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Bangkok Sightseeing: Top 30 Attractions and Activities

You plan on your next trip Bangkok in Thailand to visit?

Great idea!

To help you plan your stay, I have this one Travel guide to the 30 best must-see attractions in Bangkok and surroundings.

I'll give you a list of the best things to see and do in Bangkok itself but also in the vicinity of this city as well Itineraries to visit Bangkok in 1, 2, 3 or more days!

It doesn't matter if you Great palace discover, visit the most beautiful temples, in the modern part of the city to go shopping or visit one of the famous floating markets want!

You will undoubtedly find many destinations to suit your tastes during your stay, as well as numerous activities to enjoy.

And as always, I'll give you too my best tips and my list of best accommodations in Bangkok, depending on your budget.

What can you so best to do in Bangkok? Where is the best place to stay?


Sights in Bangkok: Top 30 must-see attractions

1. The Great Palace

The Grand Palace (or Royal Palace) is the most visited tourist attraction in Bangkok and one of the main sights during a trip to Thailand.

He is lying on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is surrounded by a 1.9 kilometer long wall.

The complex was built in 1782, the year that Bangkok officially became the country's capital after the fall of the Ayutthaya and Thonburi Kingdoms, and includes more than 100 buildings, palaces and pavilions.

The rulers of Thailand lived there for many years in the past, but today the king only goes there for official ceremonies.

Don't miss out if you can Grand Palace in Bangkok visiting, visit the royal chapel of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In the chapel you can admire a jade statue of the Buddha, which was found in Chiang Rai (in northern Thailand) in 1434. All Thais adore this statue.

Another impressive building is the Chakri Mahat Prasat Palace, which was built by King Rama V. This palace was his residence.

The palace is open every day and admission costs 500 baht (plus 200 baht for an audio guide).

With your admission ticket you can all buildings (outside + inside) as the museums (Textile Museum and the Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Museums). Entry to a Thai dance show at the Royal Theater is also included.

You can find more information on the official website.

For visiting the Grand Palace and the temple is, usually, appropriate clothing required. Legs and shoulders must be covered.

If you are not dressed properly, you can in front of the buildings, on the street, Buy pants or skirts for 100 baht or at the entrance of these sites rent an appropriate item of clothing. That's why you see a lot of people walking around in wide pants decorated with elephants! 😆

One final note: If your pants are too tight or torn, you are not allowed to enter the Grand Palace and the temples!

2. Wat Pho

Wat Pho, the second major tourist attraction in Bangkok, is located not far from the Grand Palace and is easily accessible on foot.

It is a matter of one of the oldest Buddhist temples of the country. Inside you will the largest reclining Buddha the city can admire: 45 meters long and 15 meters high! The statue represents the death of Buddha.

Do not forget during your tour to admire the soles of the feet: you are covered with pearls and decorated with symbols.

In the temple complex you can also discover the following:

  • The Buddha Gallery and their 394 golden Buddhas
  • The 4 royal chedis, which are covered with colorful ceramics
  • The Phra Ubosoft, where the ashes of King Rama I are guarded by another famous golden Buddha statue.

Entry to Wat Pho costs 200 baht, and the visit lasts about an hour and a half.

You can find all further information on the official website.

In the room with the reclining budha you will several bowls filled with coins (108 in total!) For around 20 baht you can buy 108 coins and put them individually in each bowl. The goal? Attract happiness!

3. Wat Arun

The Wat Arun Temples complete the trio of temples that you can visit during your stay in Bangkok.

He is not onsame side of the river as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho Temple but on the other side. To get there you have to a shuttle boat (4 baht) to takethat drops you right in front of the entrance of the temple.

The Wat Arun temple is mainly for its 82 meter high prang (a tower) known, the is completely covered with tiny pieces of brightly colored porcelain. He is surrounded by 4 smaller prangswhich are also decorated with mosaics.

This recently renovated temple is really worth a visit. And if you have the chance, check out this temple too in the evening, to him from across the river to see illuminated.

The Wat Arun is open daily and the entrance fee is 50 baht.

4. Chatuchak weekend market

If you are in Bangkok on the weekend, you should definitely do this Chatuchak market visit the largest and most famous market in Thailand (more than 15,000 stalls).

It's really huge! At the entrance you will receive a map to orientate yourself within this market zone.

The market is organized in sections: Clothes, shoes, jewelry, souvenirs and much more! And as you can probably guess, a large part is also dedicated to food.

