13 Places to visit in Bangkok
Places to visit in Bangkok, unfortunately, a complex question for all travelers. There are hundreds of options to see in and around Bangkok. But, you will really struggle to choose some of them for your limited travel time. Although it depends what you are looking for, there are 13 “must see places” you should see, whatever you are looking for! So that’s the question: Where to go in Bangkok?
1. WAT PHO
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon Temple, is one of Bangkok‘s oldest and most popular temples. Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), an important meditation and traditional massage training center bringing together history and medical science, is the first university in Thailand to be found in some sources. It is a complex and has lots of places to visit in Wat Pho.
Wat Pho Entrance fee: 100 baht
Wat Pho Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00
You should check our Wat Pho Bangkok article for more
2. WAT PHRA KAEW (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Phra Kaew is located in the old Thai Royal Palace Grand Palace located in the historical part of Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew stands for Emerald Buddha Temple. The temple, which is highly respected by Buddhist priests, is known as the most important sacred place of Thailand.
The temple, officially called Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, seems to be not much different from other Buddhist temples when viewed from the outside. But what makes the temple so important is that it houses a statue of Buddha 66 cm high carved on a single piece of green emerald block. The statue of the Emerald Buddha (Emerald Buddha-Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) dating from the thirteenth century, placed in the heart of the temple, depicts Buddha sitting in meditation.
What Phra Kaew Entrance is free (but grand palace entry fee is 500 baht)
Wat Phra Kaew Opening Hours: 08:30 – 15:30
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3. GRAND PALACE: One of great must see places to visit in Bangkok
Grand Palace is a royal palace complex located in the heart of Thailand’s capital Bangkok. The palace is officially hosting the Kingdom of Siam since 1782. The famous Wat Phra Kaew temple is also located in the Grand Palace complex.
Grand Palace, one of the most impressive places in Bangkok, was used as the royal residence of Thailand until 1925. Surrounded by 4 walls of 1,900 meters in length, the palace walls are home to the royal residence as well as state apartments, very impressive buildings and temples.
The palace is now used in important rituals in the Buddhist calendar, as well as the Royal Thai funeral and weddings. Today part of the palace is open to the public as a museum, some of the buildings are still used as royal offices. It may cost a little much but it is one of the best answers of where to go in Bangkok.
Grand Palace Entrance fee: 500 baht
Opening hours: 08:30 – 15:30
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4. GOLDEN BUDDHA(WAT TRAIMIT)
The incredible Wat Traimit, 5 meters high, located in Chinatown in Bangkok, dazzles the eyes of viewers. Thailand’s precious treasure is made of 5 tons of pure gold, also known as the world’s largest golden Buddha sculpture.
Wat Traimit (Golden Budha Temple), which is older than 700 years, has an interesting story. It appears that it was made from under the statue, after 1955. It is understood that it was made under the statue with the crumbling of the plaster on it, accidentally dropped during a displacement.
Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Statue) is located in Traimit Road in Chinatown area of Bangkok and can be visited from 08:00 to 17:00. At the entrance to the temple, shoes must be removed as usual. You need to go to the Hualamphong MRT station to get to the temple. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from here to the temple.
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Golden Buddha Entrance Fee: 40 baht
Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00
5. JIM THOMPSON HOUSE
Jim Thompson, an architect in New York City, who was also a CIA agent during World War II, is now known for his home as a museum.
Jim Thompson is also known for his industrialization of Thai silk. For this reason, it is a personality that the thai people respect. But Thompson disappeared in his 1967 trip to Malaysia and never heard of him again.
Thompson’s house with a teak tree in Bangkok attracts attention with its interesting architecture and attracts a lot of interest from tourists coming to Bangkok. You can put Jim Thompson’s house to your “places to see in Bangkok” list
Jim Thompson House Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
Jim Thompson House Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
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6. GOLDEN MOUNT (WAT SAKET)
A little-known but a great buddhist temple in bangkok. Also known as golden mount. Get ready, 380 ladders to be reached. If you can reach it, you will come across a wonderful view. If you have plenty of time in Bangkok and thinking of “where to go in Bangkok”, golden mount is waiting for your visit!
Golden Mount Entrance fee: 20 baht
Golden Mount Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
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7. WAT ARUN
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple located in the western part of the Chao Praya river in Thonburi in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok’s capital city of Bangkok.
The temple takes its name from the dawn god Aruna, a Hindu god. It is one of the most important works of Bangkok. This Buddhist temple has existed since the time of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. According to historian Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the temple was shown on French maps during the reign of King Narai (1656-1688).
Wat Arun Entrance Fee: 100 baht
Wat Arun Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:30
Ferry to cross the river fee: 3 baht
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8. WAT SUTHAT
Wat Suthat, which was commissioned by King Rama I in 1807, lasted for 30 years. The walls contain many pictures telling Buddha. The Giant Swing at the front of the building is a place where Brahmin priests perform various rituals at the time.
In the building which has a giant swing form, the rituals they have performed caused many deaths and injuries in their time. For this reason you can see The Giant Swing even if the rituals are forbidden. Wat Suthat is certainly one of places to visit in Bangkok.
Wat Suthat Entrance Fee: 20 Baht
Wat Suthat Opening Hours: 08:30 – 20:30
You may visit our special Wat Suthat article for further information.
9. FLOATING MARKET
The Floating Market is one of the places where you can get to know traditional Thai cultures closely. Floating bazaars, opened in different parts of the city, are set up early in the morning and offer many alternatives ranging from gift items to local delicacies.
You can also see the local people as a huge restaurant with a variety of local delicacies, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and a floating bazaar that sells different items with their boats.
You can taste Thai specialties at reasonable prices in an interesting atmosphere, you can buy the most different gifts to your loved ones. The bazaars that were set up early in the morning do not stay until late hours. You can also catch up with photographs in the most natural state, around six o’clock in the morning, with tourists still flocking.
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Best Visiting Time of Floating Market: 06:00 – 10:00
10. CHATUCHAK MARKET
Chatuchak Market (Chatuchak Market), which you can reach by bus number 3 near Khaosan, is known as Bangkok’s most famous weekend market. From accessories to underwear, you can find everything you can think of. This market is only open on weekends. You can put Chatuchak market your “places to see in Bangkok” list.
! Just open in Saturday and Sunday !
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11. TERMINAL 21 BANGKOK
It is a very different shopping mall with a concept that can be switched directly from asok bts station in bangkok. Where the signboards are arranged like an airport and each exit is shown as departure and arrival on arrival. Each floor also represents a different city.
In Terminal 21, entrance floor Paris, his master Tokyo, then London, San francisco, Istanbul. There are romans and carrots down there. These floors feature elements on the floor that remind the cities or the countries where the city is located.
Terminal 21 Bangkok Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
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12. CHINATOWN BANGKOK
Chinatown, offering different beauty day and night, one of must see places to visit in Bangkok, offers a tiny Chinese tour in the middle of Bangkok. The shops selling Chinese goods at daytime are closed at night, and Chinese pavilions are covering the sidewalks instead. You can take a boat from the Wat Arun to go to Chinatown.
You may visit our Chinatown Bangkok article for more.
13. KHAOSAN ROAD
Khaosan road is maybe the most entertaining place of Bangkok. There 3-4 streets next to eachother with full of thousands of tourists come from different countries and locals. You can find anything you look for. Massage, restaurants, street food, hookers, bars, discos etc. Khaosan road street parties start at 10 p.m. and finish around 2 a.m. Best for young travelers! It is one of must see places to visit in Bangkok.
Khaosan Road Opening Hours: 8 a.m. – 2. a.m.(next day)
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