In this post we will share the 11 top tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand,
Bangkok has more than 9 million residents, making it one of the world’s largest cities. Heavy traffic, intense heat, and a renowned nightlife do not immediately make visitors feel welcome. However, first impressions can be deceiving.
In this cosmopolitan city, you’ll find magnificent temples, palaces, extensive canals, a vibrant nightlife and great shopping.
The Skytrain, metro, and tuk-tuks are the most convenient transport options around Bangkok due to its congested traffic. A boat ride on the canals is one of the best ways to experience life in Bangkok.
The following are some of the top tourist attractions in Bangkok:
11. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Market is a popular destination for weekend shoppers in Bangkok.
It is a large, sprawling market with over 200,000 visitors per week and 15,000 stalls and shops selling everything from clothing, antiques, art and hardware.
10. Asiatique – The Riverfront
When I lived in Bangkok, my condo was on the opposite side of the river to Asiatique, so we often found ourselves there in the evenings.
Asiatique The Riverfront is a shopping mall in Bangkok. It was opened in 2012 and it has about 500 shops, restaurants and other amenities.
It is an open-air complex that features a mix of traditional Thai architecture and modern, Western-style buildings. The complex includes the Royal Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, which hosts upscale international fashion shows, Muay Thai boxing and exhibitions.
Catch a free river taxi from Central Pier for a full night of eating, shopping and entertainment by the Chao Phraya River.
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9. Khao San Road
Although the area has been gentrified recently, Khao San Road has always been know as a backpacker hub and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangkok. It’s a street filled with restaurants, bars, shops and other entertainment spots.
It’s also one of the cheapest places to stay in Bangkok. Most of the accommodation options are hostels which come with dormitory style rooms and shared bathrooms. There are also some boutique hotels on Khao San Road that offer more privacy than the hostels but these are usually more expensive.
Khao San Road is also known for its street food vendors where you can find everything from Thai delicacies to Western fast food. You can find stalls selling phad Thai, mango sticky rice, fried banana, fried insects or chicken satay for less than $1 each!
8. Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon is one of the largest shopping malls in Thailand. It is located on Rama I Road and has a total area of 400,000 square meters.
It has more than 600 shops that offer a variety of brands and products from around the world to cater to all tastes and budgets. The mall also features a wide range of entertainment options including cinemas, aquarium, restaurants, cafes, and an amusement park for kids.
7. Bangkok Green Lung
Bang Kra Jao, or Bang Kra Chao, is a large green area in the middle of Bangkok. The area is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
The park is a refuge for many wild animals and it’s also home to many different types of plants and trees
. It’s also a popular place for people to go for jogging, cycling, or just walking around.
Bang Kra Jao is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city life. Sabai, Sabai.
6. Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Thai: วัดพระแก้ว) is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand located within the grounds of the Grand Palace.
The temple was constructed in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I. It was built to be an exact copy of Wat Phra Kaew in Ayutthaya, which had been destroyed by invading Burmese forces.
The construction of this Wat marked a change from previous Thai temples that had been laid out according to ancient Khmer design with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers at each corner.
5. Jim Thompson’s House
Jim Thompson’s House is a museum in Bangkok that was created by the American businessman, Jim H.W. Thompson.
The museum has been operating for more than 40 years and is open to the public. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. When you visit, you will be able to see how life was like during the 1930s and 1940s with many of Jim Thompson’s belongings on display. Expect to pay an entrance fee of 200 Baht per person.
4. Wat Arun
Wat Arun is my favourite Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is also one of the most famous landmarks in the city and provides a beautiful view of the Chao Phraya River.
The temple was built by King Rama IV in 1832 to commemorate his father, King Rama III. The temple was named after Aruna, an incarnation of the Hindu deity Shiva.
The architecture of Wat Arun is heavily influenced by European styles from the 1800s, which is why it stands out among other temples in Bangkok. It has a large central tower that reaches up to 160 meters tall and has four smaller towers around it.
For delicious food and stunning sunset views of Wat Arun, head over to the other side of the river to The Deck restaurant.
3. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
It is one of the largest and oldest temples in Thailand. It houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand and was first constructed during the Ayutthaya period.
The temple has been restored many times since its original construction, most recently between 1985-1995 by a team of art conservationists from UNESCO’s World Heritage Site conservation project.
For those in the know, the national headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine has two Thai massage pavilions located within the temple compound. Book ahead for a relaxing Thai massage after a days sightseeing in Bangkok.
2. Wat Saket
Wat Saket is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and it was built in 1832.
The temple has a significant role in Thai culture because it houses the ashes of King Rama I, the founder of the Chakri Dynasty and his son, King Rama II.
Wat Saket holds an annual festival which is called as “Tadsakarn Ngan Wat“, it lasts for seven days and it attracts thousands of people every year before Loy Krathong.
1. Grand Palace
No visit to Bangkok is complete without taking in The Grand Palace. It is the most important and impressive royal residence in Thailand.
The Grand Palace is situated on Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok. It is one of the few remaining buildings from the old capital of Ayutthaya, which was destroyed by a Burmese army in 1767.
The palace was first built by King Rama I in 1782 as a symbol of Thai independence and to house his new capital city, which he called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (meaning “the city of angels“).
The palace was later expanded by King Rama V who came to power in 1868. He had it rebuilt using European styles and renamed it “The Royal Palace”.
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The 11 Top Tourist Attractions in Bangkok