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Welcome to Bangkok

Thailand’s capital city and its abundance of gold leaf–coated temples, air-conditioned mega malls, and incredible street food draws millions of visitors every year. City tours may include samples of authentic Thai food; visits to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Grand Palace complex; or a walk through the 24-hour flower market. No Bangkok visit is complete without a ride in a tuk-tuk or a long-tail boat cruise on Chao Phraya River to see how locals live. Bonus: Day trips from Bangkok make farther afield attractions such as Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market accessible.

Top 10 attractions in Bangkok

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history.More
Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Every great city has a river, and Bangkok’s is the Chao Phraya (Mae Nam Chao Phraya). Alive with traditional long-tail boats, passenger ferries, and cargo boats, the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of the city. It winds past both ancient temples and modern high-rises, offering a unique, local perspective on the Thai capital.More
Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Easily one of Bangkok’s most visually striking landmarks, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) towers over the Chao Phraya River. Its colorfully decorated spires are the star features—the temple’s central prang stands 260 feet (79 meters) tall and is intricately decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.More
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

One of the oldest, largest, and most revered temple complexes in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must-see for all visitors to the Thai capital. The central attraction of the temple complex is its namesake statue—the gold leaf covered reclining Buddha—but don't let it distract you from the site's other treasures, including its 95 pagodas, carved narrative panels, and opulent main altar.More
Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

In a city and country known for its colorful markets, none stands out so vividly as Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat). Stalls feature local and imported fresh-cut flowers piled high: delicate orchids, bunches of colorful carnations, fragrant roses, lilies, forget-me-nots, and more. Vendors also sell flower arrangements and hand-strung garlands.More
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Thai kickboxing—or Muay Thai—is world-famous, and the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium (also spelled Lumpini) is one of the top places in the capital to see traditional matches. Expect to see some of Thailand’s best Muay Thai boxers in matches that are held three times a week.More
MOCA Bangkok (Museum of Contemporary Art)

MOCA Bangkok (Museum of Contemporary Art)

MOCA Bangkok (Museum of Contemporary Art) provides a space to display the works of the growing number of world-class artists in Thailand. Built in 2012, MOCA is home to a comprehensive collection of paintings and sculptures within a modern, purpose-built built gallery.The five stories of MOCA in fact hold over 800 pieces of art, all collected by Boonchai Bencharongkul. The works on display explore such controversial themes as religion and morality, along with issues like corruption and prostitution. Art-lovers are able to explore and appreciate the work on display in a comfortable and modern setting, with plenty of natural light within well-appointed, spacious rooms.More
Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

With its heady smorgasbord of street food, gold merchants, wooden shophouses, and ancient Chinese temples, there’s never a dull moment in Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat. Exploring the bustlingsois (side streets) of the city’s oldest district is a must on any trip to the Thai capital.More
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

The spectacularly ornamented Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located within the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s Old City, a site highlight is a sacred pre–15th-century statue of the Buddha in a seated meditation pose carved from a single block of jade.More
Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market

The Maeklong Railway Market is one of the more unusual markets in Thailand. Selling vegetables, fruit, and other food items, it looks like any other market on the streets of Thailand—until a passenger train goes roaring through the middle of it. When the siren calls, the stalls scatter and make way.More

Trip ideas

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

Great evening tour
Glen_T, Mar 2020
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
got to see lot of Bangkok and tasted some local street food.
Best choice for Wat Pho and Wat Arun
Ian_L, Mar 2020
Tuk-tuk tour Bangkok by Night
A brilliant way to see the major temples of Bangkok.
Bridge on the River Kwai trip
Rodney_J, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
A long trip from Bangkok but worth it to see the bridge and to pay homage to our soldiers Our guide “Tiny” was really knowledgable about Thailand and the local customs I thought the museum was pretty basic regarding information but still enjoyed the trip
Great trip!
Victoria, Mar 2020
Explore Bangkok by Bike & Boat with Lunch
It was great to see local Bangkok, they included cold bottled water along the way when needed, lunch was a choice of 4 meals.
Leiza_C, Mar 2020
Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Hop-On Hop-Off
Hassle free way to see the sights in Bangkok, we ❤️‘d the Tuk Tuk hop and would definitely use again.
Presha (Peter) a Wonderful Guide
RitaAnn_W, Mar 2020
Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day
We saw all the highlights we wanted to see in beautiful Bangkok.
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour - 29 Feb
Laura_N, Mar 2020
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
She also went out of her way to help us with ideas about things to do with Bangkok and transport to and from the airport.
Mario, Feb 2020
Pattaya and Coral Island Small-Group Day Tour from Bangkok
Lots of activities for some u have to pay extra.
Wonderful Trip to Ayutthaya
Elsa, Feb 2020
Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
The tour guide speaks English very well, and gave us many background about the historic attractions.
@nd time on this tour & it's better than 3 years ago!!
Mary_W, Feb 2020
Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise
Many more buildings and areas to see making it a very interesting day out of Bangkok.
Ayutthaya Day Trip
David_H, Feb 2020
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
Nice to see the contrast of the sparkling temples of Bangkok with the ruins of Ayutthaya.
A worthwhile tour
PatB, Feb 2020
Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
Lots to see on the boat ride back to Bangkok.
A must for visitors to Bangkok. Ciri, my guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional.
exportdai, Feb 2020
Private Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok
A tour of the oldest and most significant pagodas in Thai history and a visit to the Kings' summer residence.
6-hour Bangkok tour
Danielle_H, Jan 2020
Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch
We truly got to see the best of Bangkok in under 6 hours and Mr.
Out and about in Bangkok!!
Amanda_K, Jan 2020
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
Kiki the guide had amazing suggestions as to what to see and catered to our needs/wants.
Great Tour, lots of fun
shirlene a, Jan 2020
Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
Especially loved the summer palace.
Katharine C, Dec 2019
Half-Day Siam Boran Cultural Bike Tour of Bangkok
It was hot and long but we really felt like we got to see how people live in Bangkok.
Excellent day in Bankkok
AnetaD7358, Dec 2019
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
Flexible to what you want to see and do in the city.
Our fantastic tour
Lauralee C, Nov 2019
Tuk-tuk tour Bangkok by Night
She spoke English very well too.
Great tour!
cincykeller, Nov 2019
In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience
We sent her our wish list of items to see in advance and she worked out the logistics of it all in a way that would have taken me hours to do, if at all.

All about Bangkok

When to visit

Bangkok’s dry season (November through February) brings cooler weather that's perfect for exploring temples and markets, with average temperatures hovering around a comfortable 68°F (20°C). While the hottest months (March through June) can be incredibly humid, the Songkran Thai New Year festival offers welcome relief with traditional festivities and a citywide water fight.

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