A sprawling, bustling metropolis, the Thai capital of Bangkok is unlike any other city you’ll ever visit. It’s a fast-paced, ever-busy city with sky-high towers and modern buildings, standing alongside grand and intricate temples and palaces, some of which date back to the founding years of the city. Talk to locals and foreigners alike about what they love most about “Krung Thep,” Bangkok’s Thai name, and you’ll be barraged with a thousand different answers. They’re all valid. It’s the amazing street food, it’s the unique culture, all the night markets, the rich culinary traditions, the nightlife– everything, and more. Bangkok is a big city, so it’s not hard to find attractions and activities here. But to help you kickstart your journey, we present the best places to visit in Bangkok, Thailand.
The amazing Wat Pho is definitely one of Bangkok’s biggest, must-see sights. It is best known as the home of the Reclining Buddha, which is the largest image of Buddha in this likeness in the entire world. The entire room is filled with this golden, gargantuan structure, almost taking up the entire space! The Reclining Buddha isn’t the only thing to see at Wat Pho, however. The entire temple grounds cover eight hectares (almost 20 acres). There’s a center for education here and a couple of other amazing structures. You can even get a Thai massage at one of the two pavilions here if you’re tired of all the walking! Don’t forget to dress appropriately when you visit– long sleeves, trousers, and long skirts are highly recommended.
Bangkok 3-Temple Private Tour with Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Duration: 3 hours
2. Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum is the largest repository in Thailand of ancient art and artifacts. It is housed in the Wang Na Palace, built sometime in the 18th century. Aside from relics from Thailand’s early days, the Bangkok National Museum also features ethnological exhibits on Chinese weapons, ceramics, clothing, and gold. Other objects from various parts of Southeast Asia are also on display here. Guided tours in different languages, such as English and French, are offered.
Bangkok National Museum
Address: Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Website: Bangkok National Museum
Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: 6 USD
Find yourself standing face to face with Thai and international celebrities at the famous Madame Tussauds Bangkok! You’ll find life-like wax figures of some of the world’s most famous personalities, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Mao Zedong, Barack Obama, and Gandhi, along with the people who have helped shape Thailand: Buddhas Bhikkhu, Soekarno, and M. R. Senipramoj. Each wax figure is accompanied by a small exhibit that details the life and times of these notable figures in Asian and world history as well as popular culture.
Bangkok: Madame Tussauds Entry Ticket
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If there’s a waterway closely linked to the very fabric of Thailand’s history, culture, and identity, it’s the Chao Phraya River. This important river was what drew Bangkok’s earliest settlers into the area in the first place! Chao Phraya River’s banks have been the location of several settlements and capitals, including King Taksin’s and, of course, Bangkok. Because of Chao Phraya River’s scenic beauty and the regular cruises that make their way up and down the stream, Bangkok earned the title “Venice of the East.” To experience Chao Phraya River, we highly recommend going on a two-hour dinner cruise and watch the night lights reflect on the still waters.
Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess
Duration: 2 hour
Muang Boran, also known as Ancient Siam, is one of the best places in Bangkok to delve deeper into the traditional Thai way of life. Considered as the world’s largest private outdoor museum, Muang Boran encompasses 121.4 hectares (300 acres) of land, further divided into four sections that mimic just the way Thailand is divided. It will take quite a while to see the entire place, but sights you definitely shouldn’t miss include the Wat Chong Kham in the Northern Region, the Floating Market, and the Stupa of Phra Maha That Chaiya in the Southern Region.
Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option
Duration: 5 to 1 hour
6. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is considered as the busiest tourist attraction in Bangkok, and with good reason. It’s an extensive complex where you can find some of Thailand’s most architecturally and historically significant buildings. One can even argue that you can trace the birth of Bangkok right in this very place. Come prepared to battle it out with the swarms of tourists so you can see the temples. If you want to avoid the crowds, we suggest coming early in the morning, before the gates open. Your patience will be rewarded. Don’t forget to observe the dress code, as well!
