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14 Best Places to Visit Near Bangkok (2022 Guide)

14 Best Places to Visit Near Bangkok (2022 Guide)

  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Maeklong Railway Market
  • Phetchaburi
  • The Ancient City in Samut Prakan
  • Pratumnak Hill

Bangkok is an incredible city full of both modern and traditional examples of Thai culture. While the city is a must-see item on every traveler's list, sometimes it's good to take a break from the traffic and heat.

The area surrounding Bangkok is full of hidden treasures that make for a perfect day trip or overnight getaway. This article describes some of our personal favorites around the Bangkok area apart from 15 must-dos in Bangkok .

From national parks to peaceful islands and historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places within easy access of Bangkok. Some of the best places near Bangkok are around 3-5 hours away, but they are worth the effort of getting there.

1.Khao Yai National Park: a Must for a Family Getaway

Khao Yi National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the 3rd largest national park in Thailand . It contains one of Thailand's largest monsoon forests and is famous for its diverse wildlife.

While trekking through the park visitors can catch glimpses of elephants, bears, leopards, Asian deer, otters, and many of the 300 migratory birds that call Khao Yi their home.

During the day, visitors can trek to two famous waterfalls, Haew Suwat and Haew Narok, or take in the beauty of the forest around them. The park also offers guided night safaris, during which visitors can see some of the resident nocturnal animals.

We suggest spending at least two days at Khao Yi, to take full advantage of everything the park offers.

Getting there. Khao Yi can be reached in 3 hours by private car or in 4-5 hours by bus.

2. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: a Great Attraction Despite Being Touristy

Damnoen Saduak is one of the most popular floating markets in the Bangkok area and it's easy to see why. The market has existed for over 100 years and is packed with history and vibrancy that visitors adore.

The 32-kilometer-long canal is filled with wooden boats overflowing with colorful food and souvenirs. Here, visitors can buy keepsakes and gifts, eat some delicious food, and take in the atmosphere of this ancient Thai tradition. It's also a great place to practice your bartering skills.

Getting there. The market can be reached in 2 to 3 hours by cab or private car.

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3.Ayutthaya: Offering More History Than Bangkok

Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767, when it was invaded by the Burmese. Once the country's grandest city, today, it is still impressive but in a different way. Ayutthaya is now known for its large expanse of breathtaking and picturesque ruins.

Many visitors see Ayutthaya via a day-trip, but it is also possible to stay overnight, to make time to explore the entire area. A great way to explore the ancient city and crumbling monuments is by renting a bicycle.

Getting there. Take a minibus or car to reach Ayutthaya within an hour, or take a train from Hualamphong Railway Station for a more scenic 2-hour journey through the countryside.

4. Kanchanaburi: a Popular, Medium-Rated Getaway

Kanchanaburi is a small town on the outskirts of Bangkok which is the perfect place if you love history. The town is renowned for being the location of the real Bridge Over the River Kwai and for inspiring the French novel and war film of the same name.

This famous bridge is part of the infamous "Death Railway" which was constructed by Allied POWs during WWII.

Once you've spent your day visiting the historical sites, you can get close to nature by exploring the beautiful Erawan National Park, famous for its breathtaking seven-tiered waterfall.

Getting there. The most popular way to get to Kanchanaburi is by bus or train. Buses and mini-buses often depart from Thonburi Station and can take anywhere from 2-5 hours, depending on traffic. There are two trains to Kanchanaburi every day and they take around 3 hours.

5. Maeklong Railway Market: a Great Attraction Despite Being Touristy

While Thailand is full of bustling and beautiful markets, the Maeklong Railway Market might be one of the most unique and exciting.

What makes this market so interesting is that the railway is in the center of the market and many shopkeepers actually set up their stands on the tracks. Every time a train comes through, shopkeepers pick up their stalls and move to the side until it passes.

Maeklong Railway Market is a great place to shop, but also to find a place to sit and watch, as locals prepare several times a day for a train to pass through.

Getting there. Maeklong can be reached in 1.5 to 2 hours by bus or train.

6. Koh Samet: the Nearest Beach Option to Bangkok

If you're in Bangkok and wanting to reach a beautiful beach quickly, then Koh Samet is the perfect place. With white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Koh Samet is a great place for relaxing and catching some sun.

Or if you're the type of person who doesn't like lying in the sun, Koh Samet also has a thriving nightlife, with many tours and much beach equipment to keep you busy.

Getting there. First, take a 4-hour bus ride from Bangkok and then take a 40-minute ferry from Ban Phe Pier. If you take a private car, you can reach the pier in 3 hours.

7. Hua Hin: a Good Choice If You Don't Have Time for Phuket

Hua Hin, 4 hours southwest of Bangkok, is one of the country's most popular beaches, due to its long stretch of white sand, exciting markets, fancy resorts, and thriving nightlife.

It is highly developed and commercial, very easy to reach from Bangkok, and provides a great opportunity to try out some seafood or get out on a golf course.

The town is very busy on the weekends, so if you are visiting at that time it is important to make your reservations in advance.

Getting there. Take a bus or train to reach Hua Hin in 3 to 4 hours. Trains are sometimes more convenient, because there are no transfers and you arrive in the center of the city.

8. Koh Chang: an Overlooked Island Bordering Cambodia

Koh Chang is one of Thailand's gems and it is surrounded by a group of smaller islands that you can either stay on or book a day trip to visit. Koh Mak, Koh Kood, and Koh Wai are certainly worth exploring if you have a few days spare. From Koh Chang, you can see Cambodia not far away over the sea.

There are not many tourists on the beaches or surrounding islands, so you will likely find yourself on white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters that you can enjoy practically all to yourself. The island is perfect for a 3- or 4-day getaway and it has plenty of restaurants providing on-beach dining and serving seafood plus Thai and Western cuisine. There are also plenty of watersports as well as island tours there. The prices and number of people on the island are much lower compared to Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Hua Hin, and Phuket.

Getting there: If you don't have an issue with a 6-hour journey to the beach, then Koh Chang is worth it. Most companies will pick you up from your hotel at a set time to drive down to the ferry port so that you can catch a ferry over to Koh Chang.

9. Phetchaburi: Off the Beaten Path

Phetchaburi, or Phet Buri, is a small town a few hours outside Bangkok famous for its beautiful temples, palaces, and natural wonders. Although it is a popular destination among Thai travelers, this town is largely undiscovered by foreign travelers, making it even more fun to explore.

While you are there you can visit the narrow waterways, riverside markets, old teak shop-houses, and just take in the peaceful atmosphere of this relaxed temple town.

Getting there. Phetchaburi can be reached in 2 to 3 hours by bus or train from Bangkok.

10. The Ancient City in Samut Prakan: a Half-Day Pastime for a History Fan

Only 30 kilometers outside Bangkok, the Ancient City is perfect for visitors who only have an afternoon to spare but still want to spend some time away from the city.

The Ancient City is an open-air museum shaped like Thailand and showcasing many important Thai architectural wonders including temples, palaces, and ruins of ancient cities. The replicas in the Ancient City are precise in detail and are built to be 1/3 the size of the original structures.

It's a great place for fun photos and also for a nice walk through the beautifully kept grounds of the museum.

Getting there. Take the Skytrain to On Nut Station. Then you can easily switch to a taxi and tell the driver you want to visit the Ancient City or Muang Boran. You can take a taxi the whole way, but many times the Skytrain is faster, because it avoids the city traffic.

11.Saraburi: Off the Beaten Path

Not many people consider Saraburi to be a tourist destination, which is good if you are looking for a quiet and authentic Thailand experience. It is about 110 kilometers (68 miles) to the northeast of Bangkok and, despite the short journey, it is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The town is set in a beautiful rural countryside area surrounded by rice paddies, a national park, forests, and temples. The culture there is laid-back and very authentic, which will come as a breath of fresh air if you have arrived from Bangkok.

When you are there, you are actually spoiled for choice with the temples, Wat Phra Phutthachai and Wat Phra Phutthabat, as well as day trips to the natural caves or around the local rice paddies. You should also plan to visit Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park and Namtok Samlan National Park.

Getting there: The best and most comfortable way to get to Saraburi is by taxi. The journey is between 1? and 2 hours and will cost you about 1,500 to 2,000 baht (US$50-65). You can also get there by train from Hua Lamphong, which takes about 2 hours. A bus from Mo Chit 2 will cost about 80 baht (US$3) and will also take 2 hours.

12. Lopburi: Monkey City

Lopburi is known as Monkey City because there are more monkeys than dogs and cats wandering around the city. The city is located 3 hours to the north of Bangkok and is situated in the Chao Phraya Basin. When you visit the city itself, you should plan to visit one of the many Khmer-era temples, King Narai's Palace, Pa Sak Jolasid Dam, Wang Kan Lueang Waterfall, and then Phra Prang Sam Yod where you can interact with monkeys.

You could, in fact, fit in a 1-day visit to Lopburi as well as a day in Ayutthaya if you plan your journey well enough or get the right tour as both cities are close to each other. Saraburi and Bridge over the River Kwai are also close by.

Getting there: Traveling in a minivan is one way to get to Lopburi or, if you don't mind spending about 2,500 to 3,000 baht (US$80-100), you can take a private taxi. Another easy way to get to Lopburi is taking a 2-hour train journey from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong station.

13. Pran Buri: an Up-and-Coming and Unspoiled Attraction

Pran Buri is an up-and-coming tourist destination that's still unspoiled by tourism. It is a small fishing town with very few foreign visitors. The highlight of the town is its extremely quiet, long, and lush beach with yellow sand and blue waters. It is so long that you will practically have an entire section of the beach to yourself.

Adding to this, the infamous Pran Buri River runs through the town and you can book a fishing trip on the river. Pran Buri National Forest Park is also worth a visit. Another thing that makes Pran Buri even more pleasant is that the hotels there are well spread out instead of being stacked on top of each other, and they are all very reasonably priced.

Getting there: You have several options to get to Pran Buri. Minibuses run from Mo Chit and Ekkamai bus terminals. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi. Both modes of transport take roughly 3 hours to get there. You can also take a train from Hua Lamphong, which will take about 5 hours.

14. Pratumnak Hill: the High-End Area of Pattaya

Pratumnak Hill is the high society area of Pattaya. In fact, it is situated in between Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach on the hill that separates these two vastly different sides of the city. What makes Pratumnak so different from the rest of Pattaya is its classy clifftop restaurants and bars. If you do visit Pattaya, then this is the perfect place for singles, couples, and families.

There are plenty of high-end hotels there as well as pool villas for rent. Pratumnak also has its very own beach hidden away with a cove at the bottom of a steep cliff face. If you do happen to visit Pratumnak Hill, then you are likely going to spend the majority of your time either swimming and dining at Pattaya Park or at the Sky Gallery, which is situated at the top of the cliff above the beach.

The Sky Gallery comes highly recommended and has an incredible view of the sea, looking directly at Koh Larn. It is perfect for wining and dining as well as watching the sunset in a very romantic setting. There are also a host of beachside restaurants there too.

Getting there: There is a bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport that takes 2? hours and costs just 120 baht (US$4). Taxis to Pratumnak are relatively inexpensive at 2,000 baht (US$65) for a 2-hour journey. Other modes of transport include catching a bus from Ekkamai or Mo Chit to Pattaya Bus Station and then getting a taxi.

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10 EPIC Day Trips from Bangkok (Do Not Miss These in 2024)

Read on to discover the 10 best day trips from Bangkok that allow you to escape the city and see more of Thailand !

Bangkok undoubtedly has a place on every traveller’s Thailand itinerary . 

It is the capital city and the most populated place in the country and has two major international airports that connect tourists from all over the world. 

Bangkok is vibrant and exciting, with its thriving entertainment scene and nightlife and its gorgeous temples and attractions. 

Once you’ve seen the best part of Bangkok you may be keen to move on and explore more of Thailand . 

Rather than constantly being on the move and sleeping in a new bed every night, it can be more convenient and even more affordable to just stay in Bangkok for a few extra days and take some day trips out of the city. 

There are lots of day trips out of Bangkok that allow you to see a new part of Thailand and then return to Bangkok later in the same day. 

Whether you book one of the many Bangkok day tours, or just venture out on your own and take public transport, there are plenty of opportunities for exploring the areas surrounding the city. 

The great part about Bangkok day trips is the journey there and back usually won’t take more than a few hours. 

So you can chill out and relax on public transport or your tour bus before and after your day of exploring. 

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Best day trips from bangkok.

Here is a list of the 10 best day trips from Bangkok. From islands, floating markets, and vineyards on the Chao Phraya River, to temples, historic villages and more, there is lots to see outside the city!

1) Ayutthaya

This ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam is easily one of the best day trips from Bangkok. 

The country of Thailand used to be the Kingdom of Siam, and its capital city was Ayutthaya until 1767. 

Nowadays, the ruined yet still standing city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where tourists can come and see the remnants of this once powerful kingdom. 

Throughout the grounds, you can find stone ruins of palaces, temples, and Buddha statues. 

The biggest and most popular temples to visit are Wat Na Phra Mane, Wat Lokayasutharam and Wat Mahathat . Be sure to look for the mysterious head of Buddha nestled in the tree roots outside Wat Mahathat. 

Ayutthaya is packed with things to see and the area is quite spread out, so you may want to hire a tuk-tuk to drive you around for a few hours. It costs roughly 1,000 Baht for the day. 

If you want to save money and you’re feeling active, you can rent a bicycle for only 40 Baht for the day and cycle through the ancient city. 

The easiest way to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok by public transport is by taking the train. The journey takes just over 2 hours.

Another option is booking a guided tour so you can learn more about the significance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy comfortable private transport.

We recommend this tour on Klook .

Ayutthaya Buddha Head Day Trips From Bangkok

2) Erawan National Park

This national park founded in 1975 is a hidden gem of Thailand. 

Not many people know about it, but it is overflowing with natural beauty and is one of the best day trips out of Bangkok, especially if you book it as a tour .

The main attraction of the park is Erawan Falls , a gorgeous, 7-tier waterfall with sapphire natural pools at the base.

You can swim in the pools, climb up the walking trails surrounding the waterfall, and bring a picnic (although you’re not allowed to bring food past the 2nd tier of the waterfall). 

Other attractions in Erawan National Park include Ta Duang Cave which is filled with ancient rock paintings and Tha Thung Na Village where you can see incredible traditional pottery. 

The entrance fee to the park is 300 Baht. You can rent a bicycle to cruise around the park if you wish, and it only costs 20 Baht per day.

The best way to get to Erawan National Park from Bangkok is by minivan.

It costs around 300 Baht and takes 4 hours, so the journey is long but if you’re truly looking for some spectacular natural beauty, the journey is worth it.

Or you can take the easier, more efficient way, and book yourself in for a guided tour from the city . This tour combines the park with the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi as well.

READ MORE: Play your trip to Thailand with our comprehensive Thailand Travel Guide .

3) Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Another top day trip from Bangkok is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. 

Located in the Ratchaburi Province, about 1.5 hours away from Bangkok, this is one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand.

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a sensory roller coaster, with local vendors floating in their long tail boats decked out in colourful traditional garments and selling a multitude of different products. 

Some of the most common things sold at the floating market are local food dishes and produce, flowers, trinkets, and souvenirs. 

Because Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is so famous, it is very touristy and can get crowded. 

If you can, arrive super early in the morning to beat the crowds and see more of the authentic side of the floating market before the locals start catering to the tourists.

If you’re really interested in this type of day trip, you could also visit Amphawa Floating Market. It’s only a 15 minute drive from Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to Amphawa Floating Market, so you can easily visit the two in one day.

The cheapest way to reach Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is by taking a public bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. The buses leave every 40 minutes starting at 6 am and the journey costs 50 Baht. 

Public buses will drop you off about 1 km away from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, so you’ll need to hire a boat to get to your destination. 

If you’d prefer to book a tour that takes you directly to the market and guides you to the best places, that is an option as well !

Visiting A Floating Market Is A Must-Have Experience In Thailand.

4) Kanchanaburi

Another one of the best day trips from Thailand is Kanchanaburi . This quaint Thai town is not very touristy compared to Bangkok, so it’s a great way to see the local way of life.

This town is most famous for two things: The Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway. Both landmarks were created during World War II, and the town is home to other notable monuments from the war.

The Thai Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, was built by Prisoners of War and laborers of the Japanese army who were occupying Thailand.

A popular thing to do in Kanchanaburi is riding the slow train journey of the Death Railway and seeing the countryside.

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a steel bridge that was also built by war prisoners during World War II. Walk across the famous bridge and snap some photos, as it’s one of the town’s most well-known landmarks.

Kanchanaburi also has numerous museums and temples to check out. It’s a cool place to learn about history and local culture.

You can easily travel to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok by train, minibus, or taxi. The journey is about 2 hours.

You can also book a guided tour with Klook which is pretty affordable and takes you to all the highlights.

5) Wat Saman Rattanaram

If you’re interested in Eastern religions and are fascinated by Thailand’s temples, this is an awesome Bangkok day trip to take. 

Wat Saman Rattanaram is home to the largest reclining Ganesh statue in all of Thailand.  

Ganesh is a Hindu deity in the form of an elephant, and in this particular statue standing at 16 meters tall and 22 meters long, Ganesh is painted bright pink. 

This site is a significant reminder of the relationship between Hindu and Buddhist faiths in Thailand. 

Though the deity is Hindu, the temple complex surrounding the statue is full of street markets and shops selling both Hindu and Buddhist relics and trinkets.

To reach Wat Saman Rattanaram from Bangkok, you can take a two-hour minibus from the Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal to the town of Chachoengsao which costs about 18 Baht.

There is a pickup from Chachoengsao to the actual temple.  Find more info here .

READ MORE: Start planning your trip to Bangkok with this perfect 3-day itinerary !

If you are craving some sunshine, sand, and sea but don’t have time to visit the Thai islands, you can always take a day trip from Bangkok to the seaside city of Pattaya. 

This is probably the closest beach town to Bangkok, so it’s an easy ocean getaway to escape the city life. 

Pattaya used to be a tiny fishing village, but recently it’s been overrun with tourism and is now filled with hotels, bars, and restaurants. 

But Jomtien Beach is still as beautiful as ever, and there are two gorgeous temples that remain preserved in their traditional state: Wat Phra Yai Temple and the Sanctuary of Truth . 

Book your entry ticket to the Sanctuary of Truth on Klook!

It is very easy to reach Pattaya from Bangkok by public transport on a day trip.

The journey is about 1.5 hours and costs around 100 Baht, and there are lots of different public buses leaving Bangkok every two hours. 

Pattaya Temples

7) Floating Vineyards

Most people probably wouldn’t think to visit a winery or a vineyard in Southeast Asia. But there are actually a few great ones that make for lovely day trips from Bangkok. 

In Samut Sakhon on the Chao Phraya River Delta you can find the “Floating Vineyards”, which are just normal vineyards that appear to be floating on water because the irrigation canals in between each row of grapes are super deep. 

The soil is very fertile and receives lots of rainfall, especially during monsoon season, so the vineyard has to be carefully maintained to ensure the crops don’t collapse into the water. 

But the canopies of grapevines hanging over the canals are such a cool sight to see. And locals harvest the grapes by floating down the canals on wooden boats and picking the grapes by hand. 

The best time to visit the floating vineyard is between November April as that’s when the harvest season is. 

Samut Sakhon is 60 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, and you can get there by minibus, taxi, or train. 

READ MORE: Looking for ideas on what to do in Bangkok? Our epic blog post will tell you everything you need to know!

8) Khao Yai National Park 

To escape the crowded city and immerse yourself in nature, visit Khao Yai National Park. 

Like Erawan National Park, the journey from Bangkok takes about 4 hours. But if you’re a true wilderness-lover, you won’t regret the long hours on the bus. 

As Thailand’s first national park, Khao Yai National Park was established in 1962 and reaches all the way to the Cambodian border. 

The park is full of forests and grasslands that are home to many animals including elephants, monkeys, bears, and more. 

Some of the best activities in the Khao Yai National Park include hiking or biking along the many trails, rafting on the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Chan River, and hiking to some magnificent waterfalls. 

Wang Ta Kari Waterfall and Haew Narok Waterfall are two particularly scenic waterfalls to visit. 

You can reach Khao Yai National Park from Bangkok by public bus or by train. The bus costs around 150-200 Baht, and the train can be anywhere between 100 and 1,000 Baht depending on the class of ticket you get. 

You can also book a 1 day, 2 day, or 3 day tours to Khao Yai National Park with a local guide on Klook .

Elephants In The Wild

9) The Ancient City of Mueang Boran

For an interesting day trip from Bangkok packed with history and culture, head south to the province of Samut Prakan to see the ancient city of Mueang Boran.

This collection of buildings is like a giant, outdoor museum full of monuments and opportunities to learn about Thai history, religion, and architecture. 

You can tour the ruined temples and palaces of the ancient city and admire the statues around the area that show different yoga poses. 

Lots of famous and historic Thai buildings that have been destroyed over time have been rebuilt here to showcase their original design, so it’s a lovely look into Thailand’s past.

You can also visit the Erawan Museum to see traditional Thai art and furniture and a huge three-headed elephant statue, or stroll through the King Rama IX Park and relax by the lake. 

To get around the park a bit more quickly, you can also rent a bicycle or take a tram tour. 

The entrance fee to the ancient city is 500 Baht, and it is close enough to Bangkok that the easiest way to get there is to just take a taxi from the city. 

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10) Koh Kret Island

This man-made island in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi Province is a culturally enriching Bangkok day trip. 

The traditionally isolated indigenous Mon people of the Koh Kret area continue their unique customs and traditions here, and tourists have the privilege of witnessing this special culture. 

One of the Mon people’s most treasured art forms is their pottery, usually made using unglazed terra-cotta and engraved with impressive designs and details. 

You can visit the Kwan Aman Pottery Museum to admire a massive collection of Mon ceramics, or maybe catch a glimpse of the native Mon people still crafting their pottery near the river.

Another highlight of Koh Kret Island is Wat Paramaiyikawat . This Buddhist temple is home to a golden stupa that is 200 years old and supposedly holds relics of the Buddha.

To reach Koh Kret Island from Bangkok, you can take a 15-minute taxi ride for 200 Baht, or a 30-minute public bus ride for 20 Baht to reach the town of Nonthaburi. From there, a long tail boat ticket to Koh Kret Island costs 100 Baht. 

Or if you want to skip the hassle of public transport, you can always book a day tour to the island !

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9 Incredible Day Trips from Bangkok Not to Miss

Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital city, has so much to offer to every kind of traveler. But if you’ve already seen all the top sights, snapped pics at all the cool Instagram spots , and want to take a break from city life, there’s a whole bunch of fascinating places to visit just outside the city. Here’s our curated list of the ABSOLUTE best day trips from Bangkok!

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The Best Day Trips from Bangkok

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If there is one day trip from Bangkok that you simply must do, it is to visit Ayutthaya – a sprawling historic park filled with ancient ruins dating back to the 14th century.

Ayutthaya was the second capital of Siam before being burnt down by the Burmese in 1767. While the fire destroyed all of the wooden palaces, many of the ancient structures and temples built from brick and stone still stand today. And as a result, Ayutthaya is not only one of Thailand’s most fascinating landmarks but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Ayutthaya Historical Park features nine famous temples, and while you won’t have enough time to see all of them on a day trip excursion, there are a couple that you simply cannot miss. Among the most notable is Wat Phra Mahathat, which features a buddha face trapped in an ancient banyan tree. Other must-visit sights include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. 

Ayutthaya is roughly 1-hour drive from Bangkok city. The easiest way to visit is by hiring a private driver for the day or joining a  historical temple tour . Alternatively, you can also tackle the 2-hour train journey from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok to get there. Just know that the park is huge and the temples are quite spread out. Bicycle rentals are plentiful, and it’s a fun way to explore the park at your leisure. 

