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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
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 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
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
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
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


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
Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai

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
Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Home to the world's largest gold Buddha statue, the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) is a prominent stop on Bangkok’s temple trail. Measuring nine feet (three meters) tall and weighing more than five tons (4,535 kilograms), the Buddha attracts floods of visitors who come to marvel at its size and gleaming golden surface.More
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

The 17th century Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, consists of many attractive buildings spread throughout large tended grounds. Different architectural styles are represented: Chinese, European, Khmer, and pure Thai. The palace is a worthwhile stop on a day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, although fewer tourists come here, making it a peaceful destination.More

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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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A local’s pocket guide to Bangkok

Bianca Wagenknecht

From the moment I first had just a short layover in Bangkok, I immediately knew I had to come back. The city's incredible people, food, and culture stole my heart and quickly converted me into a regular.

The first thing you should do in Bangkok is...

grab yourself a BTS (train) ticket and visit one of Bangkok’s incredible food markets. No matter the time of day or night, you can always chat with locals, try local delicacies, or simply soak in the atmosphere.

A perfect Saturday in Bangkok...

involves experiencing Bangkok’s famous floating markets, visiting one of the city’s 400 breathtaking temples, and getting hands-on during a Thai cooking class.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Wat Pho, the golden reclining Buddha in the Grand Palace. There’s really nothing quite like it.

To discover the "real" Bangkok...

jump on a ferry to explore Koh Kret in the north of the city and experience a more traditional side of the Thai capital.

For the best view of the city...

splurge on a cocktail on one of Bangkok’s famous rooftop bars. There’s nothing more magical than watching the sun set over the city’s skyline with a panoramic view.

One thing people get wrong...

is avoiding local street food from street carts or down small alleyways. In reality, you’ll find some of the most delicious, authentic, and world-renowned Thai food sitting on plastic chairs on the sidewalk.

People Also Ask

What is Bangkok popular for?

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok’s Grand Palace and golden-spired temples entice history buffs. Foodies flock to both street stalls and fine dining, while nightlife runs from rooftop bars and EDM clubs to transgender cabarets, girlie bars, and backpacker joints. River cruises, muay thai matches, tuk-tuks, and markets all add color.

How many days in Bangkok is enough?

Four days in Bangkok should give you enough time to see the main sights, visit a market, have a massage, and enjoy the nightlife. But a week lets you take day trips to highlights like the historic city of Ayutthaya (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the Bridge on the River Kwai.

What should you not miss in Bangkok?

History buffs will love the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), while the views from Golden Mount (Wat Saket) are spectacular. Chatuchak Market is a must for shoppers; Instagrammers love Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market.

Which area is best for tourists in Bangkok?

Many backpackers and younger travelers love the chaotic energy of Khao San Road and the surrounding area. The Siam Square area is central and great for travelers in search of retail therapy; Koh Rattanakosin, the island that hosts Bangkok’s old town, puts tourists within easy reach of the historic sights.

Is Bangkok worth visiting?

Yes. This riverside city offers around 600 years of history, a wealth of museums and galleries, a vibrant food, nightlife, and shopping scene, and an intoxicating blend of ancient and modern. The BTS SkyTrain, an elevated subway line, makes getting around easy—and you don’t need to miss out on the views.

Is Bangkok cheap or expensive?

Bangkok is more expensive than the rest of Thailand—expect to pay up to 20% more for accommodation—but still a cheap destination compared to the global north. Budget travelers may find entrance fees to historic sites rack up quickly. Luxury lovers can burn through cash on spas, hotels, fine dining, and fancy drinks.

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