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BANGKOK CITY GUIDE

destinationsInfo about Thailand
bangkok location
  
   Population   
9,100,000 ( 2010 )
   Area   
1,568.737 km2
  
   Average Temperature °C   
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
27 28 29 31 30 29 29 29 29 28 27 26
  
   Geography    
The area surrounding Bangkok, The Chao Phraya River ( 372 km ) basin , and the nearby provinces comprise a series of plains and river deltas that lead into the Bay of Bangkok about 30 km south of the city center. Bangkok lies about two meters above sea level, creating risks of flood during the monsoon season.
   Climate   
Bangkok has a tropical wet and dry climate under the Koppen climate classification system. May to October is the rainy season which creates southwest monsoon in Bangkok. Heaviest rains in August and September. Hottest months are March, April and May. Most preferred months are November to February.

  
   Museums   
museum Museums :
The National Gallery Museum
The National Museum
Suan Pakkad Palace is a complex of five Thai-style houses was once the residence of one of Thailand's leading art collectors,
The Siriraj Medical Museum, located in the Siriraj Hospital on the west bank of the Chao Praya, is a large six-section medical museum
Jim Thompson Museum was constructed by American expatriate Jim Thompson , silk entrepreneur, from several traditional Thai-style houses, dismantled and assembled into one dwelling.
Children's Discovery Museum Bangkok Planetarium & Scientific Museum information on galaxies, astrology and nature
House of Museums
The Royal Barges Museum
The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
  
   Historical places   
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Grand Palace

photo from palaces.thai.net
palace Palaces :
The Grand Palace: 218,400 sq. metres and is surrounded by walls built in 1782
The Former Palace (Phra Ratchawang Doem) (affectionately nicknamed Wang Doem) is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River

Vimanmek Palace built in 1900 by the royal command of King Rama V

Suan Pakkad Palace built in the traditional Thai style opened in 1952

Chitralada Palace stands in about 1 sq. km (247 acres) of grounds incorporating several artificial lakes

cabin Mansions & Pavilions :
The Vimanmek Mansion is the world's largest golden teak. It is completed during the reign of King Rama V in 1901. Architectural style reflects a western influence and is made of golden teak wood.

tower Towers & fortress :
Phra Sumen Fort in a bustling area of the old city. The fort itself is octagonal with a watchtower in the middle.

temple Temples :
Wat Arun: The most prominent feature is a tall chedi built in the 1820s that stands 85 metres . It was the tallest structure in Bangkok until the modern skyscrapers

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is south of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. It is Bangkok's largest temple and contains a huge reclining Buddha figure that is 46 metres long and is covered with gold leaf. The feet alone are 3 metres in size.

Wat Suthat is one of the oldest temples and the site of the Giant Swing, formerly used in an annual Brahman ceremony. A huge teak arch from which the swing was hung still stands in front of the temple.
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Wat Phrakaew
photo from bangkoktourist.com




Wat Saket, or the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong in Thai), houses relics of the Buddha in a 58-metre-high chedi surmounted by a golden cupola.

Wat Phra Kaew: The temple is in the outer section of the Royal Enclosure west of the Grand Palace. It is a collection of highly decorated holy buildings and monuments.

Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (Temple of Dawn): Formerly Known as "Wat Chaeng". This temple has existed since the Ayutthaya period.



Wat Ratchabophit (1869):King Rama V ordered this to be the first temple built after he came to the throne.

Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Wat Pho) King Rama III had royally initiated this holy temple



Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram Ratchaworawihan: Marble Temple, Regarded as a first class royal temple, it is also known worldwide as 'The Marble Temple'. It is constructed of white Carrara marble

Wat Suthatthep Wararam Ratchaworamahawihan and the Giant Swing Ordered by King Rama I , completed during the reign of King Rama III.




