City of Bangkok (Thailand)

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Welcome to Bangkok

Bangkok's roots can be traced back to a 15th century trading post that existed during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The city has a total area of 1,568 square kilometers and is situated in central Thailand. Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city that has over eight million residents. Thai ethnicity makes up the majority of residents, however, there are significant expatriate communities from China and Japan. Roughly 91% of the population adheres to Buddhist philosophy. The local currency is the Thai Baht. Bangkok is located on the UTC +7 time zone. The city is considered to have a tropical monsoon climate. Smiles and an abundance of history and culture await all visitors who come to Bangkok.

Points of interests / things to see

Wat Phra Kaew and the Emerald Buddha

The Wat Phra Kaew structure contains over one hundred buildings within the grounds of the Grand Palace. It covers a total area of more than 94.5 hectares. The architectural style bestowed upon these buildings is called old Bangkok style (Rattanakosin style). The entrance to the Wat Phra Kaew is guarded by a pair of mythical giants known at yakshis. The temple has maintained its original design over the years. The Emerald Buddha, located inside the Wat Phra Kaew, is elegantly adorned with quaint decorations. Originally known as the “Wat Pa Yia”, the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is said to have been constructed some five hundred after Buddha attained Nirvana. The image of Buddha stands 66 centimeters in height and has a lap base that is 48.3 centimeters in width. The statue is carved in a yogic meditation pose. The roof is adorned with orange and green tiles, while the pillars are decorated positioned and decorated in a mosaic style. The Wat Phra Kaew and Emerald Buddha are two unique structures that leave visitors in awe when they visit Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew is located on Na Phra Lan Road. Telephone: +66-2-224-3290.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

The official name for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is the Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. Named after an Indian monastery where the Buddha supposedly resided, it is one of the oldest and largest wats in Bangkok. Renowned as the most important first grade royal monastery during the reign of King Rama I during the Chakri Dynasty. There are two main quarters in the temple. Firstly there is an area dedicated as a residential space for monks. Secondly there is a sacred, chapel section dedicated to the Buddhavas. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha has a total area of 80,000 square meters. The complex contains more than one thousand images of the Buddha, including one of the largest images of Buddha. This reclining Buddha stands 160 feet in height. It's an impressive and imposing structure that is dazzling humble to the eye and heart. It is a must see temple and monument when visit the magnificent city of Bangkok. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). The temple is located at the Grand Palace, 2 Sanam Chai Road (Pranakorn District) Bangkok. Website: Telephone: +66-2-226-0335.

Dusit Palace Park

Upon Rama V's return from his first trip to Europe, he declared that architectural structures that he viewed on the continent be made into unique Thai expressions. Thus, Dusit Palace Park was renovated to fulfill this request and the royal family along with the seat of the throne was relocated here. Dusit Palace Park was originally constructed on Ko Si Chang in 1868. The park contains several royal buildings that served a number of royal dynasties throughout the years. It also holds a museum and other cultural buildings. There is a nearby Cloth Museum that displays an outstanding collection of cottons and silks that are used as the royal cloth collection. The Dusit Palace Park is royal property, therefore, visitors should wear shirts with sleeves and long skirts or pants. No capri pants are permitted. This palace park is a worthwhile see when you are in Bangkok. The Dusit Palace Park is beside Th Ratchawithi, Th U-Thong Nai and Th Ratchasima. Opening hours are from 9:30 to 15:15 from Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance fee for adults is 100B. Entrance fee for children is 50B.

National Museum

The National Museum located in Bangkok is the largest museum in Southeast Asia. The series of buildings that make up the National Museum were constructed in 1782 They were the official residences of Rama I's viceroy, Prince Wang Na. In 1884, Rama V decreed that the buildings be turned into a museum. The historical section of the museum presents a historical overview of events that led up to the establishment of the city of Bangkok. It contains a stone pillar that was inscribed by King Ramkamhaeng. It is considered to be the oldest record that exists of Thai writing). Other sections of the museum contain Thai art, handicraft, decorative arts, ceramics, clothing, textiles, royal regalia, woodcarving and traditional music instruments from Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. The museum also houses original murals that have been well preserved and an image of the Buddha that is highly revered in throughout Thailand. The museum is located on 4 Th Na Phra That. Entrance fee for adults is 200B. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 15:30 from Wednesday to Sunday.