Erawan Museum

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Erawan Museum, not to be confused with Erawan Falls, is one of the easiest Bangkok day trips.

Located roughly one hour south of the capital in Samut Prakan, Erawan Museum is best known for its enormous 3-headed elephant sculpture sitting on top of an ornate pink temple. While the temple is impressive from the outside, it’s really what lies within its walls that makes it a must-visit place.  

Inside the temple, you’ll find beautifully decorated staircases featuring dragon motifs, mythical statues, and a stunning colorful glass-stained roof representing earth, fire, wind, and water. Take the elevator up to the elephant’s body, where you’ll find a blue worship room lined with Buddha statues. And underneath the temple, there’s an interesting exhibition filled with ancient artifacts and porcelain. 

The grounds also feature neatly-kept gardens full of lush plant life, waterfalls, and colorful elephant statues that trumpet when you walk underneath them. There’s also a souvenir store and an outdoor restaurant where you can sit back and relax. 

While Erawan Museum is a hidden gem, it is one of Bangkok’s most Instagrammable attractions . Remember to dress appropriately, covering your knees and shoulders when visiting. Entry to the museum is quite expensive (400 baht). So buying a combo ticket , which includes entry to the Ancient City, is best. Take the green BTS line to Chang Erawan Station and order a Grab Taxi the rest of the way. 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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No Bangkok trip would be complete without checking out its cool floating markets. And Damnoen Saduak is among the most famous, making it a must-do Bangkok day trip. 

Located roughly 1.5 hours southwest of the city, Damnoen Saduak is a thriving hive full of sights and sounds. You’ll cruise through an intricate maze of canals on a traditional long-tail boat when visiting here. Along the waterway, dozens of stalls sell everything from souvenirs and clothing to arts and crafts. The main area also has a great selection of local Thai food like mango sticky rice, pad Thai, and coconut ice cream. The best part is that you don’t even need to get out of your boat to enjoy some grub! 

While Damnoen Saduak is very tourist-oriented today, a visit here provides a good glimpse into the past with plenty of photo ops. However, it’s important to know that Damnoen Saduak is often touted as a tourist trap, so be more cautious when visiting. 

Unless you’re joining a guided tour , know that you’ll need to pay an additional fee to take a boat to the market. Prices vary depending on the pier you get dropped off at, but you really shouldn’t be paying more than  500 baht per person . Anything more than that is a rip-off. 

Another thing to know is that the boatmen will stop at literally all the souvenir stalls to get you to buy something. Make sure to haggle as prices are hugely inflated here.

Maeklong Railway Market

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The Maeklong Railway Market, more commonly known as just the Bangkok Train Market, is another great excursion you should not miss while exploring Bangkok. 

Located less than 1 hour’s drive from the city, Maeklong is a cool market set up along a railway track. Dozens of local vendors sell various products from fruit and veg to freshly caught fish, meat and even souvenirs along the narrow railway track. 

However, what makes really makes Maeklong such a unique attraction is that every time the train approaches, vendors need to pick up and move their goods off the tracks. Once the train passes, vendors place all the goods back. It’s quite a spectacle to witness; everything happens rather quickly, and it’s amazing to see how well placements on the tracks have been conditioned. 

Maeklong is quite a popular tourist attraction outside Bangkok, so it’s easy to  join an organized day trip  or arrange a private driver. While the market is open from 6 am to 6 pm, timing your visit is key. The train only comes at 8.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm and 5.40 pm. If you can, stick around until the train returns (30 minutes after arrival) for even more photo ops. 

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A really great destination for an unforgettable day trip from Bangkok is the small town of  Lopburi , also known as the City of Monkeys. This place is easily reached by train, private taxi , or, more conveniently, with a guided tour directly from Bangkok.

Lopburi is well-known for the Prang Sam Yod temple, where thousands of monkeys live. During a tour, you can discover numerous playful monkeys that are up to mischief around the temple. Many tourists feed the macaques, but this is not really recommended. When visiting, you should also hide all your valuables well. Even glasses can be interesting for monkeys.

As a special feature, there is even a big monkey festival once a year. During this celebration, locals build a massive buffet in honor of the many macaques – a unique spectacle one can hardly imagine.

But there is more in Lopburi. You should definitely visit the historic old town, where there are no monkeys, but other fascinating temples off the typical tourist routes. Another great stop is the market, where you can taste all kinds of Thai cuisine. 

Koh Kret Island

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Located just north of Bangkok, Koh Kret is a small island in the Chao Phraya River, best known for its pottery villages and unique Burmese Mon heritage. Traditions were introduced by refugees trading in terracotta-ware jugs and bowls, and to this day, the old teak homes of the island continues to house the old kilns.

Koh Kret is a relatively small island easily explored on foot, with main attractions close to the arrival pier. For the more adventurous, rent a bicycle and follow the waymarked circular path covering the wider attractions. The island is surprisingly peaceful, serene, and green, given its proximity to big city life. 

Weekdays are quieter on Koh Kret when many of the eateries and  Thai street food  stalls close. Many museum exhibits and the local Chit brewery only open on the weekends too.

To get to Koh Kret, a taxi from central Bangkok to the Koh Kret Pier is roughly 200 Baht. But you can find cheaper taxis from either Bang Sue MRT or the Nonthaburi Pier. 

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Located by the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. 

You can directly  get from Suvarnabhumi airport to Pattaya by bus , catch a bus from Mo Chit, or arrange a private driver to take you. There are also some great guided tours on offer that you can book. The 150 km distance takes just under 3 hours.

Your one perfect day in Pattaya must include Pattaya Beach, Sanctuary of truth, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, and the walking street.

Start with the Sanctuary of Truth, a beautiful wooden monument situated near the ocean focusing on the importance of moral values.

Then head to the lively Pattaya beach, a favorite spot for the Sun worshippers. If you like water sports, you can also enjoy activities such as jet skiing and a banana boat ride here.

Nong Nooch is a huge garden covering an area of 200 hectares. It features manicured gardens and a variety of tropical plants – including a wide variety of orchids.

Take a stroll on the lively walking street, dotted with lots of eateries, bars, and entertainment options – the perfect place to wrap your day in Pattaya.


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Kanchanaburi is just two hours from Thailand’s capital, making it a perfect day trip from Bangkok. 

Many visitors visit Kanchanaburi specifically to see the World War II sites, like  Hellfire Pass , the Commonwealth Graveyard, and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. The train line from Bangkok’s Thonburi station to the current end of the “Death Railway” that once ran through Burma, now Myanmar. All day tours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi will visit the bridge. 

Several museums here also give immense detail on the railway, which was built by slave laborers and allied prisoners of war. There are also several National Parks close to Kanchanaburi – and it’s easy to visit Erawan National Park on a day trip to Kanchanaburi – where you can chase waterfalls, explore caves, and dip into glorious turquoise pools. 

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Ang Thong is a province located to the north of Bangkok. It’s known as the golden rice basin of Thailand because the region is the largest rice producer in Thailand. 

The  Ang Thong Buddhas  and Temples are the main attraction in this very rural area of the country. The largest Buddha sits right between vibrant green rice fields and the Wat Muang temple. This temple is also known as the crystal temple. Beautiful mirrors decorate the inner rooms, creating a special ambiance and light. The garden area is the Buddhist version of hell, with tall and life-sized figurines telling Buddhist mythology. 

One can visit another 200 temples in the area, but the most unique sanctuary is the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. He is dressed with a massive bright orange tunica, and the toes are decorated with pieces of gold paper by devotees. The drive from Bangkok to Ang Thong takes about 1.5 hrs, making it a perfect day trip to learn more about the rural areas of Thailand.

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Well, that’s all from me. I hope you enjoyed reading about the best places to visit near Bangkok! If you think I’ve missed any must-visit attractions outside Bangkok City, let me know in the comments below so that I can add them to my Bangkok excursions bucket list!

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14 Great Places to Visit Near Bangkok Right Now

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What are the best places to visit near bangkok.

A quick escape from Bangkok’s busy streets and sprawling centre might seem tough, but think again. You’ll be surprised by how many great places you can visit near Bangkok, and visit easily.

Shower under a waterfall. Sunbake on an island. Wander through a buzzing market. There is an adventure here for you.

The following places near Bangkok are within 3 hours (one-way) of the city. Some destinations are best visited with two or more days, I’ll let you know which ones.

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Markets Near Bangkok

Think markets are just for shopping? You’re wrong! Thais visit markets to explore, socialize, eat and drink. The most important part is actually eating, so there is lots of food around.

There are loads of markets around Bangkok; floating markets, train markets, night markets…  the opportunities are endless. Here are some of my favourites.

1. Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway market

The Maeklong Railway Market is one of the most unique places to visit near Bangkok. It is located Samut Songkhram, about 1.5 hours west of Bangkok.

You will find a busy market sprawled across a train line where trains actually arrive every hour! Crazy right? You have to see it to believe it. Vendors mostly sell fruit, vegetables, and seafood and aren’t pushy like at touristy markets in Bangkok so you get a nice authentic vibe.

The market runs 7 days a week so it is super easy to visit any time.

Read More: my detailed guide to the Maeklong Railway Market including how to get there and opening hours

2. Amphawa Floating Market

amphawa floating market

The Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram, and is the largest floating market near Bangkok. It is located just down the road from the Maeklong Railway Market, easily combined into a great one day trip from Bangkok.

Years ago Bangkok was built around canals. Over time many canals were filled in but some floating markets survived, most on the outskirts of Bangkok. Nowadays you will find lots of small boats selling everything from Pad Thai to grilled seafood, souvenirs, fresh fruits and more.

The Amphawa Floating Market is open on weekends. It is usually quite busy with Thais visiting from Bangkok. Expect a crowded, but lively market.

Read More: my detailed guide to the Amphawa Floating Market including directions

3. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market Bangkok

The Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is located in Taling Chang, in the north of Bangkok. It takes about an hour to get here from the city center.

There is more food and far fewer people here, so this is my No.1 floating market near Bangkok. Attention all foodies!

Start with lunch sitting by the canal slurping down a bowl of “Boat Noodles” like a local. This is a dish of rice noodles in pig’s blood soup. Trust me, it tastes better than it sounds.

Walk around the canals to work off lunch, then jump on a longtail boat to tour around Taling Chan. Longtail boat trips run for about half an hour and are a great way to see the local way of life.

Read More: my detailed guide to the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market including public transport directions

Waterfalls Near Bangkok

I really love waterfalls, you cannot say you’ve seen Thailand’s nature without visiting one. There are some great waterfalls near Bangkok for you to explore too! Wander through the forest, and shower under a waterfall nature’s way, it’s an amazing experience.

4. Erawan Falls National Park

Erawan Fall Natipnal Park

Erawan Falls are one of my favorite places to visit near Bangkok for a nature escape. I’ve visited the Erawan Falls more than ten times and listed them as one of the five must-see waterfalls in Thailand . Do you agree?

Water flows all year but it’s best to visit during the wet season (April to October). The park can close during very heavy rain due to safety concerns. Throughout the dry season, the pools have water but the stream can be just a trickle.

You can visit as a long day trip from Bangkok, but there are so many other attractions in Kanchanaburi that it’s worth staying a few nights. Check out my detailed guide to Kanchanaburi for plenty more destinations nearby.

Read More: my detailed full day breakdown Bangkok to Erawan Falls

5. Wang Takhrai Waterfall

Waterfalls to visit near bangkok

Wang Takhrai is anot her great waterfall near Bangkok located in Nakhon Nayok Province. Unlike the Erawan Falls, Wang Takhrai Waterall is hardly known to westerners.

This isn’t a tall waterfall, but a series of rapids flowing through the forest. The water is deep enough to swim in all year round. You can also hire inflatable tubes in the park and cruise down the river. It’s similar to tubing in Vang Vieng but without the parties and tourists.

Want to stay overnight? Ask about campsites, tents, and bungalows at the national park headquarters. It’s the perfect nature escape from Bangkok.

How to get there – you will need private transport to get to Wang Takhrai Waterfall. Hire a car in Bangkok or charter a taxi for the day. The trip takes about 2hrs one way.

6. Haew Suwat Waterfall (Khao Yai National Park)

Haew Sai Waterfall Khao Yai National Park

Haew Suwat is a huge waterfall located in Khao Yai National Park, one of the closest national parks to Bangkok. This waterfall was one of the filming locations for the movie The Beach .

It is best to visit Haew Suwat Waterfall as part of a bigger trip to Khao Yai National Park. There are lots of jungle hiking trails in Khao Yai NP which are amazing to explore.  The national park is also home to animals like elephants, bears, leopards, deer, otters, and gibbons.

Want to stay overnight? Try camping in Khao Yai National Park and go for a morning swim under the waterfall. There are also lots of guesthouses in Pak Chong near the park’s northern entrance.

How to get there – join a small group tour from Bangkok, the drivers will know about Haew Suwat Waterfall.

Islands Near Bangkok

So you think that all the Thai islands are located far away in the south? Well, I’m about to blow your mind. Koh Phangan, Phuket, and Koh Lanta are not the only Thai islands! There are actually lots of amazing islands near Bangkok which you need to know about too!

I’ve only included three islands here; Koh Chang, Koh Samae San, and Koh Larn. If you head a little further east from Koh Chang you can also visit Koh Mak and Koh Kood (which is probably my favorite Thai island).

7. Koh Chang Island

Lonely Beach, Koh Chang

Koh Chang is an amazing tropical island located just a few hours from Bangkok off the coast of Trat. That’s the last province as you head east to Cambodia. Note: it is best to visit Koh Chang if you have at least 3 days available.

Koh Chang has loads of outdoor activities such as hiking trails, waterfalls, snorkeling, scuba diving, incredible mountain lookouts, or just relaxing on the beach. You can even go island hopping to beautiful places like Koh Wai, Koh Mak, and Koh Kood. There’s plenty of boats which depart from the southern end of the island at Bang Bao Pier.

Looking for a party vibe? Make sure you visit Lonely Beach where you will find Reggae Bars, beach parties, cheap hostels, and lots of restaurants.

Read More: my review of the top beaches on Koh Chang island

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8. Koh Samae San

Koh Samae San

Koh Samae San is one of my favorite islands near Bangkok for a quick day trip. It is located just 1.5km off the coast of Rayong which is reached by a short ferry trip. The island is managed by the Thai Navy so National Park rules apply; entry fees, no drinking alcohol, no littering, etc…

There are no hotels or resorts on Koh Samae San, so you won’t be able to stay here overnight. There are, however, some amazing white sandy beaches, great snorkelling spots, and perfectly clear water for swimming.

How to get there (solo) – take a bus or van from Ekkamai bus station to Pattaya Central, then catch a taxi to Koh Samae San pier.

How to get there (guided) – spend about 6 hours on the island which is plenty, and have all private transport included with this guide from around $70 per person. Not a bad deal!

9. Koh Larn

Koh Larn is located just off the coast of Pattaya, about 2hrs drive from Bangkok. It is pretty much the closest island to Bangkok worth visiting (apart from those in the Chao Praya River). Check out Tawaen Beach on the north coast, and Tien Beach on the west coast. If you want to spend a night on Koh Larn, your best option is the east coast, where you will find lots of budget and boutique hotels.

How to get there – minivans depart Mochit Bus Terminal ( tickets and timetable ). Tickets start at 190 THB (USD 6) per person. This trip takes about 2hrs one way. You need to take a songtaew from the minivan station to Pattaya South Wharf, then hop on the ferry to Koh Larn. The ferry to Koh Larn costs 30 THB per person and takes about 30 minutes.

10. Koh Kret

Koh Kret Express

This is one of the closest islands near Bangkok, but it’s not what you expect. Koh Kret is actually a man-made island in The Chao Praya River.

The island is inhabited by people of the Mon ethnicity, similar to those you’ll find in Sangkhlaburi. There is a traditional pottery village where you can buy some authentic handmade crafts really cheap. The village is mixed in with community small farms and some nature along the water. It really feels like a throwback to an early day Bangkok.

After exploring the island be sure to drop into the local microbrewery for some of the best beers around Bangkok. You will find this, and loads of other local things to do in Bangkok in my huge city guide.

Read More: my detailed guide to Koh Kret Island including directions ad top attractions

Other Cities Near Bangkok

There are a few cities near Bangkok in the surrounding provinces which I suggest visiting. Each has its own vibe, and you will quickly realize that Bangkok is not home to everyone in Thailand.

11. Ayutthaya – Ancient City

Ayutthaya Historical Park

A trip to Thailand would not be complete without visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park . This is one of the main historical places to visit near Bangkok. Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and later become the ancient capital city of Thailand (then known as Siam). By the year 1700 is was apparently the largest city in the world.

There are countless temples all around Ayutthaya, which are open every day. The most iconic temples to visit include; Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Matathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet. if you love the temples in Ayutthaya, then you must check out these 12 temples in Bangkok too!

Getting to Ayutthaya is easy by train, minivan or bus and takes about 1 to 1.5hrs each way. With trains being as slow as they are in Thailand the minivan is the quicker option. It is also possible to get to Ayutthaya by boat however it takes much longer and needs to be organized in advance as a tour.

How to get there – minivans depart Mochit Bus Terminal ( tickets and timetable ). Tickets start at 90 THB (USD 3) per person. This direct trip takes about 2hrs one way.

12. Kanchanaburi – Death Railway

Bridge Over the River Kwai

Kanchanaburi has the most World War 2 History you will find near Bangkok and in all of Thailand. Prisoners of War captured by the Japanese were forced into slave labor to build what is now known as the Death Railway. It consists of a number of sites including the Bridge Over the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, and other sections of track.

The best starting place to visit these sites is Kanchanaburi, but also possible in a one day trip from Bangkok.

How to get there – minivans depart Mochit Bus Terminal ( tickets and timetable ). Tickets start at 150 THB (USD 5) per person. This direct trip takes about 3hrs one way.

13. Hua Hin – Beaches

Hua Hin is located southwest of Bangkok along the highway which heads towards the islands in Surat Thani. You will find long sandy beaches and lots of great local food here. The beaches in Hua Hin are regarded as some of the best in Southeast Asia for windsurfing, so whether you’re a pro or just want to get started, then you better make a trip here.

Hua Hin is more developed than the smaller islands in southern and eastern Thailand. Expect to find lots of large hotels along the beach, and smaller hostels a few streets back in town.

How to get there – buses and minivans depart regularly from Ekkamai Bus Station and take about 3hrs for a one-way trip. Alternatively, trains depart from Hua Lampong and take about 4hrs for a one-way trip.

14. Rayong – Thung Prong Thong Mangrove Forest

Thung Prong Thong Mangrove Forest

A mangrove forest might not be top on your list of places to visit near Bangkok, however, this one is worth it. The golden Thung Prong Thong Mangrove forest covers a massive 2,400 acres along the coast of Rayong province.

Explore the coastal biodiversity along the extensive stretch of elevated wooden boardwalks. While the most popular sight is the sprawling golden mangrove forest, expect to see animals including crabs and rare wetland birds. To explore further into the wetland you can also hop on board a 20-minute longtail boat ride near the entrance of the park.

How to get there – you will need your own private transport to get to Thung Prong Thong. I suggest hiring a car in Bangkok for the day.

Visiting Bangkok Soon?

With well over 10 million people, Bangkok is a total megacity. This often makes it quite daunting for first time travellers.

How do you get around? What should you see? But what about all the tourist scams? It’s easy to get information overload and miss out on the amazing culture this city has to offer.

After having lived in Bangkok for over 7 years, I’ve compiled all my top tips and local’s perspectives into this easy to use Bangkok Travel Guide .

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The best day trips to escape Bangkok's crowds

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A day trip from Bangkok to Ayuthaya will take you back through the centuries © Anupong Sakoolchai / Getty Images

Bangkok is an all-you-can-eat buffet feast for the senses – the sights, the sounds, the sensations, even the smells. But for all its golden brilliance, and its full hand of markets, temples, palaces and world-class food and nightlife experiences, the Thai capital can be overwhelming in large doses.

During the northern hemisphere winter – Bangkok's peak season – the weather is cool and dry and perfect for exploring, but the crowds can resemble the start of Woodstock. Fear not – easy day trips from Bangkok let you leave the hordes behind and connect with a gentler, calmer vision of the Land of Smiles.

When the streets, traffic fumes and pushy tuk-tuk drivers start to close in, just venture out beyond the city limits to historic towns, ancient ruins, evocative WWII relics and even golden beaches. Here’s our pick of the best day trips from Bangkok.

Enjoy rural calm in the city at Bang Krachao

Travel time: 30 minutes

Although nominally considered part of Bangkok, Bang Krachao feels like stepping into rural Thailand – the antithesis of the chaotic metropolis across the Chao Phraya River. This peaceful district offers such delights as the Bang Nam Pheung floating weekend market, a scattering of 250-year-old temples and an eco-resort where you can sleep in a treehouse .

Largely covered by farmland, this 16 sq km (6.2 sq mi) island is filled with mangrove forests, small homesteads, and elevated pathways precariously perched above winding canals. It’s popular with cyclists, who zip past the teak-framed houses shaded by clusters of palm trees, but it's worth coming on foot to properly explore what remains of the hamlets now absorbed by Bangkok's urban sprawl.

A must-stop is Si Nakhon Kheun Khan , a public park and botanical garden with bike trails, fishponds and a bird lookout where you can spot many striking Thai bird species.

How to get to Bang Krachao: Boats make the five-minute river crossing to Bang Krachao from Wat Klongtoey Pier in the southeast of the city, about a half-hour taxi ride from the center of Bangkok (longer in traffic). Once on the island, bikes can be rented at the pier for around 80B per day.

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Pedal through pottery villages on Ko Kret

Travel time: 1 hour

A man-made island in the Chao Phraya River, Ko Kret was first settled by Mon people from Burma, who ruled central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries. Twelve kilometers north of central Bangkok, the island today is a charming backwater, largely untouched by modern development. It's a place to escape the crowds and cars of the Thai capital – only bikes and motorcycles are allowed on its one road.

Ko Kret is also celebrated for its handmade terracotta pots; you can visit workshops and buy ceramics directly from local artisans who continue to use techniques handed down through generations. Renting a bicycle or hopping on a moto-taxi is the most effective way to explore. Don't miss Wat Poramai Yikawat, the grandest temple on the island, with a Mon-style marble Buddha statue and a museum showcasing local ceramics and religious relics.

At weekends, a busy morning food market full of vendors selling Mon dishes and Thai desserts draws both locals and savvy travelers. Arrive when it opens at 9am for the best selection of dishes to sample!

How to get to Ko Kret:  Ko Kret is located to the north of central Bangkok. The easiest way to come is by taxi or bus 166 from the Victory Monument to Wat Sanam Neua in Pak Kret, where you can board a cross-river ferry. Alternatively, charter a longtail river taxi from Nonthaburi, the northern terminus of the Chao Phraya Express riverboat. The journey from Saphan Taksin (Central Pier) to Nonthaburi Pier takes around 40 minutes.

Wat Maha That temple ruins in Ayuthaya, Thailand

Explore atmospheric temple ruins in Ayuthaya

Before Bangkok claimed the crown as the Thai capital, Ayuthaya was the official seat of the long-lived kingdom of Siam. The ancient city was founded in 1350 and its extravagant rulers filled the streets with some 400 temples and palaces, many adorned with resplendent gold leaf. Most were ravaged when Burmese invaders rolled into town in 1767.

Today Ayuthaya's many ancient relics live on as genteel ruins, giving Cambodia’s Angkor Wat a run for its sightseeing money. The Khmer-style spires at Wat Ratchaburana still rise as dramatically as they did in the 15th century, while Wat Mahathat is famed for its sandstone Buddha head tangled in the roots of an ancient Bodhi tree. Chao Sam Phraya National Museum , meanwhile, is the custodian of items once housed in the temple’s crypts, including ancient Thai pottery.

