Bangkok reflects its country in so many ways: it’s noisy, crowded, colorful, alive, exciting and on the edge. The Big Mango is one of the most thrilling metropolises on the planet and is the capital of southeast Asia.
One of the most interesting things about Bangkok is the blend of old and ultra modern. Glass and concrete skyscrapers sit alongside old traditional wooden Thai houses. There are ancient temples and attractions to see and also modern, chic shopping malls to visit. It marks the transition from old Siam to modern globalism, from developed and developing worlds.
Bangkok is also the gateway to the rest of Thailand and opens up the whole of exotic Asia to the global traveler. From Bangkok, you can access practically anywhere in the world.
V20 Boutique Hotel is excellently situated to act as a base for visiting all the top attractions in Bangkok, located next to the BTS line it is ideal for getting about.
One attraction a visitor to Bangkok can not afford to miss is The Grand Palace, and it certainly lives up to its billing. The past monarchs of Siam and Ayutthaya have contributed to a compound that could rival any decadent construction in the world.
A tour of the Grand Palace also includes Wat Phra, which houses the Jade Buddha. In a former life, the Grand Palace was the royal residence and home to the King. Built in 1782, the palace was commissioned by Rama I, the founder of Thailand’s Chakri Dynasty.
Whilst visiting The Grand Palace compound an hour spent at Wat Po Temple is recommended, this is the home to the Reclining Buddha which is a stunning 46m long statue.
The Giant Swing is one of Bangkok’s most eye-catching sights, the towering 27m high teak structure is painted in vivid red and certainly is something of a landmark.
The original swing was constructed in 1784, and the recent renovation in 2004 was built entirely from golden teak. In its past history, the Giant Swing was used in the celebration of the rice harvest, and young men would ride the swing and try to grab a bag of silver coins with their teeth, 24 meters off the ground. Deaths and injuries were common and so the ceremony was discontinued.
Next to the Great Swing is Wat Suthat which is the oldest and one of the most beautiful of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples.
Three monarchs were responsible for its construction, starting with Rama I in 1782 it was finally completed by Rama III a decade later. The architecture is quite remarkable and is stunningly beautiful.
Apart from the actual building, the temple boasts some exceptional wall paintings and an impressive 8m Gold Buddha, and the ashes of King Rama VIII are actually buried in its base.
If you are considering a trip to visit Bangkok, reserve your accommodation at V20 Boutique Hotel and we can give you all the local advice you need for your sightseeing.