The metropolis of Bangkok is big, loud and quite overwhelming. At the same time, Bangkok is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the country, above all the numerous temples, the sight of which never ceases to amaze us.
Hardly anyone traveling to Thailand can avoid Bangkok. A stay in Bangkok is simply part of it – even if it’s only for two days.
In this blog article we present you the most important sights in Bangkok. What do I need to see? Which highlights should I not miss? We have collected our recommendations for you from countless Bangkok trips. You can also find all the sights marked on a map at the end of the article.
1 . The most important attraction in Bangkok: The many temples No question: Bangkok’s number one attraction are the numerous sacred temples that you can visit can be found throughout the city. No matter where you look: Somewhere a golden pagoda towers up.
Royal Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha The most important and famous temple in Bangkok is the royal palace – usually called “Grand Palace” locally. Visiting it is almost a must on a Bangkok trip. The king of Thailand once resided here. Today this attraction is one of the greatest sanctuaries in the country.
Although the Royal Palace refers to a specific temple, the word is used as a synonym for the entire area. This area houses countless smaller and larger temples, pagodas and magnificent buildings. In total, you should plan about two to three hours for your visit. The highlight of the visit is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo).
Important Note: The area around the Royal Palace is disproportionately crowded “scammers” or dubious people around. The scam is usually the same: they would like to make you believe that the temple has closed. You’d be lucky though: a tuk-tuk driver would show you Bangkok instead. It’s best not to get involved in this at all.
Information on visiting the Royal Palace Arrival: With the Express Boat (green or orange) to Tha Chang
Entry: 530 Baht
Clothing : Covered shoulders & knees!
Wat Arun The Wat Arun is also called “Temple of Dawn” and is in our eyes the most beautiful temple in Bangkok. It stands out visually because, unlike other temples in Bangkok, the color gold does not dominate here. Rather, the Wat Arun is white and decorated with small, colorful ceramic tiles .
Our tip: The Wat Arun is more or less directly on the river (Chao Phraya). At sunset you have a great view of the temple from the opposite side of the river. We like to recommend the rooftop bar of the Sala Rattanakosin Eatery And Bar. Cocktails are not exactly cheap there, but the view of the temple is magnificent.
Information about visiting Wat Arun Arrival: With the Express Boat (gold) you can go from Saphan Taksin directly to Wat Arun. Alternatively, take the Express Boat (orange) to Tha Tien, from there cross the Chao Phraya River with the river ferry. Opening hours:
Entry: 50 Baht
Clothing: Covered shoulders & knees!
Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha) You can visit Wat Pho with a visit to the Royal Palace ideally combined, because it is very close by. The Wat Pho houses one of the most important sights of the city: the reclining Buddha. The statue is 48 meters long and 15 meters high and therefore simply spectacular.
You can circling the reclining Buddha. Our personal highlight are the soles of the statue: These are decorated with mother-of-pearl. Unfortunately, visiting the Buddha is usually associated with a lot of pushing, because of course quite a lot of people want to see the holy statue with their own eyes.
Apart from the large, famous Buddha figure, the Wat Pho many more Buddha statues as well as chedis. We would plan about a good hour for the visit – unless you want to get a massage at the world-famous massage school on site. Then of course correspondingly longer.
Information on visiting Wat Pho Arrival: With the Express Boat (orange) to Tha Tien
Opening hours: Entry: 310 Baht
Clothing : Covered shoulders & knees!
The Wat Saket – often called Golden Mount Temple – is located on a small (artificial) hill in the middle of the city. Unlike other temples, you have a beautiful view over Bangkok from this temple.
The temple itself is not the most spectacular, but it is the entire complex is very pretty and idyllic. The climb (344 steps) is quite easy to do even for less sporty people. Compared to other temples in Bangkok, Wat Saket is definitely less crowded.
Info on visiting Wat Saket Getting there: By boat to Panfa Leelard (e.g. from Pratunam – Central Word)
Entry: 46 Baht Clothing: Covered shoulders & knees!
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple This Hindu temple is quite out of line. Precisely because it is so colorful and special , we find it worth visiting. We were particularly lucky on our last visit: a celebration was just taking place. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take pictures inside.
If you get hungry after visiting the temple: Across the street (on Soi Silom ) there is a market and several cookshops.
Information about visiting the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Arrival: BTS to Chong Nonsi or Surasak
Opening hours: 6
2. Other great sights in Bangkok: Neighborhoods & Co. Maha Nakhon The second tallest building in Bangkok has quite distinctive architecture: Personally, it reminds us of a Lego house. Be that as it may – the Maha Nakhon is one of Bangkok’s newer sights and houses the highest observation deck in Thailand. But what a viewing platform! Here you step onto a glass floor, under which there is 310 meters in depth. An experience that takes a bit of willpower, we have to admit.
The whole visit to Maha Nakhon (often called King Power Maha Nakhon) is quite Americanized. It feels like visiting a skyscraper in New York – not least because the price with 880 Baht is also quite excessive. Nevertheless, the view from the top is simply fantastic!
After the (pretty staged) lift ride, you can move around freely at the top. To step on the glass floor, you have to put on special protective covers over your shoes. A few steps further up there is another open-air bar waiting for you. (Even those who don’t dare to go on the glass floor will get their money’s worth.)