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Vimanmek palace
photo from palaces.thai.net

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha) Golden Buddha weighs 5.5 tons
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho): Bangkok's oldest, largest and most famous temple.
Wat Thepthidaram 1840-42 on Mahachai Road
Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworawiharn
Wat Traimit Wittayaram Worawihan
Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan
Wat Saket (Golden Mount)
Wat Mahabutr canal-side temple



mosque Mosques :
Assalafiyah Mosque, Haroon Mosque, Mideen Mosque, Nurulnasihah Mosque

monument Monuments :
The Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) 13 th century, 3 meters tall , The second floor is home to the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center.
King Rama I the Great Memorial built in (1932)
King Rama III Memorial (1990)
King Rama VI Statue (1942)
Monument to the Expeditionary Force (1919)
Victory Monument , situated on Phahonyothin
  
   Airports   

Suvarnabhumi Airport ,located southeast of the city center in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, 30km east of Bangkok, became Bangkok's official international airport, replacing Don Mueang.
Don Mueang International Airport, 24km north of Bangkok.
  
   Festival   
Bangkok Songkran Festival 13-15 April
Royal Ploughing Ceremony, May
The Queen's Birthday Celebration, (12 August)
Trooping of the Colours, (December) The King's Birthday Celebrations, (5 December)
Loi Krathong. the Festival of Lights, (November)
Chinese New Year (February)
Songkran Festival (April)
Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May)
International Swan Boat Races
Silom Soi 4 Halloween (October)
Bangkok Marathon

  
   Shopping   
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  
   Parks   
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Saranrom park fountain
photo from bangkoktourist.com
Queen Sirikit Park was built to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of HM Queen Sirikit.
Lumphini Park , largest park in central Bangkok
Princess Mother Memorial Park near the Wat Anongkharam
Santichaiprakarn Park is a small and fun park along the Chao Phraya River
Chatuchak Park ,largest flea market in the world, and Rama IX Park are two of Bangkok's largest parks.
Khao Yai National Park (outside of Bangkok) 2,172 square kilometers of forests, jungles and grassland with wild elephants, as well as other rarely seen mammals

Other famous parks:
Queen Sirikit Park near Lat Yao,
Benchasiri Park on Sukhumvit Rd,
Saranrom Park across the Grand Palace,
Sanam Luang,
Suan Romaneenat,
Dusit Park.
  
   Beaches   
Cha Am Beach is 160 km south of Bangkok.
Khao Takiab beach and Khao Takiab Bay in the Hua Hin Thailand area offer a choice of beaches, swimming, sailing, boat trips and fishing at offshore islands.
Pattaya is a lively and busy beach resort area about one and a half hours by expressway from Bangkok City or Bangkok Airport.
Jomtien Beach is about 1.5 hours from Bangkok

  
   Attractions   
Tiger Temple
Monkey Temple, Lopburi (out of Bangkok is the two and half hour)
Bangkok Planetarium & Scientific Museum information on galaxies, astrology and nature
Siam Ocean World,2005, Thailand's largest aquarium, 30,000 marine animals including Penguins, Octopus, Sharks, Leafy Sea Dragons and Giant Spider Crab
Dusit Zoo built in 1938 collection of mammals, birds and reptiles, nocturnal animals exhibit

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium located between the Queen Sirikit Gardens and the Children's Discovery Museum,: rockeries, shady ferns, wild flowers, and a cooling waterfall . It comprises feed breeding room, scenic area, insectariums, butterfly garden and Lamphu tree ground.
Safari World wild animals as lions and also underwater world section
Siam Park biggest water amusement park in Asia features seven different zones
Banana Family Park

Lumpini Park Public Library
TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) for the kids
Soi Phranang Discovery Learning Public Library

  
   Map    
See Bangkok map page for points of interest, restaurants,
hotels, cafes, establishments , museums and more
  
   Tuk-Tuk   
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Tuk Tuk
photo from wikitravel.org
Three-wheeled, open sided vehicles called tuk-tuks dominate the streets .
They are also ideally suited for short trips around the city.

  
   Weather   
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   Lodging   
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