The temples are dotted around the peaceful Ayuthaya Historical Park, which is best circumnavigated by bike. Pick up rental wheels on arrival outside Ayuthaya train station. Alternatively, jump in a tuk-tuk for a breezy way to explore this fascinating Unesco World Heritage site.

How to get to Ayuthaya:  Ayuthaya is north of Bangkok, roughly an hour away by car or shared minivan from Bangkok’s Victory Monument . The trip doesn't take much longer by train to Ayutthaya Station, about 4km (2.5mi) from the ruins.

The Death Railway Bridge, made from steel and concrete, spanning the River Kwai; day trips from Bangkok

Discover WWII history and the great outdoors in Kanchanaburi

Travel time: 2–3 hours

Kanchanaburi has a dark history to thank for its modern-day popularity. The town is the setting for the hauntingly-titled Death Railway Bridge , built by Allied prisoners during WWII and immortalized in the (largely fictional) plotline of Pierre Boulle’s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai and the subsequent Hollywood movie adaptation starring Alec Guinness.

As well as this evocative landmark, the town is dotted with fascinating war museums – including the JEATH War Museum , which displays photographs, paintings and wartime relics (such as an unexploded bomb). Dotted around the streets are somber cemeteries that give a human face to the harrowing events that took place here.

But there’s more to Kanchanaburi than military history. If you're looking to take it easy, the surrounding countryside offers a wealth of low-key outdoor activities. Admire the handsome buildings along the town’s Heritage Walking Street , and duck into ancient temples such as Wat Ban Tham , with its entrance resembling a dragon’s mouth. Take a bamboo raft down the river or swim in the stunning waterfall in Erawan National Park , then take an organized trek into the area’s dense jungles.

How to get to Kanchanaburi:  Kanchanaburi is located to the west of Bangkok, two hours away by car. It's also easy to reach Kanchanaburi by train, but this requires a change in Nakhon Pathom; allow three hours in total. Alternatively, minivans regularly depart from Victory Monument.

Multicolored neon signs in the heart of the Walking Street in Pattaya. Crowds of people walk through the narrow streets that are lined with bars and restaurants.

Explore Bangkok's closest beaches in Pattaya 

Is the beach resort of Pattaya worth visiting? That depends on who you ask. For some, this is just a conveniently located Thai beach resort, handy for the capital and packed with attractions for all ages, including two water parks and a zipline course, plus some great hotels and restaurants targeting the tourist crowds with piles of pancakes and full English breakfasts.

Others will recoil at the touristy vibe and lingering signs of the sex industry that has fueled Pattaya’s popularity ever since off-duty American GIs first started coming here in the 1960s. The sleazy beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlors aren’t exactly hard to spot.

But putting that to one side, Pattaya has a couple of decent strips of beach – namely Naklua to the north and Jomtien to the south – for those hankering for a quick dip after the sizzling urban heat in Bangkok. Night owls are well catered for too, with a good selection of non-seedy bars, including live music venue Hot Tuna and nightclubs aplenty.

How to get to Pattaya: Pattaya is around two hours southeast of Bangkok by road. Several companies run direct buses and minibuses to Pattaya, including 12Go Transport , with a service leaving from Makkasan Station on New Petchaburi Rd in Bangkok.

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Enjoy sun, sand and seafood in Hua Hin

Travel time: 3–4 hours

Thailand’s original beach resort is no palm-fringed castaway island and arguably is all the better for it. Instead, Hua Hin is a refreshing mix of city and sea with lively markets, good golf courses and water parks, and an ambiance that just keeps getting more hip and cosmopolitan. In fact, many visitors never even step foot on the sand.

This former fishing village rose to prominence in the mid-1920s, when it was transformed into a fully-fledged resort town for the Bangkok-based nobility. Kings Rama VI and Rama VII built summer palaces here, but today, the resort attracts Bangkok folk from all walks of life.

Given the resort is around three to four hours from Bangkok, most day-trippers chose to stay for at least one night. Fortunately, Hua Hin has a good array of guesthouses catering to paupers as well as princes. Likewise, the town's restaurants dish up plenty of low-priced, high-quality seafood.

While the beaches don’t rival those of Thailand’s southern islands , and are a bit too shallow for proper swimming, Hua Hin is Thailand's kiteboarding capital, blessed with strong, gusty winds. Lessons are available from several outfits including Kiteboarding Asia .

How to get to Hua Hin: Hua Hin is located 221km (137 mi) southwest of Bangkok, and it takes just under three hours to get here by car, or four hours by bus. Direct trains also connect Bangkok Train Station and Hua Hin in around four hours.

This article was first published July 2019 and updated December 2023

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The Best Getaways Just Outside of Bangkok

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Exciting as Bangkok is, there’s more to Thailand than the cosmopolitan capital. If you’re trying to avoid the tourist crowd but still wanting to see the beauty of Thailand in all its glory, here are short getaways just outside Bangkok that are calling your name! Think nature excursions, romantic beaches, Instagram-worthy themed concepts and much more. 


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Drive Time: 2 hours from Bangkok to Pattaya

Pattaya is home to a lively shopping scene, beaches, and booming nightlife. Sandy beaches, water sports & seafood await at Koh Lan (Coral Island). Art and architecture lovers must check out The Sanctuary Of Truth , a magnificent wooden castle by the sea, paying homage to the ancient Thai carpenter-style era. Nature enthusiasts would enjoy the 600-acred Nong Nooch Tropical Garden . Apart from the plenty of flora and fauna, the park also boasts statues and cultural shows.

Complete the trip with A La Campagne , a European-style mini-village complete with a tea room, restaurants and patisserie, farm activities, and lots of photo opportunities. Definitely, one that will make everyone on Instagram jealous!

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Drive Time: 1 hour from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The ancient capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is one for folks who are interested in culture and heritage. Doused in century old history, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a hotspot for tourists who come from all over the world, to see the remnants of a once powerful Kingdom of Siam. Amongst the list of temples to visit includes Wat Chaiwatthanaram , a Buddhist temple overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the beautiful ground gardens. The Wat Mahathat is gorgeous in its own way, with intricate Buddha carvings, nestled between the tree roots at the site.

Next up, the Wat Phanan Choeng is famous for its enormous gold seated Buddha statue, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. Complete the day with a ride on one of the river boats to take in the monastery in beautiful tranquil setting.


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Drive Time: 2 hours and 30 mins from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Already Hollywood famous, Kanchanaburi needs no introduction. Best known through Bridge Over the River Kwai , a movie in 1957, the sombre destination is steeped in the grueling history of the Death Railway . Relive the history at the railway, which earned its name from the sheer number of lives lost during its construction. The Erawan National Park comes a close second when discussing the iconic destination in Kanchanaburi. The nature lover’s dream features Erawan Falls, a waterfall that cascades down seven tiers, many caves, and wildlife like deers and elephants.

For an adrenaline rush, Khao Phu Mai Daeng Mountain is the perfect place. At an elevation of 560 meters, the destination is known for its Big Wall Rock Trip, where guests spend the night sleeping on a stretcher hanging off the face of the cliff – secured by ropes 180 meters above the ground! Truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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Drive Time: Two hours from Bangkok to Rayong

On the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Rayong is lined with a beautiful coastline and a natural scenery. Today synonymous with Koh Samet , the beach with fine white sands is decked with wooden bridges and lounges to rest your feet. Just as famous as its beaches, the province is known for its food. For the best and freshest seafood at affordable prices, head on to the Ban Phe Market .

Hit the Mangrove Research Centre and the Skyview Tower for an afternoon complete with joyous bicycle rides on wooden pathways. The nature preserve is a re-forested area of a previously denuded coastal mangrove forest. The land has been re-established to make way for the incubation of marine life, including many species of fish, crabs, and shrimps. One for those who believe in eco-tourism.

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Drive Time: 1 hour from Bangkok to Ratchaburi

If you haven’t been to a floating marketing in Thailand, now’s the time. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is frequented by both locals and foreigners. Whether you’re looking to buy souvenirs or sink your teeth into some delicious Mango Sticky Rice, the possibilities are endless. The Bo Khlueng Hot Stream is a popular hotspot in Ratchaburi. A natural hot stream with a temperature of between 50-68 degrees Celsius, the water is believed to be full of minerals that are good for the skin.

Not too far off from the hot stream is Namtok Kao Chan Waterfall . Surrounded by a peaceful and gorgeous natural enclave of greenery, the beautiful waterfall consists of 9 cascades. A destination that’s well-suited for a nature hike, visitors willing to hike up about 4.8 kilometres, can reach the highest point in three to four hours. 

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Drive Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bangkok to Chonburi

Lined with beaches, Chonburi is best known for the city of Pattaya, but there’s lots more to discover in the region. Perfect for a family trip, the Grand Canyon Chonburi is a landscape that demands exploration. Think a scenic site with a hole in an evergreen cliff, filled with water. Not far away is the Snow Mountain , a hill made up of grey pebbles and rocks, perfect for a photoshoot. Next, experience the Flight of the Gibbon , an adrenaline-fueled zip line adventure in the middle of a rainforest. Made for families and friends, think of an action-packed adventure where you see the rainforest through new heights, zooming through the zip-lines. 

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Drive Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes from Bangkok to Hua Hin

A favorite amongst Thai locals, Hua Hin is a beachside town with a relaxed surroundings. Here, the Cicada Market makes it on everybody’s travel list – think bargain and street food galore, theatre performances, and live music. Apart from the multiple beach activities in the city, Seen Space Hua Hin introduces a concept of Eat, Lay, Play and Relax – all in one location! Walk in and you won’t realise time fly by as you window shop through the best fashion apparels and home décor, and eat your favourite bites while spectating the all-day entertainment laid out for you. 

A 45-minute drive south of Hua Hin, Phraya Nakhon Cave is one for those who love a good challenge. Discovered 200 years ago and located inside the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, prepare for the 1,410-feet hike up steep steps to the cave. It’s totally worth it when you see the small pavilion at the cave bathed in a majestic sun glow.

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Drive Time: 3 hours from Bangkok to Khao Yai

We can’t mention Khao Yai without bringing up Khao Yai National Park . Covering more than 2,000 square kilometres of area, there’s plenty to do here – Evergreen forests, mountains, loads of hiking and biking trails, birdwatching, as well as many waterfalls. The Alcidini Winery , a boutique family-run estate, is also nearby. Grown in Thailand, delve into the flavours of the Shiraz and Muscat Blue grape varieties here. Besides wine-tastings, nibble on macadamia and chestnuts while taking in the 360 panoramic view.

Primo Piazza is also a concept worth visiting, mimicking the streets of Italy with stunning replicas of its architecture. As you storm the grounds adorned with cafes, restaurants and retail stores, make your way to the farm area to get up close and personal with alpacas, merinos, and donkeys.

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5 Popular Things to Do during a Day Trip Outside of Bangkok

Strap on a backpack, grab a water bottle, and prepare to inhale some fresh air during a day trip outside of Bangkok ! Thailand’s capital city’s access to transportation and local tour guides makes it a great launching point for loads of day trip destinations. Explore historical landmarks, or chill with locals in the countryside. Whichever direction you choose to go, rest assured that these treks around Bangkok are perfect for solo travelers, families or groups of any kind.

AGODA EXTRA : Take part in one of the wackiest celebrations in the world, according to The Guardian newspaper, during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at Phra Prang Sam Yod(Monkey Temple) in Lopburi Province. On the last Sunday in November, locals honor the more than 3,000 long-tailed macaque monkeys who are credited with boosting the region’s economy by attracting visitors to the temple. Festival-goers don monkey masks and celebrate the event as the furry guests chow down on more than 4,000 kilos of vegetarian dishes, fruit sculptures, sticky rice and traditional Thai desserts – all prepared by local chefs, for the monkeys only!

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1. Take a longboat through DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET, Ratchaburi

Throw yourself into the middle of Thai culture and history with an excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market . Built on the longest canal in Thailand, the market supports local farmers who sell their produce and wares from the seats of small wooden boats. Pile into your own boat and paddle your way through winding canals and floating merchants.

How to get there : Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok . Buses run daily, at different times throughout the day, and can be booked on the fly at Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) . Optionally, ask your hotel about booking a tour. Affordable package deals often are available and can include English-speaking guides, plus side trips to coconut farms and sugar plantations along the way.

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2. See the ruins of an ancient kingdom at AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK, Ayutthaya

Though the region hasn’t been recognized as the country’s capital in more than 250 years, the remains of the Ayutthaya kingdom reveal some of the richest secrets of ancient Thai civilization. Built in the 14th century, the temples and royal palaces that remain in Ayutthaya Historical Park have been compared to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, and sections of the park are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is nestled inside an “island” created by the convergence of the Chao Phraya , Lopburi and Pasak rivers . Ayutthaya Historical Park , and its vast surroundings, can be navigated by foot, but many visitors prefer to rent bicycles to cover the more than 3 square kilometers of the royal grounds during this daytrip outside of Bangkok.

How to get there:

TRAIN : Take a two-hour train ride from Hua Lamphong Station . Trains leave every hour, and ticket prices vary, depending on whether you choose an air-conditioned car. BUS : Jump on a bus at Mo Chit Station . Buses leave regularly throughout the day, and the trip takes less than two hours. HIRE A VAN : Ask your hotel about a driver, or hunt one down yourself at Victory Monument , which you can reach by BTS. Vans are generally very inexpensive, but they also don’t leave until they are full. You can expect about a one-hour ride with 10 to 15 other people. TAXI : Talking a taxi driver into taking you to Ayutthaya is definitely more private, but it can be a little pricey. Expect to pay for a round-trip, as your driver most likely won’t be able to score a fare back to Bangkok.

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3. Walk a mile in the shoes of a POW on DEATH RAILWAY, Kanchanaburi

Made famous by Hollywood films and non-fiction depictions, the Death Railway exemplifies more than just a famous movie set. Commissioned in 1943 by the Empire of Japan, the railway was constructed at the hands of forced laborers, thousands of whom died while working on the 415-kilometer section of railway. Walk across Bridge 277 , known worldwide as the Bridge on the River Kwai , and venture further north on the train for a scenic journey along Kwae Noi River , through the Wampo Viaduct and into Hellfire Pass , a section of the railway formed by workers who were forced to manually cut a pass through rock.

Make it a two-day day trip outside of Bangkok ! Other sights in the area include Sai Yok Noi Waterfall , located directly between Sai Yok National Park and Erawan National Park , both great for hiking, kayaking, caving and team-building exercises.

How to get there : The train that still follows the original route is the only acceptable way to experience Death Railway . You can hire a driver, but you will miss the majestic journey and much of the history explained along the way. Trains leave every morning from Thonburi Station , and guides are available for a small fee to help you choose the best timetable, depending on how far you want to go on your daytrip.

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4. Go spelunking and swim in cool waters at SARIKA WATERFALL in KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK, Nakhon Nayok

On the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park , Sarika Waterfall flows down nine levels into refreshing pools layered down a mountainside. Go on to explore Sarika Cave and trek to the top to tour a historic chapel. A trip to Sarika Waterfall can easily be worked into a nature-filled excursion to Khao Yai National Park .

How to get there : Hiring a driver is your best bet for a safe trip to Sarika Waterfall and Khao Yai National Park . Ask a representative from your hotel for daytrip packages to the area, which can be reached in about two hours by car. For this day trip outside of Bangkok , you should plan for an early start and a late return.

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5. Take your open-air shopping experience to a thrilling new level at MAEKLONG RAILWAY MARKET, Samut Songkhram

Market life takes on a whole new meaning in Samut Songkhram Province , where merchants don’t just sell their wares along the railroad, they actually set up shop right on top of it. Known to locals as Siang Tai, or “Life-risking” Market, the popular attraction offers local produce, fresh seafood and miscellaneous goods, but more than that, it provides one of the most thrilling shopping experiences in the region. Listen for the train signal, and watch shopkeepers scurry to fold in umbrellas and remove their wares from the tracks as the train passes by. The routine takes place eight times each day and is the reason the market also is known as Talad Rom Hoop , or “umbrella-closing” market.

BY CAR : Hire a driver for the 80-kilometer trip. It’s possible to find taxis to the area and back, but asking your hotel about a daytrip will be less complicated and possibly cheaper. TRAIN : Take the BTS Sky Train to Wongwian Yai Station , and grab a tuk tuk to Wongwian Yai Railway Station. It’s a 1-kilometer walk if you want to stretch your legs before boarding the train. Take the train to Maha Chai Station, which is located on the banks of the Tha Chin River. Take a ferry across the river to Ban Laem Railway Station. From there, you can board the train again and complete your day trip outside of Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market .

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8 near-by places to visit outside Bangkok

If you are living in or traveling to Bangkok, you may be interested in discovering nearby places, let’s us introduce to you 8 must-see spots outside Bangkok.

Nice view of Pattaya Pier

Nice view of Pattaya Pier

Known as the closest coastal area in Thailand, Pattaya is a vibrant city with sunny beautiful beaches, modern shopping malls, luxury hotels and resorts, bars, and 24/7 clubs which attracts millions of visitors per year. With 2-3 hours driving from Bangkok, you will reach this amazing city. If you don’t have a car, it’s easy to take a bus from Ekkamai Bus station or Mochit Bus station. If you have 1 or 2 days of traveling and you want to enjoy the perfectly active life in a sunny and windy land, Pattaya is the best choice for your trip.

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Stunning view of Tawaen beach – Koh Larn

If you would like to enjoy the sunny and windy atmosphere on stunning beaches, but you don’t like the vibrant noise of Pattaya, Koh Larn is the right place for you. Known as the closest island in Thailand, Koh Larn takes you 15 mins from Pattaya by a speed boat or 45-50 min by a slow boat. This beautiful island is famous for lots of nice beaches and activities such as parasailing, jet ski, parachuting, banana boats, etc..

Besides, Koh Larn is considered a heaven of seafood at a reasonable price. With a price of 399 THB (12.69 USD), you can enjoy a buffet of shrimp, crabs, and various sea species with amazing taste. You also can easily find some nice cafes to chill out with friends and have some good photos. Needless today, Koh Larn is a perfect place for short-time travel.

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Amazing beach in Hua Hin – Internet

About 200 km from Bangkok, with 4-5 hours by train or by bus/minivan, Hua Hin is an ideal place for short-time trips. This beautiful place is famous for peaceful beaches, water sports, modern and traditional shopping spots, and historical sites. Also known as amazing places, but Hua Hin is much more peaceful than Pattaya. If you are interested in a slow lifestyle, Hua Hin is definite for you. It isn’t hard to find charming resorts, hotels, and homestays in this area. Despite the variety of accommodations, Hua Hin’s properties are quickly fully booked. If you plan to visit Hua Hin at the weekend or public holiday, make sure you booked a hotel or a homestay in advance.

Khao Yai

The highest point of Khao Yai National Park

If you have already visited the above spots and want to find something new, Khao Yai is really worth your visit. With 2-3 hours driving from Bangkok to the north, you will be amazed by the cool weather and stunning sites of Khao Yai. Khao Yai in Thai means “Big Forest”, as its name, this beautiful place is famous For Khao Yai National Park. Driving through the national park will bring you close to nature, the wildlife and leave you an unforgettable feeling.

There are lots of hotels, cafés, and restaurants in this area, but each place is far from each other, it would be best if you have your own car. If you don’t have a car, rent a Songteaw (semi-taxi) with a local driver should be the best choice to discover this beautiful place.

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A small corner of Ayuttaya

If you are interested in history and culture, Ayuttaya is the right destination for you. Coming to this 1991 UNESCO World Heritage Site within 1-2 hours from Bangkok, you have a chance to experience the remnants of the grand Ayuttaya Kingdom. This site comprises a history museum and a great number of ruined temples and palaces. If you would like to flee from the busy and noisy lifestyle, this calm, quiet, and relaxing Ayuttaya will never disappoint you. Renting a bike is highly recommended in this historical place; you can be slow enough to visit numerous temples and palaces. As this is considered a solemn spot, remember to dress formally and wear clothes covering your shoulders and knees. Day tours or 2-3 day tours are enough for this beautiful ancient city.


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Peaceful place in Kanchanaburi – Internet

Located in the northwest of Bangkok with 2-3 hours of driving, Kanchanaburi is famous for its amazing waterfalls and national parks which are easy to access. More than that, Kanchanaburi is well-known as a place keeping the remnants of World War II. Coming here, you can experience various spots and sceneries ranging from mountainous sites to temples and museums. There are so many sites to visit and so many things to do just in one place.

It is quite easy to get to this beautiful place. You can take a bus, a train, a taxi or drive a car here. This is a year-round destination but the best time to visit Kanachaburi is from November to February as the weather is cooler than the rest of the year. It’s ideal to spend 2-3 days in this place.

Bang Krachao

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Relaxing ride in Bang Krachao – Internet

Considered the Green Lunge of Bangkok, Bang Krachao is a verdant peninsula in an oxbow of Chao Praya river. It is known as the best place to escape from chaotic city life due to the greenly natural space. You may never imagine that there’s a totally “different Bangkok” close to Bangkok. There’s no metropolitan, no condo, and no annoying traffic jam. You can refresh and merge yourself into a calming rural atmosphere.

The most interesting activity in this peninsula is bike riding which takes you away from daily stressful noise and brings you to a relaxing space. Besides the stunning nature, make sure you did not skip visiting Bang Num Pheung floating market and trying local food here. Both their special taste and their cheap price will amaze you!

Daily trips and a budget of less than 1000 THB (32 USD) for everything are ideal for this charming peninsular.

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Stunning image of Ampawa Floating Market – Internet

Amphawa Floating Market is one of the famous floating markets in Thailand which is about 1.5-2 hours drive from Bangkok. The most convenient way to access this market is by canoes. This market offers you a stress-free day with a huge amount of food, drinks, and souvenirs at a reasonable price. Also, it is well-known for the firefly tour along the riverside which is a must-try activity in this place.

Amphawa Floating market opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 PM – 10 PM which is a perfect get-away trip for you after a tiring working week.

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The Best Outdoor Activities in and Around Bangkok

Lumpini Park provides a welcome relief from the Bangkok crowds

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With year-round hot weather and endless sunshine (minus the rainy season), Bangkok is an ideal metropolis when it comes to amazing outdoor activities. Here are the best.

Many Bangkok visitors only spend a few days in the city, scoping out the major sites, before scramming to the islands and beaches beyond. But if you look past the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and buzzing nightlife , you’ll find a bevvy of exciting outdoor activities, from cultural landmarks to adrenaline-pumping adventures. Bangkok, like any major city, is home to amusement parks, racetracks, open-air markets and much more. If you want to get beyond the major tourist attractions and discover what the city’s residents already know and love, let this list steer you in the right direction.

1. Bike or jog around Lumpini Park

Statue of King Rama VI in Lumphini park in Bangkok, Thailand

2. Shop at one of the biggest flea markets in the world

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Chatuchak weekend market

3. Cruise the canals

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Khlong Saen Saep canal

One of Bangkok’s nicknames is the Venice of the East, owing to its intricate network of canals that snake their way through the city. Two of the main canals worth exploring are Khlong Saen Saep, which slices through the centre of Bangkok running east to west, and Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, which runs north to south and intersects with Saen Saep at the Bobae Market (Bangkok’s largest wholesale clothing market). At around 20 Thai baht (51p), it’s incredibly cheap to zip through these canals, and you’ll see a side of Bangkok that few tourists ever experience. Just mind the water as it’s pretty mucky.

4. Get wet and wild at Siam Amazing Park

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Water Slide At Siam City Park

5. Take a zip line over the rainforest at Flight of the Gibbon

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If you’re looking to get your heart pumping while basking in Thailand’s lush rainforests, there’s nothing quite like a zip-line excursion on the outskirts of the city. Flight of the Gibbon is a zip-line company that will pick you up and drop you off in Bangkok, escorting you south to Pattaya where they have three kilometres (1.9 miles) of zip lines that rise above the Chonburi forest canopy. Guides also teach visitors about the merits of eco-tourism and the state of the jungle in today’s hectic world.

