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5 Places You Can Visit While in Bangkok – Entrancing Urban Attractions

The city of Bangkok is always a fascinating metropolis to explore. In this vibrant city, you will find a host of interesting places to visit that are sure to capture the imagination of the sightseer.

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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

The renowned Grand Palace is undoubtedly one of Bangkok's most famed sightseeing attractions. This magnificent and elaborate compound contains a host of impressive buildings that will capture the interest of the visitor. This complex which dates to 1782 never fails to impress the visitor with its splendid architecture and ornate detailing. You will see that the Grand Palace complex bears a strong resemblance to the buildings of Ayutthaya, the famed city of Siam. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew as it is known in the native tongue houses the greatly venerated Emerald Buddha statue which is regarded as a national treasure.

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The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

The striking towers of the distinctive Wat Arun may be regarded as an iconic symbol of the city of Bangkok. This splendid temple which was constructed in the 19th century reflects the unique Khmer architectural style which sets it apart from many other temples in Bangkok. Wat Arun's remarkable stupa presents an impressive sight with its intricate floral decorations and porcelain embellishments. Despite its name, the splendid Wat Arun looks most resplendent at the time of sunset when it shimmers in the night-time illuminations. The most prominent part of this temple complex is its magnificent central spire which stands more than 70 m in height.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This alluring attraction is considered to be Bangkok's most famous floating market. Although it is a noteworthy tourist attraction it still provides a fascinating insight into the traditional lifestyle of the Thai people. At this floating market, you will have the opportunity to view an array of wooden boats packed with goods such as fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers. You will also encounter a host of food sellers vending delicious snacks like skewers of seafood and bowls of noodles. Visitors will be able to create outstanding photographs of the picturesque attractions of this remarkable local marketplace.

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Wat Pho

The well-known temple called Wat Pho is another of Bangkok's renowned cultural attractions. This temple compound is best known for the immense Buddha statue in the reclining position that it contains, which presents an impressive sight for the visitor. Wat Pho is also renowned for being a hub for the traditional Thai art of massage. However, this Buddhist shrine also offers other attractions such as a collection of sculpture, inscriptions and murals that will attract the attention of the culture lover. Within the expansive temple compound, you will also encounter an attractively laid out garden, handsome stupas and a shop selling souvenirs. An accommodation choice that you could consider from which this temple would be within easy reach would be AVANI Atrium Bangkok, which may be considered to be one of the conveniently located Bangkok city hotels.

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Chinatown

Bangkok's entrancing Chinatown is sure to appeal to the sightseer who enjoys experiencing captivating cultural attractions. The enthralling Chinatown, known as Yaowarat in the native language, will capture the imagination of the visitor with its exotic, colourful and vibrant nature. Here you will find many interesting attractions including a host of stalls selling unusual merchandise and an array of alluring gold merchants. During the time of popular festivities such as the Vegetarian Festival and Chinese New Year, the celebratory spirit engulfs Chinatown making it an unforgettable experience for the visitor. As you might expect you will have the opportunity to enjoy delectable foods in this captivating part of the city.