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Must-see Tourist Attractions in Bangkok – Allures of a Vibrant Capital

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will take you on a whirlwind holiday to be remembered forever. Enjoy the noise, crowds and colours. Savour the street food, explore temples, and shop till you drop! The thrills are endless. Here are some must see tourist attractions in Bangkok!

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The Wat Pho and its giant Buddha statue

The temples in Bangkok are endless; each offering a different experience. And amongst the must-visit lot is the Wat Pho. Located within walking distance of the iconic Grand Palace, this temple is very much a part of Thailand's culture, since it is home to Thailand's first university and the original Thai massage school where students learn ancient techniques. And visitors can enjoy a massage incorporating ancient techniques and medicines perfected for ultimate relaxation. The Wat Pho is also famous for its statue of the reclining Buddha – a huge golden statue 15 metres high and 45 metres long! The giant feet of the Buddha statue are studded with precious stones.

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The Grand Palace

Considered the most iconic attraction in Bangkok. The Grand Palace most certainly warrants a visit. The lush compound made of well-manicured gardens boasts elaborate and elegant buildings. Each enhanced with golden roofs and intricate trimmings. And while one cannot enter the inner chambers of the once Royal Palace, you can visit the Wat Phra Kaew – the private temple of the royal family within which you will find the Jade Buddha, the most sacred artefact in Thailand. The Grand Palace is located opposite Wat Pho, so you can include these in your walking tour. Plus, choosing a hotel in Asoke will turn out to be the most convenient option in terms of sightseeing and shopping, since top Bangkok hotels like Avani Atrium Bangkok are close to both attractions and the best shopping malls in Bangkok.

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The Giant Swing

The Giant Swing of Bangkok sits on an island in the centre of town. It was constructed in the 1700s. And was used in customary Brahmin rituals. The swing build from teak is 27 metres high. However, lightning damaged the swing. After which it remained as just an artefact. It was later used as part of the annual rice harvest festival, where one may observe teams of men balancing on a pole would swing up to the heavens and try to catch a bag of silver coins with their teeth. The result was often fatal until the practice was banned by King Rama VII in 1932.

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Chatuchak Market

The largest outdoor market in the world, the Chatuchak Market boasts over 15,000 stalls. Open on weekends, this bazaar is for the shopper to literally shop all day. And you can buy just about anything from clothes, houseware, and accessories to live animals! Plus, the place is a huge foodie market too, where you get to sample the best street food.

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The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Experience something out of the ordinary by heading over to the Damnoen Saduak Market. The place is a huge tourist attraction but also a great place to learn about the ancient Thai way of life. Taking place on the canals of Ratchaburi, the market is a bustling precinct with sellers in traditional wooden boats selling their goods. Best of all shoppers too conduct their shopping from boats!