6. See all the animals at Safari World

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Giraffes and zebras in open zoo Safari World, Bangkok

For lovers of animals but not necessarily zoos, Safari World on the outskirts of Bangkok hits the sweet spot. The amusement park features two sections: Marine Park – which is like SeaWorld – and Safari Park, where you can drive your car to see all the animals. The Safari Park has hundreds of species, including zebras, rhinos and giraffes, in addition to more predatory animals like lions, tigers and bears. The animals all roam free, and you can get very close to the action in your vehicle or one of the park’s shuttles. Getting here requires a car, bus, minivan or taxi as there’s no rail service to this area of the city.

7. Mosey and dine down the river on an antique rice barge

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Boats on the Chao Phraya River.

8. Drive a race car at Taki Racing School

For the thrill seeker, there’s a racing experience in Bangkok that is not to be missed. Experience Formula Renault driving at the Taki Racing School, where you can achieve speeds of up to 230 kilometres (143 miles) per hour. The costs here are not cheap, with a half-day running in the 15,000 Thai baht (£379) range and a full day at 35,000 baht (£884), but this experience is unlike any other racing opportunity you’ll ever get.

9. Breathe in Bangkok’s lungs

Bang Krachao is a quiet jungle oasis within the city


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Places to Visit Outside Bangkok

Bangkok is a top destination for tourists because it is packed with adventure and beauty. However, stray away from the city sometime and look for interesting places to visit outside Bangkok. 

There are lots of amazing things for anyone who is willing to explore its true essence and find unusual things beautiful. The rampant nature, historical artifacts, grand temples and the alluring culture of this city will surely fascinate you. 

So, here are some of the remarkable places outside Bangkok that remain hidden to the common eye. They are quite easily accessible from the city and will not require a lot of time.

Koh Lanta Beach

Koh Lanta has many a beach for you to explore, and you can also rent huts near the beach.

Let’s admit it! Nobody prefers beaches that are too crowded and exploited as it won’t let you enjoy well. So, you can head to this serene beach instead of heading to Koh Phi Phi or any other popular beaches. 

This is one of the perfect places to visit outside Bangkok with your loved ones. You will find the ambiance is tranquil and remains fresh and pristine as you spot crystal clear waters, white sandy shores, and perfectly lined mangroves. 

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You can enjoy diving or snorkeling and come across beautiful coral reefs too. 

Erawan National Park

You can easily get to the natural paradise that is Erawan Waterfall from Bangkok.

People who have visited this place call it a natural paradise for adventure and excitement. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or an ordinary traveler, you will feel entertained continuously here. 

Admittedly, this is one of the places to visit outside Bangkok as there are many things you can do here. There are small caves to explore and different types of exotic birds here. 

However, the iconic attraction in the park is the multi-tiered Erawan falls which are an enthralling sight. If you want to make your visit more adventurous, get into the natural water slide found here. 

Siriraj Medical Museum

Siriraj Medical Museum is definitely the most unusual museum in Thailand

Many travelers head to museums of history, culture or art when they visit different countries. However, if you seek for something that is unusual and exciting, this museum is perfect for you. 

This museum actually consists of six different museums where pathology, forensics, and anatomy, are considered to be the main attractions. 

A curious traveler like you might find it morbidly interesting even though it is especially important for medical professionals and students. It is located opposite to the Grand Palace and is quite easy to get there.

A Floating Ride at Amphawa

The Amphawa Floating Market is just a 20-minute ride away from Bangkok.

If you want some places to visit outside Bangkok to make your tour unforgettable, this is ideal for you. Head to the floating village in Amphawa and get to enjoy some of the best Thai seafood meals. 

The best way to savor these delights is by sitting on a boat tied to the central bridge because you get to enjoy the beautiful surrounding. Even though it is the second most popular floating market, it is packed with many interesting things to do.

You can explore the surrounding areas and then take a boat ride along the canal.

Erawan Museum

The entrance fee to the magnificent Erawan Museum interior is very low!

You will see the three-headed elephant statue welcoming you with grandiose on the entrance of the museum. However, the interior is what will capture your heart as the structure portrays extraordinary architecture.

This is exactly one of the places to visit outside Bangkok if you are hunting for its hidden treasures. The museum houses rich antiquities, religious monuments and unmatched decorations in different materials. 

Looking for exploring hidden destinations around Bangkok ? That's awesome since there are so many locations you can explore while avoiding tourist crowds. 

Sadly, this 29 metered towering building is overlooked by many travelers as they are unaware of what it consists. 

Samutprakarn Zoo

The crocodile farm is the main attraction of the Samutprakarn Zoo.

This zoo mainly holds a crocodile farm that is focused on performing research and rehabilitation of crocodiles. It holds around 100,000 crocodiles and also owns the world’s largest crocodile known as Yai. 

Even though the main attraction is crocodiles, you will also see a wide range of animals like elephants, hippos, monkeys, and tigers. Get thrilled as you watch trained performers showcase dangerous acts with crocodiles.

How will you feel putting your head or your hand into a deadly crocodile’s mouth?

Wat Sampran Dragon Temple

Wat Sampran Dragon Temple is an amazing structure that is completely off the beaten path in Thailand.

This massive 17-storeyed temple has a dragon scaling around its wall. You will see that the interior, as well as the exterior, is painted in bright colors giving an attractive look to the temple. 

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Even though only a part of the temple is open to visitors, you will come across few shrines and statues in there. 

You can also get to know about the rituals and ceremonies held here if you seek the assistance of a good tour guide. So, you should definitely visit this magnificent temple on your tour.

Bangkok is a city full of places that are strangely beautiful and therefore is a top destination for tourists. If you choose to travel a bit and visit the suburbs of this city, you will come across fascinating sights. You will enjoy everything from its mouth-watering cuisine to historical artifacts here. These are the best places to visit outside Bangkok and are easily accessible from the city. So, add these best-kept secrets to your travel list and set out to explore them soon!

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The capital city of Thailand and maybe the traffic jam capital of the planet, Bangkok is a fascinating, exciting and incredible city to visit. Like many other capital cities Bangkok never goes to sleep, there is always a hive of activity as people work around the clock in their various professions.

With eight million inhabitants living within the city you will find yourself encountering every walk of life, from the super poor to the mega rich they all congregate in the one city and each feels at home as the other.

Let’s have a look at the top things to do and see in Bangkok :

1. Visit Wat Pho To See The Reclining Buddha

Reclining Budha, Wat Pho To

A visit to Wat Pho is a must for any traveler to Bangkok, it is the home to the Reclining Buddha which stands at fifteen metres tall and forty six metres long, the feet alone are measured at over five meters. The whole statue is covered in gold leaf and looks incredible when you get up close.

Inside the temple there are 108 bowls and on the way in to the temple you can buy coins for the bowls. The history behind this is that Buddha completed 108 positive actions on his way to becoming perfect. Whilst you are at the temple you can also stop for a while to receive a traditional Thai Massage

Recommended tour : Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

2. Visit the Grand Palace

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Of all the places to visit in Bangkok the Grand Palace is the most famous attraction there is. You simply cannot move onto another city until you have taken the time to visit here.

The palace at one time was the king’s home as well as the place where the government of Thailand carried out their work. A trip to the palace can take many hours as there are over 214,000 sq. meters to cover. Be aware of potential scams when outside the palace and only pay the entrance fee when you are actually going in.

Great walking tour available : Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun

3. Ride the Sky Train

Sky Train, Bangkok

There is only one way to get around Bangkok at any speed whilst keeping cool and that is to jump aboard one of the sky trains. With air conditioned carriages there is no better way to get around.

In most instances you are high above the traffic below giving you a view of the city but also the train takes the most direct route. With nearly every part of Bangkok you would want to visit having a train station, travel could not be simpler.

4. Take a trip around Chatuchak Market.

Chatuchak Market

If you like shopping you need to check this place out. If you hate shopping you need to give this place a wide berth. With over 8000 stalls covering 27 acres of space this is one of the largest markets in the world.

Open every Saturday and Sunday it attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a day, you will find everything you could ever imagine for sale here and mostly at local prices rather than tourist prices, it is certainly worth picking up a map before you go to avoid you being lost in the market for hours.

5. Take a Boat Trip along the Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River

Some people refer to Bangkok as the ‘Venice of the East’ this is due to the Chai Phraya River flowing through Bangkok and all of the little canals that feed off of it. The river is the lifeblood of Bangkok, even today 50,000 people still go to work on one of the many ferries that go up and down.

Taking a boat trip down the river is fascinating as you will see high rise condominiums and fancy hotels in one part whilst you will see wooden shacks and children playing in the water in other parts. Feel free to get on and off at any of the stops the ferries make to further explore the city.

Related tour : Tuk Tuk & Tourist Boat on Chao Phraya River

6. Shop Till You Drop At Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon, Bangkok

The high end shopper’s paradise, a hugely popular shopping mall that houses many different shops for high-end fashion designers, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a huge multiplex cinema and enough restaurants to feed you for a life time.

There are over 250 shops inside the mall, most of which are frequented by the well-heeled Thai’s and foreigners. Various car manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini also have showrooms within the complex so if you have deep pockets you are sure to find what you are looking for.

7. Visit The Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok National Museum

The Bangkok National Museum is home to the largest collection of artifacts and Thai art in all of Thailand. The museum was first opened by King Rama V to show off all the gifts that his father had given to him.

There are many interesting things to see in the museum such as Chinese weapons, precious stones, puppets, clothing and textiles and Khon masks. If you go to the museum on a Thursday you can be given a tour in English to give you a greater understanding of everything in the museum.

8. Have a Thai Massage

Thai Massage

Whatever country you come from you almost certainly would have heard of Thai massages and maybe even have seen a Thai massage parlour in your local village. But nowhere can you experience a traditional Thai massage done as well as you would in the country where it originated.

The experience of a Thai massage will give you a new lease of life whilst making you feel invigorated as well as balanced. There are parlous absolutely everywhere so it is worth doing your research to find a good one near your hotel.

9. Spend an Evening in Nana Plaza (Soi 4)

Nana Plaza

Situated just outside the BTS station called Nana is a place called Nana Plaza, many people think that Nana Plaza is the largest sex complex in the world today.

Here you will find many gogo bars full of Thai women looking to pleasure you for the evening in return for a fee. Even if you have no intention of participating in any of the girls offers it is worth spending some time sitting down with a drink and watching the people go by.

10. Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower

Sathorn Unique Tower

Before the financial crisis hit the world a few years ago a huge 49 story skyscraper was being built in the heart of Bangkok, but when the crisis hit the building work stopped and the tower was never completed. Now it sits there abandoned, far too big for anyone to do anything with.

Some sites recommend climbing the tower, but this is dangerous and not allowed. A few years ago some bloggers/vloggers had criminal charges filed against them for posting material online showing them climbing the tower.

11. Take A Stroll Through Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park, Bangkok

At over 500,000 sq. meters Lumpini Park providers the people of Bangkok with a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The name of the park originated from the Lord Buddha who was born in Nepal.

It is not unusual when you walk through the park to see the older Thai generation practicing their Thai Chi or a romantic couple relaxing by the side of the lake. At the weekends the park is full of people taking part in all sorts of activities so a great time to go is early morning or just before sunset.

Related tour : City Culture 3-Hour Bike Tour

12. Eat Out At Chinatown

Chinatown, Bangkok

Every major city has its own Chinatown and Bangkok is no exception to this, you know you have arrived when you walk through the ceremonial Chinese gates and into Chinatown itself.

Packed full of street stalls and restaurants the choice of places to eat will be endless, nowhere else in Bangkok will you get to try as many different kinds of Chinese food as you can here, especially at such good prices. If it is gold you are on the lookout for it is said that this is also the best place in Bangkok to look.

Suggested tour : Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour

13. Go For A Drink On Top Of The City

Vertigo and Moon Bar

There are various places in Bangkok where you can go for a drink at the end of the day but none will have the view of Bangkok that the Vertigo and Moon bar or the Lebua Rooftop bar has. Sitting on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel you can look out and see the beautiful skyline of Bangkok in all of its glory.

As soon as you reach the top you are straight outside so this is not the place to be if you are afraid of heights, the designers have made the rooftop in such a way that you get a complete 360 degree view of the city with no obstructions.

Book online: Lebua Rooftop Bar Reservation & Round-Trip Transfer

14. Eat Street Food

Street Food, Bangkok

With Thai people choosing to eat almost every meal out instead of cooking at home the popularity of street food has never been stronger. Every busy road will have street food vendors selling their products to the locals and tourists alike, the prices are low because this is where the Thais choose to eat their meals as well.

You have probably heard of Pad Thai but there is so much more to street food that this one dish. You will get stalls selling all sorts of foods from Som Tam (papaya salad) to Squid, all cooked in front of you ready for consumption straight away.

There are also some amazing food tours available.

 15. Take a Motorcycle Taxi

Motorcycle Taxi, Bangkok

With the roads of Bangkok being as congested as they are, getting from one place to another can often seem like a daunting task. For most places you can get a sky train but for those that you cannot it is a good option to take a motorcycle taxi, unlike a traditional taxi or a tuk-tuk these guys will take you on the back of their motorcycle to anywhere you want to go.

There is no measuring how far the journey is so once you have paid your fair the driver will want to be there in a rush. Sit back and relax as your driver weaves through the traffic to get you to your location.

16. Watch Kickboxing (Muay Thai)

Muay Thai, Bangkok

The whole of Thailand is full of kickboxing stadiums but the biggest fights happen in Bangkok, normally at either the Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen stadiums. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and it is talked about everywhere. The viewing figures on TV are some of the highest for any show that is aired.

An evening spent at the stadium is sure to be action packed as the locals get so immersed in the fights that the atmosphere reaches fever pitch. There is usually somebody walking around taking bets as well if that is of interest to you.

Book online : Muay Thai Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium – VIP Entrance Ticket

17. Visit Dusit Zoo

 Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo is the oldest zoo in Thailand and has been open for over 60 years.

There is a large range of animals inside the zoo (approximately 1600) including monkeys, alligators, lions, tigers, penguins and kangaroos.

The zoo is very much a working zoo and has an animal hospital which looks after all of the inhabitants of the zoo as well as an education center, museum and train.

18. Take Part in a Water Fight During Songkran

Songkran, Bangkok

Celebrated each year between the 13th and 15th of April Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival and nobody is safe from getting wet. In the Buddhist religion it is believed that by sprinkling water your sins and bad luck will be washed away.

Today the sprinkling of water has turned into a full on water fight that the whole country gets involved in. with the huge crowds of Bangkok there is no better place to experience this festival as the city becomes one big party.

19. Explore the Bangkok Nightlife

Bangkok Nightlife

Bangkok is famous for it’s nightlife scene and grown pretty big over the years.

There’s exciting nightclubs, amazing rooftop bars, hip cocktail bars and much more. There’s the adult themed Soi Cowboy and Patpong, the party scene at Khao San Road and lot’s of clubs to dance the night away. Want to party with like-minded travelers? Then check out this bar crawl tour .

20. Visit The Bangkok Puppet Show

Bangkok Puppet Show

An absolute must for all tourists to Bangkok, in most puppet shows the puppeteers are hidden from view but not in this show.

The puppeteers are part of the show and it takes three people to control each puppet. The puppets tell out a classic folk tale whilst a live orchestra plays music to add to the atmosphere.

The set design and craftsmanship that goes into making the props is magnificent as is the technique of the artists as well.

21. Visit Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House

Thai silk is famous the world over and nowhere will you find a better place to learn about the history behind this craft. As you walk around the house you will not only learn the history of The Thai Silk Company but also the fascinating history of Jim Thompson himself. The house itself is more of a complex with six traditional teak structures forming the complete dwelling.

Consider the Jim Thompson House and Baan Krua Community Tour to save a buck.

22. Visit Wat Arun

Wat Arun, Thailand

There are more than 31,000 Buddhist temples spread out across Thailand and this one is one that you really want to see.

The temple is named after Aruna, the God of Dawn. Situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River is this beautiful temple that stands at 79 metres tall.

The tower is covered in ceramic tiles and coloured porcelain making for an incredible sight when you catch it in the right light. The temple itself is guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds.

Suggested tour:  4-Hour Night Bike Tour with Wat Arun & Wat Pho

23. Feast Yourself On Durian


You will probably smell it before you see it but Durian is known as the king of fruits. People either love it or hate it with some public areas going as far as putting up signs that completely ban it.

A durian fruit is distinct for many reasons, firstly its look, it looks like some kind of medieval weapon with its thorny outer shell, and once the shell has been removed the insides are like this creamy buttery texture that some people say is the greatest fruit of all.

24. Visit Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok

Situated in one of the busiest areas of Bangkok is Erawan Shrine, It is a Brahman shrine and attracts so many visitors that it is more popular than many of the temples.

Constructed in the 1950’s the shrine was made because the construction workers on the nearby hotel were too superstitious to continue their work as they felt the land spirits were unhappy and causing problems on the construction site.

The shrine itself is a four faced brahma god and people flock there and lay floral garlands in the hope their wishes will come true..

25. Visit Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion is the world’s largest teak wood building. Formally a royal residence it was only used for a few years before being left empty for many decades.

The mansion itself is now a museum that is home to many ancient artifacts and even some photographs that have been donated by His Majesty the King.

When you are in the grounds of the buildings you may take as many photographs as you wish but you will not be allowed to take your camera inside the museum itself and a strict dress code is in force so ensure you dress modestly.

25 Best Things to Do in Bangkok (Thailand):

  • Visit Wat Pho To See The Reclining Buddha
  • Visit the Grand Palace
  • Ride the Sky Train
  • Take a trip around Chatuchak Market.
  • Take a Boat Trip along the Chao Phraya River
  • Shop Till You Drop At Siam Paragon
  • Visit The Bangkok National Museum
  • Have a Thai Massage
  • Spend an Evening in Nana Plaza (Soi 4)
  • Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
  • Take A Stroll Through Lumpini Park
  • Eat Out At Chinatown
  • Go For A Drink On Top Of The City
  • Eat Street Food
  • Take a Motorcycle Taxi
  • Watch Kickboxing (Muay Thai)
  • Visit Dusit Zoo
  • Take Part in a Water Fight During Songkran
  • Explore the Bangkok Nightlife
  • Visit The Bangkok Puppet Show
  • Visit Jim Thompson House
  • Visit Wat Arun
  • Feast Yourself On Durian
  • Visit Erawan Shrine
  • Visit Vimanmek Mansion

24 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bangkok

Written by Meagan Drillinger Updated Dec 22, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Bangkok is everything you'd expect from the capital of Thailand: it's noisy, crowded, colorful, exciting, infuriating, and simply magical. Bangkok is a microcosm of what makes Thailand so special. Centuries-old temples and ancient sites sit side by side with 21st-century shopping malls that have a kitschy, yet high-end ambience. Bangkok can be overwhelming, but it's also a fascinating city that represents Southeast Asia's tension between the developed and developing worlds.

Bangkok also serves as a gateway to many other parts of Thailand . From here, you can hop a short flight to Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and other popular destinations. You can also board a train or hop on a bus for little money, and visit national treasures such as Ayutthaya , Lopburi, and many other gems around the country.

Discover the best things to do in this bustling city with our list of the top attractions in Bangkok.

1. Admire the Beauty of the Grand Palace

3. wat arun, 4. wat traimit, temple of the golden buddha, 5. wat suthat, 6. giant swing, 7. national museum & wang na palace, 8. stock up on authentic souvenirs at chatuchak market, 9. shop by boat at the damnoen saduak floating market, 10. discover khao san road, 11. jim thompson house, 12. walk around lumpini park, 13. shop at terminal 21, 14. experience street food stalls, 15. take a river cruise, 16. step inside the temple of the emerald buddha, 17. pass through wat mahathat, 18. explore chinatown, 19. ride the skytrain, 20. shop at iconsiam, 21. take a muay thai lesson, 22. visit kalayanamit, 23. indulge at a spa, 24. check into a luxury hotel, where to stay in bangkok for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to bangkok, map of tourist attractions in bangkok, bangkok, thailand - climate chart.

Grand Palace

If you only visit one major historical tourist attraction in Bangkok, this should be the one. The royal compound lives up to its name, with spectacular structures that would put the most decadent modern monarchs to shame.

Built in 1782, the grand palace was the royal residence for generations and is still used for important ceremonies and accommodating heads of state. Dress modestly when visiting the Grand Palace, which basically means covering your arms and legs and avoiding any sloppy attire.

Ornate building in the Grand Palace

To avoid any hassle and to make the most of your visit, take the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Tour . This is a half-day sightseeing tour, either morning or afternoon, with pickup from your hotel and a local guide to put what you are seeing in context. Without a guide, it's easy to miss important features or not fully understand the relevance of what you are seeing, and the hotel pickup makes the whole experience that much simpler.

Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon

  • Read More: Exploring Bangkok's Grand Palace: A Visitor's Guide

Wat Pho

Located immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct, Wat Pho makes an excellent addition to your palace tour, provided your feet are up for more walking.

The temple was built by King Rama I and is the oldest in Bangkok. It has long been considered a place of healing, and was famous centuries ago for its pharmacy and as Thailand's first "university"-both established by King Rama III. You can get a Thai or foot massage at the traditional medical school on the premises, but the prices are significantly higher than what you will find at massage parlors elsewhere in the city.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Today Wat Pho is best known for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha , where you'll find a statue so big (45 meters long and 15 meters high), it cannot be viewed in its entirety but only appreciated in sections. The soles of the feet, inlaid with a myriad of precious stones, are particularly beautiful. Look also for the long earlobes signifying noble birth, and the lotus-bud configuration of the hand to symbolize purity and beauty.

Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District

Wat Arun

Wat Arun is something of a triumphant complex, dating back to the time of ancient battles between the former Siam and Burma. Having fallen to the Burmese, Ayutthaya was reduced to rubble and ashes, but General Taksin and the remaining survivors vowed to march "until the sun rose again" and to build a temple here. Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, was that temple. It is where the new king later built his royal palace and a private chapel.

Row of Buddhas in Wat Arun

If you climb to the top of the prang just before sunset, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view as the sun sinks over the Chao Praya River. Even if you don't plan on doing any climbing, sunset is really the time to take in this place in all its glory.

Address: Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok

Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha

Sheer luck (or lack thereof) makes this attraction special. During the 1950s, the East Asiatic Company purchased the land around the temple.

A condition of the sale was the removal of a plaster statue of Buddha, but the statue proved too heavy for the crane being used. The cable parted and the figure was dropped, being left overnight where it fell. It happened to be in the rainy season, and when next morning some monks walked past, they noticed a glint of gold shining through the plaster. The coating was removed, revealing a 3.5-meter Buddha cast from 5.5 tons of solid gold.

All attempts to trace the origin of this priceless statue have so far failed, but it is assumed to date from the Sukhothai period, when marauding invaders threatened the country and its treasures, and it became common practice to conceal valuable Buddha figures beneath a coating of plaster. No one knows how it came to Bangkok, but here it stands, available for the admiration of visitors from all over the world.

Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat, adjacent to the Great Swing , is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Bangkok's Buddhist temples. Three kings had a hand in its construction: it was begun soon after the coronation of Rama I (founder of the Chakri dynasty) in 1782, continued by Rama II, and completed 10 years later by Rama III.

Buddha statues inside the Wat Suthat temple in Bangkok

Apart from its delightful architecture, the temple boasts some exceptionally interesting wall paintings. Wat Suthat is less popular than some of the other temple complexes in the city, so you'll enjoy a more peaceful and intimate experience here.

Address: Bamrung Muang Road, Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon

Giant Swing

In the center of the busy square in front of Wat Suthat stands one of Bangkok's most eye-catching sights: the 27-meter-high teak frame of the so-called Giant Swing. Built in the 1700s to be used as part of traditional Brahmin (Hinduist) ceremonies, the swing was later damaged by lightning and became just decorative.