So if you didn't know what you could do in Bangkok on Sundays, your problem is solved! But be warned: you will not be alone here, every tourist has the same idea, so that this place is (always) super lively.

To relax a little after your visit to the market, you should go to the large park nearby walk. Many Thais go there with their family and friends picnic on the lakefront.

If you are not in Bangkok on Sundays, this is no longer tragic: you will find all the products that are sold in the market underneath the famous "I Love Bangkok" T-shirts and elephant keychains, also in the Commercial streets or in the Shopping centers the city!

And if you while yoursThailand-Travel, also going to the north (Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai) to visit, you will too have the opportunity to discover other markets.

As the market is a bit far from the city center, the easiest and fastest way to get there is take the subway and get off at Chatuchak Park station.

And since the market is very touristy (and therefore of course also overcrowded), be careful, there are many here Pickpockets! Take good care of your belongings, especially when you take out your wallet to pay for your purchases.

5. Wat Saket / The Golden Mountain

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The built on the top of a hill Temple of the Golden Mount allows you one 360 degree view over Bangkok to enjoy. To get there you have to climb a few steps, but really nothing too insurmountable!

Along the way there are Fountains and statues as several gongsthat can be rung to attract luck, love, or money (your own choice!).

The entrance fee is 50 baht.

6. Khao San road

I can't write a travel guide about Bangkok without about Khao San Street to speak!

This street is next to the Grand Palace or Wat Pho of the main tourist attractions in the city. A few years ago it was a popular place for backpackers to find cheap accommodation.

nowadays the place is super touristy, and Khao San Street is undoubtedly one of them most cosmopolitan places in the city. Over there Bars and restaurantswhere everyone in the evening go thereto have a drink.

There are still many cheap hotels in this area today, but it's not exactly the quietest place to stay in Bangkok!

7. Chinatown

In Bangkok you should also take a stroll through the Chinatown district make, one of the main attractions of the city.

You will familiarize yourself with the sounds, smells and colors moved to China feel. Stroll through the alleys and discover the shopping stalls and street vendors who Offer Chinese dishes.

In Talat May, the Chinatown market, you can join exotic fruits or, if you are one of the bravest tourists, stock up on culinary curiosities.

There are also many gold jewelry boutiques in this area.

In my opinion, this Chinese part of Bangkok is much more authentic than other Chinatowns in cities like Montreal or Singapore.

8. Wat Traimit / Golden Buddha

Take advantage of your walk in Chinatown around the temple Wat Traimit to visit.

Inside the temple there is an impressive one 5.5 tons heavy and 3 meters high Buddha made of solid gold.

Originally the statue was rather commonplace, made of gold stucco and housed in another temple in Chinatown. But when this temple had to be destroyed, the monks decided to move the statue to the Wat Traimit temple.

During the transport, the statue fell to the ground and was damaged. The stucco tore open, and Gold came out! D.he statue was made entirely of gold! The Thais had plastered them to make themduring the Burmese invasion of Thailand.

Since then, Wat Traimit has been an important one Pilgrimage destination for the Thai people and one of the most important Bangkok Temple.

The entrance ticket to the temple costs 40 baht.

9. Lumphini Park

When you've had enough of the crowds and noise of Bangkok, head to the Lumphini Park walk.

This huge park is the largest green space in the city. Here you can on very beautiful landscaped paths and also go for a walk around a small lake. This park is also suitable for children: there are many playgrounds and even swan-shaped pedal boats!

Keep your eyes peeled during your walk in the park because you will likely become a couple Sun lizards see.

Since they look like Komodo dragons, they can be quite impressive at first glance! they seem however not as dangerous (Nevertheless, they are wild animals with unpredictable reactions). They can be up to 3 meters long.

You can often find some in the parks, especially near ponds or lakes.

The lizards are in general calm and you can easily photograph them. tries however never to stroke them or feed them, they have sharp teeth and long claws.

One should always keep in mind that these animals, even if they appear lame, can accelerate their pace at lightning speed. I saw it myself on an island when 2 tourists ran out of the forest, chased by a large lizard.

It was weird to see that, but it also makes you think twice before approaching them!

10. Jim Thompson’s house

What is the best place in Bangkok for art lovers?

The Jim Thompson’S House, that to an American businessman and Art collector belongs. Based in Bangkok and fascinated by Thai silk, he helped make this fabric in fashion shows in Milan or London used by leading international fashion designers.

