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6 Must See Attractions in Bangkok - From Wat Phra Kaew to Wat Arun and More!

Bangkok, Thailand is peppered with stunning attractions, sites and places of significance. Make some time to visit some of the best religious, entertainment and artistic attractions when in Bangkok.


The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is possibly the most iconic tourist destination in Bangkok. Since the 18th century, the Grand Palace, also known as Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, has been the official home and residence of the Kings of Siam. The Palace contains a number of different architectural components such as the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Inner Court, the Defensive walls, and of course, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.


The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Known as the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha holds the distinction of being the most sacred as well as revered (and therefore, most frequented) Buddhist temple in the entire country. As it is located within the same grounds as the Grand Palace, a ticket issued to visit the Grand Palace also allow admission to the temple. The Emerald Buddha statue that the Temple houses is believed to have been crafted during the 14th century.


Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and tourists who choose to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha by ferry will see this on their journey. Asiatique The Riverfront is a shopping complex which also hosts an outdoor night market, albeit far more upscale when compared to the traditional night markets in Bangkok. This particular venue hosts a number of different restaurants offering diverse cuisines as well. To visit Asiatique The Riverfront, simply disembark at the BTS Thaksin Pier. This particular attraction can also be visited by nearby hotels such as those belonging to chains such as AVANI Hotels and Resorts as well as boutique hotels which are found in abundance in Bangkok.


The Temple of the Dawn

The Temple of the Dawn is another iconic attraction in Bangkok and it is also an iconic sight when travelling along the Chao Phraya River. The Temple of the Dawn is known as Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan and is a Buddhist Temple. It derives its name from the first light of the dawn which touches the surface of the temple giving it an iridescent quality. Wat Arun has undergone some restoration and is truly a sight to behold.


Madame Tussauds Bangkok

While the first Madame Tussauds was opened over two centuries ago, the Madame Tussauds in Bangkok opened only in 2010. However, it was the third of its kind in Asia. At this attraction, tourists will have the opportunity of posing with wax figures of famous present and historical persons ranging from the Queen of England to Mark Zuckerburg. Just like it is possible to book hotels online, it is also possible to buy tickets to enter Madame Tussauds Bangkok online.


Wat Pho

Wat Pho is another Buddhist temple located in Bangkok. It is found around the corner from the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and therefore can be visited with ease. Wat Pho was classed as a first class royal temple, and is one of the earliest to receive this accolade. Its defining feature is the large reclining Buddha statue which is said to be around forty six metres in length.