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
Everything during the day was very punctual - which suits me. The tour guide was very informative with a good sense of humor. The buffet for lunch was fantastic and the boat ride back to Bangkok was nice. Most people stayed inside during the boat ride as there wasn’t any shade if you sat outside. I sat outside anyway and got lots of good pictures.
Our guide, Gansta, was exactly on time and called out to me. Our guide had a comfortable air conditioned vehicle with nice music to relax to. My guest and I were able to rest our eyes during the smooth long ride to the temple. Upon arrival we were informed of various practices and tips of what was going to transpire throughout our visit. The tattoo itself was pretty quick, about 25 minutes. The needles etc aren't like at a typical shop, sterile and gloves, but more basic, nonetheless this didn't affect my impression, as I was seeking something authentic and not commercial. It is now 3 weeks since my trip and the tattoo has completely healed. We were given cold bottled water while at the temple. Our guide never left our side, even while waiting for our blessing from a monk. The experience was unforgettable and priceless. I would definitely look to recommend and obtain future services from "Get Your Guide".
The whole system of hop on hop off is very well organized with easy and informative app. Staff is very kind and helpful. It is really easy way to get around without hassle.
Driver was super kind - he bought japanese cakes for all the group. Tour is interesting - must do for everyone.
We were so glad we had booked this cruise after having considered some of the larger boats. On seeing the huge boats with hundreds on board, it was a real pleasure to be limited to about 30 people. The food was EXCELLENT - in terms of variety, quality and quantity. Don't waste your time with the larger boats, we thoroughly enjoyed this part of our brief Bangkok stay.