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Despite its invigorating streetlife, Thailand's capital nevertheless squeezes tranquil temples, palaces, and gardens in amongst the charming chaos. Want to know what to see in Bangkok? Everything! But here are some of its top attractions with which to start!

Golden Buddha

Located in Bangkok's Chinatown, the Golden Buddha patiently awaits visitors at the temple of Wat Traimit – all five and a half tons of him!

Wat Arun

The famous Buddhist temple Wat Arun actually takes its name from the Hindu god Aruna. Early risers can see it transform the reflected rays of the sunrise into a magnificent aura!

Wat Pho

You might recognize the temple's huge Reclining Buddha statue, but Wat Pho is also notable for being Thailand's first public university and the birthplace of Thai massage!

Wat Phra Kaew

Complete your tour of Bangkok's most sacred wats at the "Temple of the Emerald Buddha," so-called for its statue carved from a single jade stone. Nobody but the king may touch it!

Grand Palace

Grand is an understatement! It's the jaw-dropping majesty of the Grand palace that makes it one of Bangkok's top attractions. The aforementioned Wat Phra Kaew lies within its walls too!

Siam Park City

In need of a respite from all this Bangkok sightseeing? Treat your inner-child (or, you know, your actual children) to the city's leading amusement and water park, Siam Park City: open daily!

Jim Thompson House

This unique home-turned-tourist-attraction was compiled from various old Thai structures by the silk trader Jim Thompson. Jim Thompson House Tours are affordable and frequent!

Planning Your Bangkok Visit

When to go?

The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to January, known to the Thais as the "cool season." The weather is still hot and humid, but it's the only time of year you won't sweat in minimal clothing. Well, at least not as much!

How many days?

You'll need to spend at least 3 nights in Bangkok to make it worth your while, but you should go for a week if you can. It's worth staying even longer to see more of Thailand as a whole!

Where to stay?

Before booking your stay, consider what you want out of your visit. If it's a quick trip, then it might be worth staying in Rattanakosin, or "Old Bangkok," where most of the city's historic sights are located. Sukhumvit is lively and upmarket but still a hub of tourism, and the financial district of Silom becomes the city's party capital by night. For something a little quieter, book a hotel near Banglamphu.

Good to know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    The heat is most tolerable from November to January, making it easier to see as much as possible!

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What people are saying about Bangkok

Great experience, totally worth the almost 3h trip

Everything was great! We were able to be with the elephants (one of the best experiences of my life) and visit the cementery and the bridge. The trip with the car was perfect. If you’re only a few days in Bangkok, I recommend this tour. Just remember to call to the tour operator to confirm the details of the pickup.

Very enjoyable with lots of interaction from our first class guide.

I thoroughly recommend this very comfortable this tour of Bangkok klongs Gary Bell

Perfect Introduction to Bangkok History and Culture

The Best of Bangkok: Temples and Long Boat Tour with Lunch was the perfect tour for my first full day in the city. Ms. Aom was a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable guide. Not only did she provide a personalized tour of all three major royal temple complexes, but she was full of information about the history of Thailand, the royal family, and the city of Bangkok. As a first-time visitor to the city, having a local guide to help navigate through the complex systems of transportation and commerce was comforting and educational. This tour provided a perfect mix of activities - from temples, to local food, to long-boat experiences on the Chao Phraya. Everything was well-organized and well-timed. I wouldn't change a thing. Highly recommend!

Great way to see major Bangkok sights at your convenience

Our guide Jennie was amazing and she scheduled the whole trip as per our convenience, making adjustments along the way based on our location and traffic. Very convenient trip for groups of 4-8 people

Was a really educational and interesting trip.

The guide was really knowledgeable and made it fun. He looked out for us and made sure we got all the great pics. Would recommend you guys to anyone traveling to Thailand. Thanks for a memorable day.