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Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it is home to the largest reclining image of Buddha in the nation, at an impressive 46 metres long and 15 metres high, and adorned with mother of pearl and gold plating. Not limited to this one attraction, Wat Pho temple is home to over 1,000 images of the Buddha, towering statues, buildings, and stupas. It is also home to the renowned Thai massage school for monks, and visitors can have this exceptional service on the grounds.
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Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

On the west bank of the Chao Phraya River sits one of Thailand's most distinctive landmarks, the Buddhist temple Wat Arun. The temple gets its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun, hence its common name The Temple of Dawn. Its five spires or prangs are covered in porcelain mosaics and seashells giving Wat Arun a gleaming iridescence when the rising sun illuminates it at dawn. Linger in the mythical gardens, climb the steep white stairs, and soak up the romantic views at sunset. Take a taxi or a river ferry at Tha Tien Pier on Thai Wang Road across the Chao Praya River to the Thonburi area.
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Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Claimed to be the world's biggest weekend market as well as the most diverse one, the Chatuchak Market is any shopper's dream. The JJ Market, as it is also known, offers more than 15,000 stalls divided into 27 sections. Here, you will find all sorts of goods, including plants, antiques, electronics, cosmetics, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture, clothing, and books, to name a few. Be sure to get there early to avoid afternoon crowds and the sweaty hustle and bustle.
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This floating market is truly an impressive sight as vendors on long boats brimming with fruits or brightly coloured trinkets, navigate the ’klong’ (canal) to sell their produce to the tourists and locals standing along the canal’s edge. This world-famous market, from a James Bond movie, is located 80 kilometres outside of Bangkok, but it is certainly worth the journey. Take an organised tour, or a regular bus from the Southern Bus Terminal and see what the hype is all about.
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Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road

Enter a bustling, exciting, vibrant mix of eateries, bars and lines of street stalls selling clothes, jewellery and tantalizing Thailand souvenirs. With the rich smoky scents of vendors cooking fresh Pad Thai on the curbside, t-shirt and jewellery stalls decorating the road walkways, and a maze of ferny alleys lined with local and travelling characters, a trip to Bangkok is incomplete without a stroll through its most lively, action-packed area. The area was once the infamous backpackers haunt, but is now a family-friendly area where tourists towing prams and elite Bangkokians come to spend the day. Nightlife here is still robust however, and many are up until dawn enjoying the revelries on this street.
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