Royal Barges National Museum

The Royal Barges National Museum displays its very own fleet of royal boats. They were once used by the royal family to navigate the country and beyond. Nowadays these fine, slender boats are only used for official ceremonies. They are a series of long-tail boats that are artistically decorated with all types of religious significance. The largest boat reaches a length of 45 meters. Fifty people are able to sit in the boat and row, as well as a rhythm keeper and chanter, flag bearer, two helmsmen, navigators and more crew members. The personal barge dedicated to the king is called the Golden Swan (Suphannahong). Marking the Buddhist calender year, the royal barge embark upon a nautical journey to the royal gà·tĭn. Once there, crew members offer new robes to the monastic contingent. Numerous locals who reside in Bangkok come down to the river to witness the ceremony. Occurring in October or November, this royal procession indicates the final phase of the Buddhist retreat. The Royal Barges National Museum is located on Khlong Bangkok Noi or 1Th Arun Amarin. Entrance fee for adults is 100B. Video can be taken inside the museum for an additional 200B. Also, photos can be taken inside of the museum for an additional 100B. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 17:00.

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park is a green refuge for health conscious people. It is located directly beside Chatuchak Market. There is a Thai Literature and Herb Garden where people can relax and read while admiring the splendid crowns of nature. There are also many paths where people can walk and jog through this magnificent park. Visitors also have the opportunity to row a boat in a small pond located in the park. Chatuchak Park is located on Phahon Yothin Road (Chatuchak). Opening hours are from 04:30 until 21:00 every day. The MRT Subway and BTS Skytrain both have routes leading directly to the front of the park.

Saranrom Royal Garden

The Saranrom Royal Garden is a Victoria-era green area that was initially designated as a royal residence during the reign of Rama IV. In 1960 the open space was inaugurated as a public park. Wandering through the Saranrom Royal Garden will reveal a maze of pathways, frangipani, and a moat situated around a marble monument erected in honor of Queen Sunantha. This is a lovely park to visit whenever you are in Bangkok. Saranrom Royal Garden is bounded by Th Ratchini, Th Charoen Krung and Th Sanam Chai. Opening hours are from 05:00 until 21:00. The Tha Tien ferry takes you directly to the Saranrom Royal Garden.

King Rama IX Park

King Rama IX Park was inaugurated in 1987 in order to commemorate H.M King's 50th birthday. It is divided into several zones. The most notable zone is the 'The Garden of the Great King.' This zone pays homage to the Ratchapreuk trees. The following zone houses a lush botanical garden that displays various indoor plants, desert vegetation, and herbs. The next zone, Rommanee Garden, demonstrates Thailand's natural landscapes. The fourth zone is a conservation aquarium. The final zone, 'Sanam Rat' serves as a sporting area. It also hosts festivals throughout the year. King Rama IX Park is located at Sukhumvit 103, Nong Bon, Phrawet. Opening hours are from 05:00 until 18:00 daily. On Nut is the nearest BTS station to the park.

Benjasiri Park

Designed and constructed upon 47,000 square meters of land, Benjasiri Park commemorates Queen Sirikit's 60th brithday. The park, designed around an ornamental lake, was inaugurated on the 12th of August in 1992. It is also situated beside the Emporium shopping complex. The park is also renowned for hosting twelve distinct pieces of contemporary Thai sculptures. It also serves as an area that hosts cultural events throughout the year. Benjasiri Park is located on Sukhumvit Road (Khlong Toei District) in Bangkok. The park can be accessed at Phrom Phong Station.

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UTC +7:00 (Asia/Bangkok)
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Surrounding towns

  • Pak Kret ~20.1 km
  • Sam Rong Nua ~25.8 km
  • Bang Rak Phatthana ~24.2 km
  • Samut Prakan ~30.2 km
  • Bang Pung ~16.0 km
  • Bang Kru ~20.1 km
  • Bang Muang Mai ~28.0 km
  • Nai Khlong Bang Pla Kot ~24.8 km
  • Bang Muang ~33.4 km
  • Sam Rong Klang ~24.7 km

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Getting to Bangkok

Traveling to Bangkok is a breeze. There are several ways to arrive in this wonderful city. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main airport servicing Bangkok. It offers an array of domestic and international flights. Be sure to check their websites for more details. Website: Address: 999 Bang Na-Trat, Racha Taeva, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540, Thailand Telephone: +66-2-132-1888 Several major international airlines fly to Bangkok. A shortlist of these airlines include: Lufthansa, United, Air New Zealand, SAS, Air France, KLM, and Japan Airlines. Check their websites for schedules and prices. Lufthansa: United: Air New Zealand: SAS: Air France: KLM: Japan Airlines: Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Railway Station) is the main railway station in Bangkok. It has many trains leading to and from Bangkok, in and out of the country. For more details check out this website: Thailand's expressway network is the main means of motorway transportation in the city of Bangkok. Transit Bangkok is Bangkok's public transportation system. It encompasses a fleet of buses, boats, MRT (Bangkok Metro), and BTS Sky Trains. Be sure to check out their website for more details. Bangkok Transit:

Bangkok city hall

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
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