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
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I had a wonderful time sightseeing Bangkok! Thank you for the wonderful pictures guided tour. This was exactly what I needed!
We had a Wonderful and lovely Tourguide Donna. She explained every Detail in a way that everybody has fully understood all important Points. she expalined us the cultural Things but also the organizational Point. We had four stops and enough time to look around at the temple sites. Later we go a very yummy lunch buffet on the boat back to Bangkok. All had time to relax.
I’d booked tickets on the Lumpinee website long ago and printed the tickets. We lived near Nana Square in Bangkok some took the metro to Mo Chit and a taxi from the station to the Lumpinee. We were a bit late due to traffic but greated by very helpful staff at the entrance. No problems at all. We were showed to the ringside and asked if we would buy drinks or beer. The Thai boxing was amazing and the entire atmosphere is a must see when in Bangkok. We were thrilled. Would recommend to anyone.
We had availed hotel pick up transfers from Sukhumvit which made our travel to the river view front hassle free as most of the Bangkok will have heavy traffic in the evenings. Highlights: 1. It was great atmosphere on board with the live singing performance. 2. We had enjoyed the views of ancient attractions like Grand Palace, temples, the river side views and the sky scrapers of Bangkok. 3. By the end of the trip we all were dancing and engaged by the singer. 4. The variety of food was quite good, it would be even better if more vegetarian options are included. We just had to wait for 10-20 mins at another pick-up point for other customers however this was nothing a concern. Otherwise overall we had a wonderful experience..