The city of Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the biggest tourist destinations on Earth. The place is worth a visit simply because it has a lot to offer even if your visit is short. Bangkok is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and hence every kind of technological development can be seen here. There are sky-rails and towers that are lost among the clouds. Located along the bank of the Chao-Phraya River, it has a population of over 8 million and has people from all over the world residing there.
One can possible never be tired of the city purely because there are innumerable things one can explore. The number of museums in the city alone is above 60. The prominent among these are the Jim Thompson House and the Bangkok National Museum. The former was built in honor of the American entrepreneur Jim Thompson and is home to a mini-forest right in the middle of the hustling city. The Bangkok National Museum is only a block away from the House and exhibits there has a story of Thai culture and history to tell. Bangkok also has a Madame Tussauds museum which displays wax statues of famous personalities including Albert Einstein, Vin Diesel and Oprah Winfrey etc. One week might not be enough to go through a swift tour of all the museums in the city.
Formerly home to the Kings of Siam, the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok is now a popular tourist hub too. It was built back in the mid-18th century under the orders of the king and has elaborate architectural style. The grand palace as the name suggest is actually very elaborate in structure. It has 4 courts and numerous other buildings surrounding it. The whole Palace is a must visit if youâ€™re in Bangkok. The Vimanmek mansion in Bangkok is another place to stop at in the city. It is worldâ€™s largest teak wood building and is more than a 100 years old.
Other attractions include the Buddha temples scattered around the city. There is Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn, the Wat Pho or the Temple of Reclining Buddha and the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. These temples have the largest collection of Buddha statues among themselves. The collection includes the 66 cm tall Buddha carved out of a single jade stone in Wat Phra Kaew and the 46 m long statue of reclining Buddha in Wat Pho. The Golden Buddha statue in made of pure gold and weighing 5.5 tons is also an interesting sight in Bangkok.
The Dusit Zoo in Bangkok is locate close to the Thailand parliament house and the Dusit Palace and is a great place to meet some rare wild species like penguins, Bengal Tiger and the Albino barking deer. The zoo houses more than 300 mammals, a 170 reptiles and over 800 birds of different species. The Chatuchak market in the city and the China town are worth a visit for a great shopping experience and to taste the Thai cuisine. There are also several street food markets around the city which will give you the taste of the real Thailand.0