6 Things to Do in Bangkok That You Shouldn't Miss

December 15, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Golden palaces, floating markets, majestic porcelain-laid spires…you've never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Visit Pratunam or Siam Square for premium shopping, then unwind in the European-style gardens of Dusit. Thon Buri is home to the awesome Wat Arun temple, and over in Phra Nakhon, you’ll find the Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha. Savor mango sticky rice at a food stall before taking in the gilded splendor of the Grand Palace.
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1. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

2 Sanamchai Road. | Grand Palace, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand +66 2 226 0335
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok features the famous Reclining Buddha, which is the largest in Thailand measuring more than 150 feet in length.

Reviewed By Tricia M - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

We arrived very late in the day, but a very friendly tour guide ran up to us and said he could give us an A+ tour in the short amount of time we had, and he sure did! I can't remember what we paid for the tour, but it wasn't much. WELL worth it. Don't try and wander on your own. You'll miss so much!
He very patiently explained all of the Buddha poses, the difference between Chinese & Thai Buddhism and showed us the best of the best. We learned the etiquette, participated in a prayer around an amazing and ancient Bodhi Tree and felt like we had a quick and useful immersion. So glad we did this.
Tip: make sure you know when each site opens and closes. This site closed at 5:30. We had also wanted to visit the Grand Palace, but it closed at 3:30. If we had time, we could have had a traditional thai massage and seen a bit more. When we arrived at 4:45/5pm, there was no line-up at all.

2. BTS Skytrain

Bangkok, Thailand (66) 2617 7340-1
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

BTS Skytrain

Bangkok’s answer to mass transit started operating in December 1999 and is a convenient and useful way of getting around the city.

Reviewed By Colin S - Newcastle, United Kingdom

The skytrain is a simple and relatively cheap way to get around Bangkok, but it is a transport system and not a tourist attraction. The skytrain is easy to navigate and air conditioned - both significant pluses. It does get very busy at peak times and it is not unusual to have to wait for a second train to your destination, the first one being full to capacity and unable therefore to take additional passengers. However take a few minutes to plan your journey and you will be able to use the skytrain to travel to the main attractions in Bangkok. Many journeys head to Saphan Taksin station where the skytrain meets the river ferry to enable access to the Royal Palace and other attractions.

3. Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand +66 2 222 0094
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

Reviewed By Amy S - Springfield, Illinois

As said in the title, you can see this on the same ticket as you see the Reclining Buddha as they are both on the same grounds. I found the grounds to be more appealing than the buddhas themselves. 4 stars for the grounds, otherwise I would give the Buddha 3 stars.

4. Jim Thompson House

6, Soi Kasem San 2, Rama 1 Road | Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand +66 2 216 7368
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Jim Thompson House

This former home of an American named Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art and many unique displays.

Reviewed By JonAndSophieTravel - Southampton, United Kingdom

You should definitely visit here if you have a spare hour. Visits are all by guided tour so u learn about the man and his house and only costs 150b (£3.50). The house is really incredible and a lovely mish-mash or Thai and western styles and lush Gardens

5. Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

158 Wang Doem Road | Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand +66 2 891 2185
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.

Reviewed By Adrian T

Temple can be climbed at different levels (steep steps), providing great views and ability to observe details from closer. Read about the segments on the main tower and their relevance to Buddhism.

6. The Grand Palace

Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier | next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok, Thailand +66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

The Grand Palace

Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

Reviewed By Andrew M

You can’t go to Bangkok without visiting the Grand Palace. It is pretty crowded but it does flow quite well even with two young kids and a pram!!!! Please respect the dress code - you will be stopped at the gates. Guys - trousers and a shirt, ladies - pants and a long sleeve shirt (or else you will be told... ‘no sexy allowed’ if you try enter with arms or chest showing). We made our way through on our own and decided not to take a tour guide. If you want a guide you can hire one, they stand outside the main gate and you can negotiate a fee. If you don’t have long - say 60-90 minutes then a guide is best.

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