The Grand Palace
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Website: The Grand Palace
Opening hours: 8:30am - 3:30pm (daily)
Price: 16 USD
7. Wat Arun
As you can probably tell by now, Bangkok is teeming with impressive palaces and temples. Wat Arun is one of the most famous of these sites, known as the Temple of Dawn. It is most distinctive for its intricate details. When the sunlight hits it on certain angles, it shines almost pearly white. Wat Aruna is dedicated to the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. The structures are physical representations of Mount Meru, which is at the heart of the Buddhist cosmos. See it up close or as you sail along the Thonburi part of the Chao Phraya River for different views of this stunning attraction.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Website: Wat Arun
Opening hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: 1 USD
8. National Museum of Royal Barges
Thailand’s eye for intricate and grand design isn’t limited to palaces and temples. It extends to other structures, such as the royal barges. You can see some of the finest examples at the National Museum of Royal Barges. These boats were made of hardy teak, heavily gilded in gold, and decorated with thousands of pieces of glass. The facility also recounts Chao Phraya River’s role in the olden days as a waterway of significant importance. You can find the grandest of the royal barges under the shade of the warehouse – they’re used during special events such as the Royal Barge Ceremony, which takes place every December.
National Museum of Royal Barges
Address: 80/1 Riverside Bangkok Noi canal Arun Amarin Khet Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand
Website: National Museum of Royal Barges
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 4 USD onwards
9. The Rose Garden
Located an hour’s drive away from Bangkok’s city center is the fragrant Rose Garden in Nakhon Pathom Province. It is laid out as a traditional Thai village where you can enjoy cultural shows, such as traditional Thai folk dances, sword fighting, and Thai boxing. Even if the roses are not in bloom, you’ll find plenty to do here. There’s a local market where you can go shopping and a food court that serves regional specialties. You can even stay the night or spend the entire weekend at the riverside hotel so you can fully explore the village.
The Rose Garden Thai Village
Address: Km 32 Phetkasem Road, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom
Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)
A relatively short drive from Bangkok’s city center will take you to one of the most impressive sights in the region: the Erawan Museum. You’ll immediately know you’re there when a behemoth of a statue, featuring a three-headed elephant (Erawan or Airavata), greets you at the gates. This isn’t the only impressive thing you’ll see at Erawan Museum. The museum itself is a sight to behold, with its intricate architecture and wood carvings that help symbolize the Thai cosmos. If you’d like to take a breather from the visual overload, step outside to the lush gardens where you can rest under the shade of an African Oil Palm or feed a giant carp.
Ancient City and Erawan Museum Ticket
Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration
11. Lumpini Park
Bangkok is bustling, but it isn’t hard to find pockets of peaceful green in the city. Take Lumpini Park, for example. It’s a favorite among locals whenever they need to take a breath of fresh air. Opened to the public in the 1920s, it was supposed to be an exhibition center for Thai handicrafts. Instead, it became an urban respite and the first public park in Bangkok, where you can go jogging, enjoy a picnic with loved ones, practice tai chi with the locals, or simply do nothing at all.
Address: Rama IV Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Website: Lumpini Park
Opening hours: 4:30am - 9pm (daily)
12. CentralWorld Bangkok
Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise, and one of the best places for retail therapy in the city is the CentralWorld shopping plaza. It’s the largest mall the Thai capital, and almost everything you name, you can find it here. Aside from shopping, you can also check out the trendy restaurants in the mall, try out the latest beauty treatments in Thailand, and glide gracefully along the ice-skating rink. CentralWorld is basically the ultimate Bangkok street shopping experience, thrown with other attractions you wouldn’t like to miss.
Address: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Website: CentralWorld Bangkok
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
13. Bangkok Aquarium
The oldest aquarium in the country, Bangkok Aquarium is constantly overshadowed by its newer, flashier contemporary. That doesn’t mean, however, that the facility is forgettable. It isn’t, and remains as one of the must-visit places in the city. Bangkok Aquarium, located in Kasetsart University’s main campus in Chatuchak, is dedicated to showcase over 550 of the freshwater fish species that thrive in Thailand’s waters. While you’re within the campus, you should also check out the Ant Museum and the Agriculture Museum.
Address: Thanon Ngamwongwan, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Website: Bangkok Aquarium
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
No time to visit the Thai islands for some fun under the sea? Don’t fret and head to Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World instead. Located at Siam Paragon, it is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia. You start your journey at the Rocky Hideout, where you can encounter seafloor dwellers like octopus and the enormous Giant Spider Crab. Then, make your way to the Rocky Shore (the midpoint) to bask in the grace and elegance of sea turtles. The 14th and final exhibit is the Penguin Ice Adventure, where you can meet the resident Gentoo Penguins and feel the cold Antarctic breeze.
