Welcome to Bangkok
Bangkok - Interesting places to see
At a first glance, Bangkok appears to be little more than a huge concrete jungle. However, in between the skyscrapers, elevated highways and shopping centres are some of the most awe inspiring temples and monuments in South East Asia. Bangkok’s night time skyline is beautiful too, with the many neon-topped five star hotels and office blocks soaring above the trails of car headlights winding away into the distance.
Due to the scale of Bangkok it can seem like a daunting task to navigate your way around the maze-like streets to try to find all of the sights by yourself so you may want to consider signing up for some organised tours of the city.
If you don’t want to embark on a full-blown city tour, one fun way to see a number of the city’s sights in a relatively short space of time is to embark on a canal trip; at any pier side location such as Tha Chang, near the Grand Palace, or Saphan Thaksin BTS station you can sign up for a boat trip which lasts about 90 minutes and will take you along Bangkok’s backwaters into areas you’d never otherwise see.
These boat rides are interesting in their own right, allowing you to get a glimpse of old-style Bangkok canal side life, and you’ll also get the chance to stop off, or get dropped off, at one of Bangkok’s many temples. In fact, Bangkok was once known as the ’Venice of the East’ for all its canals, but most have now been filled in to make way for streets, and other have become sewers.>>>( quoted from http://tourwithtong.com/Bangkok_Interest.htm)