Bangkok is one of the most famous metropolia in the world. In 2013, this city even was the most visited city with 17 million tourists. (Since then it is the second place most of the time right after London)
Besides around 400 temple and impressive palaces and buildings, you will find a big modern city. It can get kinda difficult to find the right attractions to visit, places to go and things to do. Puh… Just so many options. But don’t worry, here you can find a little overview over the most important sights. Especially, when you are short on time.
What to find out in this post
- 1 Bangkok Facts
- 2 Best Accommodation
- 3 Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- 4 Wat Phrae Kaeo – Temple of Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
- 5 Wat Saket – Golden Mount
- 6 Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
- 7 Wat Ratchanatdaram
- 8 Wat Benchamabophit – The Marble temple
- 9 Chinatown
- 10 BACC – Bangkok Art & Culture Center
- 11 Khao San Road
- 12 Soi Cowboy
- 13 Chao Phraya River
- 14 Siam Shopping Center
- Since 1782 capital of the Kingdom of Thailand
- By far the biggest city in the country
- Around 8,2 Million inhabitants (2010)
- Economical and Cultural Center of Thailand
After our first accommodation in Bangkok was really disappointing, we kept looking around for a new place to stay in. And we found the Apple Guest House.
A small cozy place, directly in the city center. Anyway, since it is located on a narrow little street it is pretty quiet at night.
The owners were super friendly and it probably was the cleanest place we stayed in during our whole trip through Thailand.
Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Opening Time: 08.00 am – 06.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht (ca. 2,50€/$3)
The Wat Pho Temple is especially famous for its 45 meters/ 147,6 feet long golden reclining Buddha. Pretty impressive, don’t you think? Unfortunately, its huge size can make it kinda difficult to take a picture of it. 😉
And even though you might expect from the name of the temple there will be only one huge Buddha, you will be surprised. Because actually there is much more to see. Around the temple grounds you can find different kinds of buildings and statues. It can also be a nice experience to just sit down in the shade and relax a little from walking so much.
Wat Phrae Kaeo – Temple of Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
Opening times: 08.30 am – 3.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 500 Baht (ca. 12,80€/ $15)
Wat Phrae Kaeo
Directly next to the Wat Pho you can find the Wat Phrae Kaeo and the Grand Palace. The entrance fee is pretty high, especially for Thai standards. Anyway, the temple is beautiful in a unique way.
Wonderful buildings, statues and the Emerald Buddha are just waiting to be adored by you. Behind every corner, you can find another beautiful detail. The whole temple grounds were constructed with a lot of attention to detail.
One big drawback though, is the huge amount of tourists wandering around Wat Phrae Kaeo. It can get pretty difficult getting a nice shot without people walking through it or pushing you aside.
For around 150 years this palace used to be the home of several Thai (Siam) kings. The architecture of this place is highly orientated towards the former palace in Ayutthaya, which has been destroyed by the Burmese army.
If the entrance of the Wat Phrae Kaeo wasn’t included in this ticket, I would definitely recommend you to not visit the Grand Palace.
Because of the death of their beloved king, it seems impossible for non-Thai to enter the palace right now. (2017) You can have a glance at the palace from the outside and to be honest, it wasn’t really impressive.
Wat Saket – Golden Mount
Opening Times: 08.00 am – 05 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/$0,60)
The Wat Saket was actually one of our highlights in Bangkok.
Der Wat Saket is located on top of the Golden Mount on the height of 79 meters/ 260 feet. In order to reach the temple, you have to climb up 319 steps. If you can’t do it in once, there are benches everywhere on the way up to sit down and get some rest.
The temple is full of bells of several sizes. So, every time there is a breeze, you can hear the jingling all around.
Moreover, you can hear the praying of the monks from the speakers all over the temple grounds. Even though you cannot understand it, it is super relaxing to listen to it.
Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
Opening times: 08.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht (ca. 2,50€/ $3,00)
Wat Arun is located directly next to the Chao Phraya River. If you wanna visit this beautiful temple, it is easiest to take the ferry up to the other side. (The fee of the ferry is 3 Baht/ 0,08€/ $0,09)(However, there is also the option to take a detour over one of the bridges)
The entrance fee for Wat Arun felt actually a little bit too high for us considering you could already see most of the temple from outside. Therefore, we just enjoyed the view on it from outside the fence and saved the money for entering. Walking around the temple area can be beautiful too, especially as it is so near the water.
Opening Times: 09.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/$0,60)
This temple is especially popular for its size. Compared to other temples in Bangkok, it is particularly small. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worth visiting this temple. You can find a huge amount of Buddha sculptures around.
The Wat Ratchanatdaram has been commissioned to be built by the King in 1846. He wanted this temple for his niece, in order for her to have more silence when meditating. Doesn’t everyone want such a generous uncle? 😉
Wat Benchamabophit – The Marble temple
Opening Times: 08.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/ $0,60)
This temple is called Marble temple for a reason: it’s been built 1899 out of original Italian Marble.
Wat Benchamabophit is in our opinion one of the most beautiful and impressive temples in Bangkok. I can absolutely recommend you a visit to this temple.
Just take care. The ground can get super slippery when it’s raining and might be a little hot when the sun is shining on it.
By the way, inside of the Wat Benchamabophit, you can find more than 50 different Buddha Sculptures.
Chinatown in Bangkok is located not far from the city center. Therefore, you can as well walk there.
The majority of the Chinese expats in Bangkok lives in this area. Wouldn’t have thought so, right?
There is a long narrow street full of street food stables offering Chinese and Thai food. Moreover, you will find dozens of small shops that kinda sells everything, you could possibly be looking for.
It’s totally worth a look walking around Chinatown. It kinda feels like being completely somewhere else.
BACC – Bangkok Art & Culture Center
This attraction is not totally touristic yet. The Bangkok Art & Culture Center – short BACC offers a lot of different exhibitions for everyone that is interested in art and culture.
My friend Masreeya, that we met in Bangkok, brought us to this amazing place. Actually, we were planning to see an exhibition about the king. Unfortunately, it was already closed. But no problem, we found different kind of other exhibitions that we really liked. And the best is the entrance was completely for free.
Khao San Road
The Khao San Road is probably the most famous street in Bangkok. Here you can find all sorts of things, with everything from Thai massages, souvenirs of every kind, clothes, tailors, travel agencies, restaurants to several kinds of street food stables. I can just recommend you to try every kind of street food you can. Most of it is super delicious. Furthermore, unlike in the restaurants in this area, you can even save some money by eating street food.
But if you are looking for your daily dose of Western Food this is the place to be!
During old times the Khao San Road was used to sell rice. (The name Khao San Road actually translated means Street of polished rice) Anyway, since the 80s the Khao San Road became more popular when more and more backpackers came to see it.
One of the most controversial places in Bangkok. One the one hand, I guess everyone wants to see this street for themselves. On the other hand, it might have a bad reputation. You will find the street full of lightly dressed Thai girls. (And ladyboys) and men looking for them. Murray Head described this part in his 1984 song One night in Bangkok like “The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free. You’ll find a god in every golden cloister. And if you’re lucky, then the god’s a she“
As a woman, I kinda felt out of place walking around. I had the same feeling about the other few female tourists checking this area.
However, for many people, this is the place to see the “authentic Bangkok”. And we even saw a family walking around this street.
Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya is beside the Mekong the most important river in Thailand. It is running through Bangkok and separates some of the sights from the rest of the city. You can either get to the other side by ferry for 3 Baht/ ca. 0,08€/ $0,09 or take one of the bridges.
If you like to explore the city from the river, there are also different kinds of boat tours you can join. Just check out the offers at the pier.
Siam Shopping Center
Bangkok is known to be a modern city and a shopping paradise. We heard that especially Asian woman love to go shopping. (At least that’s what the Asian men told us 😉 )
The Siam Shopping Center is probably one of the biggest malls I have ever seen. We actually got even a little-lost inside when hiding inside from the rain.
If you are a shopping enthusiast or are just looking for a souvenir of Bangkok this is the right place for you. You will find probably every kind of shops you could possibly be looking for.
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