as well as changing exhibitions. It is a highlight for art lovers.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00; closed on Wednesdays
Address: 101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Phan Fah Bridge)
Tel: +66 (0) 2 281 5360-1
6.Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
There is an interesting history in Bangkok Old City and the best way to discover those things is to have a visit to Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Here you can experience many things like a series of movies, music, digital play and a guide tour. If you want to know more about the palace, temples and neighbor buildings that make up Rattanakosin Island, this palace is the best choice for you.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 – 20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
Address: 100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
Tel: +66 (0)2 621 0044
Price Range: Entrance Fee: 100 baht, free for students
7. Wat Pho—-one of the biggest complexes in Bangkok
Wat pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is situated behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and it is also a must-visit for first visitors in Bangkok. It is famed for the giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and covered by golden leaf. Wat pho is so crowded that many people won’t spend too much time visiting the whole temple. Besides, it is a good place to enjoy traditional Thai massage.
Opening time: 8:00 am-5:00pm (message service will be provided before 6:00pm)
Location: Maharat Road
Ticket: 100 Baht
8. Bangkok Flower Market Highlights
Pak Klong Talad is the largest flower market in Bangkok, a best place for you to go for your flowers needs. There are all kind of flowers, ranging from local species (jasmine, chrysanthemum, gerbera, orchids, lilies, roses) to imported species such as tulips, snapdragons, iris, delphinium and more. Props and accessories for flower arrangements are also of abundance. Many appliances, such as vase, flower pot, flower mud, ribbon, flower rope, twigs, can be found here. And Many flower merchants offer flower arrangement services. Besides, it is available to make a full arrangement of bouquets, flower garlands, floral accessories for weddings or other special occasions.
Opening Hours: 24 hours, more popular during nighttime
Location: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
How to get there: Taxi or Tuk Tuk
9. Wat Saket
Wat Saket, also named Phu Khao Thong, is a glistening stupa and stands on a low hills. A monk’s relics have been kept in this 58-meter tower and believer come here to workship all year round. Temple fairs will hold in November every year and last for a week during water lantern festival. Surounded by big trees, Wat Saket is built in typical Buddhist structure-the main chapel, ordination hall and library. Its origins can date back to the Ayutthaya period (1350- 1767 AD) and have been refurbished during King Rama I’s reign (1782-1809).
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, off Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
10.Loha Prasat Temple
Loha Prasat Temple, also called the ‘Metal Castle’, sits at the foot of Wat Ratchanaddaram and was submitted to UNESCO in 2005 to be a member of world heritage. However this title hasn’t yet been given.
Built in 1846, Loha Prasat Temple was on request of King Nangklao (Rama III) and inspired by two other similar temples found in India and Sri Lanka respectively, Loha Prasat measures 36 meters and supports 37 metal towers, representing 37 virtues. The structure of this building is special with many cozy square floors, basing on some pillars. The remains of the Buddha are preserved at the highest level.
Location: Maha Chai Road | Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
TEL: +66 2 221 0903
If you are planning your Thailand trip but have no idea, the above information may help you out. Those ten best things to do in Thailand will impress you and enrich your options about Bangkok.
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