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
You get great views of the whole city. If you pay the extra, you can go on the upper levels which include open-aired views and a glass floor which comes out of the side of the building, so you can look straight down to the ground. Shoes must be covered by covers and no one is allowed to take phones or cameras onto the glass floor. Only downsides were, that it was very busy on the glass floor and when you come down you have to go round and round the shopping centre to get out.
My guide Gang was very friendly and polite. She was very prompt when she picked me up at me hotel and had a Get Your Guide sign which helped me see who she was instantly. She showed me some temples and palaces on the way to Wat Bang Phra. We got there early enough for me to be the second person to receive the Sak Yant. The hole trip was about 4 hrs. 6am-10am. Make sure you have a snack with you.
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The day was planned very well. All activities was good. Water walking. And paragliding was Awsome. The beach we visited was beautiful , not too many tourists on it. . Only thing will say make people aware they have pay for toilets & lockers on islands. Overall would recommend. But make sure you go with a English speaking tour guide if your English.
Get your guide booking and check in all went smoothly without any hiccups. The only way it could’ve been improved would be if you could reserve seats for the bus. Also (and I know this isn’t get your guides fault) the long wait after getting off the bus at 5am for the 7am boat was a bit crap.