This used to be the focus of a religious ceremony held every year in December after the rice harvest. Teams of three took turns to balance on a dangerously narrow board and be swung 25 meters or more off the ground "up to Heaven," at which point they would attempt to catch a bag of silver coins in their teeth. King Rama VII banned the contest in 1932, following a number of fatal accidents.

National Museum & Wang Na Palace

History buffs will want to devote at least half a sightseeing day to the national museum. Until the mid-1970s, this was Thailand's only museum, which explains why its collection is so big and diverse.

Fortunately, just about every exhibit is labeled in Thai and English and guided tours are also offered in English, so you won't miss out on any of the country's fascinating ancient and contemporary history.

National Museum & Wang Na Palace

King Rama I's Wang Na Palace, located within the grounds of the museum, remains essentially as it was, and stands as a testament to Thai history. Visitors can see regalia, religious and ceremonial artifacts, ceramics, games, weaponry, musical instruments, and the Viceroy's throne, as well as an impressive collection of Buddha figures arranged according to period.

Address: Na Phra That Road, Bangkok

Chatuchak Market

This sprawling semi-outdoor weekend market is the largest in the world and one of the top things to do when visiting Bangkok. Shoppers can find everything from jewelry and religious icons to pet supplies, paper lamps, and delicious street food here. Chatuchak Market is home to over 15,000 stalls offering just about anything you can dream up-even better, any souvenir you might want is probably available here at a much cheaper price than anywhere else in Bangkok.

This is a great place to mingle with locals and immerse yourself in everyday Thai life, so arrive early and clear your schedule for the rest of the day if you want to do this place justice.

The market is adjacent to the Kamphaengpecth Station (MRT), about a five-minute walk from Mochit Skytrain (BTS) Station and Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park) Station (MRT)

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

For an even more interesting market experience, you can arrange a tour to Damnoen Saduak, a famous floating market located in Ratchaburi (about 1.5 hours outside Bangkok). The popularity of floating markets once earned Bangkok the nickname "Venice of the East."

Keep in mind that floating markets are now highly touristic enterprises, so don't expect an exclusive morning of shopping by boat – but you will be able to buy fresh and delicious foods and interact with locals in an authentic way.

The best way to reach the market is to join a tour such as the Floating Markets Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok , which takes about six hours and includes pickup right from your hotel and transport in an air-conditioned coach.

A backpacker on Khao San Road

This is Bangkok's infamous backpacker district, a neighborhood jam-packed with guesthouses, food vendors, clothing stalls, and travelers from every corner of the globe. You'll need to tap into your patience when hanging out here, because while it is colorful and exciting in its own way, the crowds and scents and blaring music can test even the calmest soul.

All that said, Khao San Road is also a great place to pick up a few pairs of baggy fisherman pants, the perennial staple of every backpacker's wardrobe when trekking through Thailand; browse the treasures in a used bookstore; and dig into some delicious Indian food from a neighborhood restaurant.

Jim Thompson House

The historic home of a "self-made American entrepreneur" who disappeared while traveling in Malaysia now stands as a relic of an older time in Bangkok. Jim Thompson settled in Thailand after spending time there as a serviceman around the end of WWII and quickly became a well-known name in the Thai silk industry.

Thompson was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, an important honor given to foreigners who have made significant contributions to Thailand. Thompson's home has been turned into a museum offering insights into his life and business, as well as the history of the city and the Thai silk industry.

Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park provides visitors with a green oasis amid the traffic and chaos of Bangkok. Hang out on one of several lawn areas, enjoy the shade of a Chinese pagoda, or take a boat out on the lake. Lumpini Park is a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying the contrast of the tranquil park with the skyscrapers rising all around it.

Note that the park has been the site of anti-government protests that have occasionally turned violent in the past, so be sure to check on the current political situation before visiting. Keep an eye out for the massive Asian water monitors as well-they can often be found taking a stroll around the lake.

Location: Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri and Witthayu (Wireless) roads

Terminal 21 shopping mall

Don't let the airport-like name fool you. This shopping mall is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok if you're looking for a mix of local and international brands, as well as plenty of unique buys.

Terminal 21 is unique in more ways than one – even by Thailand's shopping standards. Every floor of the mall has been themed to a different international city. Enter at the level of the BTS station and you'll be in Paris; go up a floor and it's Tokyo; another floor and you're staring at the iconic red phone booths of London. The Caribbean, San Francisco, and Istanbul also figure into the design theme.

Other malls of note include the high-end Siam Paragon , and adjacent Siam Discovery , which has more moderately priced chains; fun cafés; and the super luxurious Virgin Active Siam Discovery , self-dubbed "the largest gym in Southeast Asia." Here, visitors can rock climb, try anti-gravity yoga, or visit the unique "Sleep Pod" rooms for the ultimate in relaxation.

Street Food Stalls

To really experience Bangkok, you have to try the local cuisine. You haven't really "done" the city without chowing down on grilled meats and fish, spicy noodles, fresh fruit, and curries. If you think you know Thai food, you're in for a surprise. Whatever you've tried before is nothing like the dishes you'll find here.

You'll have no trouble at all finding vendors to tempt you with treats all around Bangkok and help you live through a quintessential Thailand experience, tucking into a delicious (if mysterious) meal, surrounded by the chaos and heat of the city.

Surprisingly, some of the best street food in Bangkok is on Khao San Road – both in the little stalls lining up the street and in the small shacks and restaurants just off the main road selling pad Thai, pad see ew, and mango sticky rice.

Cruise boat in front of Wat Arun

The Chao Phraya River is Bangkok's heartline. Known as the "river of kings," this major waterway will allow you to discover some of the city's most stunning temples and monuments from a completely new angle.

In the evening, you can jump on a dinner cruise to see the lit-up city skyline as you sail along the Grand Palace and Wat Arun and under the Rama VIII Bridge.

During the day, take advantage of Bangkok's many ferries and express boats, which depart from Sathorn Pier and will stop right at the ports of major tourist attractions, including Wat Arun and Ratchawongse. Local canal boats (khlong Saen Saep) are used by the locals to commute to work and are a great way to see the real Bangkok, as the boats zigzag through small canals and behind residential buildings.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is located on the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace. It is regarded as one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the Kingdom of Thailand. The temple itself is simply spectacular, as is the Buddha statue itself, which is carved out of bright green jade.

For such a massive reputation, significance, and shrine, the statue itself is rather small. But it has been sitting on its perch since 1784. Hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims pass through the gates to the temple every hear in order to view the statue.

Prior to taking up residence here at the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha traveled for centuries across Southeast Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Cambodia and Laos. It was one of the most important treasures for King Rama I, who reigned from 1782 to 1809. In fact, when the capital of Thailand was moved from Ayutthaya to Bangkok, it was partly done so that this statue had a permanent home.

Wat Mahathat in Bangkok

Not far from the Grand Palace is one of the most important temples in Thailand: Wat Mahathat. Not to be confused with the temple of the same name in the historic city of Ayutthaya, Bangkok's Wat Mahathat is deeply significant to the culture and history of Thailand – in fact, it is the final resting place of King Rama IX.

The temple was constructed before the city of Bangkok was founded. Built in 1782, today it is home to one of the largest schools of Buddhism, dedicated to the Mahanikai school, Thailand's largest monastic order.

Buddha in Wat Mahathat

The temple complex is rather large and may appear confusing, as it is home to several school buildings and offices, but if you press on towards the center, you'll find the temples, which are packed with golden images and statues of Buddha. In fact, it has one of the largest collections of Buddha's image than most other temples in Bangkok.

Bangkok's Chinatown

Of Bangkok's many colorful and diverse neighborhoods, Chinatown stands out as one of its most exciting. In fact, Bangkok's Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, and, as it so happens, one of the best.

The main artery of Chinatown is Yaowarat Road. This energetic thoroughfare and its side streets are slammed with restaurants, food carts, gold stores, cafés, herb shops, fruit stalls, and so much more. If you've come to Chinatown to eat, then you'll want to wait until the sun sets, when the entire neighborhood explodes with food stalls overflowing with mouthwatering treats.

Chinatown is slowly revamping, as well. Today you'll find more "fine dining" dim sum houses and swanky hotels than before. Still, the energy is always swirling and chaotic, but it's always one of the most beautiful parts of Bangkok.

Skytrain in Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for many things, and one of them, unfortunately, is the traffic. To go a short distance can sometimes take upwards of half an hour. Fortunately, visitors to Bangkok have a very easy, convenient, and time-efficient option: the Bangkok Skytrain.

Bangkok's BTS Skytrain is truly a game changer. It opened in 1999 and has quickly become the most popular way to get around the city. Travelers love it for its speed, cleanliness, air-conditioning, and price.

The Skytrain does not go everywhere in the city, but it does cover two of the most important areas: Sukhumvit and Silom. Silom will take you from the National Stadium through Silom and Sathorn and out to Bang Wa in the suburbs. Th Sukhumvit line will run from Mo Chit in the north to the eastern province of Samut Prakan.

You can purchase individual tickets, or use a Rabbit Card, which is a pre-paid card that can be loaded as often as you need it.

The BTS Skytrain is absolutely better than sitting in Bangkok traffic, but just be aware that it does not go everywhere in the city, and it stops running at midnight.


Bangkok loves its luxury shopping centers, but none is as popular (or large) as the riverfront ICONSIAM. Perched on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the 750,000-square-meter mega-mall is a destination in its own right.

The mall is divided into three main sections: ICONSIAM, ICONLUXE, and Siam Takashimaya. Inside each section are further zones that have been designated to highlight parts of Thailand's culture and design. SookSiam, for example, has brought together art, culture, tradition, and food from its many different provinces. It houses more than 3,000 local businesses from all over Thailand.

The facility also has seven dining zones, outdoor park space, and retail devoted to fashion, beauty, health & fitness, Thai crafts, and more. Visiting ICONSIAM is so much more than a day of shopping. It really is a Bangkok (and Thailand) experience.

Address: 299 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600

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Muay Thai

Thailand's national martial art, Muay Thai, is famous around the world. Also known as "Thai boxing," the combat sport is known as the "art of eight limbs" because it uses combinations of shins, knees, elbows, and fists.

It's a complicated and challenging sport, but those who practice are devoted to the art. If you're coming to Bangkok, it is the perfect place to get your feet wet in the sport and learn from those who have mastered it.

Many gyms across Thailand, but in Bangkok in particular, offer May Thai training. It is a mecca for May Thai fans, where you will find the best stadiums, gyms, and gear. Bu you'll also find gyms suited to beginners, as well.

Wat Kalayanamit

Gazing across the Chao Phraya River at Wat Arun, another beautiful, sprawling temple complex may catch your eye. What you're looking at is Wat Kalayanamit. This historic temple was founded in 1825 by a nobleman and a friend of King Rama III.

The most eye-catching structure from across the river is the ordination hall, inside of which sits a massive Buddha image. It is one of the largest images of Buddha in the city. The temple is a combination of both Chinese and Thai architecture, including chedis, pavilions, and statues.

Though not one of the most-visited temples by tourists, it is certainly beautiful and worth a visit because of its historic architecture, the massive Buddha statue, and a 13-ton bell in the bell tower, which is the largest bronze bell in Thailand. It is still an active temple, as well, with monks that live on the site.

Bangkok spa

One of the many things Thailand is famous for is its affordable spa culture. Whether it's a casual pop-in for a stretchy Thai massage or a full-on day of bliss at a luxury spa, Bangkok has a facility to fill whatever you're looking for.

A traditional Thai massage is the best introduction into Thai spa culture. This style of massage has been around for more than 2,000 years. It's a dry massage, meaning it does not use oils. Instead, the therapists use stretching and rocking techniques to improve flexibility, relieve tension and promote blood circulation.

Thai massage can be used to help alleviate many ailments, from headaches and back pain to flexibility and joint stiffness. You can find affordable Thai massage parlors all over the city of Bangkok. Most massages will be less than 300 Thai baht.

Or you can check into some of the more high-end options for entire menus of treatments, body scrubs, and wraps. Clinique La Prairie, for example, has opened a new treatment center in Bangkok in The St. Regis Bangkok . This wellness center combines both wellness programs with nutrition and medicine to help patients achieve a more well-rounded, balanced life.

Rooftop pool at a luxury Bangkok hotel

Speaking of high-end and luxury, if you can swing a stay at one of Bangkok's many luxury hotels it will be a game-changing experience. Bangkok has no shortage of opulent five-star hotels, from the historic and classic Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok to the sleek, chic, newer Capella Bangkok .

Bangkok has plenty of budget-friendly options and hotels across the spectrum, but there is something about a luxury hotel stay in Bangkok that truly makes the experience magical. Many five-star hotels in Bangkok have world-renowned restaurants, like the two-Michelin-starred Le Normandie by Alain Roux at the Mandarin Oriental. Others have fabulous spas, gorgeous pools, and rooms with spectacular views.

Whether on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, or overlooking Lumpini Park, Bangkok has dozens of five-star hotels that will make your visit a trip to remember.

Bangkok is a big city with many areas where visitors can stay and still have good access to sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Many of the top-end hotels are in the historic Riverside area. Not far away, budget-minded travelers and backpackers often frequent the Khao San Road area, which lies in close proximity to some of the major sites, including the Grand Palace, Wat Phra, Wat Pho, and museums.

Sukhumvit is a more modern area with good shopping and easy access to other parts of the city on the Skytrain. This is a good place to find mid-range hotels. Below are some popular hotels in these key areas:

Luxury Hotels:

  • One of the best hotels in Bangkok is the ultra-posh Mandarin Oriental in Riverside, with a great location, beautiful pools, and several restaurants, including the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
  • Still luxurious but more affordable is the SO/ Bangkok , with great rooms and amenities in a decent location.
  • For luxury accommodation in Sukhumvit, the popular boutique hotel, Ariyasomvilla , is a good choice with a variety of room styles, all tastefully decorated. This is a modern hotel with old-world charm in a tranquil setting with a lovely pool and grounds.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • A more reasonably priced option in Riverside is the Chatrium Hotel Riverside , overlooking the river. This hotel has a beautiful infinity pool and several restaurants.
  • The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers offers well-appointed rooms and world-class service at a very affordable price. There's also two outdoor pools and five on-site restaurants to enjoy here.
  • Also popular is the Glow Pratunam , with a convenient location and decent prices.

Budget Hotels :

  • For location, it's hard to beat the Adamaz House , just a short walk off Khao San Road and close to some of the city's most important attractions. The hotel has basic but clean rooms.
  • The Phranakorn-Nornlen is a very popular budget to mid-range hotel with a good location and a bed-and-breakfast feel.
  • Located in Sukhumvit is the Smart Suites , with budget prices and quality rooms.
  • Consider a Tour: To spare yourself the trouble of bargaining for everything and trying to find a taxi that will actually take you where you want to go, a guided tour might be the most practical option. It will save you both time and aggravation-and you'll also get the benefit of having a knowledgeable guide along for the adventure. To see the most famous temples, including the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, take a Private Guided Temples Tour .
  • Be Prepared to Bargain : This applies as much to taxi rides as market shopping. Taxi drivers in Bangkok are notorious for overcharging, so agree on a price before getting in. You can also insist that they use their meter, but then watch it carefully to make sure it's not jumping around, as some have been rigged to run faster than they should.
  • Take Advantage of Public Transportation : Even with an honest cabbie, rides can get expensive in Bangkok's traffic. Bangkok has a good public transportation system, with both above-ground and underground trains covering a good portion of the city. Buses can take a while because of traffic jams, but trains provide a quick, easy, and cheap way to get around. The system is user-friendly, very affordable, and takes little time to figure out, so take advantage of it while you're in town.
  • Be Prepared for the Brutal Heat . There's no sea breeze here to help with the burning temperatures, and no break from the humidity when you're walking the streets of Bangkok. So if you're out for the day, plan on mixing some indoor shopping along the way for some air-conditioned relief. Stay hydrated at all times and wear plenty of sunblock. Choose cotton and linen clothing and grab an umbrella or hat when you're at Chatuchak Market for some extra sun protection.
  • Watch Out for Scams: As mentioned above, taxi drivers often try to overcharge or insist that their meters don't work. Use your judgment and walk away from anyone who doesn't seem trustworthy. Another scam to watch out for involves a driver or supposed tour guide who agrees to take you one place and starts making stops along the way, usually at a gem store or a tailor. Drivers get a commission when they bring in tourists, but these places are often overpriced and not worth visiting. Insist that the driver takes you to your original destination, or tell them you're leaving. This will usually get things back on track, but if it doesn't, you'll find another cab quickly enough.

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The 22 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

One of the many beautiful temples in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world . It’s a vibrant, chaotic, international, funhouse. A city of 1,550 square kilometers (600 square miles) and with a population of over 8 million, you could spend months here and you’d still only scratch the surface.

I’ve visited the city more times than I can count. I even lived there for a couple of years . I’ve watched the city change and grow in so many ways since I first landed here in 2004.

While there are not a lot of traditional touristy things to do in the city (those fill a day or two), there are a lot of food and culture-based activities here that can give you a sense of what life is really like in Bangkok beyond the tourists.

To help you, here are my top 22 things to see and do in Bangkok :  

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

One of the first things I do when I arrive at a new destination is take a free walking tour. You’ll get to see the main sights, learn a little history, and start to get a sense of the culture. Best of all, you’ll have an expert local guide with you who can help answer any questions you have and give you suggestions and recommendations.

Bangkok Walking Tour and Free Bangkok Walks both have a few different tours available every day that provide a solid overview of the city. Just be sure to tip your guide!

If you’d like to cover more ground, a biking tour of Bangkok is also a great (though paid) option.  

2. See the Grand Palace

The stunning Grand Palace temple in Bangkok, Thailand

The palace was originally constructed from wood as supplies were short. Eventually, after raiding other sights in the region, they were able to find the building materials they needed. Hidden behind high concrete walls, the palace isn’t one large building but rather a collection of wats (temples), chedis (mound-like structures containing Buddhist relics), carvings, statues, and the famous 15th-century Emerald Buddha.

A guided tour of the palace and Wat Phra Kaew starts at 400 THB.

Na Phra Lan Road, +66 2 623 5500, Open daily from 8:30am-3:30pm. Admission is 500 THB. Be sure to wear clothes that cover your legs, shoulders, and stomach. You can rent pants or shirts at the palace if you need them.  

3. Visit Wat Pho and Wat Arun

Wat Pho, known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is famous for its massive golden reclining Buddha statue. Built in 1832, the statue is 15 meters (49 feet) tall and 46 meters (150 feet) long. It’s one of the most popular sights in the city.

The temple is the size of a city block and there are tons of reliefs, statues, courtyards, temples, and spires to see. But there is more than just a photo opportunity here. The prestigious Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School is also located on the grounds. When you are done seeing the sights, get in line for a massage (it’s considered the best massage school in the country). Be sure to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon, otherwise you’ll have to wait at least 45 minutes for your massage.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is a gorgeous Buddhist temple on the edge of the Chao Phraya River (it’s just opposite the Grand Palace on the other side of the river). From the top of the main spire, you get sweeping views of the city. The intricately tiled facade reflects the light beautifully during sunrise and sunset. It’s my favorite temple in the city.

A joint guided tour of Wat Arun and Wat Pho starts at 400 THB.

Wat Pho: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, +66 2 662 3553, Open daily from 8am–6:30pm. Admission is 200 THB. Massages cost 260 THB for 30 minutes.

Wat Arun: 158 Wang Doem Road, +66 2 891 218. Open daily from 8am–6pm. Admission is 100 THB. Be sure to dress appropriately for both temples.  

4. Experience Khao San Road

The busy street of Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand

5. Explore Chinatown

This is one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world. It’s home to some delicious restaurants and street food as well as places to shop. But the main draw here is the food — it’s one of the cheapest places to eat in the city, and there are tons of vendors selling food you’ve likely never seen anywhere else.

If you’re a fan of seafood, be sure to spend some time wandering the narrow streets and sampling everything. If you’re not sure where to eat, just pick a stall that has lots of locals eating there.

In addition to the food, Pak Klong Talad, the flower market at the north end of Chinatown, is another main attraction here. It’s the biggest flower market in the city, with flowers coming in on boats every morning from all over the country.  

6. Take a River Cruise

Cruise on the river in Bangkok, Thailand with a historic temple across the river in the background

If you don’t want to pay for an (often overpriced) cruise, instead you can just ride a water taxi up and down the river for just a couple of dollars. Start at the central pier, go to the end, and come back. You’ll save money and still get an enjoyable tour of the river as it weaves throughout the city.  

7. Check out the Floating Market

The busy floating market in Bangkok, Thailand

The markets are chaotic and aromatic and can be a sensory overload. Arrive early (especially at Thaling Chan) so you can beat the crowds and tour groups. There’s a lot of cheap food here too so it’s good to come hungry. I always like to wander the market first to see what I want to sample and then go about eating my way around.

For a market a bit further afield, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market just outside of Bangkok is another popular one to visit. You can take a half-day tour from Bangkok , leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon.  

8. Visit the Museum of Siam

Opened in 2007, this museum highlights the origins of Thailand and its culture. Housed in a 19th-century European-style building, the museum is fully interactive.

There are galleries, movies, and multimedia displays that cover culture, history, Buddhism, war, and the making of modern Thailand. The museum does an excellent job of keeping things both fun and educational.

4 Maha Rat Rd, +66 2 225 2777. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. Admission is 100 THB.  

9. Visit the Bangkok Malls

Exterior of MBK Mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Malls in Bangkok are not like malls in most other countries. Thanks to the AC, they are more like social hubs where locals can gather, eat, and hang out to escape the heat. The food courts here are actually delicious, there are coffee shops for relaxing or working, and there are even movie theaters and bowling alleys too. In short, they are fun places to hang out for a more unconventional experience of the city.

Some of the best malls to visit are Terminal 21 (my favorite mall and the best place to see stunning internationally themed décor), MBK Center (for electronics and knock-offs), Siam Paragon (upscale with designer clothing shops), Pantip Plaza (electronics), and Platinum (cheap, trendy clothes).  

10. Tour More Temples

Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Wat Saket – Also known as The Temple of the Golden Mount, this is one of my favorites in the city because of its beautiful golden temple and wonderful views from its top. Admission to the temple is free, but it costs 50 THB to enter the chedi.
  • Wat Benchamabophit – This temple is pictured on the back of the 5-baht coin and has 53 Buddha images in the courtyard representing different Buddhist mudras (ritual gestures). Admission is 20 THB.
  • Wat Ratchanatdaram – Built in the 1840s, this temple is one of the few temples in the entire world with a bronze roof. Admission is free .
  • Wat Traimit – Located in Chinatown, this temple is home to a massive solid-gold Buddha statue (it weighs 6 tons!). Admission is 40 THB .
  • Wat Mahathat – This royal temple is home to Thailand’s oldest institute for Buddhist monks. It also hosts a weekly amulet market where you can buy amulets to help you with luck, love, money, and more. Admission is 50 THB .

11. Visit Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thompson was an American spy during the Second World War and silk merchant in Thailand during the ’50s and ’60s. He mysteriously vanished in 1967 while in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands . Some say he was lost or killed while hiking while others say he disappeared himself (he was a spy, after all).

When he returned to private industry after the war, he almost single-handedly revitalized Thailand’s sinking silk industry. While living in Bangkok , he lived in a traditional Thai home. It was decorated with beautiful teak wood and surrounded by a beautiful garden. Today, you can visit the house and learn about his life, the silk industry, and how and why Thais design their homes the way they do.

1 Khwaeng Wang Mai, +66 2 216 7368, Open daily from 10am-6pm. Admission is 200 THB.

12. Shop (and Eat) at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

This massive, sprawling market is the size of a few football fields and is one of the largest open-air markets in the world. There are over 15,000 stalls and booths here and the market sees upwards of 400,000 visitors each weekend.

