Bangkok, The “City of Angels”, which hides many details that will fascinate you with its mystical atmosphere in the crowded and chaotic urban life, offers everyone from 7 to 70 to have fun thanks to its constant rhythm throughout the day. I will share very important information throughout the guide, but pay attention to these first;
Where to stay? Rattanakosin, Silom, Sukhumvit, Chao Phraya River and around Khao San Road are the best places to stay in the city.
Hotel recommendations: On my last trip I stayed at the 3-star ibis Bangkok Siam hotel and I was very satisfied. You can have a look. Some of the other popular hotels are: 4 ★ Holiday Inn Express Siam, 5 ★ Pathumwan Princess Hotel.
Bangkok Travel List
Due to the dazzling details it hosts, the Grand Palace finds itself at the top of the list of places to visit in Bangkok for travelers who want to understand Thai culture.
The palace, whose construction started in 1782 after the decision was made to move the throne to Bangkok, was used by the royal family as the administrative center and residence of the state until 1925. The palace complex, with nearly 100 buildings, consists of 3 intertwined courtyards surrounded by defensive walls.
The temple, where the Emerald Buddha Statue is located, is the most interesting building in the outer courtyard. The central courtyard houses buildings used for administrative work. In the inner courtyard, which is the oldest part of the palace, there are parts of the king and his nature.
If you want to visit the palace, you have to follow the dress code. King IX. In respect to Rama, guests are asked to pay attention to their clothes. If you want to follow this rule and visit the palace with peace of mind, you can rent clothes at the entrance.
Important Note: It is forbidden to go inside with suspenders or shorts, so my advice is to put extra clothes in your bag. There is strict control in this regard. Instead of dealing with the rental order etc., you can wear your own dress from your bag.
- Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 08.30-15.30
- Entrance Fee: 500 Baht
2.Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Temple of Dawn, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, is known as the most spectacular of the few religious buildings that have been in use since ancient times in Thailand.
It is known that the 5-storey temple was built using ceramics during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, which ruled in Siam between 1351 and 1767.
Many sculptures of different sizes welcome you in the 82-meter-high religious building surrounded by towers representing the four great winds of Thailand.
If you want to see the glory of the temple, where renovation works were carried out in different periods by the orders of the Rattanakosin kings, you can join the boat rides on the river.
If you go upstairs at sunset, you can have the opportunity to watch the light games created by the reflection of the sun rays and the fascinating view of the city.
Note: There is a boat stop right in front of the temple. You can easily reach here by boat from many parts of the city, especially from the area where the Grand Palace is located right across the water.
- Address: Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 08.00-17.30
- Entrance Fee: 50 Baht
3.Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Wat Pho Temple, which was named the first university of the country by some sources due to the meditation, traditional massage training and scientific studies carried out in the ancient period, attracts great attention throughout the year due to its huge Reclining Buddha Statue.
The gold-plated statue placed in 1800 in the temple founded in the 16th century is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
The details that increase the interest in the sculpture are on the soles of the feet, which are 5 meters long and 3 meters high. 108 actions and symbols, which are accepted as positive, are engraved using mother-of-pearl stones in this part of the work.
The sound you will hear when you approach the temple, which contains 1,360 marble plates containing information in the fields of history, science and literature, is caused by the visitors throwing money into 108 bronze bowls. The money collected as a result of this action, which is believed to bring luck, is spent on the maintenance of the temple and the statue.
- Address: Maharat Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 08.00-18.30
- Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
4.Golden Buddha Statue (Wat Traimit)
The world’s largest Golden Buddha Statue is located inside the Wat Traimit Temple. The Sukhothai style statue inside the temple located west of Hua Lamphong Train Station is believed to have been made more than 700 years ago.
The work, which is close to 5 meters in height and used 5 and a half tons of gold, was covered with white plaster many years ago so that it would not be stolen by Burmese warriors. Its original form was noticed when it was accidentally dropped in 1955 while moving to its current location.
The stunning statue is exhibited on the 4th floor of the temple. On the second floor of the building, there is a museum where you can learn about local history and the past of China.
- Address: Traimit Road, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 09.00-17.00
- Entrance Fee: 10 Baht (Museum)
5.Floating Market (Floating Market)
Floating Bazaars are other unique places you can add to your list of places to visit in Bangkok to understand the local culture. In the city, 5 different markets are set up where you can find Thai flavors, fruit and vegetable varieties, cheap but authentic souvenirs.
Apart from the stands that you can see all over the world, the sales of the boats approaching the shore and the rare atmosphere make these places a must to see.
The most famous of Bangkok‘s floating markets is Damnoen Saduak. Tour options are offered to travelers who want to visit the market, which is 100 kilometers away from the city center. You can go to this market, which is established from morning till noon, by participating in tours organized throughout the city.
Tour starts are usually around 07:00 and tours usually pick you up from your hotel. If you wish, you can go to the floating market yourself.
