Wat Saket & Phu Khao Thong (The Golden Mountain)
Phu Khao Thong (also called the Golden Mountain) is built on top of a man-made hill within the Wat Saket grounds. The hill is the result of a collapsed chedi that King Rama III (1787 - 1851) had constructed. It collapsed during construction because the soft soil couldn't support its weight. It was left there, and over time, formed the shape of a natural hill. King Rama IV began to build a small chedi on top of that hill, which was finished during the reign of his son, King Rama V. A Buddhist relic was brought from India and placed inside. Concrete surrounding walls were added in the 1940s to stop erosion of the hill. Finally, in the early 20th century, the modern Wat was built of marble. Climbing to the top of the Golden Mountain offers a nice panorama of surrounding Bangkok. There is no entrance fee.
A Buddhist temple in Bangkok, dating back to the Ayutthaya era.
Khaosan RoadKhaosan Road is an iconic part of Bangkok tourism. It's crowded, noisy, and full of food, clothing, and souvenir vendors. If you're going, keep an eye on your wallet (always a good idea in a crowd), practice up on your negotiating skills, and enjoy some cheap eats (the street vendors are some of the cheapest around). If you are more into restaurant meals than street food, I suggest avoiding the eateries on and near Khaosan. The surrounding restaurants seem to be over-priced and mediocre at best. Better, walk Khaosan, then dodge off a couple of blocks until you find the authentic food vendors and restaurants. That's where the Thais will be eating. The food will be cheaper and much tastier.
Random SightsThere's so much to see and do in Bangkok. Here's a few more of our favourite pictures from our time there: