Bangkok : The Gateway to Paradise in South-east Asia

Bangkok is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, located at the heart of south-east Asia, straddling the country's lifeline, the Chao Phraya River. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Bangkok is a bustling hub of culture, food and vibrant nightlife. Here are ten places you should consider visiting on a trip to Bangkok.

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1. Wat Arun Temple

Wat Arun Temple also known as the Temple of Dawn is one of the most recognizable structures in the city. The Buddhist temple is characterized by the beauty of its design and river setting, offering unrivaled views during sunset. The Wat Arun Temple is full of history, being one of the city's ancient landmarks dating back to the Ayutthaya Period.

2. The Grand Palace

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No visit to Thailand is complete without a stop at the Grand Palace. Dating back to the 17th century, this spectacular complex of Thai architecture was the residence for the Kings of Siam and is still used for royal ceremonies today. Well-known around the world for its towering golden spires, along with showcasing some of the best of Thailand's unique buildings, the grounds also house several historic statues and antiques. The palace area lies in the historic part of Bangkok, just a stone's throw from the Chao Phraya River. After walking around the grounds, head over to Chinatown, a short tuk-tuk ride away, to another historic part of the area.

3. Chinatown

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A culinary mecca of south-east Asia, Bangkok's Chinatown is a treasure trove for the gourmets and gluttons of the world. One of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in the world, it's humble history started in 1782 housing Chinese immigrants during the time of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. The area quickly grew to become a thriving hub of trade, gambling and nightlife as merchants and immigrants flocked to the popular commercial center. Nowadays it is still as bustling as ever, where tourists and locals alike flock to the gastronomic heart of the city. It's here you can find some of the best street food in the city, offering a myriad of renowned Thai and Chinese dishes. Try to arrive her after 5pm, when the majority of food vendors start to open and the bustling street comes to life.

4. Siam Park City

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Siam Park City is one of Bangkok's biggest gaming cities with lots of fun games and water sports. The city was opened in November 1980, containing the largest artificial sea in the world and several swimming pools of different sizes along with very high water slides. It's a great option for those travelling with family and need to escape the chaos of the city. The area has many wonderful games which take you on an amazing adventure. You can ride The Roller Coaster, which moves at an insane speed of about 80 km / h and a height of 35 meters, which takes you quickly to the top and then more quickly down to 3 times in one round.

5. Dusit Zoo

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Dusit Zoo is Thailand's oldest zoo located in downtown Bangkok and has more than 1600 different species of animals from around the world. Dusit Zoo is home to a variety of animals you can find where monkeys, crocodiles, kangaroos, zebra, penguins, elephants, camels and giraffes. The park is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Bangkok. You can visit the garden with your our family and watch many species of animals, some of which are classified as rare and endangered, there are three main sections in the garden are mammals, birds, and reptiles.

6. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is located under Bangkok's Siam Paragon Shopping Center. It is one of the most important water wonders in the city. Its size is three Olympic swimming pools and includes a lot of interesting animals estimated at 30,000 creatures from different depths of all around the world. It is considered one of the nicest tourist destinations in Bangkok. You Can start your journey in the stunning ocean world by taking a look at the giant crab and the big water spider that has the ability to adapt to any surface and changes its colors in a strange and beautiful way.

7. Chatuchak Weekend Market

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As Thailand's largest marketplace and one of the world's biggest weekend market, Chatuchak market is a must-see for anyone visiting Bangkok at the weekend. Crammed full of over ten thousand stalls and vendors, the market offers a wide variety of items to buy from locally-made perfumes, clothes, tourist trinkets and more, those looking to fill their suitcases full of gifts and souvenirs will have no trouble here. Unlike most stalls in South-east Asia, prices at this market are usually already set at a low cost. There 's usually room to bargain down to around 10-20% percent less but otherwise there's no reason to drive a hard bargain unless you feel the vendor is trying to scam you. After a tiring few hours shopping around you can visit one of the many eateries located inside the market, or just grab some fresh juice; a welcome respite in the hot sticky Thai weather.

8. Bangkok's Lumpini Park

Bangkok's Lumpini Park is a haven for many of the city's residents, providing a perfect connection to the green landscape with its clean surroundings, scenic views and attractive, colorful flowers. It is considered one of the most beautiful tourist places in Bangkok. Lumpini Park was established in 1920 and has an area of ​​more than half a million square meters. Its diverse climate and the presence of a natural lake is a wonderful habitat for many species of plants and animals. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. The sports center in the heart of the park offers a lot of services if you want to play a sport such as football, basketball, swimming or even rent dance equipment.

9. Madame Tussauds Museum

Madame Tussauds Museum is one of Thailand's most important tourist destinations, especially in the capital city of Bangkok. It is one of several Madame Tussauds in various parts of the world. It contains a large number of wax statues of the world's most famous personalities in many areas such as art, sports, and politics. All the statues are made with an exquisite precision that makes you feel that there is no difference between them and the real characters. Madame Tussauds Museum was opened in Bangkok in 2010.

10. Chatuchak Park

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After visiting the market, Chatuchak Park is a welcome retreat from the busy, bustling streets of the city. The park features extensive green spaces and trees and includes an artificial lake stretching along its length and many distinctive shaped bridges. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding green nature, fresh air, and a tranquil lake view, which are a must-have experience when visiting the area.

Conclusion

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand Southeast Asia, one of the most beautiful tourist cities in Thailand. The city enjoys many ancient and modern historical attractions, which have a magnificent architecture that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.

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