I arranged the tour I was going to attend from Viator. Similarly, you can register for tours from Getyourguide. I will share an example tour below.
The second popular market area of the city is Amphawa, 90 kilometers away. Although not as big as the first two options, Talin Chan also attracts a lot of attention. Khlong Lat Mayom and Bang Nam Pheung are the only markets that cater to locals rather than being tourism oriented.
I think if you have enough time in Bangkok, spend at least half a day at Damnoen Saduak market.
6.Chatuchak Market (Chatuchak Market)
Known as the world’s largest weekend market with its 35-acre area and 8,000 stands, Chatuchak Market is another address I would recommend for shoppers to stop by.
In the marketplace, which hosts more than 200 thousand visitors in a standard weekend, certain numbers are given to each sales place and street in order not to get lost. You can even find a detailed map on the internet easily.
In fact, 3 different markets are established under the name of Chatuchak in the city. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, a wide variety of flowers, plants and agricultural materials specific to the region are sold at the Chatuchak Flower Market.
A venue with similar content operates from Tuesday 22.00 until Wednesday 17.00 in the area next to Jatujak Market.
- Visiting Hours: 18.00-00.00 (Friday), 09.00-18.00 (Saturday, Sunday)
7. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House, right next to the Saen Saeb Canal, was created by combining 6 traditional-style houses in a large garden.
Jim Thompson came to the country after World War II in 1946 after being commissioned by the CIA and then entered the silk trade business, as his residence, synthesizes the Eastern culture with the West’s with the works it contains. The residence was turned into a museum after Thompson’s mysterious disappearance in the Malaysian jungles in 1967.
Apart from the museum, there is a restaurant and a wine house in the residence, where you will have the opportunity to see interesting items brought from different places, from the Buddha statue dating to the 17th century to chandeliers produced in Belgium.
If you want to witness a local structure during your trip to Bangkok, this museum may be just for you.
- Address: Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama I Road, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 09.00-17.00
- Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
Chinatown, which hosts Wat Traimit, where the Golden Buddha Statue is located, is considered among the must-visit places, especially for gastronomy enthusiasts who want to taste the flavors specific to the Far East.
You can come across stalls selling herbs and souvenirs believed to be healing during the day in the neighborhood, whose foundations were laid by Chinese entrepreneurs who came to the capital city for commercial purposes during the reign of King Rama I.
The main factor that increases the interest in the neighborhood is the night market. From the first moment the sun starts to lose its effect, vendors operating throughout the day leave their places to countertops full of authentic and mouth-watering flavors for their customers.
Also, if you are here in the first week of February, you can have the opportunity to watch the events organized as part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.
- Address: Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok
9.Khao San Road
Khao San Road, where Chinatown is also located, was home to the rice market until recently. However, in a short period of 20 years, it has become the most important point of the city for backpackers thanks to the affordable eating and drinking and accommodation places that cover the sidewalks.
After visiting the Great Palace and the Reclining Buddha Statue, if you go to the street where you can take time, especially in the evening, you can reach the most unique tastes of Thai cuisine by paying very low prices. Also, in the middle of April, this place is the scene of a colorful festival.
If you look for a slightly more upmarket place on the street, which is a popular meeting point with both locals and travelers, you can choose Khaosan Garden, which opened in late 2013. Inside the venue, there are sections such as a French restaurant and a library, museum, and bakery.
- Hotel Recommendation: The 4-star Baan Chart is one of the most beautiful and popular facilities where you can stay in this region.
10.Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum, the largest in its field in Southeast Asia, operates in a magnificent building built as a palace in the name of Prince Wang Na in 1782.
The museum was moved into this building in 1887 by order of King Rama V. When it was founded as the country’s first museum in 1859, the collection of the cultural facility focused on subjects such as Thai history, art and local life.
Thanks to its expanding collection in the following years, the museum has become a must-have place on the list of places to visit in Bangkok for those who want to learn about the culture of not only Thailand but the whole region.
A variety of weapons, musical instruments, textiles and household items unique to Southeast Asian culture are displayed here in chronological order, along with objects used by the Thai royal family.
- Address: Na Phra That Road, Phra Borom maha ratchawang Sub-district, Phranakorn District, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 09.00-16.00 (Wednesday-Sunday)
- Entrance Fee: 200 Baht
When you are overwhelmed by the crowds or hot weather in Bangkok’s streets and touristic areas, you can go to Lumpini Park, which was created in the 1920s to showcase Thai craftsmanship and country-specific flower varieties.
Covering an area of more than 500 thousand square meters, the park has a very rich profile in terms of plant and species diversity. If you are interested in bird watching, this might be the place for you. There are also walking and cycling paths.
King VI. In the green area where you can see the statue of Rama, there is a center called Lan Tawan Yim, which is open to the use of disabled people.