Information on visiting the SkyWak at Maha Nakhon Arrival: By BTS to Chong Nonsi
Opening hours: 10 Entry: 880 Baht (Weekend), 530 Baht (weekdays)
Lumpini Park The Lumphini Park is something like the green oasis in the hectic urban jungle of Bangkok. The park is located right in the city center. With its man-made lakes and water channels, Lumphini Park is somewhat reminiscent of Central Park in New York City – although the latter of course makes a better-kept impression.
Locals use Lumphini Park for sports – be it jogging, strength training or Thai boxing. You also have the option of renting a pedal boat and taking it across the lake.
A highlight in Lumphini Park are the many monitor lizards, some of which are huge. The chance that you will meet one is quite high.
Arrival: With the MRT to Lumphini or Silom or with the BTS to Sala Daeng
Chinatown Bright Chinese characters, Chinese jewelry shops and sidewalk restaurants galore – welcome to Chinatown! Bustling Chinatown is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s Chinatown feels a bit like a world of its own. That’s pretty much how it should be go to Chinese metropolises. We like the hustle and bustle of Chinatown very much – although we find it quite exhausting in the long run. However, you should not miss a visit to Chinatown. We particularly recommend the evening hours when the streets are really busy.
Arrival: By MRT to Hua Lamphong or by Express Boat to Ratchawong
Rooftop Bars Yes, the many Rooftop Bars should not be missing either, if we talk about the main attractions in Bangkok. We know no other city has such a wide range of different rooftop bars as Bangkok.
The most famous rooftop bar is without a doubt the one that became the setting for the movie The Hangover. In addition, there are countless other recommended bars with spectacular views over Bangkok. In our detailed blog article we introduce you to our favorites.
Link: The most beautiful rooftop bars in Bangkok
3. Culinary “Sights” in Bangkok: Markets & Street Food Shouldn’t this be about sights? Legitimate question. However: Even if markets are not classic sights, they definitely belong on your to-do list in Bangkok.
The most famous market: Chatuchak- Market The most important and famous market in Bangkok is Chatuchak Market. The weekend market takes place every Saturday and Sunday and attracts several hundred thousand visitors. The cozier, smaller version of the weekend market is the Chatuchak Night Market, held every Friday night in the same area.
For visiting the weekend market you should you plan several hours . The area is huge and it’s easy to get lost. If you want to take a few souvenirs from Thailand (e.g. crockery, clothes, etc.), then you’ve come to the right place at the Chatuchak market. By the way, our favorite corner is Sections 1 and 2. There you will find young Thai labels and lots of hipster/boho shops.
Arrival: By MRT to Kamphaeng Phet or by BTS to Mo Chit Opening hours: Friday evening (from approx. o’clock), Saturday and Sunday approx. 9 to 18 Watch
Other markets: Flower market & Co Apart from the Chatuchak market, the flower market (Pak Khlong Talat) in particular attracts countless people. We have probably never seen so many fresh flowers in one place as here. The flower market has officially 15 Open hours, but a visit in the morning is particularly worthwhile.
A very popular night market is the Train Night Market Ratchada. The market is usually really crowded and hectic. It is known as one of the more touristic markets. Nonetheless, we think it’s well worth seeing.
If you’re looking for an authentic market that the locals visit, check out the Wang Lang Market over. There is a lot of street food there that you can try. You can find more information about the Wang Lang Market in our blog article: Bangkok away from the crowds.
Food Tour of Bangkok If you want an even deeper insight into culinary Bangkok then we can highly recommend a food tour. Try the variety of Thai cuisine. In this blog article we tell you more about the Food Tour: Discover Bangkok’s culinary delights.
You can book the tour here: Culinary tour in Bangkok’s old town
4. Our Hotel Recommendations for Bangkok If you are looking for a nice boutique hotel at affordable prices, we can offer you highly recommend the Tints of Blue Hotel (shown in the photos). The hotel is located in the recommended Sukhumvit district, has individually decorated rooms and even a rooftop pool.
If you want something a little cheaper, the Companion Hostel is our accommodation choice. This stylish hostel with the nicest owners ever comes highly recommended.
Since we’ve been to Bangkok countless times, we have a lot more hotel tips for you. In our detailed blog article we present hotels in different price ranges.
Link: Hotel recommendations for Bangkok
5. Map: The most beautiful sights in Bangkok So that you can find your way around Bangkok more quickly, we have put the most important sights on a map for you drawn.
6. More Bangkok Travel Reports All Bangkok blog articles at a glance Hotel recommendations for Bangkok Bangkok off the beaten path Rooftop Bars in Bangkok Here you can find our Thailand articles at a glance: All Thailand blog articles
Looking for more information about the sights in Bangkok? Stefan from the blog Fascination Southeast Asia together with Florian from the travel blog Flocblog wrote a book about Bangkok with lots of recommendations for sights, highlights and shopping n.
Here you get to the book: 555 Tips for Bangkok
Would you like to head for other destinations in Thailand? Sina from the blog Ferndurst has a Thailand travel guide that is a bit different kind of written. And best of all: We were both allowed to contribute a chapter.
Here you get to the book: 105 Reasons to love Thailand
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Do you know any other sights in Bangkok that should not be missed? Tell us your highlights – we look forward to your comments!