Sightseeing in Bangkok – Historical and Spiritual Sites

Overtime, Bangkok has become famous worldwide for being one of the most vibrant and diverse capitals in the world. Indeed, the bustling metropolis is a perfect combination and balance of ancient traditional and modern styles that blend together in perfect harmony. Indulge in the beauty and many paradoxes of this incredible destination which holds an unlimited amount of experiences to offer to all the travellers entering its realm.  

Begin your journey with this non-exhaustive list of must-sees in the city of Bangkok.

The Grand Palace

First and foremost, pay a visit to the gem of the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. This highly revered site sitting off the banks of the Chao Phraya river goes back to the 18th century, and has been the home of the Royal family for 150 years, after the destruction of the former royal palace, during the sack perpetrated by the Burmese in 1767. It is now open to the public. Please note that the Thai people are extremely respectful of the Royal family, and that a proper clothing and attitude are mandatory while visiting this site.

  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 15:30
  • Fee: 500 THB
  • Pro-Tip: Proper outfit mandatory.  Proper clothing can be found for rent for 200 THB at the entrance. Get there as early as possible, before the huge groups of Chinese tourists step-in

 

Wat Pho

Also known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha is perhaps one of the most iconic landmarks of the city of Bangkok, as well as one of the largest temples in the capital. Known worldwide for its monumental Buddha statue, it is also the home of the oldest public university in the Kingdom of Thailand, which is now famed in the country for its training in traditional medicine and massage. Should you wish to indulge in a traditional and genuine Thai massage of quality, a slot can be booked upon arrival at the site.

  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00
  • Fee: 100 THB
  • Pro-tip:  An english speaking guide can be hired on site, and costs approx. 200-400 THB.

Additionally, please bear in mind that this is a religious site, which are traditionally revered by the local Thai people and is to be respected as such by visitors. A modest outfit and attitude are preferable. Get there as early as possible, before the huge groups of Chinese tourists step-in.

 

Wat Arun

Sitting in the often overlooked district of Thonburi, this iconic site also known as the Temple of Dawn is one of the few temples in the capital that actually predates its foundation. Please note that this gorgeous site is particularly stunning during sunset, which consequently are the busiest visiting hours, the crowds being more scarce in the morning.

  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30
  • Fee: Shuttle boat for 3 THB; entrance fee 100 THB.
  • Pro-tip: Please bear in mind that this is a religious site, which are traditionally revered by the local Thai people and is to be respected as such by visitors. A modest outfit and attitude are preferable.

Wat Saket and the Golden Mount

This highly historical site known and famed for its Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) is in fact a man-made hill. During its foundation, it stood as the highest structure in the city of Bangkok. Additionally, its base pays homage to the 60, 000 victims of the plague in the late 18th century.

  • Opening hours: 7:30 – 17:30
  • Fee: 50 THB
  • Pro-tip: The temple’s largest festival is held in November, during which you can witness the yearly pilgrimage of pilgrims hiking to the Mount’s top so as to pay their respects to the relics of Buddha. Additionally, please bear in mind that this is a religious site, which are traditionally revered by the local Thaï people and is to be respected as such by visitors. A modest outfit and attitude are preferable.

Wat Traimit

With its five and a half tones, the golden seated Buddha of Wat Traimit is the largest in the world and its history quite incredible. Indeed, it remained undiscovered until 1955, when what people assumed to be a plaster statue dropped during transit and chipped, only to reveal its veritable golden nature. The iconic statue is believed to have been covered in plaster so as to prevent theft and looting, before it was simply forgotten.

  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00
  • Fee: 100 THB
  • Pro-tip: While the temple itself is open everyday, please note that the enclosed museum is closed on Mondays. Additionally, please bear in mind that this is a religious site, which are traditionally revered by the local Thai people and is to be respected as such by visitors. A modest outfit and attitude are preferable

Wat Benchamabophit

Last but not least, this temple in particular is famed for its gorgeous and incredible architecture. Indeed, it was built with marble, and is considered a first class Royal Temple, the most important kind in the Kingdom. The temple grounds are home to a genuine Bodhi tree that was originally imported from India itself, to the origins of the enlightenment of Buddha.

  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:30
  • Fee: 20 THB
  • Pro-tip: Locals from all over town traditionally bring offerings to the monks every day, starting at 6:00 am. Additionally, please bear in mind that this is a religious site, which are traditionally revered by the local Thai people and is to be respected as such by visitors. A modest outfit and attitude are preferable.

You can discover all of this with a bike tour on sunset and night time.

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