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Bangkok - the City of Angels

 

 

Bankok, the capital city of Thailand, is also known as Krung Thep, which means the City of Angels. It is no wonder that you will find plenty of excitement in this city where there are many fun activities you can take part in. The city is well known for its many cultural sites, and you will find something of interest irrespective of your taste. Your eyes will behold many colorful scenes both during the day and at night.

At the Thai Village Show & Rose Garden, you will come close to the Thai culture in a variety of ways. You will have the opportunity to witness folk dance, fingernail dance, hill tribe dance, Buddhist ordination ceremony, Thai sword fighting and a traditional wedding.

One of the interesting places is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located eighty kilometers away from the city center. Have a closer experience of the life in a Thai village. This pioneering floating market is made up of rows of hundreds of wooden boats. Each of the boats carries fresh farm produce, including vegetables, fruits and flowers. You can also eat fresh sea food that is cooked right on the boats. It is like being in a living museum.

Another impressive site is the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew, erected in 1782. You will certainly feel the awe that the place inspires. It served as the royal court and home to the Thai king, making it the center of administration for 150 years. The architecture involved even very minor details, showing the great skill that went into its construction. At the Wat Prakaew, you will find the image of Phra Kaew Morakot, also known as Emerald Buddha from the material used. This greatly respected image was carefully carved out of one block of emerald, and it dates back to the 15th century.

The Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, is probably the best known temple landmark in the entire Southeast Asia. King Rama II spearheaded its construction in the early 19th century. It was built in the Khmer style, having towering spires and floral patterns that make it stunningly beautiful, especially when you are close to it. Although it is called the Temple of Dawn, you will see its striking beauty better in the evening. The temple marks the beginning of the Rattanakosin Period.

In the Siam Ocean World, you will have an interesting look at aquatic life. This is an underground aquarium that is divided into seven exhibition zones, having a total of over 30,000 species. There are several activities you can do here, including walking in the longest underwater tunnel in Thailand.

If you would like to have an experience of the Chinese culture then Chinatown is the right place to go to. This is where Chinese communities moved to in the 1700s. Chinatown is where you will find most of the gold shops in Bangkok. This is a bustling place with many market stalls.

There are many other places you can visit in Bangkok, including the Vimanmek Mansion, Jim Thompsonís House, Wat Pho, Ladyboy show and the Chao Phraya River & Waterways.

 



 

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