Friday, 10 February 2017

Important Places to Visit in Bangkok

Banglamphu:- The fall of Ayutthaya saw farmers settling down in this region along the banks of Chao Phraya River. In recent times, it has become a favorite of travelers, especially the ones who wish to have a short period of relaxation before moving on to other parts of Thailand.


Dusit:- This area comprises of palaces and other architectural marvels in sharp contrast to the crowded neighborhood and modern commercial zones. Among all the places to visit in Bangkok for tourists, some of the great landmarks can be found in this place, such as, the Democracy Monument.

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Huay Kwang:-Plenty of bars, theaters and clubs can be seen in this district, which makes for a very good location to enjoy an exciting nightlife. Many university students can be found in this region as houses are available on rent at cheaper rates.

Pathumwan:- Tourists visiting this area can witness a perfect mix of tradition and modernity. While some parts feature modern shopping complexes and hotels, there are places of worship, such as, the Erawan Shrine, which offers great respite from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Chinatown:-To the west of Grand Palace and Banglamphu lies this region, which appears more like a Chinese street. Tourists can find plenty of stores, old warehouses and eateries while touring this area.

Ladprao:- This place is quite popular among the expatriate community living in Bangkok. It is connected to other parts of the city by Subway trains, and has its own malls, restaurants, markets and cinemas.

When To Visit Bangkok:-The period from March to May is characterized by hot weather, which keeps most of the tourists from visiting Bangkok. Some individuals, who are used to such climatic condition, can get amazing benefits in the form of lower airfares and accommodation rates, if they choose to travel during this season. Rainy season visits Bangkok in late May and stays till the month of October, with light showers on most of the days. The city also experiences heavy rainfall at times, making it impossible for travelers to visit their desired attractions. This season is also considered to be a low season for tourism in Bangkok.From late November to mid-January, the city enjoys a cool season having a climate which is still humid, but is favorable for tourism. For all the tourists wondering when to visit Bangkok to have loads of fun, this would be the best time. They would find the city's weather very pleasant around this time of the year. Also, they do not need to carry warm clothes, as the cool season in this region does not mean chilly weather. As this season is greatly preferred by travelers for visiting this Thai city, it is advisable to book air tickets, hotel accommodations or tour packages well in advance.

Monuments/Historical Places/Forts in Bangkok:

Democracy Monument:- Located in the heart of Ratchadamnoen Avenue, this monument was erected in the early twentieth century to commemorate the establishment of constitutional monarchy. It took over the system of absolute monarchy that dominated Thailand for many years.

The Giant Swing:- It is located on Bamrung Mueang Road in front of Wat Suthat Thepwararam and was constructed in the year 1784. Last reconstruction was done in the year 2006 using golden teakwood.

Memorial Of King Rama I:- This monument is a special one among all the monuments in Bangkok and was built in the year 1932 to commemorate 150th anniversary celebrations of the city. It is located at the foot of Great Memorial Bridge. King Rama I was born in Ayutthaya, and is known as the founder of Bangkok as the capital of Thailand.

The Grand Palace:- It is a major tourist attraction of this city and the entire complex was built in the year 1782. The complex comprises of the Royal Monastery of Emerald Buddha, the Royal Residence and surrounding galleries that contain paintings of scenes from the Thai version of Ramayana, an Indian epic.

Rattanakosin:- It is in this region where King Rama I built his new capital during the late eighteenth century. Among all the historical places in Bangkok explored by travelers, this place has plenty of offerings in store for them.

Lumpini Park:- People visiting this park can enjoy vast amount of public space, playgrounds, an artificial lake and trees. This park was created by King Rama VI in the early twentieth century, and was named after 'Lumbini', a place in Nepal which is believed to be the birthplace of Buddha.
Fort Phra Sumen:- Constructed in the year 1783, this fort is located at the confluence of Chao Phraya River and Banglamphu Canal. Of all the forts in Bangkok visited by tourists, this one was constructed with the purpose of fortifying the old city during the rule of King Rama I.

Fort Mahakarn:- On the banks of Rob Krung Canal, this fort defended the eastern wall of Rattanakosin. The important highlights of this fort are the old city wall and an old community which still lives on a strip of land between the wall and canal.

Festivals in Bangkok:

Chinese New Year:- The city's China Town wears a festive look with a grand show of firecrackers, live music and lion dances marking Chinese New Year. It is celebrated around the end of January or in the beginning of February.

Songkran Festival:- Celebrated from the 13th of April to the 15th, it is the Lunar New Year of Thailand and was celebrated traditionally by bathing images of Buddha with water. This ritual gradually made way for drenching of people with water, but as a gesture of friendship.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony:- The rice-planting season officially commences on the 7th of May in this city, which is celebrated by participants by performing various ceremonies. Great festivities are witnessed in Sanam Luang park located at a short distance from the Grand Palace.

Buddha's Birthday:- On the 15th of May, local Buddhist temples celebrate birthday of Buddha in the form of candle-lit processions. Of all the festivals in Bangkok celebrated every year, this one provides a wonderful opportunity for tourists to participate in parades and enjoy the occasion along with locals.

Queen's Birthday:- The 12th of August is celebrated as Queen's Birthday, and also observed as Mother's Day in Thailand. A celebration filled with great fun and excitement is guaranteed on this day, along with fabulous display of lights and fireworks.

Loy Kratong:- This annual festival is celebrated in November on a full moon day, and tourists can enjoy some of the most beautiful sights as little floats made from banana trunks, flowers and candles are released into the water bodies. This symbolizes casting away of troubles and hoping for a happy future. In certain areas, large hot-air balloons made of paper are released.

River Kwai Bridge Festival:- This week-long festival is held in Kanchanaburi province, located at a short distance from Bangkok city in late November or early December. Festivities include sound and light shows at the bridge, vintage steam-train rides and historical exhibitions.

King's Birthday:- Thai people greatly respect their King, and he is much revered across Thailand. On the 5th of December, his birthday is celebrated in a grand manner by illuminating the palace, government buildings, businesses and homes throughout the country.

New Year's Eve:- As in many of the countries across the world, people in Thailand gear up for welcoming the New Year with great fervor.
 

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