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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

too crowded around the Royal Palace Because of the King's death

Security wise, my husband nearly fell in the River when disembarking because only one men was keeping the boat close to the shore with a rope. He lost his balance when he put one foot on the tire hung from the dock and fell. Fortunately I was still in the boat and was able to help him not falling in the water by pulling one of his leg in the boat. What a nightmare! Never again.

If I could give my experience 6 stars I would!

Such an unbelievable experience! Although the day tour program was exceptional, what made the trip completely wonderful was the tour guide, Peter. Peter was very funny, knowledgeable, kind and personable. He answered all questions and made everyone feel as though they were on a personal 1-on-1 tour. My girlfriend and I were simply looking to ride elephants while on vacation in Bangkok and Peter showed us all over Thailand. We recommend the Khao Yai Tour to anyone looking to experience Thailand and definitely suggest requesting Peter's group. Superb professionalism and attitude. Thank you Peter!

Khao Yai National Park: Day Trip with Elephant Ride Reviewed by Christopher, 11/15/2016

Wonderful, unique experience, A great way to see the city

We booked this two days before we began our holiday and we are so pleased we did. Ride through alleyways busy streets and get to various places of interest with no crowds around. A must if you enjoy this sort of activity.

Bangkok Night Bike Tour Reviewed by CHRIS, 11/14/2016

Nice chauffeur, great gide, beautiful park

We were the only tourists on this tour. Everything was organised great from the pickup until the dropoff. The gide, Nadia, was great, the park is wunderfull.

Half-Day Tour of Ancient Siam Park Reviewed by Garreldien, 11/11/2016

Excellent range of stops and lovely tour guide.

Really great tour filled with things to see. Crossing the river was a lovely aspect and the food was very welcome by the time we got to the market. The temples were beautiful and so much less crowded at night which was brilliant and the flower market was beautiful! Can't fault it really!!

Bangkok Night Bike Tour Reviewed by Caitlin, 11/08/2016

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