Things to do in Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok, a trading center and port community, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, tops the list of must-see attractions in Thailand.

A Thailand tour is not complete without visiting Bangkok, a place full of fantastic attractions -- more than 400 Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, Wat Prakeaw-old city, spectacular palaces, a well-known Floating Market and the wonderful Chinatown (Yaowarat),etc. 


Things to do in Bangkok

1. Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw - a spiritual pillar of Thailand

It is undoubtedly that the majestic Grand Palace is a must-see attraction in Bangkok. Built in 1782, it continued to be the residence of Kings in Thailand and senior administrative officers for 150 years. The giant buildings with exquisite architectural details will have tourists in awe, however, all of which are due to the creativity and matchless craftsmanship of Thai people.

Within the palace, there are many magnificent buildings, including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which also contains a long history for about 100 years. Besides, there is a famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

  • Opening time: 8:00am-3:30pm

  • Location: on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River

  • Ticket: 500 Baht, including Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw, Wat Phra Kaew and Vimanmek Mansion Palace


2. Wat Pho - one of the biggest complexes in Bangkok

Wat pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is situated behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and it is also a must-visit for first-time visitors in Bangkok. It is famed for the giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and covered by a golden leaf. Wat pho is so crowded that many people won’t spend too much time visiting the whole temple. Besides, it is a good place to enjoy traditional Thai massage.

  • Opening time: 8:00 am-5:00pm (message service will be provided before 6:00pm)

  • Location: Maharat Road

  • Ticket: 100 Baht


3. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) - the most beautiful temple in Bangkok

Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple, also known as Temple of Dawn, is the biggest Mahayana stupa in Thailand, on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is famous for Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of morning sight. Thought known as the Temple of Dawn, the scene at dusk is so splendid that worth sightseeing, especially when lights are on.

  • Opening time: 7:30am-5:30pm

  • Ticket: 50 Baht

  • Transportation: take a boat for about 2.5 Baht in Tha Tine shipside, and then take bus No.19, No.57, No.83

  • Tel: (66-02)4655640


4. Jim Thompson’s House - a lovely garden-enclosed compound

Sitting on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal and surrounded by gardens, Jim Thompson’s House, a live museum, is well-known for being a residence for a middle-aged American Jim Thompson. Here, you can experience the feelings of Jim Thompson’s zeal of the art and cultural heritage of South Asia. The integration of Chinese and western is a distinctive feature - most visitors will focus attention on a 17th Century standing Buddha and a wooden handmade figurine.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (last guided tour at 17:00)

  • Location: Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road.

  • BTS: National Stadium

  • Address: 6/1 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road

  • Tel: +66 (0)2 216 7368

  • How to get there: Take exit 1 from the BTS National Stadium Station, turn right into Soi Kasemsan 2 and continue walking all the way to the very end. The museum will be on your left-hand side.


5. Chao Phraya River & Waterways - a special exploration of Bangkok

Having a cruise on the Chao Phraya River will bring you special exploration of Bangkok. It’s a good way to learn about the history of Thai people and their lives in the dark sheds, old wooden houses and shacks built on the support. You can lease a brightly colorful hang yao in some tour shiosides - Rivercity, Taksin, hang or Maharaj, etc. You can have a cruise in those boats after making a deal with locals.

  • Ticket: 400-500 Baht per hour


6. Golden Mount & Wat Saket - an observation tower of Bangkok

Golden Mount & Wat Saket is where lies Thailand’s largest Buddha and consecrates Buddha Sakyamuni’s relics. Located in the handmade mountain Golden Mount, around which plains extend. Golden Mount & Wat Saket is the highest temple in Bangkok. Visitors can climb 318 steps to pay respects to Buddha and have a panoramic view of the whole scene of Bangkok within the Rattanakosin Distict where the Grand Palace and many historic buildings are situated.

  • Ticket: 10 Baht, 5 Baht plus for climbing to the top.

  • Opening time: 7:30am-5:30pm

  • How to get there: take bus No5.


7. Khao San Road – Land of Smiles

Bangkok’s Khao San Road is a hub and hinger for backpackers from around the world. For a typical backpacker, Khao San Road is a good choice. That is where the name of Land of Smiles comes from. In Bangkok’s Khao San Road, you can experience two cultures - Chinese style and western style. With visitors from everywhere, sleek clubs playing sophisticated sounds, eclectic market stalls, converted VW cocktail bars, and foods tamed to suit the Western palate. However, whether you’re a hard-up foreign or open-minded Thai, it is well worthy of a visit.

  • How to get there: Getting to Khao San from either Victory Monument, Siam, or Silom should cost less than 100 baht by meter taxi. Bus numbers 157, 171, and 509 from Victory Monument (Rajavithi Hospital bus stop) pass Ratchadumnoen Road. You can get off at Khok Wua intersection (one stop away from Democracy Monument). Khao San Road is only a short walk from there.


8. Chatuchak Weekend Market Chatuchak - one of Thailand’s three national treasures

Chatuchak Weekend Market Chatuchak, is famed for its world’s largest golden Buddha. The engraving art dates back to 700 hundred year ago. The golden Buddha is not only a symbol of art but an invaluable asset to Thailand. It’s said that it was built by using solicited fun from three ethic Chinese, so it also name Three Chinese Temple.

  • Ticket: 20 Baht

  • Opening time: 9:00-17:00


9. Soi Cowboy - also named as Small Tokyo

Soi Cowboy, one of most lively places in Thailand, is more casual and crazy when compared to Papong or Nana Square. Usually, you will see middle-aged overseas Chinese, Japanese and Western tourists in red-light district street and the greeting of “Helloooa, welcome!” around you.

Next to Terminal 21, an extremely popular shopping center, it is very easy to cross the street and enjoy the exciting moment in Terminal 21. There are several bars that are worth having fun here, such as Baccara, the most popular bar in the street. What’s more, there are even non-smoking downstairs – a good improvement.

  • Location: Located just opposite of Terminal 21 and less than 100 metres from Sukhumvit Road, between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23 (the nearest Skytrain station is Asoke, or MRT station Sukhumvit).


10. Chinatown (Yaowarat) - a food heaven

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a colorful and exotic food paradise. People will gather there and enjoy various street-side foods. At day time, visitors come to the 1-km street and Charoenkrung Road for trading gold and tasting delicious food or visiting Chinese temples. If you visit Chinatown in the New Year time, the scene of Chinatown will impress you greatly.