Top attractions in Bangkok
Best things to do 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!
1. Golden Buddha
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!
2. Wat Arun
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!
3. Wat Pho
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!
4. Wat Phra Kaew
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!
5. Grand Palace
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!
6. Siam Park City
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!
7. Jim Thompson House
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!
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
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!
How many days?
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!
Where to stay?
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.
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- The 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
if you want to see the real Bangkok you must do this trip.jamm is ur host.she is fun ,knows all about the area and takes care of her customers.the food we had was fresh and tasty.we were the only ones on this tour so it was a private tour of Bangkok.we saw places we would never had seen if not for jamm.the escooters are easy to ride and we had plenty of water to keep us refreshed.i highly recommend to everyone to do this tour and thank jamm for a great experience.
Unforgettable experience! Describing it won't be enough to explain the emotions and incredible impact it had on myself and my partner. The whole experience is at the elephants pace, in their natural environment. The team who takes care of the elephants are 100% committed in the cause and in these animals safeguard. The money raised through tickets and merchandise will contribute to the protection and long-term care of elephants in their natural habitat.
the guide picked us up from our hotel right on time.on the way to the first attraction he was informative and very funny. we enjoyed the bus trip seeing a different side of Thailand.all the temples we visited were a wondaful insight into thai history and thoughly enjoyed our trip.the lunch cruise back to Bangkok was a perfect way to enjor another side of this amazing country.the food was lovely and lots of it.
I booked this tour last minute in December and I was not disappointed. The guide, Bimp, was very friendly and taught the group all about Thai and Buddhist culture. I was a solo traveller and I found the tour to be interesting, and I met some lovely people. 100% recommend booking this tour!
My taxi driver was having a hard time finding the meeting place, so I called my guide and she met us at a place the driver knew. My guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and knew many of the vendors at both locations. She was able to get me some good deals.