Bangkok is arguably the most fascinating, dynamic and popular city in the world. It’s no wonder it is the hub of South East Asia with its culture, food, touristic and off-the-beaten spots. Here are 7 wonders of Bangkok
#1 Grand Palace
Quite possibly the most touristic destination in Thailand – the Grand Palace is a majestic complex of traditional, royal and religious buildings. Located in the heart of Bangkok, it can be visited many ways. The most interesting and scenic route is by taking the Chao Phraya river ferry from the pier next to the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Take the ferry to Ta Chang Pier (No.9) and after a short 5-10 minute walk, you’re there.
Entrance fee of 500 Baht allows you visit to the famous Wat Phra Kaeo and other buildings in the compound. Visitors are required to dress appropriately.
#2 Wat Pho and Wat Arun
Bangkok has many, many temples. All with their own story, uniqueness and stunning architecture.We put these two temples in the same slot because most tourists usually visit them in the same day. They are also quite near to each other.
Wat Pho houses the largest reclining Budda image and is home to the birth of traditional Thai massage. Wat Arun is also one of Bangkok’s most iconic temple and is located right across the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. You just have to cross the Chao Phraya river with a ferry. The name translates to “temple of dawn” and looks amazing during sunset as it glistens golden from the sun shining on it.
To get to these two temples, it’s the same as getting to the Grand Palace. They are all pretty much in the same vicinity and each cost usually between 100-200 Baht for entry. Visitors are required to dress appropriately.
#3 Rooftop Bars
When it comes to rooftop bars, Bangkok is not short of them. There at least 20 of them! They are all wonders in their own right but if you have limited time, we suggest you visit the most iconic of them all, you know, the one from Hangover II – Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower. Towering at the 63rd floor, the bar looks over all of Bangkok including some stunning views of the Chao Phraya River.
Simply take the BTS skytrain to Siam or Chong Nonsi station and then take a cab, tuk tuk or just walk it down Silom road.
Other amazing rooftops worth checking out are:
The rooftop bar at Baiyoke tower (2nd tallest building in Bangkok)
#4 Jim Thompson House
If you ever wanted to how silk is made and learn about authentic Thai art, the Jim Thompson House is the place to visit. Now a museum, it is also the home of James H.W. Thompson, an American entrepreneur who founded this Silk company. The house is located along the canal bank (khlong Saen Saep). Interested people can alight at the Baan Krua Nua pier of the canal and walk a few meters. Entrance fees are 150 Baht for adults and 100 for students (under 22).
A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without entering one of its massive and impressive malls. Although there is Siam Paragon and Central World, the latest addition to the burgeoning number of shopping malls is the lavish EmQuartier. Not only does it house some of the most luxurious brands and chic restaurants, it has a two-floor roof garden. Who says malls have to be all concrete?
EmQuartier is very accessible, it is in the heart of downtown Bangkok, connected directly to the Phrom Phong BTS station.
#6 Sathorn Unique (Ghost) Tower
An abandoned and unfinished building in the middle of Bangkok, the Sathorn Unique Tower is a very unique wonder of the city. Although locked and chained away, in the past, daredevils and urban adventurers have been known to scale the building to take some death-defying photos. Now if you try to enter, you will be fined or even arrested for trespassing.
The tower stands tall in Sathorn Charoen Krung Road, between sois 51 and 53, in Bangkok’s Sathon District and can be accessed by taxi but we don’t recommend that you try to break the law.
#7 Aeroplane Graveyard
Did you ever want to see what it’s like being inside an airplane wreckage? You can do that right here in Bangkok.
Although not really a very touristic thing to do, it seems to catch people’s eyes. Squatters live in these decommissioned planes, surviving the harsh economy by selling off plane parts and charging urban adventurers and intrepid travellers to enter and explore about.
There are many ways to get here – taxi, bus but the best way is to take a canal boat from anywhere in the city and take it all the way to Wat Sri Boonruang. From there it’s a short 5-minute walk to Ramkhamhaeng soi 101.
The 7 Wonders of Bangkok is written by Shayan Naveed. Shayan Naveed is an expat staying in Bangkok. Follow Shayan Naveed at Dose Of Life, Facebook and Twitter
Have you visited Bangkok? What are the places that you have visited in Bangkok that you feel should make into the list of 7 wonders?