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Overview of Bangkok

The capital of Southeast Asia’s only uncolonised country, Bangkok retains much of its cultural depth. Despite relentless development, Krung Thep (the ‘City of Angels’) keeps true to itself, embracing every onslaught with its mai pen rai (never mind) nonchalance, trademark smile and pervasive sense of the sacred. But it remains so fascinating partly due to its endearing chaos.

Accessing Siamese heritage isn’t always straightforward, but the joy is in treating Bangkok as an expedition. In this vast metropolis of over ten million people, the majority of sights lie in the old town nucleus of Phra Nakorn, the preceding capital of Thonburi, Chinatown, Dusit and along the waterways. Yes, there are glorious landmarks, but much of what you’ll remember happens serendipitously en route.

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Striking Wat Arun commands a martial pose as the third point in the holy trinity (along with Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho) of Bangkok's early history. After the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine (formerly ...

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Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat

Brahmanism predated the arrival of Buddhism in Thailand and its rituals were eventually integrated into the dominant religion. Wat Suthat is the headquarters of the Brahman priests who perform the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in May. Begun by Rama I (King Phraphutthayotfa; ...

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Wat Pho

Wat Pho

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our personal fave among Bangkok's biggest temples. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images ...

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Grand Palace Bangkok

Grand Palace

Adjoining Wat Phra Kaew is the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang), a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions. Visitors are allowed to survey the Grand Palace grounds and four of the remaining palace buildings, which are interesting ...

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