Top attractions in Bangkok
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
- CurrencyThai baht (฿)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+66
- Best time to visitThe 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
We were told many times that the Damnoen Floating Market was “made for tourists” and was “not the real thing”. But as we found out that is great news!!! Just be aware of the shops on the non-floating part! You HAVE to do the boat ride in the market (THB 150/ person)! The floating part is very different from everything you have seen, it’s awesome. The train market is cool, but not something out of this world. If you miss the train time the market itself is sucky so there’s not much to see! The guide was great, very polite and professional.
This is a wonderful activity where you can get upclose to the elephants, wonderful animals. They are relaxed and treated well, as rescue elephants they have seen some bad stuff. It's quite a sight to stand right next to them, pat them, bathe them and give them treats.
Brilliant private walking tour of the temples in Bangkok. Our guide Pim was very informative, delightful and funny. Our tour was well-paced, using alternative routes to avoid the crowds and she even took us to a less well-known temple where the King used to live, without another tourist in sight! Highly recommended!
My wife and myself feel lucky that we found this company for this tour. It was very well prepared, it was on time, the local staff was great. The guide lady gave us very good information not just about the tour but about Bangkok and Thailand too. She spoke english very well. The minivan was comfortable, the boat ride was fun and the market was a very good choice to see. I can recommend this service / company as they did a very good job. Thanks for them here again!
I had booked last minute but I am happy that the tour worked out on 28th April. The entire arrangement was very good and reasonable. If I had not gone to the floating market in Damnoen Saduak, I would have missed out an important aspect of knowing Thailand. We had a very good guide.