Bangkok, Thailand has recently attracted a large number of domestic and foreign tourists due to its impressive destinations and activities. Besides the center of Thailand, tourists can spend a little time visiting the Chaopraya River to approach some ancient sites. These are the ancient temples – one of the cultures of the people in particular and Thailand in general.
Wat Phra Kaew Pagoda
This will be the first stop for visitors on the journey along Chaopraya River. The pagoda was built about 600 years ago and had another call is the Emerald Buddha Pagoda. This is one of the most important temples from the Rattanakosin period and also the treasures of the Thai people. The Jade Buddha Temple attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to admire its beauty because of the wonders of each carving or decoration.
Grand Palace is the Royal Palace, the next point behind the Jade Buddha Temple. This hall features a mix of Thai and European architecture. Large lounges and parts inside the palace are open to the public to admire. This palace is prominent from a distance by the layered roofs built in Renaissance style. Borom Phiman Big Hall is a royal residence and only viewed only from the outside through the railing. Another destination belonging to the palace is the Chakri Maha Prasat Hall, which houses the government’s business. Besides, Dusit Maha Prasat is the most beautiful architectural area representing the Rattanakosin period, which is the only traditional structure in the palace.
3, Wat Pho Temple
The temple is called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm. It is located south of the royal palace and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also the place that contains the third largest Buddhist statue in the world. You can come here to admire statue’s majesticness as well as splendidness. Wat Pho is home to many statues and works inside with a wealth of knowledge about science, history and literature.
Royal Barges National Museum
Thailand is famous for its long boats serving the royal family, and this national museum is a place for Thai travelers to learn about them. Inside the museum, visitors can also admire the gold boats underwater displayed, including the boats used by King Rama IX. Here you will have the opportunity to know more about the history and culture of the people of this golden temple land.
5, Phra Phuttha Yodfa Bridge and Rama I statue
This bridge was formerly known as Prathom Borom Rachanusorn, the first bridge of the King in Thailand. It was built in an ancient style on the bank of the river overlooking Dawn Temple. Do not forget to visit the statue of King Rama I at the end of the bridge because it is really interesting. At night, the bridge becomes a busy market for fashion items. You can also stop and buy portraits painted right on the bridge.
6, Wat Arun Temple
Wat Arun also was known as Dawn Temple, another royal temple on the bank of Thonburi in the Chaopraya River. When coming here, you will immediately see the tower with twisted architecture called Pra Prang of the temple and they represent the style of Ayutthaya. The temple is also decorated with Chinese ceramics that is extremely eye-catching. Wat Arun is famous for its scenery and is one of the most famous temples in the world. From Ta Tien Market, visitors can cross the river to Wat Arun and Wat Pho, which can take beautiful sunset shots.
7, Santa Cruz Church
The name of Santa Cruz refers to the cross on the top of the church. This is an ancient Catholic church built by the Portuguese who lived in Ayutthaya, following the Renaissance and neo-classical architecture. The riverfront in front of the church is a pier. Here you can stroll around and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
8, Chee Chin Khor Temple
Chaopraya Express Boat’s yachtsmen will pay close attention to the 8-story Chinese pagoda or the Thai name is extremely long “Mahathat Chedi Phrachomchatri Thai-chin Chaloem”. Especially, the view of the boat makes tourists be mindful. This is an architecture that tourists should visit when traveling to Thailand.
It is home to many shopping and entertainment venues in Asia. Located in Charoen Krung area, this place becomes the dating point of Bangkok with beautiful views created from the surrounding buildings. Every evening, Asiatique is crowded with tourists and people to go shopping and have fun. The view from here is also magnificent because you can see the revolving Asiatique sky glowing in the night.