It’s the best place in the city to buy gifts or souvenirs, find knockoffs, barter, and eat delicious food. There are maps around the market so you can navigate the various sections though it always gets crowded and hectic so come prepared.

Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, +66 2 272 4813. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm.  

13. Watch a Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fighting

Lumpinee Stadium is the best place to watch a fight in Bangkok. While Lumpinee has been hosting Muay Thai fights since the 1950s, the new stadium (which opened in 2014) is huge and can hold up to 15,000 spectators.

Matches typically last around 25 minutes unless there is a knockout and there are usually 7-9 fights per night. There are lots of food hawkers here as well so you can grab a bite while you watch the violent spectacle.

1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd, +66 2 281 4205, Fight nights are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6pm and tickets start at 1,500 THB (buy them online directly from the stadium website for the best price).  

14. Relax in Lumpini Park

Swan boats on a lake with the city's skyscrapers in the background of Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand

There’s a lot to do here, and in a city that really, really, really lacks green space, it’s a blessing to have. Grab a book, pack a lunch, and come and lounge in the shade and watch the afternoon go by. It’s a nice change of pace from the hectic flow of the rest of the city (it’s a non-smoking area too).

192 Wireless Rd, +66 2 252 7006. Open daily from 4:30am-9pm.  

15. See the National Museum

Established in 1874, this museum focuses on Thai culture, with highlights that include a large collection of musical instruments, recorded music, ornate royal funeral chariots, and impressive wooden carvings. It houses the largest collection of local art and artifacts and has been undergoing renovations over the past few years so it’s slowly becoming more interactive and English-friendly (though some sections still don’t have English signs). Nevertheless, it’s still incredibly interesting to see the artifacts and items in the collection. They offer English tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am.

Na Phra That Alley, +66 2 224 1333, Open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-4pm. Admission is 200 THB.  

16. Take a Cooking Class

A delicious meal of khao soi in Bangkok, Thailand

Here are some companies worth checking out to help you get started:

  • Silom Thai Cooking School
  • May Kaidee’s Cooking School (vegetarian only)
  • Baipai Thai Cooking School
  • House of Taste Thai Cooking School

17. Hang Out at Soi Nana

There are two areas in Bangkok called Soi Nana. One is a sex tourism hub and not the one you should visit. The Soi Nana I’m referring to is known for its fun, hip nightlife. Located near the train station in Chinatown, this street is filled with bars and cocktail lounges making it a great place to have a few drinks and get a feel for the city’s wild nightlife.

Some of my favorite bars in the area are Pijiu (Chinese beer bar), Teens of Thailand (first gin bar in Thailand), Ba Hao (four-floor Chinese-inspired bar), El Chiringuito (Spanish tapas), 23 Bar & Gallery (bar in an art space).  

18. Enjoy an Event at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center

If you’re a fan of live music, art, and performance, be sure to visit the city’s Culture Center to see if anything is happening while you’re in town. Opened in 2007, the BACC hosts art, music, theater, film, design, and cultural events in its exhibition and performance spaces. There is also an art library, cafe, gallery, craft shop, and book store here too.

939 Rama I Road, +66 2 214 6630-8, Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-8pm. Admission is free.  

19. Wakeboard at Lake Taco

If you want to get out of the city and have some adventure, head to the eastern outskirts of Bangkok for some wakeboarding (riding on a short board while being pulled along a set route). The lake is just 40 minutes away.

This is a popular thing to do with expats and though I never did it (I’m not much of an adrenaline junkie) my friends always said it was a fun time. It costs around 400-600 THB but comes with everything you need to have fun and stay safe (board, helmet, life jacket).  

20. Take a Day Trip to Ayutthaya

Ruins at the historical park of Ayutthaya in Thailand

In 1991, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a popular day-trip destination from Bangkok as it’s just 90 minutes away. While lots of companies offer tours, I recommend you simply go on your own by train (it’s much cheaper that way). A typical day tour from Bangkok costs about 1,300 THB.  

21. See a Ladyboy Show

This glitzy spectacle is Bangkok’s version of Moulin Rouge. It’s a lively cabaret show with show tunes, dancing, K-pop, and elaborate costumes. It’s a glamorous, rambunctious night out that is guaranteed to entertain. Calypso Cabaret, founded in 1988, is the best place to see a show in the city. You can book your tickets online in advance here.

Playhouse Cabaret and Golden Dome Cabaret are two other reputable venues that host fun performances as well.

Calypso Ladyboy Show: 2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Road, Warehouse #3, +66 2 688 1415-7, Performances are at 7:30pm and 9:15pm and tickets start at 900 THB.  

22. Take a Food Tour

Skewers of meat lined up over a grill at a street stall in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is all about food. It is a foodie city. The sheer variety of options is staggering, with food from all over the world. To develop a deeper appreciation of Thai food and learn more about the cuisine, consider a food tour.

My favorite food tour company is Bangkok Vanguards . Their tour was put together with the help of my friend Mark Wiens from Migrationology . Mark is the biggest foodie I know and he spent years crafting the perfect Bangkok foodie tour. It doesn’t disappoint!

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21 BEST Places to Visit in Bangkok (2024)

Bangkok is a lively city that is sure to appeal to your senses and stir your soul. You’ll find historical sites next to vibrant nightlife areas, bustling markets near modern shopping malls, and street food vendors close to world-class restaurants. Bangkok, with all its top places, is definitely a city that will enthral, entice, and excite.

Bangkok is a large and sprawling city. Deciding where to visit can be tough, particularly if your time in the Thai capital is limited.

There’s no need to stress though; our expert team of travel writers have compiled this  fantastic list of the best places to visit in Bangkok  so that you don’t miss any of the city’s top spots.

With something to appeal to all tastes and budgets, some of these best places to visit in Bangkok are sure to amaze you! From the magnificent Royal Palace to Chatuchak Market, Wat Arun or a boat down the Chao Phraya River, there’s heaps of amazing tourist attractions to explore.

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Sukhumvit is a centrally located neighbourhood with easy access to other districts throughout Bangkok. Ideal for first-time visitors, this neighbourhood boasts a number of historic and cultural attractions as well as great bars, restaurants and shopping.

  • Take a stroll through Benjakitti Park, a calm oasis at the centre of Bangkok.
  • Visit the intricate and incredible Wat Pasee temple.
  • Experience the lively and colourful Thai markets that can be found along Sukhumvit Road.

There are so many things to do in Bangkok you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to planning your trip. But that’s where we come in, we’ve done the leg work for you so all you need to do is give this list a read and get planning your Bangkok itinerary ! There’s good reason Bangkok is the starting point for most people backpacking in Thailand , it’s a buzzing metropolis with some stunning architecture, amazing food and mesmerising culture. It’s a fantastic introduction to Thailand!

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#1 – The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

  • Official home of the Thai monarch (King Rama X)
  • The Grand Palace is a historical and cultural site
  • Beautiful architecture built by King Rama I
  • The Grand Palace is home to Thailand’s most sacred temple

Why it’s awesome: The Grand Palace is definitely a top place to visit in Bangkok. Built-in the 1780s by King Rama I, it has long been the official home of the Thai monarch. Made up of a number of halls, buildings, and pavilions, the complex has beautiful courtyards, gardens, and lawns too. The revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is also within the extensive grounds. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in the city for a reason.

You’ll notice that there are many different styles, largely thanks to the various monarchs that made their marks on the Grand Palace over the years. It’s still a working palace and, while several parts of the site are closed to the public, visitors can admire many of the glorious buildings, absorb a strong sense of history and culture, and get a feeling of how Thai royalty lives.

What to do there: Marvel at the majesty of the Grand Palace complex, many fine architectural details and the playful sunlight that shimmers through the roof. Large mythical giants, known as yants, guard gateways and the mythical bird-like garudas perch on many ledges. Admire the various statues throughout the well-tended grounds, the smaller but fascinating details, and take many awesome pictures .

You’ll notice that there are Buddha statues in all postures—find out which Buddha correlates to your day of birth and make merit. Watch as Buddhists give offerings and pray and see the small but impressive Emerald Buddha statue. Actually made from jade, the green statue is Thailand’s most sacred Buddha statue.

Be sure to dress conservatively when planning to visit the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha—the dress code is very strict and you’ll be refused admission if you’re dressed inappropriately. Make sure that your legs are covered to at least the knees (men should wear long trousers) and your arms to at least the elbows. Closed shoes are also a must when you visit the Grand Palace.

Insider Tip: Come early as it gets busy and queues can be long as the day goes on

#2 – Chatuchak Weekend Market – A great place in Bangkok if you love to shop!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • Biggest market in Thailand and the world’s biggest outdoor weekend market
  • Great chance to practice haggling skills
  • Chatuchak Market has a huge array of goods
  • Great variety of street food stalls

Why it’s awesome: One of the biggest markets in the world (and therefore one of the coolest places to visit in Bangkok), the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok (also known as JJ Market) has around 15,000 stalls spread between almost 30 sections. Huge, but fairly easy to navigate, there are sections dedicated to art and crafts, clothes and accessories, ceramics, plants and gardening, books, antiques and World War II memorabilia, home décor, and more. It’s often said that if you can’t find what you’re looking for at Chatuchak Market then it’s not worth having!

Around 200,000 people visit the enormous market every weekend making it one of the most popular places in Bangkok. Open since the early 1940s, the market has grown into the mammoth that it is today, with places to rest, eat, and drink if you need to take a break from all the retail therapy.

What to do there: Wear comfortable shoes and shop, shop, and shop! Whether you’re looking for exquisite Thai silks, cheap t-shirts, handmade soaps, typical souvenirs, carved wood, amulets and religious memorabilia, kitchenware, or something else, you’re sure to find it at Chatuchak Market.

Although prices are generally reasonable, the weekend market is the perfect place in Bangkok to improve your haggling skills for even greater pocket-friendly prices. Sample an array of street food and chill in a bar with a cool beer or fresh fruit juice. Don’t miss seeing the clock tower, built-in 2007 to commemorate the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60 th birthday.

#3 – Wat Pho – One of the most religious places to see in Bangkok

Wat Pho

  • Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
  • See one of Thailand’s biggest reclining Buddha statues.
  • One of Bangkok’s oldest temples dating to the King Rama I era.
  • Wat Pho is a first-class royal temple.

Why it’s awesome: Wat Pho, commonly referred to as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is among the six most revered temples in all of Thailand. Famous for its stretching 46-metre-long (151-feet-long) lying Buddha statue, the temple also boasts the biggest collection of Buddha statues in the country. Many of the statues were brought here from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya when the city fell to the Burmese, and there are also statues from the former capital of Sukhothai and other places around Thailand. Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, older in fact than the capital and a major tourist attraction you just can’t miss.

The original temple is thought to date back to the late 1600s or early 1700s, although the temple underwent large renovations and restorations in the 1780s. There’s a Thai medicine school within the grounds and the temple is where traditional Thai massage originated. It’s the perfect place to experience Thai culture.

What to do there: Walk around the complex’s outer walls and see the large statues of giants that keep watch over the site. Brought to Thailand from China, some of the interesting statues have European features. Khmer-style statues stand at the pagodas at the corners of each courtyard; their job is to guard north, south, east, and west. You’ll see chedis and pagodas in all shapes, sizes, and colours; there are four large chedis plus almost 100 smaller chedis.

Marvel at the huge golden reclining Buddha statue inside Wat Pho. Enjoy a Thai massage in one of the pavilions or, if you have longer in the capital, you could also consider enrolling in a course to learn the ancient massage technique yourself in the very place where it was born.

#4 – Wat Arun – One of Bangkok’s coolest historical places!

Wat Arun

  • Colourful Buddhist temple with links to Hindu cosmology
  • Wat Arun has an air of peaceful spirituality
  • Lovely river views
  • Wat Arun has a long and fascinating history

Why it’s awesome: Wat Arun (also sometimes known as Wat Chaeng) is a stunning temple on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and a great place to visit in Bangkok for history fans. Nicknamed the Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is rather unique in its designs and not like other temples around the Thai capital. A temple has stood at the same site since the Ayutthaya period – which is a pretty long time!

The main prang of Wat Arun is in a Khmer style and bedecked with broken pieces of porcelain and shells for a whimsical and colourful appearance. Statues of animals and Chinese figures stand around the base. Chinese-style pavilions sit next to the river and there’s a large Buddha statue within the giant-guarded Ordination Hall.

What to do there: Admire the glorious temple from across the Chao Phraya River before taking the ferry to get up close. Climb up the central prang (built by King Rama II), admiring the views as you pass up the three symbolic levels. Feel small as you stand in front of the fearsome statues at the entrance to the Ordination Hall and see the main Buddha housed from within. Relax in one of the salas (pavilions) and soak up the river views. Try and visit Wat Arun at night time too when it is illuminated against the inky sky, the reflections shimmering on the water in a beautifully captivating way.

Why not book an Airbnb in the area and make the banks of the Chao Phraya River your base for a while?

Insider Tip: Come back at sunset and watch from across the river as the sky lights up behind the temple

#5 – Wat Yannawa – Quite the quirky place in Bangkok!

Wat Yannawa in bali

  • Interesting temple designed like a boat
  • Chinese heritage
  • Off the beaten track
  • Quiet and peaceful

Why it’s awesome: Wat Yannawa is an ancient temple that can trace its roots back to the Ayutthaya period and before the founding of Bangkok as the Thai capital. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, the temple was built on the orders of King Rama III. It was designed to resemble a traditional Chinese junk (sailing vessel), helping to preserve maritime heritage.

This “temple” is definitely not what you’d expect, so it’s a really interesting place in Bangkok. There are several other impressive buildings throughout the complex, including an ancient wooden structure and an air-conditioned room with a dazzling array of Buddha images and other religious ornaments and memorabilia.

What to do there: Pass through the large entrance gate and stroll along the wide pavement up to the boat-shaped structure. Buy a floral offering before stooping to pass through the low passageways and climb the steps inside the boat to reach the upper small shrine. Light incense and pay your respects at the shrine and make merit by placing flowers in the Buddha footprint.

Insider Tip: You can get here easily by taking a ferry down the Chao Phraya River and getting off the boat right outside the temple.

#6 – Lumpini Park – One of the most beautiful outdoor places in Bangkok

Lumpini Park in bangkok

  • Popular place for leisure, sports, and relaxation
  • Great for families
  • See large monitor lizards
  • Enjoy nature in the heart of the city

Why it’s awesome: Lumpini Park covers 142 acres (57.6 hectares) and it’s located in the city centre close to several BTS and MRT stations. Statues stand proudly outside the smoke-free park and inside you’ll find walking trails, pavilions, and artificial lakes. The park was established in the 1920s on ground that was once royal property. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, the large green park has various activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Concerts are sometimes hosted here and you’ll find all amenities (including bathrooms and street food stalls) for a comfortable visit.

What to do there: Follow the walking trails around the park and look out for gigantic monitor lizards swimming through the lakes, skulking across the grass, and lazing in the tree branches. Birds twitter in the trees too, and the park is home to some 30 types of birds. You can rent a boat for a scenic ride on the water, admiring the reflections cast on the surface by the nearby skyscrapers.

#7 – Wat Saket – A great place to see in Bangkok if you love architecture

Wat Saket

  • Hill-top temple
  • Great city views
  • Annual procession by candlelight
  • The Golden Mount is beautifully illuminated at night

Why it’s awesome: Wat Sakat, also known as the Golden Mount, is one of Bangkok’s many beautiful temples. Sitting on an artificial hill, it is located at the highest ground point in Bangkok. The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era and it contains a sacred Buddhist relic brought to Thailand from Sri Lanka. The present temple building was built from marble in the 20 th century. Each November the temple is the scene of a spectacular candlelit procession where devotees wind their way up the hill with their candles twinkling in the darkness.

What to do there: Admire the golden chedi from the base of the small hill before following the shaded pathway up to the top. There are many interesting statues alongside the path, with trees and plants adding to the attractiveness. As you’re near the top you’ll come to a wall of bells—ring these bells for good luck.

You can climb even higher for more terrific vistas and see various statues and murals. When you descend the mountain pay a visit to the ancient cemetery at the bottom, the final resting place for many victims of the plague.

#8 – Erawan Museum – An awesome place in Bangkok for half a day!

Erawan Museum, Bangkok

  • Striking architecture;
  • Beautiful grounds;
  • Huge art collection;
  • Thought-provoking place.

Why it’s awesome: The Erawan Museum, located in nearby Samut Prakan, is one of Thailand’s masterpieces by Mr Lek Viriyaphant. Built to be visually appealing, showcase art, and encourage people to question spirituality and their beliefs of the world and creation, it is definitely one of Bangkok’s most whimsical and amazing attractions. The centrepiece is a circular pink three-storey building that is topped with a huge three-headed elephant. Based on Hindu ideas of cosmology, the three levels represent the underworld, earth, and heaven.

What to do there: Feast your eyes on the fascinating building with its three-headed bronze elephant and stand at the base of the wooden staircase, admiring the encrusted stucco balustrade. Wander around the ground level where you’ll find carved wooden pillars that depict various scenes from several major world religions. The overall level of craftsmanship is incredible.

Climb the steps, and be blown away by the huge colourful skylight. Peek out of a small window for views across the site and continue skywards to reach the level that represents heaven. You can also see a large Buddha footprint and a grand historic wooden chair. In the lower level, there are many more statues and art pieces, along with diverse collections of rocks from around the nation.

#9 – Sky Bar @ Lebua – Great place in Bangkok for couples!

Sky Bar Lebua bangkok

  • One of the highest rooftop bars across the world
  • Sophisticated and elegant vibe
  • Fabulous views across Bangkok
  • Delicious signature drinks and cocktails

Why it’s awesome: The Sky Bar at Lebua is one of the world’s highest sky bars. Swanky, stylish, and sophisticated, it’s an ideal place for lovers to enjoy a romantic night out. The views take in many of Bangkok’s highlights, with the Chao Phraya River snaking in the distance. Soft music fills the air, and there’s often a live pianist. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas and you can enjoy a wide assortment of drinks with imported items on the menu. The famous bar appeared in the popular movie Hangover II.

What to do there: Dress up glamorous (there’s a strict dress code) and ride the elevators up to the 64 th floor for a romantic drink with awesome vistas. Try the signature Hangovertini, a cocktail inspired by the famous film. Alternatively, you’ll also find a range of global beers and wines and other popular cocktails on the exclusive menu. Try and time your visit just before dusk—that way you can admire the daytime views of Bangkok and watch as the sun sets over the Thai capital and then enjoy views of the city in the dark.

#10 – Bangkok National Museum – A fascinating educational place in Bangkok

the Bangkok National Museum

  • One of the biggest museums in Southeast Asia
  • Home to a large collection of art and artefacts
  • Great place to learn more about Thai history
  • Connection to Thai royalty

Why it’s awesome: Housed in an old Royal Palace, Bangkok National Museum is one of the most stunning places in Thailand . There are three main buildings: Buddhaisawan Chapel, The Red House, and Siwamokhaphiman Hall. Home to the biggest collection of Thai art and historical objects in all of Thailand, the museum also contains striking art from other places around Southeast Asia. Displays are well ordered and there are good explanations and descriptions in English. One of the biggest museums in the region, it dates back to the 1870s having been established by King Rama V to display gifts and memorabilia from his late father.

What to do there: Plan to spend a few hours discovering the various displays across the museum’s three main areas. Learn more about Thailand’s past in Siwamokhaphiman Hall, with items that go from the Sukhothai era right up to the Rattanakosin period, and see beautiful murals and a large Buddha statue in Buddhaisawan Chapel. Visit the chariot hall to see carriages that used to be used in royal ceremonies, see masks used in traditional Thai puppetry, admire ornate ceramics, view old clothes, and more.

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#11 – Khao San Road – A must visit place in Bangkok on the weekend!

Khao San Road

  • Bangkok’s famous backpacker area
  • A major place for nightlife
  • Affordable prices
  • Large selection of bars, eateries, and cheap accommodations

Why it’s awesome: Khao San Road is the city’s most famous nightlife area and definitely one of the liveliest places in Bangkok. Located fairly close to the city’s historical heart, it’s a preferred area in Bangkok for budget backpackers, since there are also many must-see places nearby. In addition to that, there are plentiful restaurants that serve traditional Thai dishes and international favourites, an assortment of bars and clubs, as well as budget accommodations. I recommend Here Hostel , which is a 10-minute walk from the Khao San Road madness.

The street is pretty lively by day, but it really comes into its own come nighttime when music blares from the bars, people drink and dance in the streets, street performers try to get tips from the crowds, and vendors try to tempt people with street eats and cheap drinks.

What to do there: Although busy on all nights of the week, Khao San Road is especially lively at the weekends, with tourists, ex-pats, and locals coming together for nights of fun and revelry. Stroll along the street and browse the souvenirs and clothes, perhaps sipping on a cool beer or famous whisky bucket as you decide where to go first. Hop between the different bars, each with its own vibe; whether you want to chill or go wild, Khao San Road has a bar for all tastes and it’s a pretty safe area to go for a night out. Listen to live music and dance the night away in one of the clubs. The atmosphere is laid back and there’s no need to dress up fancy—unless you want to!

#12 – Wat Puet Udom – One of the most incredible free places in Bangkok

  • Fascinating insights into Thai Buddhist beliefs
  • Hell temple
  • No admission charge
  • Off-the-beaten-track attraction

Why it’s awesome: Wat Puet Udom can be found in Pathom Thani, just a short way from central Bangkok. The temple offers something a bit different to the norm and is sure to be different to other temples that you’ve seen around the Thai capital. The grounds are filled with large and colourful statues, but the real highlight is exploring the section dedicated to Buddhist hell. Learn about Thai beliefs connected to the underworld, and see what people will believe the punishments in the afterlife for various earthly transgressions. Descriptions are provided in English for the avoidance of any doubt! Animatronic displays add to the eerie feeling and it’s definitely one of the most unusual places to visit around Bangkok. Plus, as an added bonus, it’s completely free!

What to do there: It’s an amazing place in Bangkok that simply needs to be explored. See the large glittery temple building at the heart of the temple complex and stroll through the grounds to see large and unusual statues. There’s a guardian of the underworld riding on the back of a gigantic rooster, human forms with animal heads, mermaids and other mythical creatures, and even a large plane. Buy a bag of food to feed the fish in the river to gain merit and admire the river views.

#13 – Siam Niramit – One of the best places to visit in Bangkok at night

Siam Niramit

  • Large and colourful cultural show
  • Opportunities to learn more about rural Thai life and regional traditions
  • Delicious cuisine
  • Fantastic place to spend a fun evening

Why it’s awesome: Siam Niramit in Bangkok is one of the biggest stage productions in the world. The enlightening and captivating show features stunning sets and beautiful costumes and takes people on an exciting journey through Thai history, culture, and traditions. The show also highlights different parts of the country, providing insights into Thailand’s different regions. There are three acts: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination, and Journey Through Joyous Festivals. Special effects, lighting, and music create an electric atmosphere. There’s plenty to enjoy before the show too, with a mini Thai village, places to eat and shop, small performances, and other varied attractions.

What to do there: Book the package that includes dinner and arrive early (and hungry!) to enjoy a tasty Thai feast. Walk around the miniature Thai village, complete with wooden buildings on stilts, to see a variety of crafts, lifestyles, and costumes. Actors and actresses bring the scenes to life and demonstrate different skills of old. Feed the elephants, take a boat ride, watch as traditional snacks are prepared, listen to musicians, and watch dance shows.

