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5 Reasons to Love Bangkok Riverside – Entrancing Attractions for the Visitor

Bangkok has secured a firm reputation as a premier holiday destination. Visitors to the Thai capital should make it a point to visit the appealing Riverside area which offers many fine attractions.


Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace

Bangkok's Grand Palace is unquestionably one of its most important features and is considered to be amongst its foremost tourist attractions. No visit to the Riverside would be complete without visiting the magnificent Grand Palace complex. The revered Wat Phra Kaew is the most significant attraction within this royal compound, drawing a steady stream of visitors both local and foreign. Regarded as the most venerated temple in the nation of Thailand, this shrine houses the revered Emerald Buddha statue which has been crafted in flawless jade. The Grand Palace compound also features other engrossing attractions that will strike the interest of the visitor.


Wat Arun

The splendid Wat Arun is another majestic sight that is sure to make an impression on the mind of the sightseer. Considered to rank amongst Bangkok's most esteemed features, this magnificent complex is often regarded as an iconic symbol of the city. You will see that it features a distinctive Khmer style of architecture, with its principal tower reaching a lofty 80 m in height. Wat Arun is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, which is particularly resplendent at the hour of sunset as well as the night time. Visitors will see that this impressive sight stands out on the Riverside skyline.


Wat Pho

The distinctive Wat Pho is a popular temple compound that regularly draws a steady stream of devotees as well as sightseers. Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha this place of worship is considered to be one of Thailand's foremost religious sites. As you might expect from its name this temple's most renowned feature is its massive Buddha figure which measures no less than 15 m in height and 46 m in length. Plated in gold this remarkable statue is sure to awe the visitor. Additionally, you will find over 1,000 smaller Buddha figures which present an intriguing sight in their own right. Whilst experiencing this temple and other attractions of the Riverside one of the nearby Bangkok resorts that travellers could consider would be Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.


River Cruises

There can be no better way to experience the remarkable sights to be found along the Chao Phraya River than to undertake an enjoyable river cruise. As you glide serenely along this picturesque river you will have the opportunity to observe a myriad of engrossing sights that reflect the diversity and cultural heritage of Bangkok. You will find that there is a great variety of the various vessels used for river cruises; you will be able to choose from express craft that travel at great speed as well as boats that travel at more sedate speeds and pass by or stop at the well-known attractions.


Siriraj Medical Museum

If you are a visitor who has an interest in unusual sights such as bizarre and fascinating medical conditions make it a point to visit this one of a kind museum. Although this establishment is not for the squeamish most visitors are sure to be intrigued and perhaps amazed at its sensational displays. Here you will have the opportunity to marvel at a host of unusual and obscure medical oddities. Highlights include such exhibits as pathological foetuses, preserved organs, dissected body parts and even the mummified body of a serial murderer. These fascinating displays are sure to remain in your mind long after you leave this rather macabre museum.