Travel Thursday: The Ultimate Guide to Experience the Original Bangkok


Jan 2021

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Travel Thursday: The Ultimate Guide to Experience the Original Bangkok


Do you know Bangkok is coined Venice of the East?


In the past, before the arrival of loud honking cars on Bangkok’s road, boats in the canals and rivers are the most popular method of transportation in Thailand. People travel by boats and settle their residences along the bank of the rivers and canals especially along the Chao Phraya River, the main river that connected the ocean and the four major tributaries: The Ping, Yom, Wang, and Nan River together.


Bangkok’s river has always been and will always be the arteries of Bangkok. It is the place where you can see the original way of life of Bangkokian and the home of the famous attractions in Bangkok.


Chao Phraya River

On this Travel Thursday we will bring you to explore the original of Bangkok along the bank of Chao Phraya River to reminisce about a time we were able to roam around foreign cities and countries easily.


Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Turn back to the reign of King Taksin or the King of Thonburi, after Thailand lost Ayutthaya, the previous capital city to Burma, King Taksin and his people travelled along the Chao Phraya River and found a temple during the break of dawn, then he renovated this temple and renamed it to Wat Arun which means the Temple of the Dawn and established Thonburi to be the new capital city of Thailand.

With the iconic massive Prang, a Khmer style tower stands tall beneath Bangkok’s sky, made Wat Arun is one of the most impressive places that you should not miss to visit.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Wat Arun pier (N8)
  2. Take the MRT to Sanam Chai station (BL31) and walk to Tha Tien ferry pier (near Wat Pho) to Wat Arun pier

Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple

The Grand Palace and The Temple of The Emerald Buddha

After the reign of King Taksin, in 1782, King Rama I relocated the capital city to the other side of the Chao Phraya River, Phranakhon or Bangkok, the current capital city of Thailand and built the Grand Palace, the official residence of the King of Siam and the royal family.

Today, the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha does not serve as living quarters to the monarch, but it still serves royal ceremonies and currently it is partially open to the public as a museum and tourist attraction. It also remains a working palace with several royal offices situated inside.

Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple is divided into 4 parts including;

  • The Outer Court
    The Outer Court is the entrance of the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple. Today, it is the place where the public building such as Sala Sahathai Samakhom, the ticket office, the information centre and the office of the Royal Household located.

Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Emerald Buddha Temple or Wat Phra Kaew
    Situated within the walls of the Grand Palace, this royal temple is no monks' quarters, it houses the statue of the Emerald Buddha, which is venerated as the country's palladium. Inside the temple, you will enjoy the gallery walls of mural painting of Ramayana story, Phaithi Terrace which is including of Phra Si Rattana Chedi (the beautiful golden mosaic stupa), Prasat Phra Thep Bidon (the Royal Pantheon) and the Phra Mondop (the Royal Buddhist Library filled with bookcases and sacred texts).

  • The Middle Court
    The largest and the most important area of the Grand Palace as it is the designated area to hold the royal ceremonies and state functions. This court houses three groups of royal throne halls including the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings.

  • The Inner Court
    This is the resident area, reserved exclusively for used by the king, queen and consorts. Other inhabitants of the court were the king's children and a multitude of ladies-in-waiting and servants.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang pier (N9) and walk around 140 metre
  2. Take the MRT to Sanam Chai station (BL31) and walk 500 metre

Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok National Museum
Source: travel.mthai.com

If you want to know the History of Thailand and how people lived during different periods, you have to visit Bangkok National Museum. This is the first museum in Thailand, it was previously built for the royal private museum inside the Grand Palace to store and exhibit Thailand history, art history, archaeology and ethnology.

Visit a virtual museum, click here.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang pier (N9) and walk or take a taxi around 900 metre

National Museum of the Royal Barges

National Museum of the Royal Barges
Source: Pantip.com

National Museum of the Royal Barges was originally the old shipyard, nowadays it exhibits 4 Royal Barges that used in the royal ceremonies by the King and Royal family. Including Suphanahong Royal Barges, Narai Song Subun Royal Barges, Anantanakkharat Royal Barges and Anekkachatphutchong Royal Barges.

Visit a virtual museum, click here.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Thonburi Railway pier (N11) and walk or take a taxi around 1 km

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is located right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok which is famed for its sizable graceful reclining Buddha that is 46 metres long, covered in gold leaf.

If you visit, do not miss out trying the authentic traditional Thai massage as Wat Pho is recognized as the first school in Thailand for Thai massages.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Wat Arun pier (N8), then take the ferry to Tha Tien ferry pier and walk 350 metre
  2. Take the MRT to Sanam Chai station (BL31) and walk 350 metre

Bangkok Flower Market

Bangkok Flower Market

Pak Klong Talad or Bangkok Flower Market is located near Wat Pho and only 50 metre from MRT Sanam Chai station. This is Thailand’s largest wholesale flower market which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For those who are seeking a unique experience in Bangkok, we believe that you will truly enjoy the beautiful scent of flowers in the air at this energetic market.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Yodpiman pier (N6)
  2. Take the MRT to Sanam Chai station (BL31)

River City Bangkok

River City Bangkok
Source: hotels.com

River City Bangkok is the paradise of the antique collectors and the art-lovers as it is the centre to find the rare art pieces, paintings, photography, sculpture, illustrations, films and antiques from Thailand and abroad. There are also temporary art exhibitions and studios offering classes to people of all ages in painting and music here.

How to travel:

  1. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station (S6) and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Si Phraya pier (N3)


ICONSIAM

ICONSIAM
Source: ICONSIAM

ICONSIAM is the Thai traditional-inspired lifestyle department store on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Not only the exceptional location that made this shopping mall so special but also the experience that you cannotexperience from any other malls. If you visit here do not miss to visit 'SOOKSIAM' the mini floating market on the ground floor which presents the products from local business, local artists and traditional communities from 77 provinces of Thailand.


For those who have a plan to visit Bangkok or plan to own a property in Bangkok, List Sotheby's International Realty Thailand, an expert property agency and the award-winner of Thailand's Best Real Estate Agency 2020 by Dot Property Thailand Awards are more than welcome to assist you.


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