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Thailand's capital Bangkok is kept alive by the beautiful mess of traffic and people. Iconic landmarks include the official residence of the King of Siam, the Bangkok Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Wat Arun, and the Temple of Dawn - deemed one of the world's most beautiful structures. One simply cannot miss the floating market shopping and dining experience at Damnoen Saduak. The Maeklong Train Market in particular even has a train passing through the crowded streets every hour! Do grab a bowl of freshly brewed Tom Yam Goong or Iced Thai Milk Tea to refuel for even more adventures.

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Unmissable sights in Bangkok

Bangkok is a thrilling great city of contrast and culture. The traditional beauty of its iconic shrines and temples complement the city’s urban architecture and dynamic lifestyle. From its vibrant nightlife and thriving food scene to its sprawling marketplaces and upscale shopping destinations, you will never run out of fun things to do in Bangkok! If you’re wondering where to start, here are the top 10 famous places in Bangkok:

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is an architectural wonder sitting at the heart of Bangkok. The complex boasts several grandiose buildings, including the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha, the imperial residence, and the administrative offices. This heritage site follows a strict dress code, so avoid wearing prohibited outfits like torn pants, mini skirts, shorts, see-through tops, and other clothing with exposed shoulders.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Temple of Emerald Buddha, also known as the Wat Phra Kaew, is the most significant Buddhist temple in Thailand found within the grounds of The Grand Palace. Stand in awe of the intricately-designed architecture and be amazed by the gilded golden interior decorated with huge murals. This ornate temple is a sacred place, so tourists are expected to follow the proper dress code (no torn, tight, and short pants, mini skirts, and sleeveless shirts). Beat the crowds by going there early and purchasing your tourist ticket online ahead of your visit.

Wat Arun Ratchavararam Tempal of Dawn

Wat Arun Ratchavararam (Temple of Dawn) is one of the most popular Bangkok tourist places showcasing the sophisticated architecture and culture of Thailand. This Buddhist temple at the west bank of Chao Phraya River (opposite of The Grand Palace) is accessible via a water taxi or a ferry ride. The magnificent pieces of Chinese porcelain and colorful glass decorate its dazzling facade best enjoyed during sunset for its spectacular views. Note that the temple observes proper dress code since it is a place of worship.

Khaosan Road

If you want to experience Bangkok’s famous nightlife scene, Khaosan Road is the perfect place for you! This short yet bustling street in the Bang Lamphu area is the haven for backpackers as it is close to transport hubs and offers budget-friendly options for lodging. There are also plenty of street food stalls and shopping boutiques and a variety of local pubs and clubs where you can party with the locals and other tourists.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Experiencing the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-do in Bangkok! With over 15,000 stalls divided into 26 sections sprawling across the 35-acre land area in Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, one can easily get lost in the maze of vendors and huge crowds of locals and tourists. Getting a map can be a handy guide as you explore everything in this weekend market - from street food, clothing, and accessories to antiques, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Wat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan

Located near Bangkok’s Chinatown district, Wat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan is an iconic landmark that houses the remarkable solid Golden Buddha. The statue weighs 5.5 tonnes of pure gold and is over three meters high. The temple also contains a museum and several exhibits where you can learn about the historical background of the Golden Buddha. Make sure that proper dress code is worn when visiting the temple.

Jim Thompson House Museum

If you are looking for unusual things to do in Bangkok, you can visit the Jim Thompson House Museum at the heart of the city. The mystery of James H.W. Thompson's disappearance remains unsolved, making this attraction more interesting. The house-turned-museum holds an impressive Asian art collection: antique Buddha statues, rare artworks like paintings and porcelains, and displays of old looms and colorful silk. Guided tours inside the house are available in different languages such as Chinese, English, French, Japanese, and Thai.

Yaowarat Road

Experience the vibrant food scene of Bangkok’s Chinatown at Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong District! Locals and tourists fill the night market, so walk your way through the alleys to find the best street food: bird’s nest, dim sum, oyster omelets, Thai desserts, and a variety of fresh seafood! The bustling street is also the go-to place for some significant annual events like the Chinese New Year and the Thai Vegetarian Festival.

