Bangkok - What to Visit in Bangkok ?



This page is a "must see list", put this page on your smartphone during your stay in Bangkok and you will know what to visit.
I recommend to stay in Bangkok at least 5 days.
See an example of What you can do if you have just 3 days in Bangkok
See Where to go at Night in Bangkok

Orientation Map, click to enlarge :
(More maps, in the Maps page).
orientation map bangkok

Famous Temples & Monuments

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Grand Palace BKK What is it ?
Very impressive monuments and palaces that were once the home of the King and all his administrative government. This is the main tourist attraction of Bangkok and a very crowded one. It is open all days of week. See it in Video.

How to get there :  see the place on Map

Wat Pho

Wat Pho BKKWhat is it ?
The enormous reclining Buddha is there. The place is beside the Grand Palace complex and they are usually visited together by tourists. There is also a famous massage school.

How to get there :
The same way as the Grand palace. It is closer to pier 8 of the river boats, than to pier 9.

Wat Arun - the Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun BKKWhat is it ?
A very nice elevated monument, a buddhist temple. You have to climb steep stairs and then you get a great view over the river. It is not crowded as the Big Palace. See it in Video.

How to get there :
It is on the other side of the river, in front of Wat Pho. There are shuttle boats passing people from one side of the river to the other.
See how to get to Wat Pho.

Wat Saket - the Golden Mount

wat saket BKKWhat is it ?
An elevated buddhist temple. It is nice to climb the stairs in the hill and look at the city. If you have to choose between Wat Arun and this one, choose Wat Arun. See it in Video.

How to get there : see the place on Map

Erawan shrine

Erawan shrine BangkokWhat is it ?
A Hindu shrine in Bangkok. It's a small and nice place, and there are traditional Thai dances by beautifully dressed women. See it in Video.

How to get there :
Very easy, it is near the Central World mall, so you can look at the shrine on your way of shopping (from the skywalk). See how to get to the Central World mall here on the Shopping page.

River & Canal

The Chao Phraya River

River BKKWhat is it ?
The Chao Phraya river is one of the nicest places in Bangkok. You can cruise the river with a private long tail boat or have diner in a fancy boat but the easiest and cheapest way to see the river is with the regular transport boats. For instance you can travel between the Grand Palace (pier 9) till Central pier (pier 0) and then take the skytrain (at Saphan Taksin station, the only place where the skytrain reach the river). See it in Video.

How to get there :
See the river boat transport page.

The Khlong (Canal) Saen Saeb

canal BKKWhat is it ?
There are many canals in Bangkok but in this one, there is also a public boat transport service. It is an interesting experience to take a boat in the canal, I recommend it. For instance you could take a boat from the center of Bangkok near Siam and MBK malls (pier 1) or from Pratunam (pier 0) and travel to the west, to the last station (pier 4), you will find there the Wat Saket temple . See it in Video.

How to get there :
See the canal boat transport page.

Bangkok Shopping Centers & Markets

Siam big malls

malls BKKWhat is it ?
Shopping in Bangkok can fill you months of vacation. See the page about Bangkok shopping.
If you are limited in time, make a tour around the big malls of Siam.

How to get there :
See in the page about Bangkok shopping.

Chatuchak - The Weekend Market

Chatuchak market BKKWhat is it ?
This is a must visit. It is huge, probably the biggest in the world. It operates mainly during the week-ends (Saturday and Sunday). See details in the shopping page.

How to get there :
See in the page about Bangkok shopping.

Special Neighbourhoods

China Town

China Town BKKWhat is it ?
At day time, there is a market of food, clothes and many gadgets. There are also chinese temples. At night you can eat in one of the many restaurants. This is quite a large area and there are signs with recommended walking routes. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on map

The Khao-San road

khaosan bangkokWhat is it ?
The famous backpackers area of Bangkok. See the page : Khaosan road Survival Guide If you want just to visit the Khaosan, do it at night. See it in Video.

How to get there :
see it on Map
See the page How to go from the Khaosan to places, and do the reverse way.

Special Museums

Jim Thompson's house

Jim Thompson BKKWhat is it ?
It is a house built with traditional Thai architecture that contains nice furniture and art collections. Read who was Jim Thompson in Wikipedia

How to get there : see it on Map
It is very easy to reach this place, it is in the very center of town, close to the MBK mall.  See the page Bangkok Shopping

Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek mansion BKKWhat is it ?
A former royal palace built in 1900 by king Rama V.
Read more about Vimanmek Mansion in Wikipedia.

How to get there : see it on Map
It is near the Zoo of Bangkok
At this area there is no Skytrain, no Metro and no boats.
You should take a Taxi, Tuk-Tuk, Moto-Taxi or bus

Snake farm

Snake Farm BKKWhat is it ?
A museum about snakes. There are also live shows with snakes. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on Map
It is situated in Silom district (where Pat-Pong is)

Parks and Zoo

Dusit Zoo

zoo bangkokWhat is it ?
A big Zoo with many animals and a seal show. A nice place to visit during a week-end, when there are many Thai families with children. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on Map
It is near the Vimanmek Mansion museum
At this area there is no Skytrain, no Metro and no boats.
You should take a Taxi, Tuk-Tuk, Moto-Taxi or bus

Lumpini Park

Lumpini park BKKWhat is it ?

A big park in the heart of Bangkok. There is nothing special about this park, but it is still a green space in the middle of a busy city.
The problem is that it is usually very hot in Bangkok during the day so it is better to visit the park in the morning or afternoon. Another problem is that the big malls of Siam are not far away and I always prefer to go to the malls.

How to get there : see it on Map

Bangkok by Night

Bangkok is very live at night. You will be surprised by the many markets and bars operating late at night, this is really a city that never sleeps.

