Those exploring the Thai capital, Bangkok, can enjoy a truly unique holiday adventure full of fun and excitement for the entire family. The city is known for its sprawling shopping malls, eclectic dining venues that let you sample exotic local cuisine, modern attractions that cater to young and old alike and of course a happening nightlife scene. After having explored the capital, visitors should also look to head to other areas which let you experience a different aspect of the country. Those heading to Northern Thailand and in search of Chiang Rai hotels can stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand. Looking out across stunning natural scenery, this hotel Chiang Rai also has a spa where you can enjoy true holistic healing.
Before heading up north however, definitely make time to explore the capital where amidst the lively cityscape you will also find many ancient monuments and temples that bare testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage. One such site definitely worth visiting is Wat Phra Kaew.
Also referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this famous attraction is amongst the most highly regarded Buddhist sites in Thailand. Situated in the city’s historic centre, the temple can be found within the expansive premises of the equally well known Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew has got its name due to the fact that it is home to a stunning image of Buddha that has been carefully carved from a single jade block.
Dating back to the late 18th century, the temple contains traditional Thai architectural design styles and has been intricately decorated. As you explore the temple and its surroundings you will come across a variety of fascinating statues, pagodas and religious structures. The main ordination hall or “ubosot” with its striking pillars and marble pediments is guarded by two mythical giants known as “yakshis”. It is here that you will find the impressive Emerald Buddha, in a meditation pose known as Virasana.
Other sites of interest that can be seen on a visit to Wat Phra Kaew include an Angkor Wat model, the nine towers, the Phra Sri Rattana Chedi and not forgetting the Grand Palace itself which is one of the most famous monuments in the capital. Also nearby is Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha where you can view another impressive Buddhist image.