Don't let Bangkok's modern appearance fool you. Inbetween its skyscrapers and mega malls lies a fascinating history and an innate spiritual side. Colourful shrines and spirit houses can be found outside of houses and buildings throughout the country. The Erawan Shine is one of Bangkok's most popular shrines to visit. The shrine was built in 1956 to appease the supposed evil forces that were playing havoc with the construction of what is now the Grand Hyatt Erawan. Shining brightly with an array of blue tiles and gold, the shrine houses a statue of the Hindu God Brahma and is surrounded by vibrant yellow blooms.
Those seeking artistic success should visit the Ganesha Shrine located outside CentralWorld Plaza. The shrine features a gold statue of Ganesha, a Hindu God with an elephant head. Ganesha is commonly associated with sciences and the arts and as such people regularly visit the shrine to be blessed with success and good fortune. Red lotus flowers are commonly bought to the shrine as an offering. At night the shrine glows with golden light making for a stunning photo opportunity.
Explore Bangkok's spiritual side by taking a tour of the city's many shrines including the romantic Trimurti Shrine, the homely Mae Nak Shrine and the peculiar Shrine of Goddess Tubtim.
Bangkok Airport (BKK)
Flights from Australia to Bangkok will disembark at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK) is the third busiest airport in Asia and the main hub for four different Thai airlines. The airport boasts the world's tallest control tower and third largest single-building terminal. All arrivals and departures, both international and domestic, are handled within the one very large building.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Book your Bangkok Airport accommodation.
Getting to Bangkok
There are many airlines that offer flights to Bangkok from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne take around nine hours. There are also flights from Sydney or Melbourne that include a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore. Direct flights from Perth take around seven hours.
Airlines that fly to Bangkok
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Bangkok from Australia include: