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5 Unusual But Interesting Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok is home to some of the kookiest, craziest and out rightly bizarre attractions. Take a look!

Attractions in Bangkok

Human Body Museum

It could get a little weird but the Human Body Museum is one of the most interesting sites in the city. Located in the tiny town of Siam Square, this museum is famous for its permanent exhibitions and numerous informative workshops. The exhibition of 14 dissected human bodies, 16 standing human skeletons and over 130 parts are major attractions here. Not for the faint hearted though.

Erawan Museum

A classic example of traditional architecture, Erawan Museum is less unusual and more unknown. Constructed over a period of 10 years, the museum is famous for its giant three headed elephant art display. There are three storeys within the complex and each one contains a wide range of collectables, antiques and religious objects belonging to Khun Lek Viriyapant (ancient ruler of Bangkok).

Wat Pariwat

A temple dedicated to footballer David Beckham, Wat Pariwat is one of the most interesting places to visit in Bangkok! Constructed in 1998 by an avid football fan, it is known for featuring several statues, paintings, photographs and sculptures of the English footballer. While the temple is popular among tourists, most locals especially football enthusiasts visit here to seek blessings from the Beckham before their matches and trials!

Forensic Museum

Popularly known as the ‘Museum of Death’, Forensic Museum is one of the creepiest yet fascinating attractions in Bangkok. Located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River, the sinister exhibition is for travellers looking for something really unusual. From preserved babies affected by genetic disorders to long tape worms and a massive human testicle affected by elephantiasis, the exhibits here are surely something else.

Sathorn Unique Tower

Sathorn Unique Tower is an unfinished skyscraper in Bangkok. It was planned a high-rise complex but the construction was halted in 1997 due to financial reasons. It never got built and now enjoys the reputation of a haunted incomplete building. The views from the top, however, are incredibly wonderful.


Five popular floating markets in and around Bangkok


Offering a glimpse into the local way of life, floating markets in Bangkok are a major tourist attraction.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak is the most famous floating market in Thailand. Located a few kilometres from Bangkok, this popular bazaar is known for selling a wide range of items and eatables including tropical fruits, flowers, decorative and items of daily use. A few vendors in the market sell antique jewellery and other accessories. Female traders, dressed in traditional attire with wide brimmed straw hats and selling goods on wooden boats, is the most common sight here! For a perfect shopping experience, hire a long tail boat to enjoy and explore the market at its best.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Preserving its classic old world charm, Khlong Lat Mayom is another popular floating market in Bangkok. To be precise, the place is more of a riverside market but this beautiful marketplace is a must visit attraction for food lovers and shopaholics. Among the items sold here, antique jewellery, locally made homeware, handicrafts, postcards, accessories, toys and souvenirs are the most popular ones. Noodle soups, Pad Thai, Kanom Jeen (cold rice vermicelli), Hoi Tod (oyster omelette) and dry meat are among the must try delicacies here. While you are here, don’t forget to enjoy the famous Thai-style marzipan sweets.  An early morning boat tour takes you around the market and the nearby restaurants and canals.  The market operates only on weekends and on public holidays.

Taling Chan Floating Market

One of the most crowded markets in the city, Taling Chan is spread out on the outskirts of Bangkok. Featuring several food stalls and numerous shops selling a wide range of products, this market is a must visit tourist attraction. Prawns on small barbecues, blue crabs, fish, the famous Som Tum (green papaya salad) and the old-fashioned meat-on-a-stick are among the poplar delicacies served here. A few Thai spa shops can also be spotted here.

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

A relatively small market, Bang Nam Pheung is located in the eastern part of Bangkok. Operating for most part of the day, this market has several tiny shops selling a wide range of locally made products including jute mats, accessories, dresses and decorative items. Several shacks, serving an interesting range of authentic cuisines and delicacies prepared using natural herbs and spices, can be spotted here. Hoi Tod (oyster omelette), dry fish and different types of noodles can be enjoyed here.

Amphawa Floating Market

Around 50 kilometres from Bangkok, Amphawa is best known for selling a wide range of products and goods at reasonable prices. For food lovers, grilled seafood prepared using authentic flavours and served on wooden boats is a major draw. Numerous gift and souvenir shops can also be found on either side of Mae Klong River.

4 Interesting Tourist Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand


Popularly known as the ‘City of Angels’, Bangkok is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. A former trading port, the beautiful city is home to ancient temples, traditional markets and other attractions. Here is a list on some of the must-visits in the city.

Weekend Markets

Shopping in Bangkok can be a unique experience. Although there are several malls in Bangkok, the traditional weekend markets offer a completely different shopping experience to the visitors. These markets offer a large collection of merchandise, items of daily use, accessories etc. Chatuchak Market, Pak Klong Talat, Klongsan Plaza Market and Klong Toey Market are the busiest weekend markets in the city. Also, there are several restaurants, food stalls and eateries around these markets, offering guests an authentic Thai culinary experience.

