Bangkok 11 Best Places To See | Bangkok Thailand Travel Guide

foreign [Music] if you want to see a city rich in Heritag...

if you want to see a city rich in
Heritage and culture Feast your eyes on
Bangkok welcome back to wonderfully lost
a travel Community for parents by
parents this city is filled with
skyscrapers ancient temples Grand
palaces and Street Markets all at once
so it has something in store for
everyone with so many options to choose
from let's look at the 11 best places to
visit in this buzzing City number 11
Erawan Shrine take a look at the Erawan
Shrine or the tower marapom Shrine as
the locals call it this revered
structure stands as a Hindu Shrine in
the heart of downtown Bangkok in 1956 it
was constructed alongside the lavish
Erawan hotel to dispel bad luck but
what's inside will Amaze you there's a
golden statue of Frau prom who
represents the Hindu god of creation
Brahma this four-faced statue is thought
to bring good fortune and Grant visitors
their wishes so be sure to wish for
something new really want you'll see
locals and tourists gathered here
offering incense sticks flower garlands
fruits and Teakwood elephants and if
you're lucky you might even be able to
see the Thai classical dance
performances that take place on special
occasions fingers crossed number 10.
chaopraya River this is another iconic
symbol of Bangkok so you can't not see
it the cheopara river goes over 225
miles or around 365 kilometers through
the nation's fertile Central Plain until
it empties into the Gulf of Thailand and
it's not just about a pretty view either
there are so many attractions that go
along the banks of the famous river that
you'll be busy for days
staying alongside the river is a
fantastic choice when visiting Bangkok
and navigating the City by boat is
honestly the most enjoyable
Transportation option available there
are restaurants bars discos and Street
Foods available all over the place and
don't forget the Sky Wheel that gives
you a stunning view of Bangkok number 9.
kaisan Road kaisan road is a Backpackers
Paradise offering a night full of
endless fun it's a bustling walking
Street and you'll find visitors from all
corners of the world here this place is
like a global Community attracting those
who come together to enjoy the festive
Spirit when you visit kaisan road you
can soak up the vibrant atmosphere
throughout the night check out the
delicious street food or go into one of
the countless restaurants or if partying
is on your mind go have some fun in the
discos and bars plus case on road is
conveniently located near the Royal
Palace and the cheopara river making it
an easily accessible destination for
your travels number eight wattpo the
Temple of the recline mining Buddha also
known as what Poe or what pra chettapron
is located on rotanakosan island just
south of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
this Temple complex covers eight
hectares and is home to a massive 46
meter long reclining Buddha statue it's
one of the largest temple complexes in
the city and has a rich history as
Thailand's earliest Center for public
education founded by King Rama one for
Buddhist worship if you want to soak up
the history there's no better place than
this after all what Poe boasts four
chapels housing around 400 gilded Buddha
images which together form the largest
collection of Buddha images in Thailand
this Temple is also famous as the
birthplace of traditional Thai massage
and is considered a leading school for
massage in the country the Colossal
reclining Buddha statue is adorned with
gold leaf and its feet feature precious
stone inlays and depictions of the 108
auspicious symbols of the Buddha it's a
site you won't forget anytime soon
number 7. damn noan satawak floating
Market this renowned Thai destination
offers a delightful glimpse into a
bygone era definitely dropped by this
market for a chance to enjoy its unique
charm Savor the local Cuisine and
immerse yourself in Thai culture it's a
place where time seems to stand still
and you'll spend your entire day
exploring the market is a window into
traditional buying and selling methods
with vendors and buyers trading from
small boats you'll see everything from
agricultural Goods to local Delicacies
being sold here and that's not even half
of it make memories on boat tours along
the picturesque canals branching from
them now and satawak as you navigate
these waterways you'll also see
traditional Thai homes and how the
locals live don't miss this golden
opportunity to sample exotic fruits
authentic Cuisine and refreshing
beverages by the river number 6. temple
of emerald Buddha now this is a place
that holds a lot of importance after all
it's Thailand's holiest Buddha site the
temple houses the meticulously carved
Emerald Buddha or frack Hugh maracott
sculpted from the single Jade block
guarded by mythical Warriors at each
entrance this sacred image is a National
Treasure established in 1785 by King
Rama one the Temple's relocation from
water Rune underscores its historical
importance a visit to this vibrantly
adorned Temple is a must for anyone
exploring Bangkok but remember to dress
modestly by covering your knees and
shoulders and remove your shoes before
entering this sacred place number 5.
Bangkok national museum for you history
lovers here's another gem established in
1887 by King Rama V the Bangkok national
museum is Thailand's first Public Museum
located near tamasat University at the
National Theater housed in the 18th
century wangna Palace in francon it
boasts Southeast Asia's largest
collection of Thai art and historical
artifacts making it a must-see for
history enthusiasts explore the Museum's
extensive art collection featuring
Buddhist and devotional art a along with
pieces from the Thai Royal Family while
you can't take pictures inside the
knowledge and memories are sure to last
a lifetime anyway hey are you a Wanderer
yet if not head on over to our travel
blog at number four
yorat Chinatown if you're looking for a
Taste of Thailand no one does it better
than Chinatown here you'll taste and see
the rich merging between Chinese and
Thai cultures but yummy food isn't the
only attraction you can check out
affordable clothing Electronics
souvenirs and antiques located in
sampantha Wong District at the city's
heart yarawat Chinatown is a Haven for
Foodies have a walk in the bright
streets and enjoy dishes like Pad Thai
Tom Yum and expertly seasoned fresh
seafood don't let the amazing nightlife
fool you it's just as magnificent during
the day if you want a stroll here go
visit the watman Kong kamalawat Temple a
remarkable Chinese Buddha Center enter
there's also the what chakra wet a
temple with an interesting twist it's
actually home to many crocodiles that
you didn't see that coming number 3.
chatterjack Market non-locally as JJ
Market the chatter check Market isn't
just Thailand's largest market but an
absolute favorite among wholesalers and
Traders alike want to know the crazy
thing it has over 8 000 stalls you'll
find everything from clothing and
accessories to Furniture art and
antiques and here's a pro tip bargain
like your life depends on it it's a way
of life here and as you negotiate for
fantastic deals the air is filled with
the tempting sense of street food go
grab a bite after you're done chatter
check Market is truly a unique spot in
Bangkok with an atmosphere you can't
find anywhere else number two what Arun
water Rune known as wo Chiang by locals
is a historical Marvel and we don't say
that lightly often hailed as the Temple
of dawn this structure serves as a Sim
of the city's Rich Roots its
construction started during the reign of
Rama 2 in the early 19th century this
Temple is adorned with colorful spiers
and stands in Majestic Splendor beside
the Grand Palace it's a beautiful sight
as it partially overlooks the shimmering
Waters of the river as one of bangkok's
main attractions water Rune boasts
unparalleled Beauty cementing its status
as one of Thailand's most photographed
landmarks number one Grand Palace if you
come to Bangkok and don't see the Grand
Palace did you really visit it all it's
situated on the East Bank of the
chaopraya river and right next to the
wat po Temple so traveling here is easy
this complex has over 30 Royal buildings
temples museums statues and more a
treasure Trove that warrants a few hours
of Exploration at least once the Royal
residence this iconic Landmark is
steeped in history guided tours lead
visitors through its sprawling compound
showcasing various halls and smaller
palaces used for print ceremonies the
Grand Palace stands as a testament to
Thai craftsmanship and creativity with
its intricate architectural details
that'll Amaze you this is a truly
unmissable stop on your Bangkok
Adventure so be sure to check it out
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Bangkok is a city full of exuberant sights for your eyes to feast on.

