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
In 7 hours we can made and Knew so much with Elena a great person and guide. She was excellent for her knowledge of Thailand and her patience with us in all our requirements, needs and help us to take the Best photos.
Really enjoyed the day, there was a bonus of a lovely top, making paper out of elephant poo which was brilliant and a really nice lunch. The staff were great, the only downside was the fact that there were quite a few staff ——- volunteers walking around and there was rubbish on the ground and all round where we were. I think the whole place needed a bit of a scrub down as everything was a bit grotty, and it would be nice to think that all the volunteers might spend a day gardening adding more greenery and doing a bit of landscaping. There are jungles nearby that are full of plants that could be transplanted, The grounds were quite bare, But overall still an interesting place.
I had read some reviews about other dinner cruises which complained about chaos at the harbor. Boarding at the Shangri-La Hotel was very smooth. The crew was pleasant and we had great service. The table we were given was outside, and we were lucky the temperature was good and it wasn’t raining. We noticed that many people prefer the interior of the boat, which has air conditioning. It worked for us that evening. The food was good, with many options. The desserts were very tasty. A very nice and quiet family evening, with amazing views.
The tour was every thing I wanted. See the different side of bangkok . Getting out of taxies on to bike was a great day out. Even if it did rain a little. Your guides were great with their stories . Guide were Coke and Shirley and fuan. I am thinks of doing the same tour in Phuket soon.
Its great having your own guide who has great knowledge and knows the way around. Saves you time and you can see more. Amy is a funny and knowledgeable guide. I enjoyed the ride with the tuktuk, the boat and the ferry while thunderstorm! was good fun. do it again!