Thailand's capital Bangkok is kept alive by the beautiful mess of traffic and people.
Iconic landmarks include the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddah, Wat Arun, and the Temple of Dawn - deemed one of the world's most beautiful structures.
One simply cannot miss the floating market shopping and dining experience at Damnoen Saduak.
The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
Wat Phra Kaew (known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or locally as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok and within the grounds of the Grand Palace, the temple enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is a landmark temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river. It’s easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because the design is very different from the other temples you can visit in the Thai capital. Wat Arun is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.
The floating markets in Bangkok are among the city's star attractions. Almost every traveller has a visit to at least one on their first trip here. The colours, chaos, flavours and atmosphere make it a unique experience, and the novelty of buying a snack from a passing boat takes some beating. Even so, many will be discouraged by the distance, the price of the tour and definitely the ludicrously early wake-up time needed to get there early enough to enjoy the experience properly.