Wat Pho: Inside the Birthplace of Thai Massage

Wat Pho: Inside the Birthplace of Thai Massage
Along with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is located in the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of most visited temples in Bangkok. It is here that the first school of Thai massage started in the Thai kingdom. This is but one of many things to see or learn about in this exquisite temple. First and foremost, Wat Pho is a ‘first class’ royal temple, which means it is under the King’s patronage. Located near the banks of the Chao Phraya Ri...

Museum of Siam: All You Want to Know About Thailand, past and present

Museum of Siam: All You Want to Know About Thailand, past and present
Located close to both the Chao Phraya river and Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the Museum of Siam is not your typical museum of history, replete with a host of ancient artifacts from different eras. Its purpose is rather to tell a story about the origin of Thailand, particularly Thai people, and its evolution into the country we know now. Certainly, the museum does have an interesting collection of ancient artifacts but these ...

China Town

China Town
The China Town district of Bangkok, also known as Yaowarat, is within walking distance of the river. It’s well known for the fantastic variety of street stalls, gold dealers, traditional Chinese medicines shops and much more. Traffic is notoriously busy in this part of the city so a walking tour is probably the best way to explore this fascinating part of old Bangkok that was created by Bangkok traders relocated when the construction of the Grand Palace be...

Bridges

Bridges
Bridges old and new cross the Chao Phraya river – and yet it was less than 100 years that the first permanent structure linked the two river banks. Add fun to your river cruise by spotting some of these bridges: Kanchanaphisek The Kanchanaphisek Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge crossing the Chao Phraya river in Samut Prakan province and forms part of the outer ring road encircling Bangkok. Opened in 2007, the bridge has a span of 500 metres. Bhumi

Parks

Parks in Bangkok are treasured spaces. Life begins early in every city park with Thais and foreigners undergoing morning exercise rituals before taking a well-earned rest for breakfast. Rama IX park includes lake and botanical gardens. Lumpini park, located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District, is the city’s largest park and probably the most popular. Sanam Luang, next to the Grand Palace, is surrounded by so many attractions incl...

Markets

Exploring markets is fun in any city. Bangkok is no exception with a variety of markets located in modern air-conditioned malls and, in stark contrast, alley ways and side streets of the city Chatuchak week-end market (known locally as JJ) is immensely popular with tourists – but this is also a market where many Thais choose to shop. In the hot season, it’s essential to carry bottle water. Access is easy by taxi, BTS skytrain and the MRT underground...