[Skip-the-Line] SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Ticket
Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration
15. Pak Khlong Talat
Looking to woo a loved one or want to surprise your host with a gift? Head to Pak Khlong Talat, the largest flower market in Bangkok. You can get fresh blooms on a wholesale basis (from 50 to 100 pieces) at a bargain, or ask one of the pros at flower arrangements to make you a beautiful bouquet. There are orchids, roses, peonies, lotus flowers, lilies, and other kinds of flowers, so expect Pak Khlong Talat to be a visual and even olfactory feast. The best time to go is around midnight, when the market is in full action.
Pak Khlong Talat
Address: Chat Phek Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Ko Kret is an artificial island that offers some bright greenery in the midst of Bangkok’s urban sprawl. It’s located at the bend of the Chao Phraya River and is best known for its pottery. There are many things to do here. You can explore the circumference of the island on a rental bike, check out the hiking trails, and of course, admire the local pottery products. For a small fee, you can head to the pottery center and try your hand at creating your own bowl or cup. If you’re visiting on a weekend, you might also chance upon the local market, where you can find everything from food to clothing.
Ko Kret Island
Address: Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
17. Museum of Contemporary Art
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You’ve been looking at ancient Thai art this whole time. It’s time to go back to the present and check out the artistic talent that’s sweeping Bangkok today. The best place to find contemporary art, of course, is the Museum of Contemporary Art, more affectionately known as MOCA Bangkok. Here, you’ll find Boonchai Bencharongkul’s extensive collection, housed in a stylish and modern space designed in honor of Thailand’s “Father of Contemporary Art,” Professor Silpa Bhirasri.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 499 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Chatuchak, Chujak District, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Website: Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 6 USD
18. Chatuchak Weekend Market
By now you know that markets are a huge deal in Bangkok. But the best place to find amazing deals for all sorts of merchandise would be Chatuchak Night Market. Stands here sell everything from clothing and jewelry to art and other curiosities. It used to be local-only kind of thing, but the wealth of shopping options here rocketed Chatuchak Night Market into international fame. Prepare to haggle and make your way through thick crowds (the market attracts an average of 200,000 people each weekend). It will be worth it, we promise!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Website: Chatuchak Market
Opening hours: Fri: 6pm - 12am; Sat - Sun: 9am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
19. Raan Jay Fai
Down along Maha Chai Road, you’ll come across a small and unassuming eatery. The twist? Long lines of locals and tourists waiting to be seated, eager to dig into Jay Fai’s famous crab omelets. This specialty made her popular, enough to earn her a one-star rating from Michelin, making her the first Thai street food chef to receive such an honor. It’s both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, business is thriving. On the other hand, there’s just way too many people to feed. Her crab omelets, however, are really both worth waiting and spending money for.
Raan Jay Fai
Address: 327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 2pm - 12am (closed on Sun & Mon)
20. Dusit Palace Park
Haven’t had enough of royal grandeur in Bangkok? Then you should include Dusit Palace Park in your itinerary. The sprawling complex houses some of Bangkok’s most architecturally grandiose buildings, most notably the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, which echoes the architecture of the European palaces King Rama V liked so much from his travels. Other attractions located within Dusit Palace Park include the Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit) and the Museum of Floral Culture.
Dusit Palace Park
Address: Uthong Nai Alley, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Price: 5 USD
21. Wat Mahathat
One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Mahathat remains an important center for Buddhist studies as well as meditation. Visit on a Sunday to hear one of the programs. Although they are mostly done in Thai, there are English-speaking monks you can talk to if you have any questions. After dropping by Wat Mahathat, check out the amulet market near the temple, where traditional medicine, talismans, and charms are available for sale.
Address: 3 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Website: Wat Mahathat
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
22. Terminal 21
Shopping never stops in Bangkok! Terminal 21 is another mall to check if you’re looking for unique finds and bargains. There are several locations scattered around the city, with the main one located along Sukhumvit Road. There’s a Gourmet Market down in the basement, a fantastic lineup of local shops in the ground level, and international retailers on the so-called M Floor. Every level at Terminal 21 will feel like you’re shopping around the world.
Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Website: Terminal 21
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
23. Wat Hua Lamphong
Wat Hua Lamphong is not usually on the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok, but it’s a sight to behold. A Royal Buddhist temple, it was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Rama IX’s ascension to the throne. There are a number of shrines inside, dedicated to various deities and important figures, most notably for King Rama V and Ganesha, a Hindu god of significance. There’s also a crematorium and living quarters for monks, so as usual, don’t forget to dress accordingly. If you’re feeling generous, you can donate 500 baht or roughly 17 USD for a coffin that will be given to recently deceased people who were less fortunate.
Wat Hua Lamphong
Address: 728 Rama IV Rd, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Website: Wat Hua Lamphong
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
24. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Known as Wat Leng Noei Yi, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is one of the few Chinese Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Here, residents of Chinese ancestry come to celebrate important cultural events, such as the Chinese New Year. Founded in the late 19th century, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat used to be a Mahayana Buddhist temple. It’s located in Chinatown and quite distinctive for its traditional architectural style, complete with a vibrant facade and animal motifs.
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Address: 423 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Website: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)
25. Asiatique The Riverfront
Thai people love night bazaars! And one of the best places to experience open-air retail therapy is by visiting Asiatique The Riverfront. It’s located along the banks of Chao Phraya River, so even if you’re not there to shop, you can hang out, enjoy the night breeze, and soak in the energy. The entire warehouse complex is a labyrinth of shops (of which there are approximately over 1,500) as well as a variety of restaurants to try.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Website: ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
Opening hours: 4pm - 12am (daily)
A quick stroll through Bangkok and you might experience sensory overload, but what you feel is nothing compared to what awaits you in Chinatown. It’s a sensory feast! You’ll find things you like, food you want to try, and hear the relentless chatter of locals and tourists alike, intermingled with other sounds as well as music. There are plenty of things to do here, so best to dedicate your trip to Chinatown for one specific goal. Go on a food trip, visit the local temples, go shopping, experience the nightlife! You can also go on a guided walking tour for a more nuanced view of the neighborhood, beyond the usual tourist traps.
Lonely Planet Experiences: Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour
Duration: 5 hour
Enter the private abode of the late Jim Thompson, most notable in Bangkok’s local arts and culture scene for being the Thai Silk King. This beautiful teakwood home, which is now a museum, is a testament to Jim Thompson’s intense love affair of Southeast Asian art. You’ll get to see an impressive collection of antiques and all sorts of collectibles, which echo Mr. Thompson’s quirks and eye for heritage art. No one knows exactly what happened to Jim Thompson in the 1960s (he simply vanished in the Malaysian jungle), but his home remains open to those who are interested to learn more about Southeast Asian culture.
Jim Thompson House Museum Entrance Ticket & Hotel Pick up
Duration: 2 hours
Dream World holds the crown and scepter for being the best amusement park in all of the greater Bangkok area. Located just outside the city center, it is chock-full of different kinds of rides. For sure, you’ll get wet, feel the wind ripple through your hair, and get your heart pounding because of the adrenaline rush. Some of the crowd favorites include the Grand Canyon, where you share a circular pod with other thrill-seekers and brave the rapids. Then, there’s the Sky Coaster, the roller coaster to end all roller coasters in Dream World. Of course, there are options perfect for smaller kids and even an animal farm where you can interact with horses, miniature pigs, rabbits, and more.
Bangkok: Dream World 1-Day Entrance Ticket
Duration: 1 day
Safari World is another quintessential Bangkok experience you should include in your itinerary. Opened in 1988, Safari World lets you jump on a car or bus to explore the 194 hectares (480 acres) of land in its entirety. Along the way, you’ll encounter some of Safari World’s residents, such as zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles roaming freely. Other highlights of Safari World is the Jurassic Park, where you can see Himalayan black bears, tigers, and other predators. In the Marine World, you can catch one of the shows. Meanwhile, the Bird Park is perfect for lovers of these winged, feathery creatures.
Safari World Bangkok One Day Tour - Shared basis
This bustling pocket of the city is iconic and has come to be one of Bangkok’s symbols. There are actually three floating markets in the area, but for a quieter, more authentic feel, Khlong Lat Mayom is the place to visit. As usual, there will be fresh produce and a whole lot of Thai cuisine to try. Locals here are always open to let outsiders try out their fare. As you float further into the market, you’ll find an area where you can score quality clothing for a bargain. Once you’re done here, make your way to the busier Taling Chan market, located not very far away, for the complete floating market experience.
Private Tour: Half-Day Local Tour to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market from Bangkok
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