MBK Center

With over 2,300 shops and stalls to choose from, MBK Center is the ultimate shopping destination for both locals and tourists who are looking for great deals and bargains! This 8-story shopping center is situated at Pathumwan intersection and conveniently connected to the National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station. The complex has different zones: Outlet in Town, Craft Village, Food Fan, Money Park, Camera Master, and Mobile Mania. From fashion items, Thai handicrafts, and souvenirs to digital cameras, mobile accessories, and other gadgets, MBK Center can satisfy every shopper’s needs!

Lumphini Park

Find a peaceful haven in the center of Bangkok's bustling city by visiting Lumphini Park! Here you can spot large water monitor lizards, rent paddle boats to explore the beautiful artificial lake, bring the kids to the playground, or even have a picnic! This lush multi-functional park also offers wide open spaces, exercise equipment, and several onsite facilities for all ages, making this a popular spot for outdoor leisure activities such as aerobics, jogging, Tai Chi, yoga, and other light workouts. If you get thirsty and hungry after an exercise, there are numerous food stalls around the park offering cold drinks and tasty snacks too!

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About Bangkok

Thailand's capital Bangkok is kept alive by the beautiful mess of traffic and people. Iconic landmarks include the official residence of the King of Siam, the Bangkok Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Wat Arun, and the Temple of Dawn - deemed one of the world's most beautiful structures.


One simply cannot miss the floating market shopping and dining experience at Damnoen Saduak. The Maeklong Train Market in particular even has a train passing through the crowded streets every hour! Do grab a bowl of freshly brewed Tom Yam Goong or Iced Thai Milk Tea to refuel for even more adventures.

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Why people love Bangkok

Ivan
Published 296 days ago
I have only been to the aquarium in St. Petersburg and it did not impress me at all. I thought that this was not my type of vacation at all. But I really liked Bangkok. Perfectly selected music creates the atmosphere. There are even a few places to sit and contemplate behind the huge aquarium. I would never have thought that I would stay in such a place for 4 hours !!! We took an admission ticket + 4D movie + glass bottom boat. We have never regretted it.
Yung Han
Published 291 days ago
I participated in the same TOUR many years ago, and this time I went to Bangkok to buy the same KLOOK TOUR. I found that the scale was much larger in the past few years. The check-in location also added counters, badges and self-collected canned water. intimate. Participating in the TOUR, the local tour guide also humorously explained the fun of the homophony between Thai and Chinese. He felt that this tour was like going out with a friend who hadn’t seen it in a long time, and everyone was getting on and off the car in an orderly manner. The gathering didn't bother the fellow cars, it was really great! Everyone’s orderliness adds better memories to this tour.
WANCHEN
Published 245 days ago
Divana Nurture Spa recommends a must-buy hand cream. Free shuttle bus at Asok station. I like the environment and atmosphere very much. I have a sense of being hidden in the city. The techniques and skills are not bad. The air-conditioning drive was a bit strong on the day. The shuttle bus Using tuk-tuk to pick up and drop off is quite interesting and very local. When visiting Bangkok, Thailand, you can arrange more massage itineraries, so that you can relax and enjoy yourself after a moment. Choose the way you travel and love yourself more.
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WANCHEN
Published 245 days ago
Buying One More Thai on klook is a good discount. It’s cheaper than on-site. It’s open from 10:00 to 2:00 in the morning. If it’s a herbal ball project, you will be given a herbal ball to take home after you press it. Use the microwave or It is an electric cooker, which can be reused again. For more photos, you can see the BLOG of "Playing with Taro Balls" in Bangkok, Thailand.
WEN LING
Published 71 days ago
Although there is a MRT in Bangkok, there are many urban vehicles that are prone to traffic jams (especially at rush hour), but for passengers with large luggage, special car transfer is the most convenient thing! After arriving at the airport, the driver will ask you which airline to take (because I know which gate you have to stop at so that you can walk less far) and the driver's unexpected English is not bad, basic communication and dialogue are ok????????
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Sunwoo
Published 21 days ago
Booking with Klook made things so much easier. We did not have to wait in the line ti purchase tickets, we were able to go to the information center and quickly pick up our tickets from the lady. Fortunately, the day we went not a lot of people were at the park, so we did not have to wait to get on any rides! Definitely worth the price when looking for some things to do around Bangkok.

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