If you are visiting Bangkok in Thailand and only have a limited amount of time there, choose a few of these top 7 things to do and see. Below you will find a mix of fantastic things to do which will give you a taste of what Bangkok has to offer. Don’t forget to try out the delicious food in Bangkok check out this Thailand Food Guide (Bangkok Street Food). This guide also gives you great information on: How To Eat Like A Local Inn The Bangkok Shopping District.
Built around 1782, and for 150 years it was home of the Thai King. The Grand Palace is one of the most visited sights inn Bangkok, due to it’s beautiful grounds and architecture. you can see the emerald Buddha here (Phra Kaew Morakot) which dates back to eh 15th century AD. Please be aware of dress code rules prior to visiting and leave yourself plenty of time to visit as it is a huge complex with numerous buildings and things to see, not forgetting all the wonderful photos you will be able to take here.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 15:30
Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun was built during the first half of the 19th century in the ancient Khmer style, it has beautiful porcelain all over the main temple on the outside in stunning floral patterns. Wat Arun is the symbol of the birth of the Rattanakosin era, which became the capital when the ancient city of Ayutthaya fell, and Bangkok became the capital. You can climb to the top of the temple here and see magnificent views of the city and river.
China Town Market
China Town is a great place to visit to have lunch or dinner and you will have and endless selection of restaurants to choose from. The area also has numerous temples and great shopping. This was an area of Bangkok where the Chinese community first settled. At the entrance to China Town you will see Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, and the beautiful ceremonial Chinese gate thats marks the entrance. This area will provide you with great insights into the Chinese community that live here.
Asiatique is a wonderful riverside shopping experience to visit. it usually opens from 17.00pm till around 1.00am. There are hundreds of small shops and stalls here selling lots of items from home decor to clothing. out of the shops are little boutiques of independent designers selling their creations. You can get to Asiatique by river boat, taxi or the sky train. On some nights you can see shows here or even hop on the giant Ferris wheel. Once you are all shopped out you can dine in one of the 50 restaurants here.
The popular book ‘The Beach’ famously described Khao San Road as “the centre of the backpacking universe”. This is a great place to find cheap accommodation or party, as it has several night clubs and numerous bars in this area. It is known to be very cheap hence it attracts the backpacking community. The road is approx 1 mile long with plenty to see and do along the way.
Bangkok National Museum
Located in the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The Bangkok National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. It’s definitely worth a visiting, the museum is located close to the Grand place and Wat Phra Kaew. If you want to learn about Thai history and culture this is a fantastic museum.
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun 09:00 – 16:00
Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho is a great sight to visit in Bangkok and a very popular place for visitors. Here you can see the giant recalling Buddha that is about 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf. It is located approximately 10 minutes walk from the grand Palace. You will need plenty of time to walk around the large temple complex.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00
Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river
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