Top 10 sights
Best things to do 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!
1. 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!
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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!
6. 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!
7. 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 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
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- 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
My taxi driver was having a hard time finding the meeting place, so I called my guide and she met us at a place the driver knew. My guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and knew many of the vendors at both locations. She was able to get me some good deals.
I really enjoyed myself, lots of clear instructions on how to properly interact with the elephants. They answer any questions you could possibly have. I would definitely return again.
Everyone was amazing here. The experience was once in a lifetime and it was great to get to know the gentle giants. I would highly recommend a visit here and would love to go again.
The tour guide (Chan) was great. He had a good foundation of knowledge of the area and also helped me try some different food that I never would have tried on my own.
Our guide, Khun Tee, was immensely kind and patient and above all very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour - totally worth the money!