Almost any trip to Thailand begins in Bangkok, its busy, chaotic and awesome capital. Bangkok is a city of millions where ancient culture goes hand in hand with modern city life. This becomes immediately clear when you notice the temples wedged in between huge skyscrapers, the palaces along busy roads or the luxury shopping malls right next to local markets… It’s a city of extremes, which is what makes it so amazing. Find out for yourself and check out these 27 great sights of Bangkok!

1. Wat Phra Kaew

The holy temple Wat Phra Kaew has got to be Bangkok’s most important sight. It’s located in a huge temple complex with glistening temples, mosaics, golden chedis, decorated prangs (temple towers) and elegant statues that are dazzlingly beautiful. Although everything around Wat Phra Kaew is big and lavish, the holiest of all Buddha statues residing inside it, the Emerald Buddha, is surprisingly small: just 66 centimeters in height.

Entrance fee: 500 Thai Baht (including Grand Palace)
Where: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok (Tha Chang, N9)
Opening hours: Every day 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

2. Grand Palace

Right next to Wat Phra Kaew is the Grand Palace, the king’s former residence. These days it only serves as a venue for important events and festive ceremonies. The palace is very beautiful and has gilded roofs, big statues of elephants and a perfectly manicured lawn. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to go inside, but it’s nice to have a quick look at it after your visit to Wat Phra Kaew.

Entrance fee: 500 Thai Baht (including Wat Phra Kaew)
Where: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok (Tha Chang, N9)
Opening hours: Every day 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Grand Palace in Bangkok

3. Wat Pho

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is Bangkok’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple. Its complex contains more than 1,000 Buddha images, the most famous being the 46 meter wide and 15 meter high Reclining Buddha. This Buddha is entirely covered with gold leaf and is the largest statue of the Buddha in all of Thailand. Walk around it and then… lie down for a Thai massage! As it happens, this temple complex also houses one the most highly regarded massage schools in Thailand.

Entrance fee: 100 Thai Baht
Where: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok (Rajinee, N7)
Opening hours: Every day 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, massages until 5:00 PM

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Photo credit: Thomas Ballandras

4. National Museum Bangkok

These days the 18th century estate of the former Wang Na palace is occupied by the Bangkok National Museum. This museum houses Thailand’s largest collection of art and objects, including gold treasures, precious stones, Kohn masks, puppets, ceramics, clothing, textiles, woodcarvings and traditional musical instruments. Many of these ancient treasures are gifts King Rama V received from his father. The museum is worth a visit if you happen to be near Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace.

Entrance fee: 200 Thai Baht
Where: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace (take a taxi)
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

National Museum in Bangkok

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

5. Floating Markets

There are many floating markets around Bangkok. These are markets where wooden boats serve as market stalls that sell food and souvenirs on the river banks. The most popular floating market is Damnoen Saduak, about 1.5 hours from Bangkok. This market is especially fun if you’re looking for souvenirs. A market that’s slightly more authentic is Amphawa (also 1.5 hours from Bangkok), which is where many locals go to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Damnoen Saduak: Ratchaburi | Amphawa: Amphawa, Samutsongkhram (take a taxi)
Opening hours: Damnoen Saduak: every day 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Amphawa: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tip: Go early in the morning to avoid the large crowds.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok

Photo credit: Julia Maudlin

6. Khao San Road

Khao San Road is a busy street at the heart of Bangkok’s backpackers’ area. Restaurants playing loud music on both sides of the road, ladyboys in short dresses trying to lure you inside, and there’s a bustling market with souvenirs and street food, small bars and live music. This street seems very chaotic and confusing, but you have to see it at least once!

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Thanon Khao San Road, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (10 minutes from Phra Arthit N13)
Opening hours: 24/7

Khao San Road in Bangkok

7. Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River is Bangkok’s main artery and serves as the city’s waterway. Hop onto a taxi boat from the river bank and see different parts of the city for next to no money. Along the way, you’ll come across many sights, such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Chinatown. You’ll also get a glimpse of the local life on the river bank. A great way to get from A to B while getting to know the city!

Entrance fee: 10-30 Thai Baht
Where: In the heart of Bangkok
Opening hours: Chao Phraya Express Boat goes every day between 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM

View of Chao Phraya River from the Sathorn Unique Tower

8. Wat Arun

Wat Arun, otherwise known as the Temple of the Dawn, is a stunning temple in an equally stunning location along the Chao Phraya River. What makes this temple so special is the 82 meter high prang that’s completely decorated with handmade mosaics in the shape of flowers. These were made using broken Chinese porcelain, thrown overboard by boats coming from China years ago.

