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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

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Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai

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The iconic Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the world’s collective historical memory. The site of many POW’s deaths during World War II, it is now the site of the JEATH War Museum and is close to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.More
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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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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
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Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

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The energetic Asiatique The Riverfront—part open-air night bazaar, part shopping mall—combines the city’s old traditions and modern commercial energy. Located at the former East Asiatic Company trade docks, the complex contains more than 1,500 shops and boutiques, about 40 restaurants, and several entertainment venues.More
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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

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The ruined island city-state of Ayutthaya—the once great capital of the Kingdom of Siam—is now a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lying at the confluence of three rivers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya Historical Park protects magnificent crumbling stone temple spires, sun-worn Buddha statues, and other remnants of the three palaces, 400 temples, houses, and markets that thrived in Ayutthaya’s heyday.More
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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

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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
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MBK Center

MBK Center

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A giant and legendary shopping mall located just off Siam Square, the MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center) attracts both locals and tourists looking to fulfill their shopping needs. Boasting eight floors crammed with 2,000 shops and a range of stalls, this sleek glass complex sells everything from bargain clothing to affordable electronics.In addition to retail outlets, MBK has two expansive food courts—one on the sixth floor serving local Thai food and an international one on the floor below. MBK is particularly well-known for its range of cheap electronic items, with the fourth floor dedicated to cell phones, cameras, games consoles, MP3 players and more.The top floor of this huge mall features an extensive entertainment center, with a multi-screen cinema, karaoke facilities and a games arcade. There’s also the 3D Trick Art Museum, a fun family attraction that both younger and older kids can enjoy. For a unique way to visit the MBK Center and other malls in the area, take a Bangkok city tour that incorporates trips to many of the capital’s major sights via several different modes of public transport.More
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Dream World

Dream World

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Bangkok’s Dream World is a family-friendly attraction that is popular with locals and sees very few international visitors. The amusement park offers a variety of entertaining live performances, dozens of thrilling rides, and lots of places to try traditional Thai cuisine.More
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Few markets couple ephemeral wares—fresh fruits, fish, foods, and colorful flower bouquets—with culture, chaos, and tradition like the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. One of the largest and last remaining floating markets in Thailand, this authentic market has entranced travelers and photographers the world over with its vivid scenes of vendors offering goods from long-tailed boats on the sleepy green Damnoen Saduak canal.More
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Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khao Yai National Park was Thailand’s first national park, located in the Panom Dongrak Mountains. It includes forests, grasslands, and a variety of animals and bird life. As it’s just a couple of hours from Bangkok, visiting the park is an easy way to experience Thailand’s natural side.More
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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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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

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Top activities in Bangkok

Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise

Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Hidden green area of Bangkok
Caroline_W, Jan 2022
Bangkok Jungle Bike Tour
I can totally recommand the tour, for people which want to see the green heart of Bangkok, really beautiful nature and hidden streets.
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Amazing
Graciela_H, Dec 2021
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
I think the only regret we had is not being able to see the reclining Buddha.
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Highly recommend Peach
Jin_L, Dec 2021
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
She arrived early at our meet-up location, was great at communicating about what I wanted, her English was good and she had a lot of knowledge about the history of Bangkok, and she had great food recommendations.
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Great beach trip from Bangkok!
Ariel_R, Jan 2022
Pattaya and Coral Island Small-Group Day Tour from Bangkok
If you're in Bangkok but you don't have enough time to visit another beach town like Krabi or Phucket, I think this is a good alternative.
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Thailand at Night
Graciela_H, Dec 2021
Tuk-tuk tour Bangkok by Night
I think the only disappointment we had is due to COVID-19 a lot of the attractions were fenced off making it difficult to take pictures from the outside.
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Bangkok in one day
Ralf_P, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day
We received everything frommthis tour what we expected…we visited all of the Bangkok attractions such as the Grand Palace, Chinatown, flower market, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Traimit, Wat Phra Chetuphon, Wat Phra Kaew and the Bangkok canals with a longboat.
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Great way to be introduced to Bangkook.
Michael_C, Dec 2021
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
We didn't have a lot of time in Bangkok, so this was a very efficient way to see the highlights.
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Fantastic tour by two friendly locals
Tac_Y, Nov 2021
Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok by Road (SHA Plus)
They were very friendly, attentive and tried to provide me as much information as possible at each of the visited sites in easy to understand English.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trip
Mario, Feb 2020
Pattaya and Coral Island Small-Group Day Tour from Bangkok
Lots of activities for some u have to pay extra.
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@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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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