Whether you are in search of the glorious, happy atmosphere of backpackers on Khaosan Road or you’re looking for the best decorated temples in Bangkok, there is much to do in Thailand’s capital. Here’s our guide to the city’s best markets, temples and attractions.
01. Grand Palace
Grand Palace has been the Thai royal family’s residence since it was built in 1782. The complex consists of majestic buildings, pavilions and courtyards, some of which are open to the public. Inside the palace area is the Emerald temple that is the Thai Buddhism Most Holy Buddha statue and a destination for many pilgrims.
In the Grand Palace, there are also other attractions such as a museum about the Emerald Buddha, the throne room Dusit maha Prasat, pavilion Regalia and royal decorations and coins.
Address: Na Phra Lan Road. Price: 500 baht, which includes access to other tourist attractions in Bangkok as Vimanmek Mansion (see below), but it may change, so double-check rather before you plan your visit.
02. Erawans Shrine
Since the Grand Hyatt Erawans hotel was built in 1950, was Erawans shrine also built with a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai version of the Hindu god Brahma. It is one of the most popular Buddhist attractions in Bangkok, both among Buddhists and tourists.
Tip: Across the street is a pavilion where you can see Thai dance shows. Address: Hotel Grand Hyatt Erwan
03. Wat Arun
Wat Arun, also known as the Dawn Temple, you will find along the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmark, and if you have the energy to walk up all the stairs, the view atop absolutely fantastic. Inside the temple there are Buddha statues in gold, murals and interesting Chinese sculptures. If you can visit the temple in the early morning hours, when there is more quiet outside, you can see the sunrise. Otherwise the early evening hours is a good time to visit the temple where it is lit and you can watch the sunset.
Address: Wang Doem Road 158, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600 Price: 50 baht
04. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is just opposite Wat Arun, and it is easy to cross the river with a boat for 3 baht. Wat Pho main attraction is the 15-meter lying Buddha in gold and the collection of historical Buddha images. The temple is also home to a Thai traditional massage school. As a visitor, you can get a 30-minute massage for about 260 baht. It is not possible to pre-book a time, make sure instead of getting up early in the morning.
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200. Price: 100 baht
05. Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion is a former royal residence and known as the largest teak building in the world. It is tildmed home to King Chulalongkorns European taxes. The house, which is on three floors and has 81 rooms in different color patterns, you may simply see if you are in Bangkok. There are also several pavilions and other areas that are open to the public. Here you can find collections of, among other ceremonial art, ceramics, textiles and historical artifacts from the Thai royal family.
Address: Rajavithee Road. Price: 100 baht
06. Siriraj Medical Museum
Siriraj Medical Museum is housed in one of Thailand’s oldest hospitals and houses five small museums which are full of fascinating and quite bloody collections in subjects pathology, forensic medicine, Thai medicine, parasitology and anatomy exhibitions. Things you may experience include skeletons, tattooed skin, mummified bodies and preserved bodies. Definitely not a place for the faint hearted.
Address: 2 Prannock Road, on the Chao Phraya river banks. Price: 200 baht
07. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson was a successful American entrepreneur who changed the silk industry in Thailand, which gave him the award “Order of the White Elephant”. Jim Thompson himself was an architect and gathered at his house the best of the Thai architecture in the form of six small teak xxx, which together formed the house. Here you can see the sculptures, paintings and other collections of art that Thompson bought on his travels in the Far East. The Jim Thompson Art Center is located on the lower floor and often shows exhibitions of Thai art and fabrics. There are daily guided tours.
Address: Soi Kasemsan 2. Price: 150 baht
08. Moon Bar
One of the most legendary bars in Bangkok is ‘Moon Bar’. It is as high as one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, so you can dine on a delicious meal or enjoy a drink while looking out over the Bangkok below you. Moon Bar is open every evening, weather permitting.
Address: Banyan Tree Hotel. Price: Free
09. Shopping in Bangkok
What do you say to the floating markets, night markets and huge malls? Bangkok has everything you could desire for shopping. Whether you go for designer bargains, electronics or beautiful Thai crafts, it is easy to see why Bangkok is considered as a shopping paradise. Siam Paragon is one of Asia’s largest shopping centers filled with luxury designer brands, car showrooms, a cinema market with gourmet food, traditional Thai art shops and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. MBK with over 2,000 stores, shops and stalls on 8 floors with Thai food, souvenirs, electronics, fashion and accessories is a popular shopping destination for tourists.
10. Road Khaosan
Khaosan Road is probably the most famous backpacker street in the world. The 400-meter-long street is full of small guest houses and cheap hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In the evening teeming with tourists from street stalls on Khaosan Road, which sells everything from pad Thai to roasted scorpions. The street is worth a visit, if only for an hour or two!
Address: Khaosan Road in the district Banglamphu