Bangkok is big and there are plenty of attractions for a traveller of any taste. Bangkok's attractions include temples, palaces, markets, parks, museums, entire city quarters and much more. For those thinking of what to see in Bangkok, we concluded a list of TOP 10 Bangkok attractions.
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
The Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand and a must-see site in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is an impressive complex of buildings located in the old city of Bangkok. The palace was an official residence of the Thai Kings for 150 years. Today the Grand Palace is used for royal ceremonies and other official functions.
Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most important and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha, the highly revered Buddha image, is housed in Wat Phra Kaew.
The whole complex is usually full of tourists but it's still an amazing place to visit.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple located in the historic centre of Bangkok, just south of the Grand Palace. The temple is famous for its enormous gold plated 46 metres long reclining Buddha image.
Wat Pho is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple, making Wat Pho a good place to get a traditional Thai massage.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is a Buddhist temple situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in central Bangkok. Thanks to its riverside location, Wat Arun is not only one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok but also one of the best known landmarks of the capital and all Thailand.
There are more than 400 Thai temples scattered all around Bangkok, so if you are planning to stay in Bangkok longer, consider visiting other impressive temples in Bangkok.
Chinatown, often referred as Yaowarat, is one of the most authentic spots in Bangkok. It’s a colourful and exotic area lying along Yaowarat Road, with tiny lanes and narrow alleyways, full of market stalls and small shops.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a small street and the historical centre of the tourist area that is located near the old city of Bangkok. Khao San Road is the most concentrated tourist area in Thailand where travellers from every corner of the world meet to discuss their travels or just to party. During the night Khao San Road comes alive when tourists fill up the street and its numerous restaurants and bars.
Thailand’s floating markets are the most photographed attractions in the country. Visiting floating market in Thailand is really worth it, as it will help you to get familiar with Thai culture. The famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, located about 100 kilometers from Bangkok, has already lost its authenticity due to its glory, so it is better to choose another, not that photogenic but real floating market in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is not only the biggest market in Bangkok but one of the largest weekend markets in the world, containing more than 15,000 stalls. Chatuchak Weekend Market is very popular between Thais and tourists because almost everything you can think of can be found at the market for a very reasonable price.
Train Night Market
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin, also known as Train Night Market, is a very popular among locals night market in Bangkok that is mostly about retro and vintage. Here you can find vintage furniture, retro clothing and accessories, toys, classic cars and much more. Not all of Train Market is about vintage as you can find clothing, bags, electronics and other modern stuff as well as plenty of street food stalls at the market.
The biggest part of this market is open only on weekends. If you want to experience local shopping on a weekday evening, you should head to one of other night markets in Bangkok.
Lumpini Park is a large green area in central Bangkok. Here you can find open public space, paths, lakes, various flora and fauna, and playgrounds, making Lumpini Park a perfect place for those seeking tranquility and fresh air in the bustling capital of Thailand. At the park you can join outdoor leisure activities or just laze in the shadow while enjoying the company of the water monitor lizards hanging around.
Nightlife is one of the main reasons why people like visiting Bangkok. Nightlife here is varied and unforgettable and the best known attribute of it is red light districts. The most famous Bangkok’s red light district is Soi Cowboy - a short street, which becomes Bangkok’s brightest street as soon as the sun sets. Even if this kind of entertainment is not for you, taking a peek at red light district in Bangkok is really worth it.
There are three main red light districts in Bangkok and they all have something unique and offer different experience. If you are into this kind of nightlife, visit other red light districts in Bangkok as well.
Looking for other ideas? You might be in these Bangkok's attractions:
- Biggest aquarium not only in Thailand but all Southeast Asia - SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
- Impressive show presenting the history and culture of Thailand - Siam Niramit Show
- Exceptional dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River - Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
- Famous wax museum - Madame Tussauds Bangkok
- Unique market right on the railway - Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
What is the best area to stay in Bangkok? Our recommendations for choosing the right area to stay in Bangkok can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok - Guide to Bangkok Best Areas.
If you don't know where to stay in Bangkok, we would highly recommend you to choose one of the amazing Bangkok hotels with rooftop & infinity pools to take a dip whilst admiring the bird's eye view of the stunning Bangkok skyline.