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
This Day involved seeing the Summer Palace and then a few of the older Temple sites and a modern Temple. The guide for the day - although informative spend a bit much time talking and explaining at the signs rather than letting us see the places. At the Summer Palace in particular a lot of people in the tour departed to see the place - it was extremely hot standing in the one place listening. Then a river cruise and a very nice lunch on the way back. I had been told to be there at 7am - which meant I left my hotel at 5.30 to avoid traffic. However we did not leave until well after 8am. So there was a lot of waiting around to get going. Maybe they could be a little clearer on the time the tour would actually leave as I could have enjoyed a bit more sleep and been better prepared for the day. Over all it was a good experience and enjoyable.
We booked hop on and off bus tour and boat tour together. Because of Bangkok's notorious traffic we didn't enjoy 3day's bus enough but the boat tour was quick and very efficient for us to take to our tour sight.So we bought the ticket again on our last day. All tour was exciting and the night view was amazing too. Just I wish the Boat Tour could have had more redeem places. I stayed in Khaosan Rd, however still cost me 150 Bht to get to Maharaj pier by tuktuk (We were ripped off by tuktuk driver. He left us Chang pier because we didn't understand him when he showed the entrance of Mahrarj pier, and we had to walk back upset)
Was a great walking tour taking in all the major temples in Bangkok at once. Unfortunately half way through the heavens opened and it rained terribly! Luckily was still hot. The boat and tuk tuk rides were fun but too short. The temples were anazing and sonething you absolutely must do when in Bangkok. Spectacular! Our guide, Mhom, was excellent. She gave us water throughout for free and even, very kindly arranged free transport back to my hotel because it was raining so terribly. This is not included in the tour usually. Absolutely brilliant of her. Thanks!
I was looking to do a solo bike tour of Bang Krachao but I'm so happy I went with a group tour instead! Our guide, Nai, was SO friendly and knowledgeable, in addition to setting a good pace and ensuring everyone in the group felt safe in the higher traffic parts of the tour. It was fantastic to get away from the bustle of Bangkok proper and to see a slower pace of life while biking on beautiful roads.
Very good tour - well organised, got exactly what was promised. Nice balance between history, old capital and river cruise. Tour guide Donna was good, interesting information. Timings exactly as promised. Food on river cruise - average quality, good quantity/variety. Despite indifferent reviews from other customers the pick-up and return to hotel went exactly as planned.