Floating Markets


Boats piled with fruits and vegetables and other daily essentials is a common sight in Bangkok! For someone visiting the city for the first time, the floating market is a major attraction. Boats are well decorated and divided into small sections and sub sections displaying a wide variety of items, fruits and vegetables and daily essentials. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Amphawa Floating Market are two of the most famous floating markets in the city.


Chinatown is a prominent tourist attraction that’s extremely popular with food lovers, shopaholics and photographers. Packed with numerous shops, stalls, restaurants and small eateries, Chinatown surely warrants a visit from every tourist in Bangkok and for someone who is interested in antiques and gold, this place is a must visit. Several famous Bangkok temples are located close to Chinatown.

Bangkok Corrections Museum

A former security prison, built in 1890, Bangkok Correction Museum remains a popular yet creepy tourist attraction in the city. Located on the Maha Chai Road, the structure is home to several ancient relics. On the 1st floor of the museum you will find a number of life-sized wax figures, and swords and other objects used by the jail masters. The quarters where prisoners would have their last meal and the execution chamber are among the most visited areas of the museum. Weapons used in the old penal system especially man-sized rattan ball are displayed here.

Top 4 Destinations for kids in Bangkok

Bangkok offers plenty of attractions and activities for families with kids. From entertainment parks to intriguing wildlife, the city has enough in its kitty to catch the fancy of the young. Take a look at the top four.


Funarium Playground

This air conditioned wonderland is designed to keep kids busy and overwhelmed with a number of sporting and artistic activities. Secret passageways, basketball hoops, trampoline, slides, race track cum skating rink, toys, sand pits, arts and crafts centre and dance performances keep the kids enthralled throughout.  It also has a dedicated section for parents to enjoy some peace and quiet while their kids have fun.

Kidzania Bangkok

Kidzania Bangkok is an ‘edutainment city’ in Siam Paragon mall where children can play adults by doing simulated jobs like nursing, news reporting, fire fighting, flying and others. The activities are designed to simulate real world conditions using realistic equipment, complete with relevant uniforms and dress code. Parents are not allowed to interfere in the chores of the ‘city’ and can instead relax at the nearby lounge. Watch your young one as a life saver in the form of a doctor, a heroic fire-fighter or a suave pilot and cherish their innocent delight and happiness.

Siam Ocean World

Located beneath the famous Siam Paragon mall, this ‘world’ boasts one of the largest underground aquariums in South East Asia spanning the size of three Olympic swimming pools.  Dazzle your kids with over 30,000 creatures from various aquatic regions of the world neatly categorized according to their environment. A 270 degree underwater tunnel, dedicated shark tank and LED shows will amaze your kids no end. The fun does not stop here! You may also dive into the water.

Safari World

Tired of seeing animals in enclosures? Safari World, located just on the outskirts of Bangkok, offers an opportunity for a unique yet safe intimate encounter with animals. Spread over an area of more than 400 acres, the animals here roam freely across vast open spaces. Watch the animals in their natural settings and keep a camera handy. You will see fantastic sights such as tigers bathe, zebras graze, and bear cubs cuddle right in front of you. There is also a theme park with animal performances, featuring seven shows, including the hugely popular and delightful dolphin show. And to top it all, you can even feed giraffes from a feeding platform!

Songkran Water Festival, Bangkok 2016 –Where Tradition meets Fun

Songkran Water Festival is one of the most important celebrations according to the Thai lunar calendar. The festival features a number of different events and activities that accolade the importance of water in Thai society and culture.

Songkran Water Festival by James Antrobus/ CC BY

Songkran Water Festival by James Antrobus/ CC BY

Anyone planning a trip to Thailand during April would do well to book flights keeping this festival in mind.

About the Festival

For hundreds of years, the Songkran Festival has been seen as a symbol of love and hospitality for fostering a strong relationship with communities, families and society in general. The occasion is meant for people to unwind from the hot mid-summer and also to pay respects to the elders of one’s family and receive their blessings. It is also the day to commemorate the close ones who have passed away.

Traditions of the Festival

On this day, people build pagodas from sand and the event is known as Chedi Sai. The young ones throw water on each other engaging in water fights in a sporting and fun way. On this day, people clean not just their homes but also the public areas in the towns and villages throughout the country. This instils, propagates and promotes a sense of community and social unity. Families visit and welcome their relatives to spend the day together, performing ceremonies at various temples or the Chedi Sai. The festival also allows people to take a break from their daily routines and both the natives as well as the visitors have a memorable and happy experience.

