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
The tours was fun and well balanced. The employees were very involved to give a good experience. The food was decent. Especially to mention is: they refill very generous. There is always someone to refill your water while you eat and at no point the active question you to buy from the drinks menu. The prices for alcoholic drinks are reasonably for a ship. (so normal restaurant prices or littel above) this tour is not the cheapest but totally worth it! Professional and enjoyable.
Great place to dine. Lovely view with friendly swevices. There are two things to be careful, one: U will be approached by waiters to bring you soft drinks, coffe but these are not inclusive to your paid buffet. Two: There could be a long line waiting to get to lift as there is only one lift serving from 77th floor to 80th plus floors. Reasonable variety on foods
Natty was such a lovely, friendly an awesome Tourguide! Told me a lot about history and culture. Was such a great day!
Our guide was very personable, helpful and definitely knowledgeable about the locations on our tour. Her insight into Thai life both historical and modern made the locations come to life and added so much depth to our experience.
Well run tour. Lucky, our guide was really nice. The train market is awesome and one of the most authentic things we did in Thai. And we got to ride the train straight trough it. Floating market was an interesting experience and a must do for first comers in BBK, but, opposite to train market, it's touristic and nothing authentic - only overpriced souvenirs. I liked everything about the tour, except that we were kinda forced to take the boat ride inside the market for extra 150 bat/p. I would have preferred to just walk on the docs, the ride was nothing special and really annoying how vendors try to coerce you into buying stuff. Other than this - the tour was perfect and had a great schedule.