Chao Phraya River (known as the River of Kings) cut through the heart of Bangkok City. It formed by the four major tributaries, Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan Rivers. The waterway still crisscrosses the Thai capital serves as living culture and historical relics—Bangkok's highlight attractions located along the banks of Chao Phraya river. There are a few suggested places worth visiting within one day.
Grand Palace: The Heart building of Bangkok
Grand Palace is the official residence of the King of Siam since 1782. It consists of not only royal and throne halls, but also several government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters nearby. Grand Palace, the Bangkok National Museum exhibits of Thai art and history, Wat Pho-The is reclining Buddha in Thailand and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn
On the opposite side of Wat Pho crossing the Chao Phraya river, You will spot Wat Arun located near the Bank. Wat Arun is the landmark temple of Thon Buri bank of the Chao Phraya river. It's one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok. The temple was built during the Ayutthaya period during the seventeenth century. The imposing spire rises over 70 meters high, beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns.
Portuguese heritage in Kudi Chin Community
The Kudi Chin community was built in the Ayutthaya period by King Taksin; He conferred the land to create a community for living. It's a unique community that harmonizes Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims' way of life together with diverse Thai and Chinese cultures. The people's community calls Santa Cruz Church or Wat Kudi Chin. The church in Portuguese style that was respected by the people in the old-time. The church is one of the oldest Catholic churches built in 1770 on the land bestowed by King Taksin as a legacy of Portuguese relations. The Original Church was constructed in teakwood and rebuilt with renaissance with neo-classicism after the fire accident. Kudi Chin house museum exhibits Kudi Chin community's history and cultural diversity through commodities and merchandise used during that period. While you visit the Kudi Chin community, don't forget to try Khanom farang Kudi Chin desert that was influenced by Portuguese mixed with Chinese cakes.