Entrance fee: 50 Thai Baht
Where: Bangkok Yai, Bangkok (pier N8, Tha Tien)
Opening hours: Every day 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Wat Arun next to the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

9. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Whether it’s clothing or canaries, at Chatuchak Weekend Market you can find literally everything. This weekend market is Thailand’s largest and has more than 10,000 shops and stalls. It’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs – that is, if you don’t get lost! You’ll almost certainly need a map of the market area. You can get them at the MRT station or at one of the information centers.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok (BTS: Mochit, MRT: Chatuchak Park)
Opening hours: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday 6:00 – midnight, Wednesday & Thursday just for plants 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

10. Sirocco Skybar

The best way to end your day is with a 360 degree view of the city, atop one of Bangkok’s enormous skyscrapers. Dine in style, or have a drink with the locals. Magical! Highly recommended for those who like a stylish night out is the Sirocco Skybar (featured in “The Hangover 2”), where the prices are as high as the building itself!

Entrance fee: Free
Where: The Dome near lebua, 63rd floor, 1055/42 Silom Road, Bangrak (BTS: Sathorn Taksin)
Opening hours: Every day 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Dress code: Smart casual (no sportswear, slippers, t-shirts, shorts etc.)

Sirocco Skybar in Bangkok

11. Chinatown

Chinatown in Bangkok is best described as a maze of small, narrow streets with bustling markets, open air restaurants, garage workshops, traditional medicine stores and hidden temples. It’s almost impossible not to get lost here. Hardly surprising: this is the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. It’s a fantastic place to just roam around and marvel at everything going on around you. Once you’ve walked around so much that your feet are hurting and you really don’t know where you are anymore, just hail one of the many taxis around to take you straight back to your hotel.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Yaowarat Road, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Rachawongs, N5)
Opening hours: 24/7

The streets of Bangkok's Chinatown

12. Wat Traimit

Though Wat Traimits fame is somewhat overshadowed by so many of the other temples in Bangkok, it has something that the others don’t have: a solid gold Buddha statue that’s more than 3 meters high, weighs 5.5 tons and is worth about 250 million dollars; making it the most expensive Buddha statue in the world. It’s over 700 years old and attracts many visitors every day. There’s also a museum in which you can see how the statue was sculpted and how it’s been kept safe for hundreds of years from potential thieves.

Entrance fee: 40 Thai Baht to see the golden Buddha, 100 Thai Baht extra for the museum
Where: Wat Traimit, Thanon Mittaphap Thai-China, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok (Rachawongs, N5, MRT: Hualamphong)
Opening hours: Every day 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The museum is closed on Monday.

Wat Traimit in Bangkok

13. Cycling in Bangkok

Riding a bike in Bangkok is awesome! So far, we’ve gone on three bike tours with Co van Kessel, which we would recommend to anyone. The tour will take you through the narrow streets of Chinatown and places you normally wouldn’t go. During longer tours, you’ll also travel on trains and on boats, bike and all, to have a look around Bangkok’s outskirts, where you can bike along the klongs and past (and through!) people’s houses. The best way to get to know Bangkok!

Price: 950 – 1,650 Thai Baht
Where: River City Shopping Center, 23 Charoen Krung Road, Soi 24 (BTS: Saphan Taksin Station, Sathorn Pier)
Times: Various
More information: https://www.covankessel.com/

Cycling though small streets in Bangkok

14. Lumphini Park

Need a break from busy chaotic of Bangkok? Why not visit beautiful Lumphini Park! This park is an oasis of green with perfectly manicured lawns, trees and a big lake on which you can go pedal boating. Living around the lake are huge, but harmless water monitors, lizards that enjoy this piece of urban nature as much you. It’s a popular place to go for walks, jogging or work out at the outdoor gym, access to which is 20 Thai Baht.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan (MRT: Silom/Lumphini, BTS: Saladaeng)
Opening hours: Every day 4:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Lumphini Park in Bangkok

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

15. Wat Saket, the Golden Mount

Not far from Khao San Road is Wat Saket temple, which lies on top of the famous “Golden Mount”. To get to the top you’ll first need to climb 318 steps. However, the temple bells, flower gardens and small waterfalls you encounter along the way, make the climb a surprisingly pleasant one. Also, halfway up is a coffee house in case you need some time to recover. All the effort you put in will eventually be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the city at the top. Awesome!

