The best way to explore Bangkok is through its very popular auto rickshaw vehicle – Tuktuk. They are readily available in every street corners of Bangkok so it is easy to spot them to get a short trip within the city. It is a very popular mode of transportation in Bangkok so there is no reason to excuse myself in a taking a wild ride of tuktuk especially as a first time visitor in Thailand.
Our tuktuk driver and city tour guide, Dalin, literally drive us through-out the city to explore its great sights ans places of interest for a whole day. Since tutuk is a small vehicle, it can easily pass through the traffic jams of Bangkok and small alleys for shortcuts. My tuktuk ride wasn’t just a great experience of exploring Bangkok but also a great way to sample the urban life scenes in Thailand’s capital.
|Exploring Bangkok on a Tuktuk!|
|Our tuktuk driver/tour guide - Dalin, driving us in every part of Bangkok.|
Tuktuk can easily pass through the network streets of Bangkok. That’s why going through the nearest attractions of Bangkok just like a breeze. One of the nearest museums in Pratunam and Ratchaprarop train station is Suan Pakkad Palace. This museum is a collection f traditional Thai houses collected by Prince and Princess Chumbot. Some houses belonged to the prince’s family and all are more than a century old. Don’t miss to see the Lacquer Pavilion. It is an extraordinary example of Thai art and consists of a room within a room styled structure decorated with richly carved gilded wood.
A few short hops on tuktuk, we passed by the palace residence of the Thai monarchy, The Chitlada Palace. Though it is beautifully covered with fountains and canals in its gates, it is impossible to see the palace as it is mostly covered with trees and always close to the public. We drove to our intended destination, Wat Benchamabophit or The Marble Temple is the most beautiful temple I saw in Bangkok. It is just located opposite one corner of Chitlada Palace in Dusit district. The temple is noted for its stunning and majestic architecture which is distinctly Thai. You’ll admire the temple’s stunning architecture from the gold and orange encrusted roofs to the ubosot (hall) covered outside by marble from Italy. Take a peek into its altar and it main Buddha image (Phra Buddhajinaraja) as these is the most beautiful in Thailand. Take time also to look the surrounding cloisters of the temple where there are numerous Buddha images on display as well as significant buildings like Song Dharm Hall and Sri Sri Somdej Pavilion.
|Wat Benchamabophit or The Marble Temple.|
|The surrounding canal inside The Marble Temple.|
|Wat Benchamabophit - The most beautiful temple in Bangkok!|
|Various Buddha images found inside the temple's cloister.|
|The author and the stunning Marble Temple.|
|A reminder that you are in the land of smiles!|
|The entrance facade of Grand Palace.|
|The grand temples and palaces of Grand Palace.|
|Admiring the grandeur of Chakri Maha Prasat Hall.|
|A grand invitation in Grand Palace.|
|The reclining golden buddha, sparkling in gold!|
|The stunning wall design of the reclining Buddha hall.|
|One section of the cloister surrounding Wat Pho with numerous buddha images.|
|The Royal Barges in the museum.|
Bangkok experience is not complete without taking a ride of Tuktuk. (Video)
|I had a satisfying whole day exploration of Bangkok via Tuktuk!|
Exploring Bangkok on a Tuktuk is part of my Thailand's Amazing Smiles series where I share my wonderful trip to the land of amazing smiles last October 25-28, 2011. We actually did not visit Royal Barges Museum because of the flooded situation and we only passed by Suan Pakkad Palace but each site can be easily reach via tuktuk and other main attraction in Bangkok. For a helpful trip to Bangkok visit Bangkok for Visitors website for more information.You might also like the other parts of the series:
- Exploring Bangkok on a Tuktuk
- Everything is Gold in Bangkok
- A Bowl of Thailand
- Bangkok by Boat
- The Charming Canals of Ratchaburi
- The Royal Orchids of Thailand
- Siam Elephant Encounter made me Smile
- Pratunam's Irresistible Bargains
- 360 Degree of Bangkok from the Sky
- Suvarnabhumi Airport: Thailand's megastructure