For hundreds of years Bangkok has been the capital of the kings of Thailand and within that majestic city their official residence and centre of official business has been the Grand Palace. For visitors to Thailand, Bangkok and the Grand Palace make an essential visit. The Grand Palace is an awe inspiring complex of rich temples, palaces, museums and plazas that are not only beautiful but tell the full story of the history of Thailand.TravelupThe Grand Palace was first established by King Rama I in 1782. Thailand had suffered years of turmoil thanks to the destruction wrought from Burmese invasions and years of unpopular rule from king Taksin. King Rama I established the new ruling house of Chakri and built his Grand Palace based on ancient Ayutthaya styles. Since Rama I each subsequent king has added and developed the Grand Palace complex to make it the sprawling and magnificent spectacle it is today.

Within the middle court visitors can see the Phra Maha Monthian buildings. These are a group of richly elaborate traditionally Thai style buildings that that traditionally held the living quarters. Today they hold the most important throne halls in the entire Grand Palace.

Within the palace complex visitors can also see some of Thailand’s most impressive temples. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a building that inspires awe in anyone who goes near. Although technically a Buddhist chapel, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is as old as the original Grand Palace and has been central to the religious worship of the Thai royal family. Whilst the outside of the chapel is impressive, inside visitors can witness the chapel’s namesake: the statue of the Emerald Buddha.

To the north east of the Grand Palace complex visitors can also find an entirely different site to the rest of Bangkok. Phra Thinang Boromphiman is the largest single building of the Grand Palace and is in fact built upon western ideals. From the outside Pra Thinang Boromphiman is a palace that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe, however the interior is decorated to entirely Thai designs.

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BangkokTraveling to Bangkok is a wonderful experience. It is the capital of Thailand and its largest city. It combines old-world charm with modern luxury and convenience. Planning out the activities to please all members of the traveling party is a simple task in a city as vibrant as Bangkok.

Getting around the city is made easy by Bangkok’s numerous travel options. These include bus routes, taxis, motorbike taxis, sky-train, subway, tuk tuk (three-wheeled, open-air, motorized taxi for short trips), boat, and car rentals.

If you’re traveling to Bangkok for sightseeing, there are several landmarks you’ll want to have your camera ready for. Some of these include the Grand Palace, which is comprised of numerous incredible buildings, the City Pillar Shrine, King Prajadhipok Museum, and Wat Pho. Bangkok has many interesting architectural landmarks to choose from, so whether you’re looking into royal landmarks, religious sites or other places of historical interest you won’t be disappointed.

If you would prefer a more leisurely trip, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy Banana Family Park and the famous spas there such as Mulberry Spa and Pai Spa. There are also some great places to get shopping done in the city including local markets, such as Nang Loeng Market and Pak Khlong Talat. For a more crowded and wildly popular area, don’t miss Bangkok’s own China Town, full of areas to buy almost anything day or night.

For families or individuals who want to experience outdoor activities, Bangkok is surprisingly diverse in what it offers. With activities such as hot air ballooning, plane and helicopter rides, skydiving, off-roading, bungee jumping, cave explorations, elephant riding, rock climbing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, white water rafting, and windsurfing, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures.

Regardless of the activities in mind, Bangkok is a wonderful place to take a break. Whether you’re traveling there for one of their many famed events and festivals or any other reason, you’re sure to be able to create either a jam packed itinerary, or a more sedated stay.

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Bangkok skylineBangkok is known around the world as an energetic, vibrant and eclectic holiday destination. The mixture of backpacking paradise, luxury hotels and Buddhist temples means there is more to Bangkok than meets the eye. At face value you might find it hard to see past the night life, but once you dip below the surface of this Thai city you will soon find there is much more on offer.

 

One of the sights that you won’t want to miss, is the Grand Palace. Situated just a few minutes from the clubs and bars on Khao San Road, the palace itself is a silent Eden retreat which is perfect for reflecting on all the good and bad in the world. You will find golden temples and giant bejewelled warriors who guard the Emerald Buddha within. Make sure you take of your shoes before entering, and keep the soles of your feet pointed away from the statue. This is one offensive gesture you will want to avoid across the whole of Thailand.

Back on the Khao San Road you will find all of the backpack necessities you could wish for. Families will be welcome there too, if they are happy to wind between the endless bars, tattoo parlours and hippy shops. It is worth it for the street food. You can pick up fantastic Pad Thai for as little as 20 baht. And if you aren’t with your family you might want to treat yourself to a luxurious massage or take a look at the locals fighting it out in the kick boxing arenas.

 

If you are a big fan of Thai food you can’t go wrong booking yourself in to one of the many Thai cookery schools in the centre of town. You’ll get the chance to learn a few tips as well as tasting more dishes then you might choose if you picked them out for yourself. If you don’t fancy that, then you can’t do much worse than eating every meal from the food stalls anyway.

 

Bangkok shrineBangkok is one of those travel destinations where you can do almost anything you can imagine. Book your Thai holiday today with Travelup; to expand your horizons and live life to the full.
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