What to see Bangkok Province ?
Wat Chetuphon
Wat Chetuphon or Wat Pho, located on Maharaj Road and next to the Grand Palace, founded in the 16th century. Wat Pho is the oldest and biggest monastery with the largeat number of pagodas (71 in all) in the city. Wat Pho was the first open university of Thailand which used to offer several branches of knowledge like literature, archeology, astrology and medicine. It is well known for its giant Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high. Open From 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, admission is 20 baht.

Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple), located on Sri Ayutthaya Road, is one of the most modern works of Thai religious architecture. Graceful and tranquil, it is famous for the main chapel built in white Carara Italian marble to house a repli ca of Thailand's most beautiful Buddha image Phra Phutthachinarat.

Wat Arun
Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) is attractive in its striking prangs (a kind of pagodas) which are decorated with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain. Its central prang, at a height of a 20-storey building, is the tallest prang of Thailand where a good view of the nearby surroundings can be obtained.
Wat Alun is a royal temple of the first rank. It is on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and lies to the north of the old Royal Palace of Thon Buri. It was first built during the Ayutthaya period and was then called as Wat Makok and later changed to Wat Chaeng. King Taksin of Thone Buri repaired the old buildings and made them his royal temple.
Open from 7.00 am- 5.00 pm, admission is 10 baht. Wat Arun is conveniently reached by river from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho.

National Museum
National Museum, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, contains and 18th century palace and a group of well-designed buildings, housing Thailand's artistic treasures from prehistoric to contemporary. The museum is open daily except Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. Tours are conducted by volunteers in English (Tue, Wed, Thu), French (Wed), German (Thu) and Japanese (Tue). Admission is 20 baht. For information tel : 224-1333.

The Floating Market
Though the more authentic floating market has been moved to Damnoensaduak in Ratchaburi province, and excursion to the floating market in Bangkok is still worthwhile for those who love to see canal-side Thai life. Tours start early every morning, mostly from Tha Chang Landing near the Grand Palace.

Snake Farm
The world's second oldest of its kind, the farm keeps large numbers of poisonous snakes of different species found in Thailand for venom extractions.
The snake farm belongs to the Science Divition of the Thai Red Cross. Formerly called the Pasteur Institute, now known as Queen Saovapha Memorial Institute, it is situated along Rama IV Road, close to the Chulalongkorn Hospital. Open weekdays from 8.30 am - 4.00 pm and 8.30 am - 12 noon on holidays. Venom is extraced at 10.30 am (and 2.00 pm on weekdays). Admission is 70 baht. We should visit either on Monday or Thursday, closed Saturday, Sunday, and on national holidays.

Weekend Market
Chatuchak Market, opposite the Northern Bus Terminal on Phahonyothin Road. Chatuchak Park is home to thr Weekend Market where you can buy thousands of local products, including plants, fresh fruit, handicrafts, materials, domestic utensils, books and pets. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Suan Pakkard Palace
Once the residence of Princess Chumbol of Nagara Svarga, one of Thailand's leading art collectors. The palace complex maintains fine traditional thai houses overlooking a beautiful garden.
This complex of five traditional Thai houses overlook a beautifully kept garden on Sri Ayutthaya Road. Inside the houses are a fine collections of Asian art and antiques, including an extensive diaplay of Ban Chiang pottery. Open daily except Sundays and public holidays from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Royal Barge National Museum
The Royal barges are kept in sheds on the Thonburi side of the river. Fantastically decorated, they are used on certain royal and government occasion. They also served as war vessels. The most beautiful and well-known is the "Suphanahang" used only by the King. Open daily from 8.30 am - 4.00 pm. For information, Tel. : 242-0004.

Jim Thompson's Thai House
This remarkable Thai-style house was the work of Mr. Jim Thompson, an American who came to Thailand at the end of the second World War and revived the Thai Silk industry. His later disappearance remains a mystery to this day. On permanent display are Mr.Thompson's fabulous collection of Asian antiques. Located on Soi Kasemsan 2 near the National Stadium. Open daily except Sundays from 9.00 am - 4.30 pm.

National Museum of Trains
The State Railways Authority has a superb collection of steam trains, miniature trains and models at this museum just north of Chatuchak Park. Painting and pictures depict the development of world railway systems. Open Sundays from 8.00 am - 12 noon. For information, Tel. : 243-2037.




Information
: Tourism Authority of Thailand, 4 Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10100, THAILAND.
Tel. : (66 2) 281-0422 (20 Lines), E-mail : tat@cs.ait.ac.th
: Tourist Service Center (TAT and Tourist Police), Tel. 1155