Nana zone, Sukhumvit Soi 11

Nana zone BKKWhat is it ?
The main zone for bars and dancing clubs, especially the street number 11 (Soi 11) that gets out of the main street Sukhumvit. Nearby is also the Nana Plaza complex which is a red light district (at Soi number 4).

How to get there : see skytrain map (the station Nana). See on Google map
Note : "Soi" are the little streets that gets out of the main street Sukhumvit.

Pat-Pong streets (Silom district)

Pat Pong BKKWhat is it ?
A very touristic place with Go-Go bars, a night market (clothes), bars and restaurants.

How to get there : see it on Map

Sky bar at the Lebua State tower - Panoramic views

Skybar  BKKWhat is it ?
A bar at the top of a skyscraper hotel with a very nice panoramic view over Bangkok and the river Chao Phraya. Recommended at sunset time.
(There are many skybars in Bangkok, another one is Vertigo in Silom).

How to get there : see it on Map

Khaosan road by night

Khaosan road by nightKhaosan road was mentioned before. It is a good place to visit at night. Also young Thais are going at night to party in this neighborhood.



China Town by night

china town BKKChina town was mentioned before.
At night, there are many restaurants and neon lights. This is not an area for discos.






Asiatique

Asiatique BangkokWhat is it ?
A modern entertainment complex on the Chao Phraya river. It has bars, restaurants and stores. It operates in the evening.
How to get there :

Red light Districts

red light districts What is it ?
Zones with Go-Go bars. make sure you know the price of the drinks before entering a place and that the show is free (you don't want to be victim of scams).
There are 3 main zones in Bangkok: Pat-pong, Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy.
How to get there :
Pat-pong was mentioned before.
Nana was mentioned before.
For Soi Cowboy : skytrain station Asok (one station from Nana)

One day trips outside of Bangkok

The easiest way to make one day trips outside of Bangkok is with an organized tour. They will take you from your hotel with a minivan, you will hear explanations from a guide, receive lunch, and they will even bring you back. It is not expensive (compare prices in several agencies). The other alternative is to go by yourself with a bus from the suburban bus station Victory Monument.

The floating markets

Floating market BKKWhat is it ?  
Narrow canals with boats selling goods. There are several floating markets. The most touristic one is Damnoen Saduak which is just at 80 Km from Bangkok. Another floating market is Amphawa which is more popular with Thais tourists. See it in Video.
How to get there : see it on map
  • With an organized one day tour.
  • With a bus from the suburban bus station Victory Monument. You can get to Victory Monument with the skytrain, there is a station.

Ayutthaya

Ayuttaya BKKWhat is it ?  

One of the previous capitals of Thailand.
Very impressive antique monuments. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on map
  • With an organized one day tour.
  • With a bus from the suburban bus station Victory Monument. You can get to Victory Monument with the skytrain, there is a station.

The bridge on the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi province

Bridge river Kwai BKKWhat is it ?  

The place has history from World War 2, there is also a famous movie based on it. If you take an organized trip, they will take you see more attractions in the Kanchanaburi province. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on map
  • With an organized one day tour.
  • With a bus from the suburban bus station Victory Monument. You can get to Victory Monument with the skytrain, there is a station.

The Market on the Railway - Maeklong market

Market n the rails BKKWhat is it ?  

The attraction in this town, is a regular train that passes through the market several times a day. When the train passes, the vendors fold their stands and only open them back when the train has gone. See it in Video.

How to get there : see it on map
  • With an organized one day tour.
  • With a bus from the suburban bus station Victory Monument. You can get to Victory Monument with the skytrain, there is a station.

Also, don't forget to :

Take a ride on a Tuk-Tuk

Tuk Tuk BKKAt least once for the experience, after that I recommend taking regular taxis, for the comfort.




Eat street food and drink fruit shakes

street food bangkokSee the interesting street food that you can encounter in Bangkok.







Get a Massage

Massage BKKSee an explanation about the main massage types available in Bangkok







Watch Thai Boxing - Muay Thai

Box BKKYou can watch (free) fights on certain days in front of the MBK mall. More professional fights are at Lumphini stadium and Rachadamnoen stadium. See a Video.



If you have only 3 days in Bangkok, you could do this:

Day 1:
Grand Palace Morning: Go to visit the Grand Palace and the reclining Buddha (Wat Pho).
If you have time, cross the river and visit also Wat Arun.
Afternoon: From Wat Pho, take the public river boat at pier 8 and travel till pier 0, the central pier (the sail is part of the sightseeing experience). You arrive to the skytrain station Saphan Taksin. Ride with the skytrain for 5 stations till the Siam station and visit the Big malls of Bangkok, look at Erawan shrine near the Central World mall.
Evening : If you are still alive, go to visit Pat pong

Day 2:
chatuchak Morning: Assuming it's a week-end, go to visit Chatuchak market.
Afternoon: you are probably still in the market, it's huge, but If you can get out of the market, travel with the skytrain to the south, till the station Ratchathewi, and take a boat in the Khlong Saen Saeb Canal at pier 1 (it's part of experiencing Bangkok). Travel with the boat to the west for about 15 minutes till the last station, pier number 4. There you have Wat Saket to visit and if you walk 20 minutes, the Khaosan road.
Evening : If you are still alive, go to visit Nana area

Day 3:
Ayuttaya Morning : Take an organized one day trip to visit Ayuttaya or the floating market.
Afternoon: You are still in the trip
Evening : Go to see Bangkok from above at Lebua skybar.

Remark : I can't see how in 3 days you will find time to have several massages and do serious shopping, you need more time in Bangkok...


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