First time in Bangkok? Wondering about the most popular places to do and see?
Here is our list of Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Bangkok!
#1 Explore the Royal Palace
The Grand Palace (Royal Palace) in Bangkok is equivalent to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Any guide to Bangkok will certainly include this beauty into your must-see list. The magnificent construction of traditional Thai architecture impresses with exquisite decorations and its size: 218,000 square meters, surrounded by two-kilometer walls, with several palace buildings and 95 pagodas.
Visitors to the palace can admire the luxurious decoration of the halls and frescoes with episodes from the life of King Rama I and, of course, take a walk around the grounds of the palace complex.
Opening hours: from 08:30 to 16:30
Admission fee is 350 baht.
The dress code: long sleeve shirt and pants or skirt covering the knees.
#2 Visit Temple of the Dawn
Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) is the calling card of almost all of Thailand. This name is not accidental: it is at dawn hours that the temple looks the most majestic and beautiful. Another remarkable feature is that it is still functional today and hosts religious ceremonies.
The main treasure of the temple is the 79-meter prang, which holds relics of Buddhism. All the buildings of the temple, as well as the surface of the stupa, are intricately decorated with magnificent porcelain, mined, according to legend, from the bottom of the Chao Phraya river, on which Wat Arun stands. In the evenings, on the territory of the temple, light shows telling about its history are held, In the evening there is a light show that tells about the temple history. Also if you climb to the very top, you will have a breathtaking view of the city and the river.
Entrance to the temple is free, a visit to the pagoda is paid.
#3 Tour around Wat Pho
Wat Pho is another popular attraction of Bangkok and one of its oldest temples. Wat Pho is famous for the giant (46 meters) statue of Buddha which attracts local pilgrims and tourists from all over the world to pay the honor and throw a coin for good luck at the feet of the Great Enlightened One.
But the territory of the temple itself is interesting too: there are many stupas (a few hundred!), statues and images of Buddha, as well as amazingly beautiful stone sculptures. And the temple itself is worth attention.
Opening hours: from 08:00 to 18:30.
Admission fee is 100-200 THB (for children under 120 cm tall admission is free).
Pro Tip: Plunging into Thai culture by trying local cuisine is in the top list of things to do for everyone! So don’t miss out on the most authentic Thai dishes.
#4 See Vimanmek mansion
Vimanmek is famous for being the largest in the world wooden building, built without a single nail!
The fact that the palace is made of pink yew makes it look like a huge carved jewelry box. Items that belonged to the royal family are stored in the 80 rooms of the palace: the finest porcelain items, furniture, hunting trophies and much more. A park and a pond near the palace create a uniquely peaceful atmosphere.
The palace is located in Dusit Park. Guided tours in English (4 groups per day) are held from 11:00 to 14:00.
Dress code: a long sleeve shirt and trousers or a skirt covering the knees.
#5 Wander through the local market
Damnoen Saduak floating market is the most popular among tourists. Now Damnoen Saduak market is not just shopping in Bangkok, but also a famous landmark and entertainment. Thousands of tourists come here to see the trade on the water. Not only individual tourists come to Damnoen Saduak market, but organized tours too. At noon, the market can be overcrowded, so it is better to visit early in the morning.
Get a massage near Wat Pho and visit the colorful flower market after that.
Taling Chan (open on weekends), Bang Khu Wiang and Tha Kha are less crowded. They are popular more among Thai people than among tourists.
#6 Get some fresh air in Lumpini park
Lumpini Park is an oasis inside crowded megapolis and is a Bangkok analog of the Central Park in New York. The total area of Lumpini Park is more than 57 hectares. In this area, there are two lakes, sports grounds for playing tennis, fitness, jogging and cycling tracks, playgrounds. On a daily basis, people can attend gymnastics and fitness in the park absolutely for free.
The entrance to the park is open from 4.30 am to 21.00 in the evening. You can ride bicycles from 9 am to 3pm; you cannot walk your animals there or smoke.
Pro tip: Take some bread with you to feed carps in the pond (and if you’re lucky, monitor lizards too).
The entrance to the park is free.
#7 Party on Khao San Road
It’s a perfect place to plunge into colorful, bustling life of the nighttime Thailand. With the onset of darkness, the street turns into a night market and a party place. Tourists from around the world, music, many languages - it seems that the whole globe has gathered here.
Even if you are not a fan of noisy parties, you should check it out. The least you can do is to take a walk, buy delicious street food (or be adventurous and try a fried scorpion?), listen to music or even go to one of the many bars out there.
#8 Get a Feel of Modern Bangkok in Siam Paragon
Bangkok is not only about ancient temples and antiquities. You can dive into the modern side of life of this colorful metropolis, and arrange a shopping day in Siam Paragon.
Here you can hang out for the whole day: check out boutiques of popular world brands, jewelry stores, cinemas, cafes and restaurants, and most importantly – Siam Ocean World, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, where visitors can swim with sea predators.
The shopping center is located in Bangkok’s shopping mecca, Pathumwan district, on Rama I Road, between Siam Center and CentralWorld. The easiest way to get here is on the BTS Skytrain subway.
Opening hours: Siam Paragon is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.
#9 Visit Jim Thompson House
Perhaps one of the most unexpected places of interest in Bangkok. This house belonged to an American intelligence officer who became famous for reviving the Thai silk industry. Jim Thompson has mysteriously vanished in 1967 in Malaysia.
Today there is a museum in his house, where, besides the amazing beauty of the interiors, you can see the private collection of the former owner (especially impressive collection of antiques).
Admission fee is 200 THB for adults.
#10 Attend Muay Thai Boxing Show
Bangkok is your go-to place to watch the authentic Muay Thai Match. The fights elsewhere are mostly designed for tourists and not worth wasting your time.
Watch the fights at the Bangkok at Rajadamnern Stadium. For foreigners tickets are not cheap – from 1,000 to 2,000 THB ($ 30-60), but an unusual experience is probably worth the money.
Pro tip: watch the Muay Thai Match FOR FREE in the Channel 7 building! The admission is free to the public every Sunday at 2 p.m. and every third Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m.