Once you reach Bangkok, breath its air, walk its streets, you feel like you already know and understand Thailand with its culture, food, people and crazy traffic :) But the more you travel deep into Thailand, the more provinces, beaches, undiscovered places you see, the more you understand that this country of smiles is so various, authentic and different. You can never compare one island here with another or say that I know everything about Thailand by staying in Phuket for the whole time. You have to discover Thailand, play its game, observe and listen to let this land show you its genuine beauty.
If you have a short time and you want to make the best out of it, if you ready for the greatest adventure in your life, hop in Kohlife boat and follow our way!
First stop is the spiritual part of the biggest city in Thailand and three main destinations you don’t want to miss if you are in Bangkok!
Grand Palace Guards changing shifts The Grand Palace of Bangkok from the outside
You definitely won’t forgive yourself for not coming to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most splendid palaces in the world! Besides the Royal Residence, one may find The Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Royal Reception Hall, the Royal Library, Mausoleum with the relics of the Royal family and a few small temples. Even though the royal family doesn’t live here (they now live in Germany) the palace is used for the ceremonies and it remains one of the precious places in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Prasat Phra Dhepbiorn or The Royal Panthern
Before walking into the Grand Palace in Bangkok, you should mind the way you’re dressed. It is very important to have longer shorts and covered shoulders in terms of respect of the saint place and so you don’t have to go back to the hotel to change your dress :) And one more important tip: put on the flip-flops or other shoes that are easy to take off as when you start the trip around the cultural part of Bangkok, you will have to leave your shoes in front of the temples, special rooms and even shops sometimes.
Phra Siratana Chedi
There is a touristic cafe on the territory of the Grand Palace, where you may find some snack, fresh coconut and even find out the details of your future for 500 baht :) There is a person in the cafe who can predict the upcoming events using complicated mathematical formulas, sheets, and graphics.
The architecture of The Grand Palace in Bangkok
One of the most beautiful buildings on the territory is the Temple of Emerald Buddha which amaze people with the fine tile exterior finish. You may see millions of teeny tiny little pieces sparkling on the sun! This is magical!
Famous Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace of Bangkok
Grand Palace in Bangkok is the palace you wondering around with endless awe and delight. The biggest concentration of tourists is nearby the entrance. Once you go deeper into the area, you can even find a small hideout where you can stand for a second and enjoy the moment.
Prasat Phra Dhepbiorn or The Royal Panthern. The best place to take pictures in the Grand Palace of Bangkok.
2. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
The Reclining Buddha statue in Wat Pho, Bangkok
In 10 minutes walking distance from Grand Palace in Bangkok, there is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) which is another must-see in Thailand in general. Even though it’s a very touristic destination, you still may find a quiet place where you may join the praying ceremony, get a blessing from the monks and receive the wristband (make a wish and when the band breaks or untie, your dream will come true!). It goes without saying that the size of the Reclining Buddha himself is enormous! You can’t really imagine how big it is unless you see it.
The internal architecture of The Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Pho)
There is one little room, not an actual temple even which hides behind the main temples. There are mostly Thai people who are coming here. You can join the local ceremony and pray for your relatives who passed away or for those whom you love and wish health and prosperity.
Holy stupas in Wat Pho, Bangkok (The Reclining Buddha Temple)
Praying according to the Buddism’s traditions
With the entrance ticket, you also get free cold water which will help you refresh in the hot day in Bangkok!
Walking around The Reclining Buddha Temple
The Reclining Buddha statues in Wat Pho, Bangkok
3. A cheap way to get to Wat Arun from Tha Prachan Pier
After you are done with Wat Pho, you may go down the street to Tha Prachan, the pier where you can take a boat to the other side of the river. Very important to walk all the way to the queue and buy a ticket there as it will cost you only 15 baht if you want just to get to the other side of the river without any tours, guides, and excursion.
The local boat transportation to Wat Arun, Bangkok
The boat is really neat, authentic and truly local! If you want something that makes you feel real Thai - that’s it!
4. Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn
About 5 minutes and you are on the other side of the river! And here comes Wat Arun. The unique whitish temple which you can climb and see the view over the Grand Palace, the Reclining Buddha, and the Chao Phraya River. Right besides the entrance there are two temples which are not part of Wat Arun but they are worth visiting for sure. There you can sit and think about all you have already seen so far, give yourself a rest, and bring mindfulness into your life.
The monks might even ask you to join the ceremony and you will get the wristband in the end.
Temples in front of Wat Arun, that you shouldn’t miss!
After you enjoyed the quietness of the small temples, you are ready to discover Wat Arun! Once you enter its gates you are surrounded by light and porcelain. Wat Arun is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok though being so simple and smart. The place is so much calmer than the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha Temple so if you are tired of tourists and you just want to meditate on the 79-meter pagoda and enjoy the view. People also call it Temple of Dawn, and it’s true! Once you are on the top, you feel closer to the sky and all the routine problems fade away.
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Bangkok
By the way, the Wat Arun pagoda is the highest in the whole of Thailand and before all the skyscrapers were built, it was the tallest building in Bangkok.
The Highest pagoda in Thailand in Wat Arun, Bangkok
We put Wat Arun the third one on the list in purpose! Right after the sunset, the temple starts to lighten up with the projector lights but watch out, the temple only works till 5:30 pm! The best view of the temple is from the other side of the river, where you may sit in the restaurant and have a yummy dinner after a colorful day in Bangkok!
Wat Arun at sunset
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