Top 10 Places To Visit In Bangkok

Waquar Habib


Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a mix of ancient temples, modern skyscrapers, and lively street markets. Discover its rich history, indulge in flavourful street food, and experience Thai hospitality in this dynamic city.

Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok | Shutterstock

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

The Grand Palace, home to Thailand's Kings since 1782, showcases Thai craftsmanship with its golden stupas, colourful spires, and murals. Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, houses a single piece of jade statue. Don't miss the Phra Mondop library.

A view of the Grand Palace, Bangkok | Shutterstock

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun is a 17th-century temple named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. Its central tower, decorated with porcelain and seashells, showcases Khmer-style architecture. Climb the steep stairs for a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River.

The exquisite architecture of Wat Arun | Shutterstock

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho is a large, ancient temple with a 46-meter-long Reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf. Visitors can explore the serene courtyards, decorated stupas, and the birthplace of Thai massage. Nearby street food stalls offer local delicacies.

A view of Wat Pho, one of the most famous temples of Bangkok | Shutterstock

Chatuchak Weekend Market

This massive market, established in the 1950s, is one of the world's biggest. You can shop for handicrafts, clothing, antiques, pets, and plants. There's also delicious Thai street food, like coconut ice cream, mango sticky rice, and grilled meats.

Colourful lanterns and statues in antique shops at Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok | Shutterstock

Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson, an American entrepreneur, revitalised the Thai silk industry in the 1950s. His house is a collection of traditional Thai teak buildings with beautiful gardens. Visitors can explore the house, view his Asian art collection, and enjoy Thai desserts at the on-site café.

Roof and front of Jim Thompson's house in Bangkok | Shutterstock

Khao San Road

Khao San Road was a rice market but transformed into a backpacker hub in the 1980s. It's known for lively nightlife, budget-friendly shopping, and delicious street food specialities like pad thai, mango sticky rice, and fresh fruit shakes.

A local auto at the Khao San Road, Bangkok | Shutterstock

Chao Phraya River and Waterways

Bangkok's history and architecture are closely tied to the river. Take a river cruise to see iconic landmarks and stunning buildings from a different perspective. Enjoy a dinner cruise with Thai and international dishes.

Local boats in the Chao Phraya River | Shutterstock

Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Yaowarat is a historic Chinatown established by Chinese immigrants in the late 18th century. It is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, filled with gold shops, markets and authentic Chinese eateries. Sample delicious dim sum, crispy duck and other Chinese-Thai specialities.

Tuk tuk taxi in Chinatown, Bangkok | Shutterstock

Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park in Bangkok is a beautiful green space created in the 1920s. You can relax by the lake, rent a paddleboat, or join locals in outdoor exercise classes. Vendors nearby sell delicious snacks like grilled sausages and som tam (papaya salad).

An aerial view of Lumphini Park | Shutterstock

Wat Saket (Golden Mount)

The Golden Mount, with 300 steps to climb, offers panoramic views of Bangkok. It has a rich history from the Ayutthaya era, expanded by King Rama I. Explore the temple grounds and try traditional Thai sweets from nearby markets.

The Chedi of the Golden Mount at Wat Saket, Bangkok | Shutterstock

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