Bangkok is big and has a lot to offer, among which something interesting will find for the traveler of any interest. Bangkok’s attractions include temples, palaces, markets, parks, museums, entire neighborhoods, and more. For those considering what to see in Bangkok, we have selected the TOP 10 attractions in the Thai capital. Bangkok local guides certainly will show you around these places.
Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew)
The Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s most renowned sites. The Grand Palace is an impressive complex of buildings located in the old part of Bangkok. This palace has been the official residence of the kings of Thailand for 150 years. Today, the Grand Palace is used for royal ceremonies and other official functions.
Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located on the site of the Grand Palace complex, is considered the most important and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha, the most worshiped Buddha statue in Thailand, is housed in Wat Phra Kaew.
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
The whole complex is usually full of tourists, but it is still a wonderful place to visit when visiting Bangkok.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Lying Buddha)
Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Lying Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Bangkok, south of the Grand Palace. The temple is famous for its huge gold-plated 46-meter-long Lying Buddha statue.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Lying Buddha)
In addition, Wat Pho is known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, making Wat Pho a great place to enjoy a truly quality traditional Thai massage.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraja River in central Bangkok. Due to its unusual appearance and location on the river, Wat Arun is not only one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, but also one of the most famous attractions in the capital and throughout Thailand.
There are more than 400 Thai temples in Bangkok, so if you plan to spend a little more time in the Thai capital, visit other of Bangkok’s most impressive temples.
Chinatown often referred to as Yaowarat, is one of the most authentic places in Bangkok. It is a colorful and exotic quarter of the Thai capital, located along Yaowarat Street, with narrow streets full of stalls and small shops. You can easily spend a few hours wandering the streets of Chinatown.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a small street and the center of the historic tourist district near Bangkok’s Old Town. Khao San Road is the most concentrated tourist area in Thailand, where travelers from all over the world meet to discuss their travels or just have a good time. At dusk, Khao San Road comes to life as tourists fill the street with its many restaurants and bars.
Thailand’s floating markets are probably the country’s most photographed celebrity. It is definitely worth a visit to the floating market, as it will allow you to get acquainted with Thai culture much closer. The famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, about 100 km from Bangkok, has already lost its authenticity due to its fame, so it is better to choose some other not so photogenic, but a real floating market in or near Bangkok.
Chatučak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is not only the largest market in Bangkok but also one of the largest weekend markets in the world with more than 15,000 stalls. Chatučak Weekend Market is very popular with Thai and tourists as you can buy almost anything you can think of here.
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin, also known as the Train Market, is extremely popular among the locals at the Bangkok Night Market, where everything revolves mostly around retro and vintage. Here you can find antique furniture, retro clothes and accessories, toys, classic cars, and much more. Here you can also find modern clothing, handbags, electronics, and other modern items, as well as a wide variety of street food.
Rod Fai Market
Much of this Train Market is only open on weekends, so for not only inexpensive shopping but also a fun weekend night, visit one of the other night markets in Bangkok.
Lumphini Park is a large green space in central Bangkok. With open public spaces, park-carving trails, ponds, diverse flora and fauna, and playgrounds, Lumpini Park is ideal for those looking for peace and fresh air in the bustling Thai capital. In the park, you can have active recreation or just to bathe in the shade while enjoying the company of water-ravens living in the park.
Due to its location, Lumpini Park is the most popular among Thai and tourists, but you will find even larger green spaces in other parks in and around Bangkok.
Nightlife is one of the main reasons why people love to visit Bangkok. The nightlife here is varied and unforgettable, and its most famous attribute is the red-light districts. Bangkok’s most famous red-light district is Soi Cowboy, a short street that becomes the brightest, neon-glowing street in the Thai capital every night as the sunsets. Even if such entertainment is not for you, it is definitely worth a visit here, at least for a short time.
Bangkok has 3 main red-light districts, each with a unique atmosphere, so if you’re interested in nightlife, visit other Bangkok red-light districts.
Looking for ideas? You may be interested in the following attractions in Bangkok:
The largest aquarium not only in Thailand but also in the whole of Southeast Asia is SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
An impressive show about Thai history and culture is the Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok
Exclusive dinner cruise on Bangkok’s main river – Loy Nava evening cruise
The famous wax figure museum is Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The unique market right on the railway – Maeklong railway market – Talad Rom Hub
In which area of Bangkok to stay?
If you’re looking for a hotel in Bangkok and wondering which area of Bangkok is the best place to stay, use our tips: Hotels in Bangkok – Which area to stay in Bangkok?
In the end
When you don’t know which hotel to choose in Bangkok, perhaps the very first recommendation would be to choose one of Bangkok’s hotels with a rooftop pool and, after an exciting day in the Thai capital, take a dip in the refreshing pool water and enjoy the spectacular panorama of Bangkok. If you are interested in these places we recommend checking out showaround.com for more information.