Those who want to feed in a calm environment go to Sri Thai Derm. Musical events are held on the last day of the week from February to the end of April in the park, which is colored with Buddhist Dharma activities on the last Sunday of every month.
If you want to rest a little while wandering around the city, you can add this park to your list of places to visit in Bangkok.
- Address: Rama IV Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan District, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 04.30-21.00
If the places where modern facilities are at the forefront instead of authentic looking venues appeal to you more, you can turn your route to Siam Square, which is considered one of the city’s attractions.
The most popular feature of the square, which was built on a rented area from Chulalongkorn University in 1970, is that it is connected to many shopping centers.
Many shopping complexes such as Siam Paragon, MBK Center and Siam Square One continue their activities just steps away from the square. In addition to all these possibilities, you can see the vendors who are opening their stalls in the streets here, as in the rest of the city.
The square, which is one of the areas you can focus on in your search for accommodation facilities, also represents the Western face of Bangkok nightlife.
In the region where there are options such as Hard Rock Café, you can go to nightclubs where you can have fun with live DJ performances or you can choose karaoke bars where you can see examples in Japan.
- Hotel Recommendation: On my last trip to Bangkok, I stayed at the starred ibis Bangkok Siam hotel and I was very satisfied, you can take a look if you wish.
13.Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew)
The Emerald Buddha Temple, which I mentioned while describing the old Royal Palace, or Wat Phra Kaew, as it is known in the local language, is the most important religious building for Buddhists.
The construction of the temple started in 1785 with the order of King Rama I. The statue, which makes the religious structure important in the eyes of the local people, was carved on a monolithic emerald block in 1444. Instead of the original 66-centimeter-high statue that was only touched by kings in the past, visitors are now shown an exact copy.
Apart from the Emerald Buddha, the legend of Ramakian, which derives from the Indian culture, is depicted in other works of interest in the temple.
In addition, inspired by this legend, Yaksa Tavarnbal sculptures with a height of 5 meters were placed on the outside to protect the temple.
- Address: Na Phralan, Phranakorn, Rattanakosin, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 07.00-18.00
- Entrance Fee: 500 Baht
14.Wat Suthat & The Giant Swing
Wat Suthat, one of Bangkok’s oldest and most magnificent temples, was built by the order of King Rama I to place a 13th century bronze Buddha statue brought from Sukhotai by boat.
156 Buddha paintings adorn the exterior of the temple, located east of the Royal Gardens in the Old Town. On the inner walls, there are works depicting the 24 reincarnations of Buddha.
The Giant Swing in its garden is another element that increases the interest in the temple. The building, which has a height of 21.15 meters, first appeared in 1784 as a result of placing hand-carved wooden pieces on red colored columns.
The original giant wings were replaced with the gold version you can see now during the renovation works in 2004.
In the past, the monument was used by Brahmin monks for rituals performed after the rice harvest in mid-December. However, these rituals were banned as a result of accidents that occurred during celebrations, some of which ended in death.
- Address: Bamrung Muang Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
- Visiting Hours: 08.30-21.00
- Entrance Fee: 20 Baht
15.Dusit Palace (Dusit Palace)
The last place I would recommend you to add to your list of places to visit in Bangkok is the Dusit Palace with a European look. The palace was built after King Rama V, who made his first trip to Europe in 1897, was impressed by the castles he saw.
There are 13 different buildings with many interconnected gardens within the area of more than 64 thousand square meters of the palace complex.
Today, apart from the unofficial royal palace in which the Elephant Museum is located, Vimanmek Teak Mansion and Abhisek Dusit are known as the most striking places of the building group.
Built in 1868 on Ko Si Chang Island, the 81-room mansion was moved to the palace complex in 1910. Not a single nail was used during the construction of the building.
On the other hand, Abhisek Dusit was built in 1904 for the king’s throne hall. Victorian style elements were frequently used in the design of the small-sized building.
- Address: Royal Plaza, Dusit
- Visiting Hours: 09.30-16.00
- Entrance Fee: 50 Baht
Other Places to Visit in Bangkok
Throughout the article, I tried to give information about the most important places that you should definitely add to your list of places to visit in Bangkok. If you have enough time on your trip to Bangkok, you can add the following points to your trip list:
- Patpong Night Market
- Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew)
- Terminal 21
- Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
- Siam Paragon
- Soi Cowboy
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
There are many places to stay in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. However, considering both climate characteristics and security, it is necessary to choose the region in favor of places close to public transportation facilities.
Based on this situation and taking advantage of my personal experiences, I recommend you to focus on Siam Square, Silom, Sukhumvit, Çao Phraya River bank and Khao San Road in your hotel search. linkler
linklerAs I mentioned before in the list of places to visit in Bangkok, Siam Square offers travelers a high-level holiday experience with its modern facilities. In this part of the city, options such as 3-star ibis Bangkok Siam, 4-star Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam and 5-star Pathumwan Princess Hotel await you.