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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The trip was very well organised and punctual as well. We had no issue finding the meeting point for the pick-up. The trip lasted from 8 AM to 5 PM. Our guide, Siri, was very knowledgable and more than happy to answer any question the group had about Ayutthaya, Buddhism and Thai Culture. The trip was not rushed and we had enough time at each site. The lunch was very good and had a variety of options for all sorts of preferences.
I would highly recommend this excursion. My daughterand I had a fabulous time. Parasailing was great. We really enjoyed time lounging on the beach. Tip: take some Dramamine, others got a little sea stick.
We booked this tour after realising that some of the central Bangkok floating markets are weekend only, our stop in Bangkok was during the week. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, travel to and from the market was made very pleasant with air conditioned bus, informative guide (we had Sara, she was fantastic!) and a stop on the way at a sugar farm. The tour price included a boat journey into the market through the interlinking canals. The market itself was vibrant and bustling with a huge variety of floating market vendors selling everything from food (would highly recommend the coconut ice cream!), drinks, hats to souvenirs and spices. It’s definitely worth paying the 150 baht to get on a small boat to take you round the market once you get there.
We met Mae in her kitchen which was quite difficult to find. Google maps wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough. It’s through an alleyway which has food stalls everywhere. At the end of the alleyway you’ll come to a door with the cooking class sign to the right. If the sign isn’t there and you open the door, there should be stairs directly in front of you, go upstairs, and that is the kitchen. Remember to take your shoes off at the bottom. We took a tuk tuk to the markets with Mae, and she did a great job at explaining all the local food. This was very interesting as we got to see how the locals shop and live! After that we went back and cooked three different Thai dishes, and got to eat it at the end of it. You have so much food to eat at the end. Mae brings sticky rice and mango to have as dessert too! This is an excellent tour and will allow you to bring back a part of Thailand with you when you go home.
Thanks for a wonderful experience. The food is very good. Crew were very helpful and kind. It's a really good cruise.