The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (6 km to Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand


Thailand’s most important landmark, the Grand Palace, is just a block from the edge of the

Chao Phraya. You can tour the palace grounds and visit Wat Phra Kaew, the Buddhist temple

on the premises, in a few hours. The Grand Palace is home to Thailand's number one tourist

scam, so no matter what anyone tells you, remember that the Grand Palace is open every day!

Wat Po, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Just next door to the Grand Palace is this temple, another must-see tourist attraction in

Bangkok. The lovely grounds and fascinating statues are worth visiting but it's really the

gigantic reclining Buddha that brings in the crowds.

Wat Arun (4 km from Wat Arun)

Bangkok’s iconic temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn, just across the river from the

Grand Palace, is a sight to behold. The corn cob prangs and Khmer-style architecture set it

apart from other wats and many consider the most beautiful temples in the city. Visit Wat

Arun to see the grounds and the architecture close up but make sure to find a place across the

river at sunset or sunrise for the best view.

Taling Chan Floating Market (3 km from Wat Arun)

Just few from our residence but still far enough to not yet have been converted into a full

scale tourist attraction is the charming Taling Chan Floating Market. It has everything you

need to spend a good half day without having to book a tour and it is far more genuine than

the big famous markets. Here you can enjoy a great seafood lunch sitting on the floor with the

locals, ride a longtail boat around the nearby klongs (canals) for a 100 baht, do a bit of silly

shopping and a lot of food tasting. You can even get a foot massage under the trees for only

200 baht! Enjoy it while it still feels 'local' as it already started to change.

Floating markets are irresistible to both tourists and Thai people alike. Wherever there is a

weekend floating market there is food, and where there is food, there is a crowd. But some

markets are so popular they just doesn't feel real anymore... they have simply turned into a

photo opportunity, like the famous old Damoen Saduak. Some others like Amphawa are still

real but crowded to such extent it's not fun anymore. Even walking along the river banks feels

like being caught in the subway on rush hour.

Khaosan Road (4 km from Khaosan Road)

Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, could arguably be the budget travel hub for Asia, if

not the world. The infamous backpacker ghetto -- sometimes referred to simply as Khao San

or Khao Sarn -- is a short-but-exciting street located in the Banglumpoo district on the west

side of Bangkok.

Cheap accommodation, crazy nightlife, and a reputation for chaos have made Khao San Road

the default destination for backpackers and budget travelers that stay in Bangkok.

Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) (6.8 km away)

The southern bus-terminal is used for all southern (better say south-western) destinations

in Thailand. The bus-terminal is located at one of the large roads, that guide you out of

Bangkok. This terminal can be reached by public busses at a very small fare. Destinations

that can be reached from the Southern bus station are in the South and West of Thailand such

as Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Chumpon, Surat Thani, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Hat Yai.

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