In addition to the textiles, you can also go here numerous works of art admire.

The house itself is quite unusual: it was made up of several Share traditional wooden houses which were brought to Bangkok from Ayutthaya.

It will guided visits only offered, the entrance fee 200 baht. You can find more information on the official website.

11. Dusit Park

The Dusit Park is another place to visit while in Bangkok.

The 2 main buildings have a very different style.

  • The Dusit Palace in the Italian Renaissance style, where you can discover the throne room. It is the place where the famous royal family photos that can be seen almost everywhere in Thailand are taken.
  • Vimanmek Mansion, the former royal residence. It is the largest golden teak building in the world.

During my visit Both buildings were unfortunately closed for renovation work (a reopening date was not given at the time). But of course you can at least view the exterior of the palace.

Until 2018 the park also housed the Bangkok Zoowhich is now closed. The animals were distributed to various Thai zoos in anticipation of the new zoo.

If you are visiting Dusit Park, you should also visit the nearby temple Wat Benchamabophit visit. It was built entirely from white Italian marble.

12. River cruise in Bangkok

A river cruise is another great activity to do in Bangkok. It allows you to discover the temples and monuments from a new angle!

You should do your cruise in the evening do, when the buildings are illuminated.

Several companies also offer Dinner cruises on the Chao Praya River at. It's a good idea, not necessarily because of the food buffet, but rather because of the ambience and around to enjoy the view while eating.

If you want to go on a dinner cruise, you have to book these in advance. Click easy click the button below for more information:

And for one more luxurious, less touristy option I recommend this to you Go on a dinner cruise on a converted rice barge!

13. Shopping in Bangkok

You want to your time in Bangkok also use it to a bit to shop?

Good idea!

It is best to take a drink for a pleasant drink Siam district to gowhere all modern and trendy shopping centers are located.

in the MBK Center you can find both electronics and clothing. There are also some bazaars with souvenir shops here.

The Siam Paragon district, is a bit fancier, with lots of luxury boutiques.

The third option is Central World, one of the largest shopping centers in South Asia.

These are three suggested "shopping places" Every day until late in the evening open. All three have a food court, where you can enjoy Thai and international dishes.

14. Bangkok's rooftops

There is nothing like a rooftop terrace on top of one the tallest building in Bangkokto be able to admire the city.

Today it is the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok Baiyoke Tower. From the terrace on the 77th floor and one rotatable roof terrace on the 84th floor one has one Panoramic view over the whole city.

If you want to go there you have to buy your tickets in advance, because it is a very touristic place! The admission ticket also includes a food buffet. Click the button below to buy your ticket.

There are, of course, others in Bangkok Roof terraces with barsthat offer a nice view of the city. Be warned though: the prices for cocktails are pretty high and the dress code is pretty strict.

Here is a selection of Bangkok's best rooftop terraces:

  • The Roof, with a wonderful view of Wat Arun.
  • The Vertigo Moon Bar, on the roof of the Banyan Tree Hotel.
  • The Sky Bar Lebuawhere scenes from the movie "The Hangover" were filmed.
  • Park Society,, near Lumphini Park.
  • Cloud 47 in the financial district.
  • Red Sky on the 55th floor of Central World.

15. Bangkok's museums

There are several great museums to visit in Bangkok:

  • The National Museum, about the history and culture of Thailand. It is the largest museum in Southeast Asia!
  • The Museum of Siam, another history museum. It's more playful, with videos and games.
  • Jim Thompson House, that I already mentioned above.
  • Royal Barges Museum, where you will discover the 8 royal barges that the king used for his travels.
  • The Art in Paradise Museum an interactive museum with 3D decorations where you can take super fun selfies and photos. Really well done! (click here to book).
  • Bangkok Art and Culture Center, for lovers of contemporary art.
  • The doll museum, with a collection of handcrafted, traditional Thai dolls.

16. Boxing matches in Bangkok

Nowadays it's THE activity not to be missed in Bangkok: get yourself one Watch muay thai boxing match.

Inspired by the combat training of Thai soldiers, this is the one National sport of Thailand.

Is muay thai more than just a simple fight Above all, Muay Thai is an art form. During the warm-up phase, the fighters practice the "box dance", a kind of simulated fight. The fights are also accompanied by musicians who adapt the rhythm to the movements and punches.

Even if you're not a fan of boxing a boxing match in Bangkok is a must, if only because of the atmosphere.

The two main Muay Thai stadiums are these Lumpinee Stadium and the Rajadamnern Stadium.