Songkran 2016

This year, Maha Songkran or the New Year falls on the 13th of April; when the day and the night are of the same duration. The next day, i.e. 14th April will be Nao Day or ‘Middle’ day, followed by the concluding day of the festival. On this day, tourists relax at the beach resort and there is a lot of hilarious water fighting in the streets. This tradition is considered to wash off bad luck. If you wish to participate in the water fight, you can visit several spots around Banglamphu such as Khao San Road, Wisut Krasat, Santhichaiprakan, Phra Athit Road, Rattanakosin Royal Square and Thanon Khao San.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok: As Grand as it Gets

The glittering and glorious Grand Palace is an attraction that you simply can’t afford to miss, while visiting Bangkok. Located in the heart of Bangkok, Grand Palace is a fascinating maze of historical buildings, halls, open lawns and courtyards, which are considered among the finest examples of Thai architecture.


Thousands flock to this marvellous palace to get awed by its intricate details and grand historical importance. Here, we offer a quick rundown of the key highlights of the Grand Palace.

Temple of Emerald Buddha

For an unforgettable cultural and spiritual experience, head to this 18th century shrine dedicated to the Lord Buddha. Here, you can pay homage to the highly revered Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue in a standing form. Carved from a single jade stone, the statue is a potent religio-political symbol of Thai society. The external decoration of the main shrine and the surrounding portico are also a fine display of Thai craftsmanship. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the temple.

Royal Reception Halls

You cannot help but be awed by the impressive interiors of the Royal Reception Hall. Boasting spectacular architecture and ornamental décor, the hall is now used for important ceremonial occasions. Visit the large European style reception room to closely admire its elaborate detail and historical importance. There is also a museum that houses scale models, Buddha images and several other objects depicting the restoration of the Grand Palace.

The Outer Court

Situated in the northeast of the palace, near the entrance, the Outer Court was once the seat of the royal government and is now a popular attraction inside the palace complex. It houses a number of government offices, and other important buildings including the barracks for the royal guard and headquarters of the Grand Palace. You can also visit the museum here that showcases Regalia, Royal Thai Decorations, ornaments used in the royal courts, and the ancient Thai coins.  Entering the Phimanchaisri Gate will take you to the Middle Court that has many impressive buildings such as Phra Maha Prasat group.

Boromabiman Hall, Amarinda Hall, and the Hall of Justice are a few other must-visit sites inside the Grand Palace Complex. It is noteworthy that the palace is a revered site and you must be dressed modestly. No see-through clothes, shorts and sleeveless tops are allowed. Women must cover their head while entering the temples and pagodas inside the palace. Tickets are sold between 08:30 and 15:30.

Asian Cities Dominate the MasterCard Index for Global Destinations

Asian cities have dominated the annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, taking up as many as five spots in the list of top 10 destinations for international travel.

Asian Cities

Bangkok has again emerged as Asia’s most visited destination, with 18.24 million overnight travellers expected to visit the city in 2015. Overall, the Thai capital is ranked number two, right behind the top-placed London. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Hong Kong have been ranked at seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th spot respectively. Paris, Dubai, and Istanbul are the remaining three cities in the top 10.

At the top of the heap, the English capital is projected to receive 18.82 million international visitors in 2015. London and Bangkok have taken the top two spots in the Index for the last five years.

New York was the top North American city in projected overnight visitors, and sixth in the world. However, the Big Apple, with $17.37 billion, is number two in the world when it comes to projected international visitor spending. London, at $20.23 billion, tops the list in regards to tourist spending.

The Global Destinations Cities Index ranks 132 of the most visited cities in the world. The cities are ranked in terms of total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending.

Top Fastest Growing Cities in the World

Among the world’s top 10 fastest growing travel destinations, seven are in Asia. Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo, with an incredible 21% surge, is number one on the list. Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, follows in second. Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is placed third in terms of fastest growth, while Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is at the fifth position.

Lima, Peru, is the fastest growing city in South America and is ranked ninth, globally. Houston is the fastest growing city in North America.

Five Bewitching Places in Thailand beyond Bangkok

Yes, Bangkok is gorgeous and probably the most sought after tourist spot in Thailand. But there is a lot more to Thailand than the cultural and cosmopolitan charms of Bangkok. From pristine beaches to exotic wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage, here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in Thailand other than the “City of Angels”.

Chiang Mai

chiang-maif you love history and nature, Chiang Mai is the place to be. Known for its age-old temples, interesting bazaars, and beautiful surroundings of lush forests, lofty mountains and gushing waterfalls, Chiang Mai is a holidaymaker’s delight. It is about 700kms from Bangkok and is easily accessible by trains (from Bangkok).

Koh Phi Phi


One of the most beautiful beach resorts in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi is popular amongst honeymooners and leisure travellers alike. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Monkey Beach, or try snorkelling to explore the region’s fascinating marine life. Long Beach is another popular attraction here, known for its serene beauty and gorgeous sunset views.

