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Despite its invigorating streetlife, Thailand's capital nevertheless squeezes tranquil temples, palaces, and gardens in amongst the charming chaos. Want to know what to see in Bangkok? Everything! But here are some of its top attractions with which to start!

Golden Buddha

Located in Bangkok's Chinatown, the Golden Buddha patiently awaits visitors at the temple of Wat Traimit – all five and a half tons of him!

Wat Arun

The famous Buddhist temple Wat Arun actually takes its name from the Hindu god Aruna. Early risers can see it transform the reflected rays of the sunrise into a magnificent aura!

Wat Pho

You might recognize the temple's huge Reclining Buddha statue, but Wat Pho is also notable for being Thailand's first public university and the birthplace of Thai massage!

Wat Phra Kaew

Complete your tour of Bangkok's most sacred wats at the "Temple of the Emerald Buddha," so-called for its statue carved from a single jade stone. Nobody but the king may touch it!

Grand Palace

Grand is an understatement! It's the jaw-dropping majesty of the Grand palace that makes it one of Bangkok's top attractions. The aforementioned Wat Phra Kaew lies within its walls too!

Siam Park City

In need of a respite from all this Bangkok sightseeing? Treat your inner-child (or, you know, your actual children) to the city's leading amusement and water park, Siam Park City: open daily!

Jim Thompson House

This unique home-turned-tourist-attraction was compiled from various old Thai structures by the silk trader Jim Thompson. Jim Thompson House Tours are affordable and frequent!

Planning Your Bangkok Visit

When to go?

The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to January, known to the Thais as the "cool season." The weather is still hot and humid, but it's the only time of year you won't sweat in minimal clothing. Well, at least not as much!

How many days?

You'll need to spend at least 3 nights in Bangkok to make it worth your while, but you should go for a week if you can. It's worth staying even longer to see more of Thailand as a whole!

Where to stay?

Before booking your stay, consider what you want out of your visit. If it's a quick trip, then it might be worth staying in Rattanakosin, or "Old Bangkok," where most of the city's historic sights are located. Sukhumvit is lively and upmarket but still a hub of tourism, and the financial district of Silom becomes the city's party capital by night. For something a little quieter, book a hotel near Banglamphu.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    The heat is most tolerable from November to January, making it easier to see as much as possible!

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What People Are Saying About Bangkok

Wonderful worth every dollar spent quick highlight of everything great

The guide was very good the evening arrived at the dinner too late I would suggest this part need to start before dark guides were very good

Half-Day Floating Market Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/14/2017

Fantastic, interesting, and wonderful guide.

This was a really great tour, the lady who was our guide was fantastic, she was so informative not only about the food but about things as we walked the streets. The food was very good and we tasted a variety of delicious things. Very worth while, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Good selection of highlights, excellent guide, poor ending

Very good approach to Bangkok's main temples. Our guide was an old man, he studied for years in a school run by budist's monks and he perserrve some of their philosophy. Due to the famous traffic jumps in the city, it is obviously recommended, if possible, to book the tour on sunday. The last part of the tour, however, was the visit to a jewell factory, with absolutely no interest if you do not want to shoping there. Ask your guide to skip that last part.

Bangkok Half-Day City and Temples Tour Reviewed by Raúl, 01/08/2017

The Bus and the helping Hands of all, perfect, Ferry many ours delay.

The Bus was in time and all helped with our lots of luggage. Everything well organised. The Ferry was much later than planned and so it took all together 2,5 hours more . All together everything fine.

Bangkok to Koh Pha Ngan by VIP Coach & High-Speed Ferry Reviewed by Alix-Karen, 01/07/2017

The bit in the middle was outstanding ...

After being picked up late having been mixed up with a customer on the same tour with a different company, the day got far better!!! The guide was informative and friendly and gave us detailed backstories of all the breathtaking temples (we saw three in total). There was little need for the random visit to the gem centre at the end where once you stepped foot passed the loo you were tailed by someone giving the hard sell. Much to my son's amusement I did panic but a pendant to give the lady a rest. Most importantly, all daftness aside, the temples were breathtaking, the guide and the drivers (especially the one who rescued us from the hotel) were great and it was a really enjoyable morning.

Bangkok Half-Day City and Temples Tour Reviewed by Angela, 01/04/2017

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