Bangkok is the heart of Thailand, a modern city with a rich cultural heritage.
A visit would be incomplete without a seeing some of the wats, or Buddhist temples.
The best known is Wat Arun, decorated lavishly with mosaics of broken porcelain.
You should also visit the Grand Palace to see the Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the sacred Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho is also a must -- this is one of the biggest and oldest of Thailand’s temples, and it’s home to the massive Reclining Buddha.
Also see the Buddha at Wat Traimit–it’s the largest solid gold statue in the world.
Other temples worth visiting include the beautiful white marble Wat Benchamabophit; Wat Saket, with its gold chedi, which was once the highest point in the city; and Wat Suthat with it’s murals, statues, and giant swing.
But there’s more to Bangkok than temples.
For Thai architecture, visit Jim Thompson’s House, which is actually a complex of six houses from different parts of Thailand.
And make sure to see the Democracy Monument, built in memory of the military overthrowing Thailand’s absolute monarchy in nineteen-thirty-two. With its four wings rising twenty-four meters into the sky, you can’t miss it.
And when you need a break from the city, catch a breath of fresh air in Lumphini Park.
In the mornings, you may even be able to find locals practicing tai chi there.
Bangkok can be overwhelming, but it’s worth making sure you see as much as you can!