#14 – Thonburi Canals – A nice quiet place in Bangkok

Thonburi Canals

  • Take a relaxing boat ride along the floating markets
  • See a different side of this hectic city
  • Experience Thai life of old
  • Get up close to everyday Thai culture at the floating markets

Why it’s awesome: Once upon a time, Bangkok was crisscrossed by canals and waterways, essential for trade and transportation. Over time, many canals were filled in and more roads were built. The Khlongs (canals) of Thonburi, however, still offer a pleasant glimpse into the old Bangkok. Peaceful waterways run through the area, lined with homes, temples, and gardens. The Bangkok floating markets still operate on certain days of the week too, and vendors seek to sell their wares by boat at all times, paddling from house to house with an assortment of goods. Life is quiet around the Thonburi canals and it offers a completely different perspective of the otherwise bustling city – definitely one of the more interesting places in Bangkok.

What to do there: Several operators run boat trips around Thonburi’s canals, though you can also charter your own long-tail boat for a more intimate and personalised exploration of the floating markets. Sit back and relax as you soak up the waterside scenes; drift past local homes, see the small rowing boats that people use to get around, and wave to excitable children on the water’s edge. The Royal Barge Museum, another cool place in Bangkok, is well worth a quick stop, filled with impressive vessels, and you can watch a traditional puppet show at the Artist’s House.

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#15 – Chinatown – A perfect place in Bangkok if you are on a budget!


  • Authentic Chinese fare
  • Interesting architecture
  • Cultural experiences
  • One of the world’s biggest Chinatowns

Why it’s awesome: Established in the 1780s, Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatowns across the globe. Once a major trading area, Chinatown is now a thriving hub of Chinese culture and traditions. A great place in Bangkok for foodies! There are many restaurants and stalls selling a huge selection of authentic Chinese dishes. There’s plenty of cool architecture too, including old movie theatres, temples, and a ceremonial archway. Shophouses line the streets and the pavements are crowded with pedestrians and stalls. The vibe is energetic and you’ll find shops selling everything from affordable electronics and cheap clothing to traditional Chinese herbal remedies and gold. It’s a fantastic area to explore on foot, and many of the sights are free!

What to do there: Walk along the busy Yaowarat Road, immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle. You’ll likely be tempted by all the food offerings; come in the evening for a huge array of mouth-watering treats! Visit Wat Traimit, home to the biggest solid gold Buddha statue in the world, take pictures of the colourful and ornate Chinatown Gate, and hunt for bargains along the narrow Sampeng Lanes and its overflowing market stalls.

Don’t miss visiting Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Bangkok’s most important Chinese temple. It has elements from Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian practices and you’ll see people lighting incense, making merit, and praying to various deities. Watch a traditional dance show at the historic Sala Chalermkrung theatre and unwind in the pleasant fountain-filled and leafy Romaneenart Park.

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#16 – Patpong – A wild place to see in Bangkok!


  • Bangkok’s original red light district
  • Large market
  • Busy nightlife area
  • Adult entertainment

Why it’s awesome: It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Patpong is one of the best places to experience Bangkok’s famous adult side. One of the city’s major red-light districts, it is also a fun place for a night out. The bars welcome groups of friends and couples and, while it’s certainly there if you’re seeking it, there’s no need to feel obliged to indulge in any of the adult-centred fun that Patpong is known for. There’s a large night market too, which helps to draw tourists from all walks of life to the area.

What to do there: Peruse the large selection of goods at Patpong Night Market, where you’ll find everything from novelty gadgets and slogan t-shirts to crafts from the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and typical souvenirs. Be sure to haggle if you want to buy anything, as prices are often over-inflated. Experience Bangkok’s adult-focused night scene in one of the beer bars or go-go bars, and watch as people shimmy against poles and perform erotic dances on the stages. Be cautious of scams, however, and always check prices beforehand.

#17 – Jim Thompson House Museum – One of the most underrated places to see in Bangkok

Jim Thompson House Museum

  • Peaceful museum
  • Former home of the Thai Silk King
  • Traditional architecture
  • Learn about the Thai silk industry

Why it’s awesome: Jim Thompson House Museum is the former home of the mystery-surrounded silk magnate often referred to as the Thai Silk King. American-born Jim Thompson helped to revolutionise the Thai silk industry, bringing the gorgeous silk products to the world while providing much-needed work for rural Thai families. The house was built in the 1950s in a traditional Thai style using old teak buildings from various parts of the country. The old wooden buildings were reassembled and repurposed in their present Bangkok site. Surrounded by lush garden and alongside a canal, the charming buildings contain Thompson’s extensive art collection and Buddhist statues.

What to do there: Step into a green oasis in the heart of Bangkok, feeling as though you’ve been transported to a small jungle far from the city crowds. Wander through the verdant gardens and enjoy the calm and tranquil atmosphere. Watch as people demonstrate traditional silk weaving techniques and learn more about the silk production process, and see people performing graceful Thai dancing. View the large collection of art and religious memorabilia, with items from all across Thailand and the wider Southeast Asian region.

#18 – Giant Swing – One of the more unique places to visit in Bangkok!

Giant Swing

  • Once used in ancient ceremonies
  • Unusual attraction
  • Free to see
  • Gorgeous quiet temple

Why it’s awesome: The Giant Swing is a towering red frame in front of the sparkling Wat Suthat and one of the lesser-visited places in Bangkok. The swing was once used in ancient Brahmin religious ceremonies and there are old pictures showing the swing in action. Built-in the 1780s, the swing was moved to its current location in 1920. It was used for religious rituals until the 1930s. Made from teak wood, the frame stands at more than 30 metres (98 feet) high. Wat Suthat is an impressive temple, though it sees fewer visitors than Bangkok’s major temples so still retains a peaceful and spiritual air. It has beautiful wooden carvings, striking murals, and large Buddha statues.

What to do there: Gaze up at the Giant Swing and let your imagination take you back to the times when it played a vital role in religious ceremonies. See black and white photographs showing the swing in use. Explore the handsome Wat Suthat, which is among Bangkok’s oldest temples, and admire the glorious murals that show scenes from the Ramakien. See the large golden seated Buddha statue in the main hall and more than 150 statues of the Lord Buddha around the walls of the cloister. Absorb the spiritual feeling and sit for a while in quiet contemplation.

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#19 – Koh Kret – One of the nicer places in Bangkok to sightsee!

Koh Kret in bangkok

  • Scenic river island
  • Home to a Mon ethnic community
  • Known for pottery making
  • Historic attractions and markets

Why it’s awesome: Koh Kret is a small river island, created in the early 1720s when a canal was constructed and cut off the land completely. Historically home to people from the Mon ethnic group, the island is famous for its long pottery heritage. There are active pottery-making workshops on the island still, complete with large kilns and showrooms where you can buy the delicate pieces. The island has a rustic vibe and offers a glimpse into a way of life that is hard to find elsewhere in the hectic city. There are museums and temples to explore too, and you’ll find peaceful places to eat alongside the river.

What to do there: Catch a boat to Koh Kret island and explore by foot or rented bicycle. Follow the circular track around the island, pausing to visit several places of interest along the route. See stunning ceramics in the Kwan Aman Pottery Museum and watch all stages of the pottery-making process in one of the small workshops around the island. Purchase locally made terracotta items in the market or at one of the many shops. The market also sells a selection of trinkets, handicrafts, and souvenirs, and you’ll find several snacks and food products here that can be difficult to source elsewhere.

#20 – Condom Museum – One of Bangkok’s most unique attractions

Condom Museum bangkok

  • Quirky museum
  • Aims to raise awareness of sexual health
  • Educational experience

Why it’s awesome: Open since 2010, the Condom Museum is one of the more unusual attractions and definitely a unique place to visit in Bangkok. Located in Nonthaburi, the museum seeks to shed light on sexual health matters, encourage condom use, and promote safe sex. The museum is free to visit. The museum contains a fascinating collection of condoms from all over the world, with those that have been made in recent times and those that seem archaic compared to today’s products. There are also informative displays related to the history, manufacture, and marketing of condoms. Fun fact: did you know that Thailand is one of the world’s biggest makers of condoms?!

What to do there: Step into the world of sexual health and see a mind-blowing assortment of condoms in various colours and sizes. Learn more about the condom and why its use is important for good sexual health. Posters adorn the walls and displays also include other sex-related items, such as lubricant and penis pumps. You’re sure to be amazed in the testing room, where people demonstrate just how tough condoms actually are!

#21 – Queen Sirikit Park – A beautiful and scenic place to visit in Bangkok

Banana plantation in Queen Sirikit Park

  • Large green park with diverse plants and flowers
  • Offers respite from the city’s hustle and bustle
  • Home to pools, fountains, and other water features
  • Royal connections

Why it’s awesome: Sitting on a former golf course, Queen Sirikit Park opened in 1992 and was named to celebrate Queen Sirikit’s 60 th birthday. The beautiful botanical garden boasts several hundred species of plants and flowers, with an abundance of water plants in the ponds. Waterlilies, lotuses, hibiscus, palms, roses, bamboo, and banana trees are just a few plants within the park, and the rich variety helps to attract many birds, butterflies, and insects. A lovely place to enjoy nature, the park has formal gardens, walking trails, fountains, statues, and areas dedicated to leisure pursuits.

What to do there: Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the large Queen Sirikit Park, admiring the various plants and flowers, pausing to appreciate the bright colours and fragrant scents. You can also learn more about Thailand’s native flora and how certain plants are important to the nation. Sit and relax next to the sparkling lotus- and lilly-filled ponds and take kids to the fun and hands-on Children’s Museum. There are plenty of food vendors close to hand if you’re in need of an energy boost.

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What is Bangkok famous for?

Bangkok is famous for its nightlife, street markets and temples.

What should you not miss in Bangkok?

If you only have a short time in Bangkok, you should make sure to visit Wat Saket which is the most impressive temple in the city.

What is the most interesting place to visit in Bangkok?

The Wat Yannawa is one of the most interesting places to visit in Bangkok, being a temple in the shape of a boat.

What is the best place to visit in Bangkok for couples?

Couples will love the romantic atmosphere at Sky Bar @ Lebua.

Bangkok is an exciting city with something going on at almost all times of the day and night. A top city for foodies, shopaholics, culture seekers, history lovers, urban explorers, and party animals – there’s no shortage of amazing places to visit in Bangkok . Families, friends, couples, and solos will all find more than enough to keep them enthralled in the City of Angels.

Since there is so much to see and explore, make sure you come up with a rough itinerary before you start your travels, so you won’t miss out on anything. Tick off these best places to visit in Bangkok for a diverse, fun-filled, and action-packed stay!

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  • 42 Best Places To Visit In Bangkok In 2024

23 Mar 2023

The first words that usually come to everyone’s mind the moment they hear ‘Bangkok’ is massage parlours and clubs, and why wouldn’t they? The city has been long famed for this culture by mostly every tourist who came back from a relaxing trip. But, turns out it has much more in store and the best places to visit in Bangkok are a proof of that. These attractions not only reflect the Thai culture at its best, but also offer a soul-stirring experience. Be it a honeymoon, a solo trip or a family trip that you are going on, these places are must visit! They offer unmatched experiences and unlimited fun. Let’s find out these best places to visit in Bangkok that will make you unravel the culture of Thailand and explore the exciting nightlife along with delicious authentic Thai cuisine. Not just that, Bangkok tourism has been thriving in recent years and some of these places will even make you feel nostalgic and take you back to your childhood. 

42 Best Places To Visit In Bangkok – 2023 (Guide)

So now when you plan a trip to Thailand, make sure you visit these marvelous places in Bangkok and let your family & friends know about the true beauty of this city. Have a quick glance at all the famous places to visit in Bangkok with entry fee that you should make a point to visit on your trip to enjoy the best of Bangkok sightseeing.

  • Wat Arun: A Heaven-Like Peaceful Place
  • Jim Thompson’s House: Let Your Inner Spy Come Alive
  • Grand Palace: Get A Glimpse Of The Thai Royalty
  • Chao Phraya River: The Popular Bangkok Waterway
  • Lumphini Park: Get Close To Nature
  • Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World: The Aquatic Wonderland
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market: The Haven For Shopaholics
  • Wat Pho: The Famous Temple Of The Reclining Buddha
  • Madame Tussauds: Get Closer To Stars
  • Safari World: The Home Of Exotic Wildlife
  • Erawan Museum: The Three-Headed Elephant Statue
  • Dream World: A Theme Park For A Fun-Filled Day
  • Dusit Zoo: An Encounter With Your Favorite Animals
  • Chinatown: A Paradise For Foodies And Shopaholics
  • Bangkok National Museum: Witness The Thai Culture
  • Floating Markets: One Of A Kind Market
  • Rose Garden: For Thai Cultural Show
  • Wat Hua Lamphong: A Lively Temple
  • Wat Mahathat: Religious Headquarter
  • Bangkok Art & Culture Centre: Cultural Hub
  • Giant Swing: A Striking Attraction
  • Wat Saket: The Golden Mount
  • Vimanmek Mansion: A Grand Museum
  • Suan Pakkad Palace: A Pottery Museum
  • Sanam Chandra Palace: A Palace Complex
  • Wat Pathum Wanaram: A Royal Temple
  • Khao San Road: Backpacker’s Haven
  • Soi Cowboy: For A Unique Culture
  • Damnoen Saduk Floating Market: Shopaholic’s Heaven
  • Ancient City: World’s Largest Open Air Museum
  • Art In Paradise:  An Illusional Art Museum
  • Siam Park City:  Thailand’s Largest Theme Park
  • Siam Serpentarium:  An Interactive Snake Museum
  • Wat Mangkon Kamalawat:  Largest Chinese Buddhist Temple In Bangkok
  • Wat Traimit: To Witness A Golden Buddha Statue
  • Assumption Cathedral: Seek Blessings
  • Wat Intharawihan: For A Gorgeous Buddha Statue
  • Princess Mother Memorial Park: An Insight Into History
  • Asiatique: A Happening Night Market
  • Siam Paragon Mall:   For Brand Shopping
  • Bueng Taco: A Chilled Out Place
  • Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin: For Vintage Affairs

1. Wat Arun: A Heaven-Like Peaceful Place

a peaceful and best tourist place in Bangkok

With so many shining temples and spectacular museums, ‘ things to see in Bangkok ’ is the last concern you’d ever have. Wat Arun , also known as the ‘Temple of the Dawn’ is the most stunning temple in the city and looks even more gorgeous during the sunset. Situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, both the architecture and locale of this temple make it a gem worth witnessing. The name of the temple has been derived from Hindu God Aruna and holds a special place among the people and is also counted among one of the best places to visit in Bangkok with family .

Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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2. Jim Thompson’s House: Let Your Inner Spy Come Alive

Jim Thompson House

Often counted amongst the top places to visit in Bangkok, Thailand , Jim Thompson’s House is an offbeat yet an intriguing attraction in the city. Jim, the famous American Spy stayed in Thailand after World War II ended, and revived the lost art in the city. The collection and construction of the six buildings here very well reflect the grandeur of the traditional Thai architecture. If you like visiting museums, this attraction in Bangkok should be on your list of Bangkok sightseeing.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Entry Fees: 150 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for those aged less than 22 years Location: 1 Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Couples

3. Grand Palace: Get A Glimpse Of The Thai Royalty

Grand Palace

Located in the heart of the city, the popular Grand Palace is one the most famous places to visit in Bangkok city , without which your Thailand trip would definitely stay incomplete. This former residence of King Rama of the Rattanakosin Kingdom now hosts royal ceremonies and enriching tours for every type of traveler and is one of the best Bangkok tourist places. Get a glimpse of the royal life of the king that will make you sorry for your normal life. Apart from his residence, you can also witness the grandeur of the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ situated here.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Entry Fees: 500 Baht per person (Includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall) Location: 1 Maha Rat Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Couples

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4. Chao Phraya River: The Popular Bangkok Waterway

Chao Phraya River

Every Bangkok tourist attractions list stays incomplete without a mention of the iconic ‘Chao Phraya River’ in it. Flowing south to the Gulf of Thailand, this river has innumerable experiences in store for you. And while the exemplary dinner cruise and the enchanting ferry rides are a reason good enough for visiting here, its picturesque beauty against the backdrop of spectacular buildings make a visit here even more worthwhile making it one of the best Bangkok tourist places. Visiting here in during December to February is a great idea as winter in Thailand as especially this region is very pleasant.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Entry Fees:  There are no charges for visiting this place. Location: Bangkok 10120, Thailand Ideal For: Couples

5. Lumphini Park: Get Close To Nature

a peaceful boat ride at best place to visit in Bangkok

This park is an ideal place for basking in the bliss of tranquility, fresh breeze, and nature’s shade. Perfect for travelers of all the ages, it is home to various flora, fauna, and refreshing experiences like rowing, paddle boating & more. Be it a family trip, a solo exploration, or a romantic getaway, you ought to visit the Lumphini Park whenever you’re in Bangkok. It is a great place to enjoy a day picnic with family and kids. It is also counted among one of the most famous places to visit in Bangkok with friends !

Timings: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM Entry Fees:  There is no entry fee for entry to the park. Location: 139/4 Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Couples, Solo Travelers

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6. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World: The Aquatic Wonderland

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

Looking for places to visit in Bangkok in one day ? Formerly known as the Siam Ocean World, the breathtaking Ocean World is certainly amongst the must-visit tourist places in Bangkok and is perfect for those who are visiting Bangkok for one day. It is located two stories underneath the ultra-luxurious Siam Paragon shopping mall that would leave you dazzled with the thrilling experiences that it offers and the 30,000 curious looking creatures it has from across the globe.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Entry Fees: 990 Baht for adults and 790 Baht for kids (only for aquarium) Location: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family

7. Chatuchak Weekend Market: The Haven For Shopaholics

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Of all the things to do in Bangkok  for Shopaholics, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the most famous and the best one in the city. Its sheer size and diverse collection would absolutely win your heart and leave you craving for more even after you’re done spending all your money. Find souvenirs from your trip and items to buy for your friends and family back at home.

  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Wednesday to Thursday
  • 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Friday
  • 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM From Saturday to Sunday

Entry Fees:  There are no charges for visiting this place. Location: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, Couples

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8. Wat Pho: The Famous Temple Of The Reclining Buddha

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Amongst the best Bangkok tourist attractions, located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this temple is one of the best place in Bangkok irrespective of whether you’re religious at heart or not because this is also a great place to get a good Thai massage. Apart from that, it is one of the largest temple complexes in the city wherein a giant reclining Buddha measures 46 meters long, is all covered in gold leaf, and offers a relaxing ambience. Touring this place is one of the best things to do in Bangkok with family. 

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person, and free entry for kids under the height of 4 feet Location: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Ideal For: Family

9. Madame Tussauds: Get Closer To Stars

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If you’re looking for famous Bangkok tourist spots, there is no doubt that Madame Tussauds is amongst the must visit places in Bangkok . This worldwide famous wax museum would not only give you an opportunity to get clicked with your favorite celebrity, but would also let you touch and hug them. For an entertaining evening and a chance to stand right next to the popular heroes & artists, this is the place to be.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Entry Fees: 850 Baht for adults and 650 Baht for kids Location: 989 Rama 1 Road Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends

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10. Safari World: The Home Of Exotic Wildlife

safari world

Unlike the other zoos and animal sightseeing places in Bangkok, the popular Safari World  lets animals roam around freely at their own pace. It has a spacious Safari Park, where you can drive through and spot wildlife, and also a Marine Park, where you can watch entertaining live shows, indulge in local cuisines, and shop for souvenirs. Undoubtedly, this is an ideal place to visit for a thrilling day out. Not just kids, this is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok for adults too.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Entry Fees: 790 Baht for adults and 670 Baht for kids (For entry to both Safari and Marine Park) Location: 99 99, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10510, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, Couples

11. Erawan Museum: The Three-Headed Elephant Statue

Erawan museum

Amongst the best Bangkok sightseeing places, this is one of the most famous museums in Bangkok , mostly for the fact that it boasts a splendid three-headed elephant statue at its entry, which is the first and the last thing you would see while you are here. The three storeys inside comprise of extraordinary antiquities and priceless ancient religious objects that are enough for getting an insight into the Thair heritage & culture.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Entry Fees: 300 Baht for adults and 150 Baht for kids Location: 99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends

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12. Dream World: A Theme Park For A Fun-Filled Day

Dream World

This is one impeccable place to visit in Bangkok with both family and friends. Being a popular amusement park in Thailand , Dream World turns every fantasy into reality and ensures that the kid within you has a kick-ass day out. From its high-octane rides to sweet little attractions around, it is the ideal place to capture some more fun memories in Thailand.

  • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday
  • 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Saturday to Sunday

Entry Fees: 650 Baht Location: Pathum Thani 12130, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, Couples

13. Dusit Zoo: An Encounter With Your Favorite Animals

Dusit Zoo

Also called as ‘Khao Din’, this animal park is one of its kind in the city. It has facilities like an animal hospital, a zoo museum and educational centre, a sightseeing train, and an activities’ ground. With more than 1600 domestic and international species, it is an ultimate place to spot wildlife and get a sneak peek into nature’s spellbinding beauty. Among the best places to visit in Bangkok for first-timers, is among the top picks if you want to visit the zoos in Bangkok .

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Entry Fees: 70 Baht for Thai adults, 10 Baht for Thai kids, 100 Baht for foreign adults, and 50 Baht for foreign kids Location: 71, 5 Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Couples

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14. Chinatown: A Paradise For Foodies And Shopaholics

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A haven for foodies, a paradise for Shopaholics, and an abode for the religious ones – Chinatown in Bangkok is everything one would want it to be. Being one of the popular places to visit in Bangkok and a major tourist attraction, you ought to visit the vibrant streets of this Thai town and get a taste of the local culture & lifestyle. There is so much to experience in Chinatown, that it deserves to be even on the list of places to visit in Bangkok in 2 days .

Timings: 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM Entry Fees: There is no entry fees for visiting this place. Location: Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, Couples

15. Bangkok National Museum: Witness The Thai Culture

Bangkok National Museum

Situated on the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace and nearby the Grand Palace, the Bangkok National Museum is one of the top places to see in Bangkok . From housing the largest collection of Thai art to offering a good sneak peek into the country’s history, this is an ideal place, especially for culture vultures.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Wednesday to Sunday Entry Fees: 200 Baht for foreign tourists Location: 4 Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Solo Travelers

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16. Floating Markets: One Of A Kind Market

Ayutthaya Floating market

If you are coming to Bangkok, you have got to visit these charming floating markets in Bangkok, thebest tourist place in Bangkok on our list. Apart from enjoying the boat ride, you can buy tropical fruits and vegetables that are only available in Bangkok. Try the local Thai cuisine at the floating restaurants. If you enjoy the idea of Dal Lake, then you will also enjoy visiting Floating markets in Bangkok .

Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM Best time: Weekends Location: The four major floating markets in Bangkok are DamnoenSaduak, Amphawa, Taling Chan and Khlong Lat Mayom. Ideal For: Couples, Family, Solo Travelers

17. Rose Garden: For Thai Cultural Show

rose garden cultural show bangkok

An ideal place for picnics and cultural sightseeing, Rose Garden is a popular attraction in Bangkok. Currently known as Sampran, this place should be on your list if you are travelling with kids. Everyday Tahi cultural shows are organized in the park that gives you a beautiful glimpse of their traditions and way of life. If you enjoy such things, then this is among the must-visit places to visit in Bangkok in 3 days.

Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM Entry Fee: Different tour organizers have different rates. Location: Km 32 Phetkasem Road, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Ideal For: Couples, Family

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18. Wat Hua Lamphong: A Lively Temple

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Among the most famous places in Bangkok, Wat Hua Lamphong is a temple that serves a large community of those who live and work around upper Silom and Surawong Road. A lively temple located along Silom Road, it has a royal seal of the Kanchanapisek that features two elephants flanking a multi-tiered umbrella.

Timings: NA Entry Fees:  NA Location: 728 Rama IV Rd, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Ideal For: Family

19. Wat Mahathat: Religious Headquarter

Buddhist temple in bangkok

This is the headquarters of Thailand’s largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation Center, Wat Mahathat is an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation. It was originally built to house a relic of the Buddha and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok.

