The Golden Buddha welcomes travelers as they set off the beaten track while visiting Bangkok. What makes the Golden Buddha unusual is the fact that the statue is the largest ever constructed from pure gold. Weighing five and a half tons, the statue is around three meters tall and is the hidden glory of Bangkok’s Chinatown district. Once you’re done gazing at the beautiful statue of Lord Buddha, you can assemble your offerings alongside the locals who hum their daily prayers at the shrine. Officially known as Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, the statue is laid out inside the Wat Traimit Temple that is constructed with golden exteriors.
Address and telephone number: Wat Traimit,, Thanon Mittaphap Thai-China, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand, +66-2225-7612 – 4
For an absolute floral experience, enrich your olfactory senses as you step inside Bangkok’s biggest flower market: Pak Khlong Talad. Nestled in the Old City, the Flower Market stretches across the Chak Phet Road near the Memorial Bridge with local merchants eager to sell fresh collections spewing with aromatic scents of different varieties. Indulge yourself as you pick out a bundle from the aesthetic spread of orchids, roses, daisies, carnations and more. While you’re out visiting Wat Pho, make a detour and step inside this enchanting market where you can pick up floral related items, souvenirs and popular flowers sold in packs of 50 to 100.
Address and telephone number: Chak Phet Road, Memorial Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand, +66-2225-7612 – 4
The second most popular floating village is Amphawa, which often goes unnoticed by travelers because of its small population and size. The floating market offers an ethnic experience showcasing a wonderful and budget friendly round of delicious seafood delicacies. It is an ideal retreat for Thai weekenders who prefer traveling 50 kilometers out of Bangkok into the heart of this village. Enjoy mouthwatering treats like the grilled prawns or herb shellfish, which is absolutely irresistible. With customers perched atop stairways that lead into the water, the Amphawa Floating Market is a bustling attraction that majorly gets crowded at the end of the boardwalk, where a famous restaurant rests near the canal.
Address and telephone number: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram 75110, Bangkok, Thailand, +66-2250 5500
One of the most unique setups in Bangkok is Baan Silapin, also known as the Artist’s House, that comprises of an old wooden hut accessible only through a Khlong. While most Thai traditions are wearing out, Artist’s House recollects the ethnicity of the culture and showcases an array of unique exhibits in this beautifully restored foundation. While most tourists speed past this secretive hut, a few are successful at finding Baan Silapin which is owned by Khun Chumpol Akkapantanon. Step aside from the rushing traffic at Thonburi and wheedle your Khlong through back alleys as you come across the Artist’s House, famous also for traditional puppetry shows and galleries.
Address and telephone number: 313 Phetkasem 34, Khuha Sawan, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok 10160, Thailand, 02-868-5279, 089-125-3949
Catch a glimpse of Bangkok’s most exciting zoo, Samutprakaran Zoo, which unravels a crocodile farm that was established back in 1950 and has become the largest of its kind in the world. Originated by Mr. Utai Youngprapakorn, the crocodile farm focuses on the research and rehabilitation of crocodiles. The entertaining feature of the farm is the live shows it hosts in its 300 acre area where 100,000 crocodiles are being protected. Enjoy watching their deranged performers as they plunge inside an arena with crocodiles showcasing various antics.
Address and telephone number: 555 moo 7, Taiban, Amphur Muang, Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10280, Thailand, +66-2703 4891
The secretive life of a tribal community is always intriguing for those who travel for anthropological interests, so it isn’t a surprise that the island of Ko Kret has become another doorway to tourism in Bangkok. Located 20 kilometers north of the main city, the island secludes centuries-old temples and is home to a native community that shows excellent craftsmanship in clay wares. As you step inside the countryside, Ko Kret is an ethnic civilization that houses the Wat Poramaiyikawas, a sacred pilgrimage site that symbolizes Mon ancestry. The Ko Kret community retains much of its traditional characteristics through Mon artistry –earthen clay pots forged on the island.