Bang Lam Phu Market
This small marketplace has served the community around Wat Chanasongkram since the period of King Rama III. Banglamphu Market spans Phra Sumen and Chakrapong Roads, and is frequented by traders ranging from street vendors, hawkers and stall owners to retail shops and department stores. All kinds of inexpensive items can be found including clothing, leather goods, footwear, cosmetics and curios. It's proximity to Khao San Road makes it easily accessible, and bargaining is recommended.
Khao San Road
is a never-ending hive of activity. Street vendors and shops line either side of the strip where you can find everything from used books, fisherman's pants and handicrafts to tattoo parlours and travel agencies. Khao San also has loads of guesthouses, some of which could be called three-star boutique hotels. And in front of each are tables to grab a meal or a cold drink and watch the world go by. There's always plenty of good traveller conversation to be had, and at night, the place really rocks.
Temple of Dawn
One of the older temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun is clearly visible across the Chao Phraya river almost opposite the Grand Palace. Wat Arun was the royal temple of King Taksin during the Thonburi period. The pagoda, 79 m high, covered with multicoloured glass and Chinese porcelain embedded in cement, provides a beautiful view of Wat Arun from the Bangkok side of the river at sunset.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The most spectacular Buddhist architecture is found at Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains more exquisite carving and decoration per square centimetre than any comparable site in the world. The entire surrounding cloister is covered with a mural depicting the Ramakien, wherein demons swallow armies, gods fly in celestial chariots and monkey warriors slink past sleeping demon guards. Marble slabs adorning pillars in front of the paintings bear poetic descriptions of each episode. Wat Phra Kaeo was founded by King Rama I, the first king of the present dynasty. The temple is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand and houses Phra Kaew Morakot, the highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of fine jade.
The Grand Palace
One of the most visited attractions in Bangkok is the Grand Palace, which is a complex of many buildings dating from 1782 to the late 19th century. The huge compound of the Grand Palace, that includes Wat Phra Kaeo, is enclosed by a high fortress.
The Golden Mount
Is a major landmark of Bangkok which houses the sacred ashes of Gautama Buddha, which were brought from India in 1899. Wat Saket is situated at the bottom of the Mount. The panoramic view of Bangkok is rewarding after climbing 318 steps.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples, is also known as Wat Chetuphon. The temple was built by King Rama I two hundred years ago to provide public education on literature, archaeology, astrology and medicine. The temple compound holds many different attractions. The major attraction is the 46 m long and 15 m high gold-plated Reclining Buddha with feet inlaid with mother of pearl, depicting the 108 signs of the Buddha. The headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok is situated at the temple. Various ailments and methods of massage and meditation are inscribed on stone plaques in the beautiful grounds of Wat Pho. Wat Pho epitomises the ideal Thai monastery wherein the religious, spiritual and educational harmoniously coexist. Often referred to as 'Thailand's first university', Wat Pho's researched information is available on yoga. therapeutic massage, clinical explanations of anatomical ailments and traditional Thai herbal-medicinal treatment, meditation techniques, astrology, literature, morality, military defence and archaeology.