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Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a fascinating and incredible city to visit. From delectable food, towering skyscrappers, magnificent temples to racy nightlife entertainment, it is no wonder the City of Angels is one of the most visited cities in the World.
So, what are the place to visit in Bangkok and what to do there? We have curated a list of 13 places in Bangkok that will pique your interest as you dive into the Thai culture. Read till the end for a cheat sheet to #TravelThailand!
Guide table of content
Cultural places of interest: The Grand Palace, Temple of Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saket, Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, National Museum of Bangkok
Parks: Lumpini Park
Activities: Muay Thai Fight Night, Chao Praya River
Shopping: Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market, Khao San Road
Cultural places of interest
#1 The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s biggest tourist attraction and a pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists and nationalists. Tourists typically spend 2-3 hours here, admiring the intricate details of the Palace ground. If you prefer an in-depth guide to the palace, you can rent an audio guide for 200 THB for 2 hours.
Tip: Be sure to get your camera ready to take pictures of this place. Strict dress code for females and males is required here – No shorts, no singlets, no sheer clothing. If the locals deem your outfit inappropriate, be prepared to pay a hefty amount for temple wear.
Entrance fee: 500 THB
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: 8.30am – 3:30pm daily
#2 Temple of Emerald Buddha
Located within the palace grounds is the beautiful Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the temple of Emerald Buddha. Intricately carved from nephrite (a type of jade), the 66cm tall statue sits within the hall. Do note that you are not allowed to take pictures of the Emerald Buddha.
Entrance fee: Included in the tickets for The Grand Palace
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand (Located within The Grand Palace)
Opening hours: 8.30am – 3:30pm
#3 Wat Pho
Near the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (pronounced as “Wat Po”), or more commonly known as the Temple of Reclining Buddha, is a must-see for any first-timers to Bangkok. There are numerous statues in the courtyard around 1000. Wat Pho is also known for its famous Thai massage school where you can learn how to do Thai Massage or get a Thai massage yourself.
Wander around the courtyard and admire the Chinese statues
Entrance fee: 100 THB, free for children below 120cm
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: 8.30am – 6pm daily
4 Wat Arun
The Temple of Dawn is easily one of the most stunning one in Bangkok. The beautiful and intricate porcelain tiles forms the exterior of the temple, making it one of the most photographed temples in Thailand.
Entrance fee: 50 THB, free for children
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Opening hours: 8.30am – 5.30 pm daily
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#5 Wat Saket
One of the oldest temple in Bangkok, the structure of Wat Saket is distinct because of it’s location, on a 80m hill that takes 318 steps to climb up. At one point in time, Wat Saket was the highest point in Bangkok. Once at the top, you will get a paranomic view of Bangkok i
Entrance fee: 50 THB
Address: 344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, ThailandAddress:
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm
#6 Royal Barges National Musuem
This museum houses the ornately decorated royal barges used in ceromanies on the Chao Praya River. The entrance fee to view these barges is 100 Thai Baht. To take pictures, it will cost an additional 100 Thai Baht and for recording, it will be an additional 200 Thai Baht.
Address: 80/1 ริมคลองบางกอกน้อย แขวงอรุณอมรินทร์ เขตบางกอกน้อย Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm daily
#7 Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
Commonly overlooked, Suan Pakkad Palace Museum is a collection of 8 traditional wooden houses that were once the residence of Princess Chumbon of Nahkon Sawan. Thai artifacts and architecture are wonderfully preserved in these 8 houses, that are linked together via a connector.
Entrance fee: 100 THB
Address: 352-354 Sri Ayudhaya Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Opening hours: 9am – 4pm
#8 Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum, one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia, features a collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. This museum was established and opened in 1874 by King Rama V.
Entrance fee: 200 THB
Address: Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday
#9 Lumpini Park
The park offers open, public spaces with trees and an artificial lake. During the day, you will see many locals enjoying their time at this park. Though not as interesting compared to the rest of the attractions in Bangkok, it serves as a good opportunity to step away from the city life and relax in the natural scenery.
Entrance fee: None
Address: Thanon Rama IV, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Opening hours: 4.30 am – 9pm
#10 Muay Thai Fight Night
Outside of MBK Centre, there is a ring situated right at the entrance where you can watch Muay Thai Fights from both Thai and international fighters for free! When you plan your trip, make sure to message them if you plan to watch the fight.
#11 Chao Praya River
The Chao Praya River is known as the River of Kings. The locals use it as a way of transportation around the city, tourists use it for the experience and for others, it is a way of life.
#12 Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market
This all-in-one market is the one that locals visit. With a wide variety of food options, shopping stores, cafes and pubs, there are so many things to do here!
Opening hours: 5pm – 1am
#13 Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a short street is brimming with energy. Termed as the ‘backpacker’s paradise’, it is a great place to strike up conversations with newly found friends. Besides the friendly disposition of people, Khao San Road has essentially everything. From cheap food to Havaianas to Diesel Jeans to Ray Bans, Khao San Raod offers “luxury” items at the fraction of the price. Between stalls, travellers can also enjoy massages on their legs and backs after a long day of travelling.
Every Monday at 7pm, a cultural programme organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand takes place on a little stage at the start of the street. Traditional Thai dance and mock kickboxing are demonstrated, which are part of the Thai culture.
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