10 INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT IN BANGKOK
Bangkok is, perhaps, one of the world's most decorated cities, with many tourist attractions. It is clearly a place in which one can spend a lot of time as a tourist. Thailand’s capital doesn’t disappoint with its amazing scenery. Let's visit 10 of Bangkok’s best tourist attractions, listed below.
1. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace (or Royal Palace) is the most visited tourist site in Bangkok and one of the must-see attractions during a trip to Thailand. Built in 1782, the year when Bangkok officially became the capital of the country after the fall of the Ayutthaya and Thonburi kingdom, the complex includes more than 100 buildings, palaces, and pavilions. The sovereigns of Thailand lived there for many years in the past, but today the King only goes there for official ceremonies.
2. Wat Arun
Wat Arun is something of a triumphant complex, dating back to the time of ancient battles between the former Siam and Burma. Having fallen to the Burmese, Ayutthaya was reduced to rubble and ashes, but General Taksin and the remaining survivors vowed to march "until the sun rose again" and to build a temple here. Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, was that temple. It is where the new king later built his royal palace and a private chapel.
If you climb to the top of the prang just before sunset, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view as the sun sinks over the Chao Praya River. Even if you don't plan on doing any climbing, sunset is really the time to take in this place in all its glory.
In Bangkok, you should also take a stroll in the Chinatown district, one of the main points of interest of the city. You’ll find yourself transported to China with the noises, smells, and colors. Stroll in the alleys and discover the shopping stalls and street vendors where you can taste Chinese cuisine.
In Talat Mai, the Chinatown market, you can stock up on exotic fruits or, for the bravest among you, some culinary oddities. In this district, you can also find many gold jewelry boutiques.
4. Jim Thompson’s House
Jim Thompson’s House, which belonged to an American businessman and art collector. Based in Bangkok and fascinated by Thai silks, he contributed to making them word famous and used by leading international fashion designers during fashion shows in Milan or London.
Besides the textiles, you can admire numerous works of art during your visit. The house itself is quite unusual: it was built from several sections of traditional wooden houses brought to Bangkok from Ayutthaya. Only guided visits are available and admission costs 200 bahts.
5. MBK Center
At the MBK Center, you will find electronics as well as clothes. There is also a bazaar-like section with souvenir stores. The Siam Paragon, is, on the other hand, chicer, with lots of luxury boutiques. In the area, there is also CentralWorld, one of the largest malls in South Asia. They are open every day until late in the evening. They all have a food court, where you can find Thai and international dishes.
6. Bangkok’s Rooftops
There’s nothing better than a rooftop on one of the highest buildings in Bangkok to contemplate the city. Today, the highest skyscraper in Bangkok is Baiyoke tower. The terrace on the 77th floor and a revolving roof deck on the 84th floor allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city. If you want to go there, you must buy your tickets in advance, as it’s a very touristy place! The ticket also includes a food buffet. Just click on the button below to book it.
There are other rooftop bars offering beautiful views of the city in Bangkok. However be warned, the prices for cocktails are rather high and the dress code quite strict. Here’s a selection of Bangkok’s best rooftops:
- The Roof, with a splendid view of Wat Arun
- Vertigo Moon Bar, located on the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel
- Sky Bar Lebua, where scenes from the movie “The Hangover” were filmed
- Three Sixty Lounge, at the top of the Hilton Hotel
- Park Society, close to Lumphini Park
- Cloud 47 in the financial district
- Red Sky on the 55th floor of CentralWorld
7. Khao San road
This street is one of the city’s main tourist attractions, along with the Grand Palace or Wat Pho. A few years ago, it was especially a good place for backpackers to find cheap accommodation. Nowadays, the place is super touristic and Khao San road clearly become one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city. There, you will find bars and restaurants where everyone goes in the evening to have a drink. There are still many low-cost hotels in the neighborhood, but it’s not really the quietest place to sleep in Bangkok.
8. Wat Traimit / Golden Buddha
Inside the temple, there is an impressive solid gold 5.5 tons and 3 meters high Buddha. Originally, the statue was more commonplace, made in golden stucco and housed in another temple in Chinatown. But when the temple had to be destroyed, the monks decided to move the statue to Wat Traimit. While transporting it, the statue fell down and the stucco cracked, revealing the gold. They realized that the statue was completely made of gold and had been covered in stucco to protect it during the invasion of Thailand by the Burmese. Since then, Wat Traimit has been an important pilgrimage destination for the Thais and is one of the most important temples of Bangkok.
9. Lumphini Park
This is home to various flora, fauna, and refreshing experiences like rowing paddle boating & more. Its 58 hectares are home to an artificial lake surrounded by broad, well-tended lawns, wooded areas, and walking paths.
10. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
It is located two stories underneath the ultra-luxurious Siam Paragon shopping mall. It would leave visitors dazzled with the thrilling experiences that its offers and the 30,000 curious-looking creatures it has from across the globe.