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This is a brief list of the main sights a first time visitor may want to see. Please read the left hand menu and search the website (or google) for detailed information and background on these places (or click on the links provided).
1. Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha - at Sanam Luang (Royal Field, a large open space).
The nearby Royal Cemetary at Wat Ratchabopit is also worth a quick visit before or after your visit to the Grand Palace as is the Royal Garden at Saranrom Park.
2. Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha temple) - behind the Grand Palace
3. City Pillar Shrine - diagonally across from The Grand Palace wall at the traffic signals in front of Sanam Luang
4. National Museum in the 2nd King's Palace, top end of Sanam Luang, on the left walking away from the Grand Palace
5. Wat Saket (Golden Mount) at Rachadmneon Avenue, 15 minute walk from the Grand Palace
Just across the canal from is the impressive Wat Ratchanatdaram which can be combined with a visit to the Golden Mount.
6. Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), on the opposite bank of Chao Phrya river from Wat Po.
7. Royal Barge Museum, on the Thonburi side of river near Thonburi train station.
8. Wat Suthat and Giant Swing - the symbol of Bangkok - at Phra Nakorn district
9. Wat Traimit, famus for its huge solid Golden Buddha, at Traimit Road, Chinatown
10. Jim Thompson House, traditional ThaiSoi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road.
11. The Ancient City, Located about 30 kms from central Bangkok. You can hire bikes, or take the trolley for this great introduction to Thai history and culture in a really peaceful and authentic environment. A hidden GEM. Google Map
12. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a unique art market, opposite MBK and Siam Discovery Center. Aside from the interesting architecture with exhinits spread over 11 floors, you'll find paintings, sculptures, music and dance performances.The centre is designed as a working educational art space and holds exhibitions of art from Bangkok, Thailand, and the world.
13. Gun Shooting Range at the Military Police Battalion Division 11. You will experience real gun shooting at the military range with an army instructor. The only one accredited military shooting range opened for tourists in Thailand. The Military Police Battalion Division 11, is near Victory Monument and offers range shoots and even short training programmes. Practice your weapons handling with an army instructor. For more information, contact: +66 81 346 4637 or, +66 86 510 9327 or, +66 81 835 8117.
14. There is a group that offer escorted Plants & Nursery trips in Bangkok. For visitors interested in buying exotic flora to return home with, they claim to be able to help with getting to the nurseries, as well as offering a plant "cleaning & packing" service. Help with official paper-work for exporting is also offered.
For more information, contact Kris: +66819174070
15. Ocean World is a large walk-through aquarium in the basement of Siam Paragon mall, next to Siam BTS station.
16. Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Phahonyothin Road.
NOTE: As at December 2011 This area suffered considerable flood damage, and may be out fof action for the foreseeable future. Check first before venturing out.
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