Timings: 7 AM to 10 AM | 1 PM – 4 PM | 6 PM – 8 PM Entry Fees:  50 Baht Location: Naresuan Rd, Tambon Tha Wa Su Kri, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand Ideal For: Family

20. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre: Cultural Hub

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

It is the place for Bangkok’s thriving craftsmanship scene and one of the places to visit in Bangkok for kids that offers a wide scope of contemporary workmanship, plan, music, theatre and film in the city. Marvel at the stunning masterpieces that show a great talent of work. An art workshop is regularly held in front of the building every weekend.

Timings: 10 AM to 9 PM Entry Fees:  NA Location: 939 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Couples and family

21. Giant Swing: A Striking Attraction

giant swing bangkok

This is an interesting spot on the Bangkok attractions map . It denotes and highlights a rich church with clearing rooftop, wonderful divider paintings and stunning hand-cut teak wood entry panels. Situated at a height of 21m between WatSuthat and Bangkok City Hall. The Giant Swing’s two towering red columns can be visible from afar. If you’re looking for places to visit in Bangkok in 2 days then this place is a must-have on your itinerary list.

Timings: Open 24 hours Entry Fees:  NA Location: Dinso Rd, Khwaeng Sao Chingcha, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand Ideal For: Couples and family

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22. Wat Saket: The Golden Mount

Wat Saket

Bangkok has several Buddhist temples, and one of the most revered among them is Wat Saket. This temple is officially known as Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan and is also called the Golden Mount and Phu Khao Thong. It is located in Thailand’s Pom Prap Sattru Phai district. Wat Saket is a very old temple and was built during the Ayutthaya era. Later, it was renovated by King Rama I, when Bangkok was recognised as the capital city of Thailand. The best time to visit this place is during cultural and religious occasions including Visakha Bucha Day and New Year’s Eve, as you would get to witness some special ceremonies.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person Location: 1344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand Ideal For: Family

23. Vimanmek Mansion: A Grand Museum

Vimanmek mansion in Bangkok

Located within the Dusit Palace complex in Dusit District, the Vimanmek Mansion is a former grand villa. It has now been converted into a museum and has become one of the best places to visit in Bangkok, Thailand This is an architectural masterpiece, entirely built with golden teak wood. Vimanmek Mansion is also the world’s largest building that is completely made of this rare and expensive wood. Guided tour are carried out to take the visitors through this mansion.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM Entry Fees: 500 Baht per person (Includes entry to the Grand Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall) Location: 5/1 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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24. Suan Pakkad Palace: A Pottery Museum

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If you are looking for best places to visit in Bangkok in 1 day, this is your best bet. Situated South of the Victory Monument, on Sri Ayutthaya Road, is the beautiful museum called the Suan Pakkad. Opened in 1952, this museum preserves and displays Thai antiques that have a history of over 4,000 years. The articles on display include Ban Chiang pottery, architectural art, and other art. The museum is divided into different zones including the Lacquer Pavillion and the Ban Chiang Museum.

Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM Entry Fees: 100 Baht per person Location: 352 354 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Ideal For: Family

25. Sanam Chandra Palace: A Palace Complex

Sanam Chandra Palace in Bangkok

Nakhon Pathom Province, Sanam Chandra Palace is a grand and beautiful palace complex. It was built by Vajiravudh, also known as King Rama VI. He was the first person in the royal palace who was educated in Thai and English. Sanam Chandra Palace complex houses 5 buildings including the central castle called Charlemont Lolasana Residence. It also has a shrine of Hindu lord Ganesha. The palace is set amidst enchanting lawns, trees, and lakes.

Timings: 5 AM to 9 AM | 4 PM to 8 PM Entry Fees: NA Location: 1, Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand Ideal For: Family and couples

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26. Wat Pathum Wanaram: A Royal Temple

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Situated in the Pathum Wan District of the Thailand capital, Wat Pathum Wanaram is a stunning is a Buddhist temple. It is located between the two popular shopping malls in Bangkok, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld. Opened in 1857, this grand royal temple consists of an ordination hall and a striking Buddhist stupa in pure white colour. You would also see a ‘wiharn’, which is a structure that houses revered Buddha images.

Timings: NA Entry Fees: NA Location: 969 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family

27. Khao San Road: Backpacker’s Haven

lively road in bangkok

It is famously known as the backpacker’s heaven that attracts thousands of tourists who come here to shop, eat and pub-crawl. The street is packed and crowded all day and turns into a night market in the after-hours and will give you the best flavour of the nightlife in Bangkok .

Timings: 10 am – 2 am Location: Bangkok, Thailand Ideal For: Family and friends

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28. Soi Cowboy: For A Unique Culture

Amalgamation of bars and makeout centres

A popular neon-lit street, it is an ideal place to hang out in the after-hours, famous for pub-crawling sessions with friends. It is located very close to Terminal 21 and has a unique vibe and culture to the place which makes it one of the best places to go in Bangkok .

Timings: 6 pm – 2:30 am Entry Fees: NA Location: Bangkok, Thailand Ideal For: Friends

29. Damnoen Saduk Floating Market: Shopaholic’s Heaven

Pattaya Floating Market

A major tourist attraction in Bangkok, it is among the most popular floating markets in Thailand with boats swaying on water that is navigated by Thai locals. They sell all kinds of farm produce, fruits, souvenirs and freshly prepared local foods.

Timings: 7 am – 4 pm Entry Fees: NA Location: 96/19 38 Asok Montri Rd, 10110, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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30. Ancient City: World’s Largest Open Air Museum

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It is the world’s largest open-air museum that is sprawling across 300 acres and is situated 33km from Bangkok. The place boasts mini-museums and sculptures in the garden and ancient city’s map that is a replica of the Thai map along with replicas of many historical sites of Thailand.

Timings: 8 am – 5 pm Entry Fees: THB 700 Location: หมู่ที่ 7 296/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Bang Pu Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand Ideal For: Family

31. Art In Paradise: An Illusional Art Museum

Art In Paradise

An “illusional” art museum! Now that is exciting, isn’t it? This museum houses ten interactive galleries and is popularly known as the Trickeye Museum and is one of the best places to see in Bangkok . The galleries feature gorgeous paintings ranging from Ride a Flying Carpet, Coronation of the Emperor to the Stairway to Hell and a lot more.

Timings: 10 am – 10 pm Entry Fees: THB 290 Location: ศูนย์การค้าเอสพละนาด 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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32. Siam Park City: Thailand’s Largest Theme Park

Siam Park City In Bangkok

One of the most popular tourist places in Bangkok, Siam Park City is  Thailand’s largest theme park. Spread across a sprawling 120 acres which includes 5 zones. Siam Water Park is the topmost favourite zone for visitors, which features the largest wave pool in the world.

Timings: 10 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: THB 540 Location: 203 Suan Siam Rd, Khan Na Yao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand Ideal For: Friends

33. Siam Serpentarium: An Interactive Snake Museum

Siam Serpentarium

One of the must visit places in Bangkok, Siam Serpentarium is an interactive snake museum. That’s right. An epic coming together of thrills and excitement, this museum showcases snakes indulging in various activities. Visitors will get hands-on knowledge to enjoy a truly memorable and bizarre experience.

Timings: 9 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: THB 350 (For Adults); THB 150 (For kids) Location: 969 Luang Phaeng Rd, Thap Yao, Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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34. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat: Largest Chinese Buddhist Temple In Bangkok

Wat Mangkon Kamalawat In Bangkok

Popularly known as the Wat Leng Noei Yi or the Dragon Lotus Temple, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is believed to be one of the largest Chinese Buddhist temples in Bangkok and is one of the famous Bangkok attractions . Initially established as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, this temple is said to host events like Chinese New Year and Chinese Vegetarian Festival and was established in the 19th century.

Timings: 9 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: THB 500 Location: 423 Charoen Krung Rd, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Ideal For: Family

35. Wat Traimit: To Witness A Golden Buddha Statue

Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit is one of the popular Bangkok sightseeing places and features a statue of Buddha due to which it is famous. The statue was sculpted in an elegant Sukhothai style. The statue was discovered around 40 years ago and the Buddha in Wat Traimit is housed in a marble structure.

Timings: 8 am – 5 pm Entry Fees: THB 40 Location: 661 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Ideal For: Family

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36. Assumption Cathedral: Seek Blessings

Assumption Cathedral Bangkok

If you are wondering where to go in Bangkok then Assumption Cathedral is the answer! More than 200 years old this church is an important point of attention for Catholicism in Thailand. A beautiful church located in close proximity to Chao Phraya River is named after the Biblical name of the Virgin Mary and is a must-visit place.

Timings: 6 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: NA Location: 57 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Ideal For: Family and couples

37. Wat Intharawihan: For A Gorgeous Buddha Statue

Wat Intharawihan

If there is one Bangkok tourist spot that you can’t miss then its Wat Intharawihan. A 32 ­metres high standing Buddha is what defines Wat Intharawihan, is all about. Popular as the Luangpor Toh, Wat Intharawihan was built in 1867 during the reign of  King Rama IV. The temple took 60 years to complete and it is beautiful to look at.

Timings: 6 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: THB 100 Location: 144 ถนน วิสุทธิกษัตริย์ บางขุนพรหม Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Ideal For: Family and couples

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38. Princess Mother Memorial Park: An Insight Into History

Princess Mother Memorial Park

One of the best places to see in Bangkok, Princess Mother Memorial Park is magical. A visit to this park will not only make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated but the ambience of the lush garden and insight into the life and art of Princess Mother of Thailand. The Park features two exhibition halls where you can learn about her life and works.

Timings: 6 am – 6 pm Entry Fees: Free Location: 3 Soi Somdet Chao Phraya 17, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand Ideal For: Family

39. Asiatique: A Happening Night Market

Asiatique The Riverfront

Another one of the tourist places in Bangkok, Asiatique is a delight to visit! One of the most happening night markets in Bangkok , the place offers experiences from around the world and one can’t get enough. Asiatique used to be an international port once but has now been converted into a beautiful night market that offers the visitors a variety of options. From boutiques to fine dining, and small stores to entertainment spaces, Asiatique has everything you could possibly ask for.

Timings: 4 pm – 12 am Entry Fees: Free Location: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand Ideal For: Friends and couples

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40. Siam Paragon Mall: For Brand Shopping

Siam Paragon Mall

One of the top places to go in Bangkok for shopping, the Siam Paragon Mall is all about luxury shopping. If you love high-end international brands and luxury shopping is your calling then Siam Paragon Mall is the place to be. More than 70 globally renowned brands ranging from Jimmy Choo to Prada are present here and the mall is also home to the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia.

Timings: 10 am – 10 pm Entry Fees: Free Location: 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Ideal For: Family and couples

41. Bueng Taco: A Chilled Out Place

Farm in pai

One of the most chilled and best places in Bangkok is the Bueng Taco, a Swimming lake where you can enjoy water skiing or wakeboarding. Cruise over the waters, have an adventurous ride and enjoy to the fullest at this lake. It is, indeed, one of the best places to enjoy water sports in Thailand. Enjoy riding with nature!

Timings: 12 AM – 10 PM (Mon – Fri); 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m (Sat-Sun) Entry Fees: 400-600 Baht Location: 175/1 Km13, Bang Na-Trat Rd, Bang Phli Yai, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, Adventure Lovers

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42. Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin: For Vintage Affairs

Rod Fai Market

One of the top places to visit in Bangkok is Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin. It is very well-known for its antique zones and if you are a vintage lover, then the market is a dream come true. Find packs of classic cars, antique furniture, relics and souvenirs of a former era. Located just outside the main city, this is one of the best night markets for shopping in Thailand .

Timings: 5 PM – 1 AM Entry Fees: 200 Baht Location: 1,4 Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand Ideal For: Family, Friends, History lovers

Tips For Witnessing The Bangkok Tourist Places

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Here are some of the important tips every traveler on his holiday in Bangkok should keep in mind to have a wonderful experience of the party island.

  • Make sure you’re decently dressed while visiting the temples.
  • Do check the opening hours of every Bangkok tourist attraction while planning your visit.
  • To witness Chinatown in all its glory, plan your trip during the Chinese New Year .
  • If you plan to visit Jim Thompson’s house, stay ready as not all the local taxi drivers know the way. It would be an adventurous exploration of your own.
  • Carry a good map with you all the time.
  • Feel free to bargain at the Chatuchak Market, but bargain nicely.
  • Take good care of your valuables and beware of the scammers.
  • Prefer the Skytrain and the underground train (BTS and MRT) for getting around as it would help save a lot of time.
  • Carry a photocopy of your Passport with you all the time.
  • Check the weather and pack your outfits accordingly.
  • Don’t forget to carry a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places to Visit in Bangkok

Are 3 days for a Bangkok trip enough?

To explore the best of Bangkok, 3 days would be sufficient. During your vacation, you can visit the top tourist attractions and can also indulge in several adventurous activities.

What is Bangkok famous for?

The large and bustling city of Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. It is known for its energetic street life, nightlife, grand Buddhist shrines, food culture, shopping scenes, and Chao Phraya River.

Is it safe to visit Bangkok during Covid 19?

Bangkok is maintaining all the safety precautions that are necessary against the virus. However, you also need to follow all the government protocols. Get fully vaccinated before you plan the trip, keep wearing a mask when online, maintain social distancing whenever required, and keep sanitizing your hands at certain intervals.

What is the best time to visit Thailand?

The best month to visit Thailand is December, which is the coolest month. The east coast of the country has pleasant weather throughout the year, while the west coast is more favorable during the winter season. There are light showers in some parts of the country during the winters.

Which are the best places to visit in Bangkok for a honeymoon?

Grand Palace, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Ocean World, Chinatown, and Asiatique Ferris Wheel are some of the best places to visit in Bangkok for couples during their honeymoon.

Which are the best places to visit in Bangkok in two days?

For those visiting Bangkok only for two days, places situated in close proximity like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace, Dusit Palace, and Safari World are the best ones to visit for an incredible experience.

What places can be visited in Bangkok in December?

Chinatown, Lumpini Park, Ocean World, and Chao Phraya River are the top places to visit in Bangkok during December. Long hours of sunshine and minimal rainfall make it easier for travelers to witness the city at its best, while having the time of their lives.

What are the best places to visit in Bangkok at night?

Asiatique The Riverfront, Rot Fai Market, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Thonglor-Ekkamai are some of the best places to visit in Bangkok at night.

What are the places to visit in Bangkok for shopping?

Central world, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, MBK are some of the best shopping places to visit in Bangkok. soul-stirring experience.

What should one buy from Bangkok?

Here are some of the things that you can buy from Bangkok: 1. Thai Silk 2. Fruit Soap 3. Spa products and scents 4. Crispy seaweed snack 5. Coconut oil 6. Tiger Balm 7. Fruit Snacks 8. Coffee 9. Mama instant noodles 10. Chewy milk candy

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Sprawling Bangkok, a metropolis of more than 8 million people, often gets overlooked by travelers to Southeast Asia who land briefly in the city before heading off to beaches in the south or more peaceful Chiang Mai in the north. But these travelers are missing out. Bangkok is bustling and cosmopolitan, a unique melange of centuries-old history in the form of palaces and temples and towering bars and billion-dollar shopping centers. There are seemingly endless things to do in the City of Angels.

Admire the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew

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Thailand's most important Buddha statue lives in an astounding temple complex on the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace. If you've seen the enormous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, you might be surprised to see that the Emerald Buddha pales in size. At just 26 inches tall, the seated Buddha is sacred in Thai culture and may only be touched by the king. The site is home to many other interesting artifacts too, including a curious model of Angkor Wat, constructed in the late 1800s by King Mongkut.

Visit the Jim Thompson House

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Whether you know the story of Jim Thompson or not, a visit to his stunning home is a must-do in Bangkok. Thompson, an American who single-handedly started the Thai silk industry after World War II, built an elaborate compound of Thai-style teak houses on a khlong (canal) across from Bangkrua, where his weavers worked. Thompson mysteriously disappeared in Cambodia in 1967, shortly after his home's completion, but luckily, the site—and Thompson's immense collection of Asian art—has been preserved for all to enjoy.

Shop a Floating Market

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Floating markets are a massive draw for many visitors to Bangkok, but beware that you might be disappointed. Unfortunately, these markets are over-populated by tourists, so if you go expecting an incredibly authentic experience, you might be disheartened by the overabundance of vendors selling photo ops with animals or floppy sunhats. Still, an early morning visit to a floating market can be an enjoyable experience. Skip the overcrowded Damnoen Saduak market and instead head to Tha Kha. While it's a slightly further drive (it takes about 90 minutes each way), you'll find fewer cheesy souvenirs and much better food, including the famous boat noodles.

Stroll Through a Retail Palace at IconSIAM

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Completed in 2018 to the tune of $1.5 billion, IconSIAM is a retail giant among Bangkok's shopping centers . You can expect to find every major American and European retailer here—and then some. IconSIAM is home to the city's first Apple store and a unique indoor floating market. The downstairs food court has more than 100 different dining options and excellent options for Thai gifts. A free and convenient water taxi runs from the pier near the BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin Station.

Get a Glimpse of Local Life Along Bangkok's Canals

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Bangkok's khlongs (canals) are crucial to everyday life for many Thai people. You'll still see wooden stilt houses along many of them, as well as small shops selling groceries and more. One of the most fascinating and unique ways to see what life is like here is to take a long-tailed boat ride along the canals. Most of these tours focus on Thonburi, west of the Chao Praya, and near Wat Arun. On a tour, you'll typically pass the Royal Thai Barge Museum, an orchid farm, or, if you go on a weekend, the Taling Chan floating market.

Have a Drink in the Sky

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For a bird's-eye view of Bangkok, head up 820 feet to Sky Bar at Lebua . One of the world's tallest rooftop bars, Sky Bar might look familiar since it played a prominent role in "The Hangover: Part II," but even if you're not a movie fan, the views alone are still cinematic. Grab a drink or have dinner at one of Lebua's sister establishments, which include the Michelin-starred Mezzaluna and the newly-opened, state-of-the-art Chef's Table, where Vincent Thierry, who manned the kitchen at Hong Kong's three-star Caprice, now runs the show.

Explore the Immense Chatuchak Weekend Market

It's easy to get lost in this enormous market, where vendors line-up to sell everything from elephant pants to live animals. With more than 15,000 stalls, it pays to have a plan when you visit. Go early (Bangkok's hot!), know what you want to buy, and get a map. While the market is a great place for Thai silk, housewares, and cheap and cheerful clothing, some vendors illegally sell wildlife or products made from animal materials like ivory or coral. Avoid these things entirely and also be mindful of any items displaying Buddha, as it's illegal to export these from the country.

See How Royalty Lives at the Grand Palace

It's hot and crowded, yet tourists still flock to Bangkok's Grand Palace. The massive complex, home to the Emerald Buddha and several other impressive buildings is model after the Grand Palace in Ayutthaya, Siam's original capital until the Burmese destroyed it in 1767. If you go, go early—the grounds open at 8:30 a.m.—so you can beat some of the crowds and a little bit of the heat.

Make New Friends on Khao San Road

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If you want to hang out with other tourists—and, hey, maybe you do!—head to Khao San Road. A long-time hub for backpackers and other budget travelers, bustling Khao San Road is lined with bars, restaurants, shops, hostels, and more. It's touristy, yes, but if you're looking to meet new friends in Bangkok or for a continuation of your trip, this is the place to do it.

Admire Wat Arun at Sunset

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Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan is one of Bangkok's most iconic temples , situated right on the bank of the Chao Praya. The 220-foot spire, also called a prang , is adorned with porcelain and colored glass and was constructed sometime during the Ayutthaya period. Visitors can climb to the top of the central tower, but the best views of Wat Arun are across the river at sunset—a truly iconic Bangkok scene.

Enjoy Green Space at Lumpini Park

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In a city that seems overloaded with asphalt, Lumpini Park is a welcome retreat. Spanning more than 140 acres in the city's business district, the park welcomes visitors looking to golf, run, row around the lake, or relax away from the city's hustle and bustle. During the winter months, the orchestra serenades visitors on weekend evenings, and you can expect to see various groups and clubs gathering throughout the day.

Admire Wat Ben's Marble Facade

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A younger temple by Bangkok standards—it was built in 1899—Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is smaller than many but impressive in its style and architecture. Rama V spared no expense building Wat Ben, even importing thousands of pounds of Carrara marble from Italy for its facade. Inside, there's an image of the Phra Buddha Chinnarat, the base of which contain's Rama V's ashes. (Fun fact: This is the temple that you see on the reverse of the 5 baht coin.)

Have a Moving Meal in Chinatown

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Despite its name, Bangkok's Chinatown has more than just Chinese food. Yaowarat Road, lined on both sides with flashing lights and billboards advertising shark-fin soup and other delicacies, is the place to go for any visitor looking to try a whole lot of street food in a short period. Start with kaeng karii neua (beef curry) at Jek Pui before trying the elaborately stir-fried morning glory greens at Fikeaw Yao Wa-Rat. Then, for your main course, try the peppery pork noodle roll soup at Nai Ek Roll Noodle. If you're not too full, mango sticky rice from one of the many streetside vendors is the way to go. The entire meal will set you back less than $10.

Take a Dinner Cruise on the River

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While an evening cruise of the Chao Praya can be an excellent way to see a different perspective on the city, most dinner cruises plowing the river offer far from relaxed experiences. You can see them from yards away, with their blaring music and flashing neon lights—not ideal if you just want to enjoy the sunset and admire the temples lit up at night. Supanniga Cruise , which launched in early 2019, aims to turn the loud dinner boat experience into a tranquil one, hosting just 40 guests on sunset cocktail, champagne, and dinner cruises. The latter includes a six-course menu and a welcome glass of champagne for 3,250 baht (around $107). Meanwhile, their sister restaurant, Suppaniga Eating Room , is among the most popular riverfront spots for getting that perfect sunset Instagram of Wat Arun.

See the Famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

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Even if you know very little about Bangkok, you've likely seen or heard of Wat Pho's Reclining Buddha, a 150-foot gold-leafed Buddha in a sideways laying position. While this famous Buddha is undoubtedly impressive, Wat Pho's temple complex is home to four chapels containing nearly 400 gilded Buddha images and other fascinating artifacts. The complex was also the first public university in Thailand, where students would study religion, literature, and science. Today, it's known as a top center for Thai massage and traditional medicine, so if you have the time, don't skip getting a massage.

Learn About Thailand's Rich History at the Bangkok National Museum

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As the first public museum in Thailand, Bangkok's National Museum houses an extensive collection of Thai art and artifacts. In addition to Buddhist art from other countries in Southeast Asia, the museum's collection is home to a stone pillar inscribed by King Ramkamhaeng, believed to be the oldest record of Thai writing; Thai ceremonial chariots that are solely used for royal cremations; and the Phra Buddha Singh image, the second-most important Buddha image in Thailand.

See a Different Side of Thai Architecture

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Bangkok's Vimanmek Mansion shows off an entirely different side of Thai architecture alongside an excellent glimpse into royal life. The golden teak building was originally a summer home in Koh Si Chang but was dismantled and reconstructed in Bangkok's Dusit district in 1900. Built in the European style completely free from nails, the house is believed to be the largest golden teakwood building in the world. While no royals live there today, the palace is open to the public who can see many of the rooms where King Chulalongkorn the Great and King Rama V lived.

Shop a Local's Market

If you want to immerse yourself in Thai cuisine, visit Thewet Market. Like much of Bangkok, Thewet is a symphony for the senses: You'll spy piles of chilies, hear the sizzle of garlic and oil hitting the pan, and hear the chatter of locals shopping and haggling for their groceries. If you want to learn how to whip up a Thai dish yourself ( yum som-o , anyone?), find a cooking class that starts with a trip to the market. The luxurious Siam offers guests an excursion that includes a tuk-tuk ride to the market and shopping with the chef before returning to the hotel to cook lunch in a traditional teak house.

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