Bangkok, Thailand




Parks & Temples

Dusit Zoo
71 Rama V Rd (situated in Khao Din Park)
. Opens: daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dusit Zoo is the oldest zoo in Thailand and an excellent destination for families and children. It is a lush and green zoo with many flowers, trees and ponds. A fun activities here include riding the peddle boats and small tram. There are also several playgrounds, picnic areas and restaurants in case you get hungry. The zoo is home to more than 1,300 species of animals including giraffes, zebras, deers, hippos, elephants and tigers as well as various species of reptiles and birds.

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Small island within Dusit Zoo by Ahoerstemeier
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)
Intersection of Si Ayutthaya Road and Rama V Road. Opens: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Constructed during the reign of King Rama V,
this is the newest of Bangkok's famous temples. The Buddhist temple employs European ecclesiastic details, such as stained glass windows and contains a cloister collection of bronze Buddha images. In the early morning, believers give food and daily necessities to monks when they gather in front of the temple.

Wat Benchamabophit by J. Miers

Wat Intharawihan
114 Wisut Kasat Rd (from Khao San Road, walk 1 km north along Samsen Road, then turn right at Samsen Soi 10 after the Wisut Kasat Road junction). Opens: daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This temple is known for the so-called Standing Buddha or Big Buddha (Luang Pho To), a 32-metre-tall golden Buddha statue. The whole statue is covered with 24,000 golden mosaics imported from Italy. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. However, it's worth mentioning that this temple is a regular site on the "gem scam" circuit, so ignore anyone approaching you for a "free" tuk-tuk tour or bringing up the topic of purchasing gems.

 Praying in front of the Standing Buddha by Vmenkov

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