Top Tours & Activities 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!
Things to Do in Bangkok
Top Attractions in Bangkok
- 1Chao Phraya River
- 2Khao San Road
- 3Grand Palace
- 4Pak Khlong Talat
- 5Wat Arun
- 7Sukhumvit District
- 8Wat Pho
- 9Sanam Luang
- 10Golden Buddha, Bangkok
- 11Wat Traimit
- 12Klongs Canal
- 13Thailand–Burma Railway Museum
- 14Siam Niramit
- 15Wat Phra Si Mahathat
- 16Wat Phra Kaew
- 17Chinatown, Bangkok
- 18Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
- 19Siam Park City
- 20Wat Chakrawat
Other Sightseeing Options in Bangkok
Want to discover all there is to do in Bangkok? Click here for a full list.
What People Are Saying About Bangkok
This was a really great tour, the lady who was our guide was fantastic, she was so informative not only about the food but about things as we walked the streets. The food was very good and we tasted a variety of delicious things. Very worth while, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Very good approach to Bangkok's main temples. Our guide was an old man, he studied for years in a school run by budist's monks and he perserrve some of their philosophy. Due to the famous traffic jumps in the city, it is obviously recommended, if possible, to book the tour on sunday. The last part of the tour, however, was the visit to a jewell factory, with absolutely no interest if you do not want to shoping there. Ask your guide to skip that last part.
The Bus was in time and all helped with our lots of luggage. Everything well organised. The Ferry was much later than planned and so it took all together 2,5 hours more . All together everything fine.
After being picked up late having been mixed up with a customer on the same tour with a different company, the day got far better!!! The guide was informative and friendly and gave us detailed backstories of all the breathtaking temples (we saw three in total). There was little need for the random visit to the gem centre at the end where once you stepped foot passed the loo you were tailed by someone giving the hard sell. Much to my son's amusement I did panic but a pendant to give the lady a rest. Most importantly, all daftness aside, the temples were breathtaking, the guide and the drivers (especially the one who rescued us from the hotel) were great and it was a really enjoyable morning.
Best outing in BKK once you have seen the big temples etc. They take great care of you; Sugar our guide was kind, careful of our safety and very funny. You get to feed temple fish and have a great boat trip at the end. Lovely lunch and lots of drinks along the way.