"A paradise in our Earth" Bangkok by ntm2322

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A different place

Bangkok is the economic center of Thailand and Thailand is one of the strongest economies and business centers of South Asia.

Bangkok province is the 68th largest province in Thailand, covers 1,568.7 km² and most of this area constitutes the city of Bangkok, thus making this place one of the largest cities in the world.

Bangkok is without doubt one of the world's top tourist destinations and the first in Asia. The cost of living is cheap and the quality of services provided is very good.

Tourism contributes significantly to Thailand's economy, providing about 5 percent of GDP.

Since Thailand is so close to the place where I live (Macau) I have been in Bangkok so many times. I even go to Bangkok for regular check-ups (5 stars treatment with affordable prices). Actually, many well-off people from Europe, U.S., Kwait, Saudi Arabia, etc., go to the Bumrungrad Hospital.

I love Thailand and its people. I have visited many countries and Thais, Malays and Japanese are among the best people in the world for their kindness, politeness and patience, so different from Western people.

If anybody wish to have a holiday away from the bustling world, then should come to Thailand.

Thailand is one of those places where I will spend a great deal of time when I retire. Actually, there are many European people who have already retired and have bought houses in Thailand. I have even heard of some European unemployed people who live comfortable there with their unemployment allowances.

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Thailand is a Buddhist country and Bangkok has lots of temples (there are more than 800 in and around Bangkok), some of them being the finest you may find in South East Asia, like Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun.

You come from a different world, therefore, you will be astonished by their beauty and unusual geometries. Each temple you will visit offers a peaceful environment and you will feel you are very, very far away from the noisy of the city.

Bear in mind that every temple is a sacred place and when you visit them make sure you dress properly, it doesn’t mean that you must dress up, just make sure that you are not wearing flip-flops, shorts or having revealing tops.

Because religion is very important in Thai peoples’ lives, while strolling along the city you will also discover small miniature temples. These are called spirit houses and you can see them in office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and private homes, draped in jasmine flowers and surrounded by offerings to Buddha.

Bangkok Temples

Below I give you a list of the most beautiful temples (at city center) that you may visit.

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, occupies an area of about a square mile and is the most famous and important temple of the country and the most spectacular as well.

At the royal chapel or Wat Phra Kaew you can see the sacred Emerald Buddha. Coming to Bangkok and not visiting this temple compound is the same as going to Beijing and not visiting (or climbing) the Great Wall. For more information about this temple click here

Sanam Luang is situated in front of the Grand Palace and here are held the royal cremation ceremonies and some annual events like the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, King's and Queen's birthdays, and the New Year Festival.

Wat Mahathat was built in the reign of King Rama 1 and is located on Na Phrathat Road near Thammasat University. The Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand, is located inside this temple. The university also offers meditation classes for foreigners (it is a very popular place to learn the Vipassana meditation method).

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the largest temple in Bangkok, sometimes called "Thailand's first university" is also an impressive place to go and is located on Thai Wang Road, right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Here you can see the biggest Buddha in Thailand, a 46 metres long gold plated reclining Buddha with 3 metres long feet decorated in mother-of-pearl.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) (the same as the one displayed in your 10 Baht coin) is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. In the centre of the temple you can admire the 82-metre-high pagoda or "Phra Prang" decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-coloured porcelain. If you take a tour by boat at sun setting you will be able to take at the east side of the river a magnificent shot of its silhouette.

Wat Ratchabophit. This temple is located on Fuang Nakhon Road near Wat Pho and is a mixture of local and western styles, the exterior is in Thai style but the interior is decorated in European style.

Wat Suthat (Great Swing). This temple has a sweeping beautiful roof and is located on Bamrung Muang Road. It is one of the oldest temples and it took 27 years, during the reigns of the first three kings of the Chakri Dynasty, to complete the construction.

The original Giant Swing ceremony was held in this temple (until the early 20th century) and the swing was used in a Brahmanic ceremony to give thanks for a good rice harvest.

Wat Thepthidaram. This temple is located on Mahachai Road and is a mixture of local and Chinese architectural styles. From 1840 to 1842, Sunthon Phu, one of Thailand's greatest poets, resided in this temple during his monkhood.

Wat Ratchanatdaram. This temple is located on Mahachai Road and you may see a standing 36 metres high with 37 surrounding spires’ Loha Prasat, the only one of its kind left in the world.

Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha) houses the world’s largest golden seated Buddha (heighs nearly five metres and weighs five and a half tons) is located at the end of Chinatown’s (Yaowarat Road), near Hualampong Railway Station.

Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple). This white marble temple contains the ashes of King Rama V and displays 53 Buddha images representing all styles of Buddha iconography from all over the Buddhist world.

Wat Intharawihan with its 32 metre high standing Buddha.

Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) is located in Wat Sa ket with the entrance on Boriphat Road. On top of this artificial hill there is a 58-metre-high gilded pagoda that houses Buddha relics. The temple is surmounted by a golden cupola. It is quite easy getting to the top and it will pay off because once you are there you will have great views of the city.

Wat Indravihan. This temple is located in Bang Khun Phrom area on Wisutkasat Road and you can see the huge standing Buddha image called Luang Pho To, 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide.

Wat Bowon Niwet. This temple is located on Phra Sumen Road in the Bang Lamphu area and it is one of the most important temples of Bangkok. Several Chakri Kings like King Rama IV, King Rama VII and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, they all resided here during their monkhook.

Wat Trai Mit. This temple is located at the end of Yaowarat Road near the Bangkok Railway Station (Hue Lam Phong) and inside you may admire the famous and beautiful three metres high Golden Buddha. It weighs five and a half tons.

Erawan Shrine. This shrine is greatly revered by people to Phra Phrom, a Hindu god, and is location is on Ratchadamri Road. Devotees always offer laced flowers and small wooden elephants to the statue as well as Thai dancing performances.

South of Bangkok

Ancient City
(Muang Boran) has an area of 280 acres and it is the world’s larges outdoor museum. It is located on Sukhumvit road (at kilometer 33) near the river mouth in Samut Prakarn and it features gigantic sized replicas of many of the major temples and the most important historical sites, buildings and monuments to be found in Thailand. To visit this compound you can use your private car. For addicional information about this place, please, press here

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful people, excellent service, beautiful country, yummy food, cheap stuffs
  • Cons:Some places have more tourists than locals
  • In a nutshell:Do paradises exist in our planet Earth? Yes, and Thailand is one of them.
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    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Interesting about the Durian fruit. I really liked the picture of them in the shell.

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