TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BANGKOK
Our hotel suggested we hop on a klong boat as the easiest mode of transport to get us to the temples in central Bangkok. They sold it to us as a leisurely canal boat ride, which it most certainly was not! It was an adrenaline inducing, hold-on-for-your-life sort of journey! Standing on the pontoon, we missed the first boat as it came speeding down the canal, quickly pulling into the pontoon and before we knew it was off again. The second boat we were more prepared for - jumping on and quickly pulling up the tarpaulin, so as to not flood the boat with water, as it crashed into the waves the other boats created as they passed at speed.
After an exhilarating and slight hysterical ride we made it to the first temple. Wat Phra Kaew, also known as The Grand Palace is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. A vast site, made up of various buildings, there was plenty to explore, including visiting the Emerald Buddha.
Next we made our way to Wat Pho, where you can walk around the enormous reclining Buddha. We definitely preferred exploring this temple and grounds as it was a lot less busy and more peaceful.
If you fancy a change of scenery from the Temples in Bangkok, make your way to the Jim Thompson House museum (100 Baht, approx £2.33)
The tranquil homes and gardens of an avid collector. The gardens are vibrant with jungle foliage and there are a collection of traditional wooden houses, dismantled and moved from Ayutthaya, to explore. We opted for a guided tour, Jim Thompson’s story makes for interesting listening. Each building houses his extensive collection of Southeast Asian art, Buddhist statues and traditional Thai art. As a textile designer I found his history in the silk trade and the interiors of the buildings very inspiring. His story is even more intriguing when you find out that he disappeared in 1967 and never returned to finish off the work he had planned to do on his half acre of land.
As a textile designer I found his history in the silk trade and the interiors of the buildings very inspiring. His story is even more intriguing when you find out that he disappeared in 1967 and never returned to finish off the work he had planned to do on his half acre of land.