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
- 9Golden Buddha, Bangkok
- 10Wat Phra Si Mahathat
- 11Sanam Luang
- 12Klongs Canal
- 13Wat Traimit
- 14Wat Phra Kaew
- 15Siam Niramit
- 16Thailand–Burma Railway Museum
- 17Chinatown, Bangkok
- 18Wat Chakrawat
- 19Siam Park City
- 20Rama VIII Bridge
Other Sightseeing Options in Bangkok
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What People Are Saying About Bangkok
Guide did a great job and was very knowledgeable. Could have used a little more time at the stop with the Buddha head image in the tree. Even an extra 15 minutes would have helped.
Our trip went well. We were able to sleep partly during the trip. One minus was smelling toilet.
Tammy was a great guide and took is through great small back streets and hidden alleys of Bangkok.
Highly recommend, especially if you like to ride bikes. It was an easy ride through the coolest parts of the city. Saw temples after dark, rode through the University, ate delicious food, it was really awesome. Had to keep a mental note of places to go back to that I rode past!
Great service, from hotel pick-up to drop-off. Our guide, Paul, was knowledgeable and helpful as well as funny. Loved stopping at the different Wat and learning the history for the area and people. It made the sites real and not just another tourist spot. The comfortable air conditioned bus was driven by an awesome driver who provided us with iced water and cooled towelettes as well as safe transportation. The finale was the river cruise and buffet. Again the guides played an important role in describing the sites on our way down the river whilst catering staff provided us with a devine spread. Thank you for the most relaxing day in our holiday.