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
Elena was very competent , friendly and welcoming. On one day we got so much Impresssions about Bangkok, not only about the historical area.We enjoyed a boat trip threw the cannels of Bangkok, saw traditional markets and how people live. It was a perfect day, thanks to Elena, she did an absolutly perfect Job .
The price is more than justified by the bit of rest and cool air travelling between sites in the car offers. The guide also explained parts that we would never have understood on our own and wherever possible kept us away from the main crowd. Excellent all round.
Vicky made our experience even more special, she is knowledgeable, friendly and funny. She managed to keep our group under control and got everyone from location to location on time. I highly recommend her
It was a great 4 hours tour spent with tour guide Sam. Sightseeing with tour guide means you are able to skip the queues and you get that little bit of extra information about history of the place. You also move from lace to place much faster as Sam knew the area and dos and donts. We were provided with bottled water as a part of the tour.
Joining the guided trip to the Floating Market is the best and most relaxed way. Information given was so valuable to understand the history behind. A great trip.