Sukhothai Old City

This ancient capital of Thailand boasts some of the most magnificent historical structures in the country. Though, most of the monuments and temples are now in ruins, they still stand proud and depict the rich cultural heritage of Thailand. Sukhothai Old City is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some must visit attractions include Wat Mahathat, Wat Sra Si, Wat Phra Pai Luang, and Ramkhamhaeng Museum.


Kanchanaburi is famous for its magnificent landscapes and charming culture. Only two hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi boasts many natural wonders that it stuns even the most discerning of travellers. Trek to the nearby lush forests to enjoy the region’s rich wilderness and exotic wildlife. Many beautiful waterfalls, age-old caves, tranquil rivers and trekking trails in the area make for a perfect adventurous holiday.

Phang Nga


With many virgin beaches, spectacular bays and enthralling marine life, Phang Nga is a wonderful choice for the ones seeking fun by the sun, sand, and the surf. As many of the bays here are sheltered and brim with amazing coral reefs and other aqua species, scuba diving and snorkelling are two highly popular activities at Phang Nga. Avid explorers would love to visit the Phang Nga Bay National Park and explore its many geological wonders including sunken caverns and startling rock formations.

Some Weird but Bewitching Museums from around the World

Some-Weird-MuseumsA collection of art, historical objects or well-preserved literature is what comes to mind when we talk about museums. How about museums dedicated to death, the occult and parasites? Sounds bizarre? Yes, there are some museums around the world that exhibit such eccentricities and even draw huge crowds. Check out this list of some of the weirdest museums in the world.

Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall

Dedicated to the occult, this museum gets its fair share of visitors in Cornwall. It has the world’s largest collection of witchcraft-related artefacts, many of which were once owned by proclaimed or self-proclaimed witches and wizards. There is a warning on the museum’s portal, which reads ‘People with children of a sensitive disposition are warned that some of the exhibits are controversial.’ Do we need to say more?

Museum of Bad Art, Boston

Pay a visit to MOBA, as the museum is popularly called, and feel proud of your artistic ability! Aimed at collecting, preserving and exhibiting the ‘art too bad to be ignored’, the museum’s ever-changing exhibits feature some of the world’s most ‘wrongly-gone’ artworks across an array of themes such as Poor Traits, Unlikely Landscapes and Out of Proportion Figures to name a few.

Siriraj Medical Museum, Bangkok

Not the most obvious crowd puller in Bangkok, Siriraj Medical Museum has a unique display of human body parts, skulls, dead bodies and much more related to physiology. Dubbed as ‘Museum of Death’, it is not for the faint hearted, as many of its displays are disturbing. However, if you like quirky things, the collection is definitely worth exploring.

Parasite Museum, Tokyo

This museum is dedicated to parasites. The repository consists of about 300 species of parasites including tapeworms, head lice and many others. The highlight of the collection is a 30-foot tapeworm pulled out of a woman’s stomach. There is a detailed display of the creatures, complete with a research facility.

Top Three Destinations That are Perfect to Celebrate the New Years Eve if You are in Thailand

New Years Eve is a time when the world basks into glorious celebrations. Of course, every country has its own way of celebrating this international festival and Thailand is no exception. Holidaymakers who are planning to book their trip to Thailand in the last week of December might want to stay there to enjoy the New Year as the ‘City of Angels’ has a number of destinations to offer unforgettable New Year celebrations. Here is a quick look at just three of them.


bangkokCountless restaurants, extravagant shopping malls, pumping nightlife and luxurious river cruises – there is no dearth of entertainment in Bangkok. A large number of party animals from all around the world book flights tickets to Bangkok each year to join the adrenaline pumping fun. Though there are many venues that are popular to celebrate but the best one is of course the Central World shopping mall. The celebration features marvellous fireworks, a beer garden and live entertainment with DJs and Bands.


pattayaHailed as one of the top destinations to enjoy New Years Eve in South East Asia, Pattaya offers an amazing blend of ancient culture and modern world charms. Bali Hai pier is where it is all happening. It is the centre of attraction in the New Years Eve as all the major events and activities will be held here. One thing that you should not miss the magnificent firework; do remember to choose the right spot to enjoy the view at its best. Visitors must also take a walk along the Pattaya Beach Road to catch the best of the celebrations.


phuketThe largest island of Thailand cannot be ignored when it comes to New Year celebrations. Those who love beach parties would be delighted to know that Phuket throws some really insane beach parties, especially on the advent of New Year. Surin Beach is, of course, the hot spot as this is where the crowd will be and this is where it is all happening. Star studded night, top DJs playing; amazing fireworks and an unforgettable experience are all you can get in Phuket.