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What to do in Bangkok: Top 10 visits not to miss out!

What to do in Bangkok: these are the must-see attractions, the ones that visitors from all over the world enjoy most when they visit the impressive Thai capital.

A multifaceted city

Bangkok is a multifaceted city; you can go from ancient temples to ultra-modern shopping malls, traveling by subways with air conditioning or tuk-tuk in the hot and polluted atmosphere.

This large city can be difficult to apprehend during the first travel to Thailand; in general, either we love it, or we hate it.

Before you make an opinion and if you want to know what to do in Bangkok, here are the ten must-see visits, the ones that most please visitors from all over the world:

1. The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha

Grand Palais, temple of the Emerald BuddhaThe Grand Palace (Royal Palace) is one of the most visited places in Bangkok, it is where the highly revered Emerald Buddha is located, a jadeite statue which is the religious and symbolic symbol of the Thai royal family, the Chakri.

Emerald Buddha
Emerald Buddha

It is a bit of a compulsory visit for those who are discovering the Thai capital for the first time.

See our article :
The Grand Palace (Royal Palace) and the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok

2. Wat Pho, the temple of reclining Buddha

Buddha lying wat-Pho
Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and houses the reclining Buddha, a magnificent statue 45 meters long and 15 meters high.

Wat Pho is located right next to the Grand Palace.

See our article:
Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha

3. What to do in Bangkok: Wat Arun

Wat Arun : the temple of the dawn in BangkokWat Arun after restoration in 2017

Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn, is a Buddhist temple located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

It includes an 82 meter high Prang (high tower) covered with porcelain; it is one of the most visited monuments in Bangkok.

Wat Arun is located just in front of Wat Pho, on the other side of the Chao Praya River, which you can easily cross by boat (for 3 baht).

See our article :
Wat Arun: temple of the dawn in Bangkok

4. Wat Saket, the temple of Golden Mountain

Le Wat Saket

Wat Saket is a Buddhist temple whose golden chedi (stupa) was built on a 75-meter high artificial hill.

The interest of this temple, in addition to the sculptures, waterfalls, plants, and gongs to be reasoned during the ascent of the 344 steps, is the final view of the city of Bangkok:

View of Wat Saket
View on Bangkok from Wat Saket

Address: 344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

Open from 8 am to 5 pm, entrance: 20 baht.

5. Wat Traimit and his Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit in Bangkok

Wat Traimit is known throughout the world for its 3-meter-high Golden Buddha with a weight of 5.5 tonnes of solid gold.

It is the largest gold statue in the world, and the story of its discovery is surprising!

Bangkok Golden BuddhaSee our article :
The incredible story of the Golden Buddha of Bangkok

6. Chatuchak, the Weekend Market

Marché de Chatuchak

If you like shopping, you will love the market of Chatuchak.

It is a large covered market where you can find everything, souvenirs, furniture, clothing, food, ancient and modern objects, medicinal plants, etc….

It’s one of the biggest markets in the world!

See our article: Chatuchak, the weekend market in Bangkok

7. Jim Thompson’s house

Jim Thompson's House 1

Jim Thompson’s house in Bangkok is a small haven of peace and nature in the heart of the Thai capital.

But it is also a museum with an exceptional collection of Asian art objects.

See our article :
Jim Thompson’s house in Bangkok, an oasis of greenery

8. Chinatown, Bangkok’s Chinatown

Chinatown, Bangkok's Chinatown

One of the oldest districts in Bangkok is a trendy place to shop or eat Chinese food.

You will find on Yaowarat road many shops that sell gold, fake jewelry, Chinese medicinal plants, hardware, clothing…

You can get there by subway, getting off at Hua Lamphong station.

9. What to do in Bangkok: the MBK shopping center

MBK Center in Bangkok
The MBK Center in Bangkok

The MBK shopping center is one of the largest shopping centers in Asia, and you will find other giants nearby like Siam Square, Siam Paragon, and Central World.

Forget the shopping malls in Europe; you will feel small in front of these consumer monsters.

Open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.

You can get there by the aerial metro (BTS), station: National Stadium.

10. Things to see in Bangkok: Lumpini Park

parc de Lumpini

After a long walk in the big city, you may want to go to a quiet place with trees, that’s what you’ll find in Lumpini Park.

It is a 57.6-hectare public park that includes an artificial lake.

A place to stroll, picnic, observe monitors, ducks, squirrels, but where you can also rent a boat to take a walk on the lake, jogging, fitness, and cycling at certain times.

It is open from 4 am to 9 pm, every day.

You can get there via the underground metro (MRT) by getting off at Silom station or via the elevated subway (MRT): Ratchadamri station.


See also:

Bangkok: the complete guide to discovering the Thai capital

MahaNakhon in Bangkok, Thailand’s new largest skyscraper

Ancient City, the most beautiful Thai architecture gathered in a park near Bangkok


Source: Wikipedia; Photos: Grand Palais: Oliver Spalt; Emerald Buddha: Gremel Madolora; Lying Buddha: Terry Kelleher; Wat Arun: Jonny Joka; Wat Saket: Ahoerstemeier: Wat Saket: Sriram mt; Vimanmek Mansion: Peerawat Buranapanit: Ninara; Lumpini park: Terence Ong

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