If you are planning to watch a boxing match during your trip to Thailand, I recommend you buy your tickets in advance here: click on the button below:

17. Traditional Thai massage

If you have already visited all places in Bangkok and you maybe after a little Longing for relaxation, then you should choose one traditional Thai massage decide.

There are hundreds of salons across the city. Prices start at around 250 baht for a one hour foot massage and about 500 baht for a full body massage.

The experience is a bit unusual: all your limbs are stretched out in all directions, sometimes in rather strange positions! At the end of the massage, however, you will feel relaxed, even if your muscles are sore at first from all the unfamiliar stretching exercises!

Most hotels in Bangkok have spas and offer this service as well.

The best things to do around Bangkok

If you have already spent a few days in Bangkok and have already seen the most important sights, you should now explore the vicinity of this city. There are several Nearby places that can be visited thanks to a day trip.

18. Floating markets

The floating markets are a Classic during a road trip in Thailand. Certainly the markets are very touristy and some were created just for folklore. Nonetheless, they belong to the best events in the Bangkok area.

If you can only look at one, you should Damnoen Saduak floating market visit one of the most famous. To get there I recommend you Book an organized tour departing from Bangkok.

This day tour also allows you, besides the Damnoen Saduak floating market, to visit Mae Klong Market, one of the largest fish markets in Thailand. First you will take a train from Bangkok and then a boat to reach the floating market.

To book this tour, click the button below:

19. Ayutthaya

The historical city of Ayutthaya is only an hour's drive from Bangkok.

In the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam, which is today the UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs, there are many temples to visit.

If only you plan oneDay trip from Bangkok I recommend you to visit Ayutthava!

Buses and trains run to Ayutthaya every day. And if you don't want to take care of organizing this excursion, book an organized day trip!

The excursion starts in Bangkok. The way there is by bus and the way back by boat. This day tour allows it you the main temples of Ayutthaya to discover. On the way you will also have the opportunity to discover wonderful landscapes stress-free and to see the surroundings from different angles!

If you want to know more information about the best things to do in Ayutthaya, you should read my following article: Ayutthaya: The Ultimate Travel Guide.

20. Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai

If you are looking for other destinations around Bangkok, I recommend you to go to Kanchanaburi to drive!

There is the world famous bridge over the river Kwai. The bridge built by thousands of prisoners of war during World War II is one of the most important historical sites in Thailand.

Besides the bridge, you will be here too several historical museums can visit. You will go on a complete journey through time!

As for Ayutthaya and the floating markets, will from Bangkok Trips to Kanchanaburi organized. They include transportation, a visit to the city, the bridge, the museums, a train ride, and lunch.

21-30 - Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Bangkok with the Family

To help you organize your family trip to Bangkok, I'm giving you one here List of the best sights and activities to see and do with kids in Banglok:

  1. Take a walk in Lumphini Park, to enjoy some greenery and avoid the crowds.
  2. To visit the Bangkok Aquarium: The marine world of Bangkok.Book your tickets here!
  3. Madame Tussauds Museum discover, with wax figures of international celebrities: Buy your tickets here!
  4. To the fun arium go, the largest indoor playground in town.
  5. The children's discovery museum with many interactive activities. The museum is free! Buy your tickets here!
  6. A thai dance and visit music show in Siam Niramit: Book your tickets here!
  7. Go to Ancient City Park, a park with miniature versions of Thai monuments and temples.
  8. Go to Siam City Park, one of the largest amusement parks in Southeast Asia: Book your tickets here.
  9. Kidzania discover, where children can try out different professions in realistic surroundings: in a fire station, in an operating room ...
  10. To the amusement park Dream World go:Book your tickets here.

Best length of stay in Bangkok

Since Bangkok is a pretty big city, the places to visit are not really close to each other. Some parts of the city can be easily visited on footbut others do not, so do you too take a taxi or the subway have to cross the city during your stay.

In my opinion you should spend at least 2 days in Bangkok, to have enough time that main sights as well as a good part of the places to visitthat I mentioned in this travel guide.

Of course you can too 3 or 4 days in Bangkok stay and so have enough time to too to discover the surroundings of this city!

Here are mine Itineraries for 1, 2 or 3 days in Bangkok:

1 day in Bangkok

If only you plan a day in Bangkok To stay, I recommend the following itinerary:

    • Visit the Grand Palace, the must-see sight in Bangkok. Get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. (