Wat Pho, Bangkok
For most people Bangkokis an easy city to get around in and it's relatively cheap. Most of the taxis are metered and if they are not just wait for the next one to come by. Buses are frequent but may be a little hard to understand, but you can always ask someone, the Thai's are friendly and helpful. The easiest is the BTS and the MRT and you can get maps at most hotels or at the stations. They are fast, easy and cheap.
Sightseeing, you have the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha, which you should not miss, I think admission is like 700B, but worh the price for most who see it. The Reclining Buddha also can be seen in this general area of the riverfront with admission at I think 200B. Chinatwon can be a fun place to see and a place to get a great meal or dim sum. All three of these are in the same general area. You may have to walk abit unless you want to get a taxi, but you can just as easily walk.
There is the floating market which is popular, getting there and leaving early the ticket here, it gets busy with tourists around 8-9 am, the time to leave. If you don't want to go to Damnern Saduak you can do this in Bangkok but it's a weekend activity only.
For shopping it's ahrd to beat the Sunday Market or Chatuchak Market, Fri, Sat and Sun only accessible by BTS and MRT, takes you right there. This is an all day thing unless you are not into crowds and shopping. This is a huge market, even if you don't look at everything it's hard to see the whole market in a day. There are places to eat and snack on while you are out there so it makes it easier to do this as a whole day activity.
As far as places to stay, there are hotels of every budget and star level as well as in every location. You do not mention either so if you want to give us a better idea as to your budget and what you want to do and see maybe we can give you more specifics. Lots of hotels along Sukhumvit Rd of all budget range. Ploenchit is a bit higher in price and then you can go to Khao san rd known as the backpacker area where they have nice clean cheap lodgings.
Favorite thing: I don't know if this temple is normally open at night, but it was on New Year's Eve when I was there. Much better when contrasted to the time I saw it in the daytime - it was not packed full of people - very few people were there at about 11.30 pm - but was very calm and quiet from outside with low murmurings, the smell of incense and the muffled clink of coins (or something) being dropped in alms bowls. Very atmospheric with Thai people giving their offerings at the main temple (Reclining Buddha)and a smaller one within the complex. I didn't see any other foreign tourists other than me and my husband. And the buildings were gorgeous and sparkling at night and take on a completely different look! This is one of my favorite memories of my time in Bangkok. Enter on the north side near the north-west corner, I believe.
Its had to have a favorite thing about bangkok because there is so much to see and do, But the Reclining Buddha stays in my memory, the sound of the clinking pots as you try to drop one coin onto each and the sheer size of the budhu
Fondest memory: I think i miss the people most of all, Their hospitality and sheer warmth will stay with me
We had a 9 hour wait in Bangkok between our flights so we found a great deal from the local travel desk at the airport. For 3300,- we got a hotel room so we could leave our luggage and grab a shower. Next we had a private car and guide to take us to a couple of temples in Bangkok. The price also included transfers from the airport to the hotel and back again.
We were taken to 2 temples, the first was Temple of Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and second was the Marble Temple (Wat Benjamabophit). See my separate tips for the temples. This is definitely a better option than sitting around in the airport for hours.
All the public toilets I visited in Bangkok were clean and although those in Wat Pho were both clean and dry, the one at the Central Jetty (where you board the ferries) wins hands down.
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Favorite thing: The details on the buildings within each of the temple compounds I visited were spectacular. The figures guarding the sub-temples and main temple at Wat Phra Keow were colourful and sparkled in the sun. At Wat Arun, there was a milkiness and chinaware look about everything. The bright orange roof tiles of Wat Pho will stay in my mind.
Don't miss seeing the reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, round the corner from the Grand Palace on Chetuphon Road. It's an amazing sight - here's a detail. There's a small entry fee of 20 baht.
Wat Pho is also home to a famous Thai massage school: so you can also get a massage if you want; take a look at:
for much more information.
The grounds of Wat Pho have some amazing architecture, too - so don't forget to allow enough time for a wander around.
It's open from 8am to 5pm daily.
One of the oldest & largest temple of Bangkok(tough maybe too touristic now), it houses a 46m gold plated reclining Buddha. It is so big that U can never see it entirely, as it is inside a building and the walls are to close to see it with good perspective. The only way to seee the whole statue is from the feet, in a very extrene perspective...
There is a massage school here, and they give masages for about 3-4 USD. Ask at the ticket office.
Temples is something that's not lacking in Bangkok, and there are amazing ones. The architecture is truly stunning and I really enjoying visiting them - especially the two major ones: wat po and wat arun. The royal palace is equally splendid, and filled with palaces, temples, stupas.
Fondest memory: Much as I disliked Bangkok because of its pollution and traffic, I must admit that I really enjoyed doing the temple tour. great architecture never leaves me unmoved
Known as Wat Phra Chetuphon to the Thais, it is famous for its Reclining Buddha. The temple covers 20 acres and was built 200 years before Bangkok became the Thai capital. It was almost totally rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok.
The Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
Visit Wat Pho and get a traditional Thai massage.
Fondest memory: A Middle Eastern Grill located off the tourist block in Bangkok, don't remember the name of road but two Yemenese guys used to cook up some good chicken stuffed pitas and after a month in thailand you want something different
Theres always things to do in Bangkok and if your full of energy you can be satified with a lot of sightseeing. The temples are great attractions, beautiful architecture standing everywhere in the city, temples are like hidden jewels. The most known temples are Wat Po (temple of reclining buddha), Wat Suthat (Emerald Buddha), Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)...there are so many more to see!!
Fondest memory: Shopping until the early hours of the morning !! If you love to shop till you drop then your dreams can come true! But be warned, streets are filled to the brim with people (and pickpockets) so be careful to stay close to friends/family and be prepared for some hectic haggling on the street markets.
You must visit Wat Po and you will be surprised.
Fondest memory: We met a Thai; he had a travel agency in Bangkok. He was very kindly and invited us to come to his home and to meet his family. His name is Pisanu. He informed us very well about thai life.