Entrance fee: Free, 20 Thai Baht for the last part to the top
Where: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road
Opening hours: Every day 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Wat Saket in Bangkok

Photo credit: xiquinhosilva

16. Sukhumvit Road

Sukhumvit Road is an amazing mix of modern skyscrapers, messy food stalls, men in suits and luxury shops. It’s the longest road in Bangkok, but you won’t find many tourist attractions on it. However, there are a lot of modern restaurants, bars, shopping centers, luxury hotels and trendy clubs. It’s also where the city’s best tailors ply their trade, making it the most popular place in Bangkok for custom made clothing.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Sukhumvit Road, Prakhanong, Klongtoey, Bangkok (BTS: Mo Chit – On Nut)
Opening hours: 24/7

Busy Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

17. Snake Farm Bangkok

Forget everything you’ve heard or read about Snake Farms in Thailand and go visit Bangkok’s own Snake Farm. This isn’t some tourist trap where animals are maltreated for the sake of entertainment, but a Red Cross research center. The center is home to 1,300 snakes, some of which can be seen in one of the many beautiful terrariums. On weekdays at 2:30 PM and on weekends at 11:00 AM there are educational demonstrations, making this a nice and instructive outing for the entire family! Demonstrations cover, among other things, the snake’s anatomy and physiology.

Entrance fee: Adults 200 Thai Baht, children 50 Thai Baht
Where: Thai Red Cross Institute, at the crossing of Rama IV and Henry Dunant roads
Opening hours: Weekdays 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, weekends and holidays 8:30 AM – noon
Demonstrations: venom extraction weekdays 11:00 AM. How to handle snakes weekdays 2:30 PM, weekends and holidays at 11:00 PM.
More information: http://www.saovabha.com/en/snakefarm_service.asp

Snake Farm in Bangkok

Photo credit: orangebrompton

18. Tuk tuk ride

Going on a tuk tuk ride in Bangkok is an absolute must! When you see one of these roaring three-wheeled vehicles in the street, hop on and quickly zigzag your way through town to your destination. It’s a great experience and something you should do at least once when you’re in Thailand. Do make sure to negotiate the price before getting on though. Tuk tuk drivers are very adept at scamming unwitting tourists and having them pay more than the going rate…!

Price: 100 Thai Baht and up
Where: Everywhere in Bangkok
Opening hours: 24/7

Riding a tuk tuk in Bangkok

Photo credit: Jody Sticca

19. Jim Thompson’s House

Hidden away in a small side alley, less than five minutes away from the Skytrain, is Jim Thompson’s house. Jim Thompson was an architect who settled in Thailand after having served in the American army during World War II. He is the founder of the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, which has been credited for reviving the Thai silk industry. He amassed an absolute fortune, some of which was spent on this stunningly beautiful house that, among other things, exhibits a unique mix of Thai, Asian and Western art. In 1967, while on holiday in Malaysia, Jim Thompson disappeared and was never heard from again…

Entrance fee: 150 Thai Baht for adults, 100 Thai Baht for students (below the age of 22)
Where: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
Opening hours: Every day 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Guided tour in the house is compulsory.

Jim Thompson's House

Photo credit: David McKelvey

20. Baiyoke Sky Tower

With its 84 floors and 309 meters, Baiyoke Tower is hard to miss! Unfortunately, Bangkok’s highest building is somewhat dated, but that won’t matter once you reach the top! Buy a ticket and take the super fast elevator for an astonishing view of the city. You can also have dinner in a buffet restaurant, all the while looking out over the twinkling city lights. A lot of fun, and not that expensive!

Entrance fee: Until 5:00 PM 350 Thai Baht, after 5:00 PM 400 Thai Baht (including free drink)
Where: Ratchaprarob Soi 3, Pratunam
Opening hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (skywalk and observatory)
More information: http://www.baiyokebuffet.com/ObservationDeck/ObservationDeck.aspx

View from Baiyoke Tower in Bangkok

Photo credit: Sam-Gao

21. Flower Market

Bangkok’s Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is Thailand’s largest and sells all the most popular flower species such as roses, forget-me-nots, orchids and lilies. During the day the market is reasonably quiet, but it comes alive after midnight when fresh loads of new flowers are delivered. Between 3:00 and 4:00 AM vendors are ready to negotiate their prices with the wholesalers; a fascinating spectacle to observe from a distance!

