is the fourth capital city of Thailand, the Old Bangkok
was named the 'Ratanakosin Island' because it was surrounded by Chao Phraya River
on the west side and inner city moat and canals on the other side. This city was
founded in 1782. Bangkok is filled with ruins, temples and deserted cities and
many beaches. The city is often very busy and constantly moving, perhaps requires
a lot of energy. The culture is so amazing that it truly is a lifetime opportunity
to experience. The Thais friendliness and hospitality makes it a country to be
easily mobile in, it is cheap and efficient to all needs. With a population of
6 million, Bangkok is very diverse in culture and religion. Buddhism is the most
common religion, which is 95% of the population and the other 4% is consumed by
Muslim. Bangkok is very fast paces, it is hot in the summer with heavy traffic
and a lack of personal space which can be overwhelming but the dynamics of the
city are ultimately a huge benefit to any vacation. There are many gardens and
temples to visit here, a taste of asian life combined with American style living
is very intriguing to most.
Some attractions to see:
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo
This site was started in 1782, its sole purpose was for Rama to mark his ascension
to the throne, the relocation of the capital and for the birth of Phra Kaeo.
Includes temples and the emerald Buddah. This palace is open everyday but the
clothing attire must be modest. This requirement must be obeyed or you will
not be permitted inside or may have to borrow clothing.
This is Thailand's oldest and largest temple. In the present day the Institute
of Massage is headquartered here as well as a center to for traditional medicine.
The largest reclining Buddha maintains here, being 46 m long and covered in
gold plaster . The Buddah’s feet are laid with mother of pearl and contain
109 symbols. Truly a breathtaking monument.
The national museum lays on the river in the old city, it offers some of the
most unique collections of art and artifacts in Southeast Asia. Not only is
the art breathtaking but the buildings are like art themselves. Containing a
lot of artwork and sculptures as well as historic items. The museum is a great
learning experience for people who want to get to know the culture.