Thonburi is located near the Chao Phraya River, which runs into Bangkok and Thailand. Thonburi also has an interesting history of replacing Ayutthaya as the Capital of Thailand in the 1700s when Ayutthaya was burnt down. Later Bangkok became the capital and Thonburi was forgotten by many. Thonburi, though a small town is a wonderful place to see and take a break from the worn-out cliché tourist path. Here are some of the best attractions that Thonburi offers.
1. Wat Arun
Wat Arun or the Temple of the Dawn is one of the most famous attractions for the tourists of Bangkok or Thonburi. It is located near the Coast of Chao Phraya River and a ferry can be taken to reach it. It is a small but very unique and beautiful temple that is decorated with broken pieces of pottery. These pieces tell a story of the shipwrecked Chinese trade ships. It has five towers and colorful tiles as a building structure. Once you have climbed the steep stairs of the temple, you will be able to see an amazing view of the Chao Phraya River too.
2. Siriraj Hospital Museum – Forensic Museum
This is also known as the Death Museum and is a little terrifying and weird for some people especially with the display of skeletons. You will also get to see dead babies in formaldehyde, which might send you running. At a glance, you might not appreciate the museum but actually, it is a great place for knowledge especially if you are a medical student.
3. Khlong Lad Mayom – The Floating Market
One of the most amazing things to visit in Bangkok, in general, is the BK floating market. It might be something that you had never seen before and you will find it a very refreshing sight. It is something that still exits from the historical culture of Thailand and must be visited. A floating market consists of boats that carry fruits, vegetables, clothes or souvenirs to sell while the boats float in a canal or a river. There are many more BK floating that have their own uniqueness.
4. The Artist’s House – Baan Silapin
This is located near the sleepy khlongs (canals). It is a beautiful 200 year-built structure of a small art gallery. It is usually not included in the tour guides but is an amazing place to visit with its Thai puppet shows. It has puppets, masks, clothes, paintings, and statues on sale. It has a restaurant too or a coffee shop where people can rest and enjoy the view.
5. Wat Kalayanamit
This temple is usually overlooked but it has an enormous statue of Buddha in gold and is a much more peaceful place to visit. Other temples might have a lot more tourists and this despite the big statue of Buddha is missed by the people. It is located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River and it can easily be reached by taking a ferry. It will offer you calmer and solitude due to lack of crowds.
Thonburi was once an old capital of Thailand Situated on the other side of Chaopraya “the River of Kings” from Bangkok’s downtown, Thonburi still preserves the charm, value, and tradition from its glorious day. It is a very last plot of land in Bangkok where people still work on agriculture and fruit farming and commutes on extensive waterways. The traditional Thai way of living on the canal still exists here and you can still see the floating vendors, farms and homes as you cruise through the canal, making your way to the various sites. Hope you will enjoy your trip.
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