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.
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- 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
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We had a great time visiting Ayutthaya and the Summer palace. The food on the boat was delicious too. Unfortunately, the biggest issue for us was that the guide did not speak very good English so most of the stories we missed. Also we did not have too much time to visit the various Wats in Ayutthaya. I had the feeling, we havent been to the most spectacular one, but in smaller ones. It was super hot, however, so we didnt mind staying shorter times outside. All kinds of people come to the tour and some speak very little English, so it is understandable that things (important instructions, meeting points and times) are said multiple times. We explored in our own faster pace everything, so we were always back on time to the bus.
Really enjoyed the day, there was a bonus of a lovely top, making paper out of elephant poo which was brilliant and a really nice lunch. The staff were great, the only downside was the fact that there were quite a few staff ——- volunteers walking around and there was rubbish on the ground and all round where we were. I think the whole place needed a bit of a scrub down as everything was a bit grotty, and it would be nice to think that all the volunteers might spend a day gardening adding more greenery and doing a bit of landscaping. There are jungles nearby that are full of plants that could be transplanted, The grounds were quite bare, But overall still an interesting place.
Mam was so nice and was a phenomenal tour guide. This was really cool, and she was so nice that when we asked Mam where to go for lunch after, she said she was going out for lunch and we should go with her. So we went to one of her favorite spots and the food was FANTASTIC. highly recommend to anyone hoping to see all the major temples. Also Mam allowed plenty of time for pictures and knew all the best spots to take them.
Very thoughtful service, with cold water and wet towels supplied in consideration of the extremely hot weather. Train market is definitely a sight to watch, and our guide Lucky already knew the best spots and the train beforehand and got us prepared for it, hence the chance to take amazing photos and videos.