There’s so much to see in fact, that sometimes, narrowing down the list of destinations can usually prove to be a bit troublesome. But not anymore! Here are our top 11 picks for the best places to see in Bangkok!

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11. Erawan Shrine

There’s a lot of entertainment to be found in Bangkok — which you can find more about here — but nothing compares to the tranquillity of the Erawan Shrine.

Housing an intricate statue of Lord Brahma, the Erawan Shrine serves as a place of worship for both locals and tourists. An astounding monument to Bangkok’s historical and cultural heritage, the Erawan Shrine is a testament to the complexity of the city’s religious and spiritual landscape.

Before you visit, however, make sure to do your research, since the Shrine hosts traditional Thai dance performances from time to time.

10. Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River is the ever-flowing soul of Bangkok’s life.

Make sure that you boat across the Chao Phraya River, either on a cruise or as a way of navigating between temples.

Additionally, if you’d like to spend your vacations close to the azure soul of the city, book a hotel overlooking the river. Some budget-friendly picks include the cozy Lamphu House Bangkok and the Matchbox Bangkok Hostel.

make sure that you boat across the Chao Phraya River, either on a cruise or as a way of navigating between temples.

9. Khao San Road

Khao San Road, or the ‘backpackers paradise,’ is where the heart of Bangkok lies.

Make sure you’re wearing the right shoes since you’ll have to do a lot of walking on these winding and lively streets! If you need any help with your packing, check out our travel kits here!

A marketplace by day, and an eccentric nightlife hub by night — Khao San Road has something for everyone! If you’re visiting with your family, we’d suggest you spend the day strolling the market stalls and end the day with some unbelievably delicious street food, including scrumptious fried spring rolls, gaeng som, and the stir-fried pad kana muu grob!

8. Wat Pho

The resting place of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is a must-see destination for everyone.

Located right next to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho houses, along with the resting Buddha a dazzling collection of over 394 gilded Buddhas of all sizes! Add to that the thousand images that you can encounter here, and you’re all set to immerse yourself in a bubble of Thai history.

When you visit Wat Pho, make sure to take in as much as you can, since along with being one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho is also the birthplace of Thai medicine and massages.

7. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Bangkok is home to some of the best floating markets in the world, and out of all of them, Damnoen Saduak is perhaps the greatest.

