This 3-hour Bangkok orientation walk offers a fascinating insight into the city on a number of levels, including its historical progression and economic transformation from a small trading post on the banks of the mighty Chaophraya River, into one of Southeast Asia?s most culturally diverse and commercially dynamic urban powerhouses. We?ll begin the tour by boarding a canal boat ? one of the best ways to navigate this global metropolis. After a 15-minute journey along this narrow waterway, we arrive in the east of the city and head for the Golden Mount, a steep artificially-built hill located inside the grounds of Wat Saket Temple that is home to a large golden stupa; said to house ancient relics of Buddha himself. We?ll climb the steps to the top from where we can witness stunning panoramic views of ancient Bangkok to the west, and its more modern skyline to the south. From the Golden Mount, we venture down into the streets to explore the alleyways, local color and classical architecture ? snapshots of the city?s past. During our stroll, we?ll also discuss Bangkok?s economic and political rise, its independent spirit, and how these have shaped its social makeup today.Heading for Rattanakosin Island, the birthplace of Thailand?s Royal Chakri Dynasty, we?ll visit the Democracy Monument, a memorial that has been witness to many an important royal ceremony and political gathering since it was commissioned in 1939 to commemorate the 1932 Siamese coup d'?tat. From here, we?ll continue to stroll through the backstreets discussing topics pertinent to the city today, then hop on a Chaopraya River Express boat, passing the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, before alighting at Maharaj Pier in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok ? home to Rattanakosin Island where the Chakri Dynasty was first founded over 200 years ago by King Rama I. After stopping for refreshments, it?s a two-minute-walk to the Amulet Market, a fascinating labyrinth of covered market stalls selling Buddha talismans prized by collectors, monks and people in dangerous jobs! It?s then only a five-minute jaunt to Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit temple, Thailand?s oldest higher education institute for Buddhist monks, and home to two renowned meditation centres. We?ll wrap up our historical orientation with a walk across Sanam Luang field to Lak Muerng shrine, which houses the founding pillars of Bangkok. On the way, we pass the mystical spires of the Grand Palace, a final glimpse of Bangkok?s oriental splendor.
Bangkok is chief port capital of Thailand and one of the most important cities in Southeast Asia. It is the epitome of the country's kaleidoscopic blend of old and new. It is an expression of Thai respect for tradition coupled with their vibrant involvement with modern progress. Rama I built the walled Grand Palace, which contains Temple of the Emerald Buddha. During the 19th century, Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East because of its many canals, which served as streets and commercial thoroughfares. Houses perched along the banks of the remaining canals are still common sight. Some of Bangkok?s most distinctive features are the approximately 400 Buddhist temples, known as wats. Bangkok is Thailand's economic center. Other sights to see include Temples, monuments, museums, Vimarnmekh Mansion, and Jim Thompson?s House.
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