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or the Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier (N6)
Opening hours: 24/7, particularly fun after midnight

Bangkok's flower market

Photo Credit: Arun-Katiyar

22. Thonburi’s klongs

The old neighborhood of Thonburi (the “Venice of the east”) is a mishmash of klongs, canals and various small river streams. The locals live in pile dwellings and instead of tuk tuks and motorbikes, people here get around using boats and canoes. Going on a boat tour of this area and seeing how the people here live is a fantastic experience. Tip: don’t agree to go on the first boat trip that’s offered to you. That’s a surefire way of paying too much. Try to barter!

Price: ± 1,000 Thai Baht
Where: Tour boats leave all along the Chao Phraya Rivier
Opening hours: 24/7

The klongs of Thonburi

Photo credit: JJ-Hall

23. Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise is a 3D museum in which you, the visitor, can pose in various works of art and paintings. The optical illusions making it seem like you just fell off a cliff or like you really are flying on a magic carpet and are being attacked by sharks. A great family outing on a rainy day!

Entrance fee: Adults 300 Thai Baht, children 200 Thai Baht
Where: Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th floor, Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok
Opening hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
More information: http://artinparadisebkk.co.th/main.php

Art in Paradise in Bangkok

Photo credit: Ukrit Aryuyong

24. Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is the best place to catch a Muay Thai boxing match, an experience you can’t miss out on if you’re visiting Thailand. You’ll be in the crowd amongst the locals who, howling and screaming, will be completely consumed by the match. Cool! The stadium seats 5,000; the best seats obviously being the ones closest to the ring, where drinks and snacks are delivered by waiters.

Entrance fee: from 200 Thai Baht for standing places to 2,000 Thai Baht for seats near the ring
Where: No.6, Ramintra Rd, Anusawaree, Bangkok (take a taxi)
Opening hours: Tuesday and Friday: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM, Saturday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM & 8:15 PM – midnight

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

25. Khlong Toey Market

Visit the local market and experience the true Bangkok! Many locals do their shopping at Khlong Toey Market, a colorful market where you can buy mainly fresh produce such as vegetables, fruit, meats and fish. More exotic wares such as living frogs, fried locusts and pigs’ heads are also available. Hungry already? Why not stop at one of the nearby food stalls with their sizzling hot woks?

Entrance fee: Free
Where: Soi Rong Ngan Yasup, Khlong Toei, Bangkok (MRT: Klong Toey)
Opening hours: Every day 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Klong Toey Market in Bangkok

Photo credit: Mark Fischer

26. Central World Bangkok

With its seven floors that house more than 500 shops and 100 restaurants and cafés, Central World is Thailand’s largest shopping mall. Not only is it a great place to shop, it also has a very modern cinema with 15 screens and even an ice rink. There’s also a kids’ section, two department stores, a trendy food court and a huge supermarket.

Entrance fee: Free
Where: The Ratchaprasong crossing, in front of Gaysorn and Erawan (BTS: Chit Lom/Siam)
Opening hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
More information: http://www.centralworld.co.th/en/

CentralWorld Shopping Mall in Bangkok

Photo credit: Uwe Schwarzbach

27. Escape Room Bangkok

Don’t feel like staying in your hotel room even though it’s raining? Visit the Escape Room: a game in which you’re locked up in a room from which you have to escape within a set amount of time by solving interactive puzzles. There are many scenes to choose from (from crime scenes to slaughterhouse) in which you have to solve puzzles with up to five others players. An exciting challenge for you and your friends!

Entrance fee: 550 Thai Baht
Where: Lot No. M3 & M4, SF Cinema City, 7th floor, MBK Center 444 Phayathai Road, Bangkok
Opening hours: Every day 10:15 PM – 9:30 AM
More information: http://www.escaperoom.com/bangkok/

Escape Room in Bangkok

Best Hotels Bangkok

Here Hostel, Bangkok

Here Hostel - $

Only a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, Here Hostel is a backpacker’s paradise! It offers private, shared or female only rooms and is equipped with aircon, warm showers, clean towels, kitchen, lockers and a slide (!). Breakfast is included!

Chillax Resort, Bangkok

Chillax Resort - $$$

The Chillax Resort is located in the backpacking district of Banglamphu (walking distance from KSR). It’s a perfect place for couples; it’s got a Jacuzzi in the middle of the room and a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the city. How romantic!

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Mariska

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Traveler, entrepreneur, book lover, foodie. In Thailand, you'll find me driving around on my motorbike, on the lookout for new hotspots.

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