The Baiyoke Tower is the tallest hotel and second tallest skyscraper in Bangkok after the new Mahanakon building. It is the tallest hotel in South East Asia and the seventh tallest hotel in the world. The 84th-floor observation deck offers a fantastic 360-degree view of the city.
The Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin was built in 1989 as a structure for the king to welcome dignitaries and royal visitors. It is in a small park-like setting along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the main boulevard used for royal processions. The grounds include a monument to King Rama III. Wat Ratchanatdaram and Loha Prasat are located just behind.
The Democracy Monument is located on a traffic circle on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road in the Rattanakosin district of Bangkok. The monument was built in 1940 to commemorate the 1932 revolution which resulted in Thailand becoming a constitutional monarchy replacing the former absolute monarchy. A copy of the original constitution is held inside the central pedestal.
It was designed by an Italian Corado Feroci who later gained Thai citizenship and changed his name to Silpa Bhirasi. He also designed the Victory Monument. The monument has since become a rallying point whenever there are political protests.
The Victory Monument is a large military monument located at the center of a traffic circle at the junction of Phahonyothin, Ratchathewi, and Phaya Thai roads. It is one of Bangkok’s most familiar landmarks. The monument commemorates the army, navy, air force, police, and militia and their victory in the Franco-Thai war of late 1940 to early 1941.
It was built later in 1941 and designed by an Italian named Corado Feroci who later gained Thai citizenship and changed his name to Silpa Bhirasi. He also designed the Democracy Monument. A BTS Sky train station of the same name is located nearby on Phaya Thai road. If you want to view the monument close up, you will have to cross the busy road.
Located opposite the Wat Suthat temple entrance is the 21.15-meter Giant Swing which was once used in Brahmanic ceremonies. It was originally built in 1784 but was replaced with a new one in 2004. It is made from Golden teak wood. The swing was used in an annual ceremony where teams of young men would try to swing high enough to retrieve a sack of gold that was tied to a pole about 25 meters high in the air.
The ceremony has been banned since 1932, as many people were injured or died.
Location: Bamrung Muang Road.
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Phra Sumen Fort, located on Phra Sumen road on the grounds of the riverside Santi Chaiprakan Park in the Banglamphu area near to Khaosan road. It was built in 1783 by King Rama I as one of 14 forts that were built to defend Bangkok and is now one of the two that remain.
The fort is colorfully lit up at night. Unfortunately, the fort is not open to the public but the surrounding park is a pleasant place to relax and take in views of the fort and the river.
Location: At the corner of Phra Arthit and Phra Sumen Rds.
Opening Hours: The park is open daily from 07.00-21.00
King Rama I was the founder of the Chakri dynasty of Thai kings and established the city of Bangkok as the capital of Thailand (Siam) in 1782, marking the commencement of the Rattanakosin era. The monument is located at the old city end of Memorial Bridge on a plaza featuring fountains and flower gardens between roads leading to the Bridge.
The statue shows the king seated on the throne and was designed by Prince Naris, and made by Italian artist Carlo Feroci in 1932. It took three years to complete and is made of bronze. The statue is a short walk from Yodpiman River Mall, Wat Ratchaburana, and Talat Pak Khlong Flower Market with Wat Prayoon just across the bridge.
Location: Prachathipok Road, Wang Burapha, Bangkok.
Getting There: Chao Phraya Express Boat to Memorial Bridge pier.