Easily accessible by public transport, and a short boat ride, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is home to a wide plethora of stalls and shops. Here, you’ll be able to find everything from freshly ground coffee, to clothes, and coconut ice-creams.

Damnoen Saduak also has a land section, so if you’re prone to bouts of sea-sickness, you should definitely check it out!

As always, remember to bargain as much as you can, and have fun! The whole point of a floating market is to get things for cheap while enjoying the river gushing all around you.

6. Temple of Emerald Buddha

Located within the Grand Palace, the Temple of Emerald Buddha is truly a sight to behold.

Referred by locals as Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of Emerald Buddha is perhaps one of the most important temples in Thailand since it has housed the Emerald Buddha since 1783.

Contrary to popular belief, the Emerald Buddha at the center of Wat Phra Kaew isn’t actually made out of emerald, but out of jade hailing from Northern Thailand!

As you take in the wondrous structures kept within the Temple, make sure to be respectful of local customs and traditions, since this is an extremely sacred place for most Thai people.

5. Bangkok National Museum

As parents who love to educate ourselves and our children about different cultures and their histories (which you can read more about here!), we cannot recommend the Bangkok National Museum enough.

Initially established as a way to store King Rama the V’s prized possessions, the Bangkok National Museum has since expanded into a massive museum, holding Thailand’s largest artifact collection. Other items that you can discover here include puppets, stones, ceramics, and clothing.

Before planning your visit, do some research beforehand, and book a day when tours are offered in English.

4. Yaowarat Chinatown

Bangkok is a bustling metropolis with a plethora of different cultures intermingling and co-existing with each other. If you’re interested in learning more about China’s influence on Bangkok, head on down to Yaowarat Chinatown.

While you’re here, make sure to visit the King’s Celebration Birthday Arch, which is a huge and ornate gate, situated on the western side of Chinatown. Furthermore, the deeper you dive into Chinatown, the more you’ll discover!

Although Bangkok is known for its Buddhist temples, you can explore the Chinese-style temples in Chinatown and appreciate their majestic design. Some temples that you should add to your itinerary are:

As a side note, try to visit Chinatown during the Lunar Year, since that’s when it’s the most beautiful!

3. Chatuchak Market

When you enter Chatuchak Market, you’ll fear the energy reverberating in the air around you, as loud music blasts from the trendy clothing shops. The smell of delicious, piping-hot food will waft into your nostrils, as your eyes will be greeted by sights of customers bartering with shopkeepers, and shoving into each other.

Before you head on down to Chatuchak Market, and start making your way from one stall to the other, without any clear destination in mind, take some time to prepare before your visit.

Seeing that Chatuchak is the largest market, in Asia, with over 27 sections, navigating it can be a little tricky.

But don’t worry — we’re here to help! Some of the sections that you definitely need to check out include:

  • Sections 2 to 4 for teen clothes and accessories
  • Sections 1 and 29 for antiques
  • Sections 5 to 6 for used goods
  • Section 7 for paintings and artistic goods

While you hop from one stall to the other, remember that bargaining is the norm here. So, barter like your life depends on it!

2. Wat Arun

Known locally as ‘Wat Cheang,’ or the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is a testament to the otherworldly prowess of Thai architecture and design!

With the construction of the Temple started by King Rama II in the early 19th century, Wat Arun is steeped in the region’s rich history, and according to some historians, recreates the mythical Mount Meru, with its four pillars and towers.

Located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is easily accessible by a boat ride — which also happens to be the most convenient transportation for visiting all of Bangkok’s Temples.

Typically open from 8 a.m., it will take you a minimum of thirty minutes to explore Wat Arun. However, the more time you spend here, the more you’ll discover!

If you’d like to fully dedicate yourself to unveiling the secrets of the Temple of Dawn, make sure to visit in the off-hours, since you’re less likely to encounter a crowd.

1. The Grand Palace

If there ever was a sight that was quintessential to the Bangkok experience — that sight would be the Grand Palace, which majestically rests on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, right next to Wat Pho.

As a side note, we recommend that you plan your itinerary in such a way that you can visit both Wat Pho and the Grand Palace together!

Housing the Kings of Siam since 1782, the Grand Palace is a fundamental keystone of Thailand’s rich history. When you visit, make sure to book a guided tour in English beforehand, so that you can learn all about the royal events that took place within the compound.

Consisting of over thirty royal buildings — including the ethereal Temple of Emerald Buddha — you’ll need to spend a significant amount of time to fully appreciate the Grand Palace’s magnificence.

Before you visit, though, make sure that you do your due diligence, and read up on the dress code. The Grand Palace has some strict reservations on what you can and can’t wear, but as a general rule of thumb, we suggest as conservatively as possible.

In the same vein, if you want your vacation to be without the stress of waiting in long lines, and being in crowded visits, try coming here in the off-hours instead. The Grand Palace is just as — if not more beautiful — during the early morning.

On that note of magnificence and beauty, we hope you enjoy your time exploring Bangkok!

Until we meet again, happy and safe travels!

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