Friday, December 14, 2012

Around Asia: Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and often referred to as Asia’s City of Angels. It is famous for its many magnificent temples and palaces making it the center for spiritual and cultural activities.  Amidst these majestic temples and palaces are Bangkok’s high-rise buildings, vibrant nightlife, food hubs, and sundry shopping malls.

Take advantage of the city’s myriad of attractions and activities that available for all to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a unique spiritual experience, adventure, good food, great shopping experience, and a place for leisure and relaxation – Bangkok is just the right destination for you.

The city is among the travel-friendly destinations in Asia. It is likewise a safe place for travelers of any kind, despite the image it portrays in films and news. One must not miss to visit some of these Bangkok’s attractions as they represent the city’s wondrous spirit and vibrant charm:

Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Po Temples



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Two of the famous temples found in Bangok are Wat Benchamabophit, a magnificent royal temple known to tourists as the marble temple, and Wat Po temple, known for its recliningBuddha. Both temples showcase a fascinating Thai architectural design, reflecting Thailand’s traditions and customs. These temples may serve as attractions for tourists, but for the everyday Thai, these places enable them to manifest their beliefs and love for their religion. They dedicate their time to pray solemnly that usually comes with an offering such as burning of incense or food, believing that in return, Budhha will answer their prayers.

Chatuchak Market
 
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Chatuchak is Bangkok’s largest weekend market. You can get there by riding on the city’s Skytrain to the end terminal, Morchit. Morchit is where the market is located. Chatuchak is a very interesting place to shop where you’ll find almost everything you can think of.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
 
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Also known as The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is one of the beautiful and majestic temples found in Bangkok. The temple showcases a spire measuring over 70 meters beautified with small pieces of tinted glass and Chinese porcelain placed beautifully in complex patterns.  Today, Wat Arun is considered as one of the notable landmarks of the city that is best viewed during the sunset.

Patpong Night Market

One of the must-visit night shopping destinations for shoppers, Patpong Night Market also known as the red light district is located between Silom Road and Surawong Roag Road. Various goods are sold along this area such as clothes, handicrafts, carved wood products, and an assortment of almost everything you can imagine. It is surrounded by night bars and crowds of shoppers and foreign tourists. The nearest Skytrain station is Saladaeng Station.

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