Bangkok is a huge city filled with countless attractions. There are more interesting tourist spots here than in any other Asian capital, and a month is probably not enough to see everything. To do this, we have prepared the Top 10 list of interesting places in Bangkok, which should be seen first.
1. Grand Royal Palace
This palace complex, consisting of many temples and palaces, is the main religious building in Bangkok, and the first attraction of the capital, which is worth a visit. The palace complex was built in 1782, and serves not only as a real royal residence, but also as the location of numerous government offices. Of course, both the royal residence and offices are not accessible for tourists, but the most beautiful and interesting part of the complex is open for tourists for a fee. Several palaces and throne halls are open for visiting, which are used by the royal family to receive ambassadors and foreign delegations, many temples and shrines. For a full acquaintance with the palace you will need at least half a day. Read more about the Royal Palace of Bangkok and photos here.
🕐 working time: daily from 8.30 to 15.30 (the complex is open until 16:30, but visitors stop running at 15:30). At 10:00, 10:30, 13:30 and 14:00 free tours in English begin.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 500 baht (1060.12 rubles, Thai currency), audio guide player - 100 baht (passport or credit card as security).
🚶 How to get there: the palace is located in the historical part of the city (Entrance to the royal palace on the map). From the tourist area of Khaosan Street, you can get here on foot. From other areas take a taxi (about 200 baht) or buses, or take the metro to Taksin Station, and then catch a boat on the river to marina No. 9 Tha Chang.
2. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Not far from the Royal Palace is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) - one of the oldest temples in the Kingdom and the largest in Bangkok, built in 1688-1703. Here is the famous 46-meter gilded statue of the reclining Buddha. There are many chapels and pagodas on the territory of the temple complex.
This is the largest and oldest temple in the capital, and at the same time the most famous among tourists, and one of the most famous symbols of Thailand. It is rare that a feature film, which takes place in Bangkok, can do without shots from the temple. Despite the "hype" and tourist popularity, the temple must be visited, especially since it is located almost close to the Royal Palace. Read more about the temple of the reclining Buddha here.
🕐 working time: daily seven days a week from 8:30 to 18:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 baht (424.05 rubles), cook without surrender, they don’t give it, guide accompaniment (optional) for 1 person - 200 baht, 2 people - 300, 3 or more - 400 baht
🚶 How to get there: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is located next to the Royal Palace of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River on the Ratannakosin Peninsula (temple on the map). Within walking distance are the tourist area of Khaosan and Chinatown.
3. Temple of the Morning Dawn (Wat Arun, Wat Arun)
Opposite the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po) across the river is the Temple of the Morning Dawn - Wat Arun. You can get to it through the river crossing, which costs 3 baht. The marinas are right next to the temples. To get to it by taxi will be very expensive, you have to make a big hook through the bridges. In the evening, when the 88-meter-high temple is illuminated by searchlights, a wonderful view opens up from the opposite bank of the river. This is probably the most picturesque temple in Thailand.In the spring and summer, every evening at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00 and 21.30 light performances are organized, during which the history of the temple is told in Thai and English, accompanied by traditional Thai music. Read more about the Temple of the Morning Dawn here.
🕐 working time: daily from 07:30 to 17:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 50 baht
🚶 How to get there: The temple is located on the opposite side of the river opposite the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (temple on the map). The easiest way to get there is by ferry boat from the Tha Tien pier near the Reclining Buddha Temple, the crossing costs 4 baht
4. Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trai Mit)
This unremarkable temple could be just one of a thousand temples, if not for the world's largest golden statue of a seated Buddha. Thais say that it consists entirely of gold, but no one has verified this. The weight of the statue is 5 and a half tons, and the height is more than 3 meters. The pupils of Buddha's eyes are black Thai sapphires, and the whites of the eyes are made of pearls. Age about 700 years.
The complex consists of several temple buildings and even a museum, as well as two more temples nearby: the golden dragon and the lotus temple. The museum consists of two floors and is dedicated to the history of the statue, and the lower floor tells the story of the Chinese district of Chinatown, in which the temple is located. Read more about the Temple of the Golden Buddha here.
🕐 working time: daily from 09:00 to 17:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance to the temple with the Golden Buddha (on the 4th floor) - 40 baht, entrance to the museum (2 and 3 floors) - 100 baht (212.02 rubles).
🚶 How to get there: The temple is located in Chinatown (Temple of the Golden Buddha on the map). It is most convenient to get here on the Bangkok underground metro MRT to the MRT Hualamphong station (here also the Bangkok Hualamphong railway station), and then 5 minutes on foot.
5. Wat Suthat Thep Wararam Temple and Giant Swing
This temple, located in the heart of Bangkok, is one of the oldest. It is known for having one of the most beautiful and largest Viharn (sermon hall). The temple began to be built in 1807 under King Rama I, and was completed only in 1947 under King Rama III. At the base of the pedestal of the statue is part of the ashes of King King Rama VIII. In 2005, the temple was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are giant swings right in front of the temple, which until 1932 were used in the Tri-yampawai ritual (the birth of a new world and an expression of gratitude to God Shiva for a rice crop). Young people were swinging in a swing and had to grab a money bag suspended at a height of about 25 meters.
🕐 working time: daily from 08:30 to 21:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 100 baht
6. Golden Mount Temple (Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan)
This Buddhist temple is known for its gilded pagoda, built on a high artificial hill called the Golden Mountain. For a long time, before skyscrapers began to be built in Bangkok, the pagoda was the tallest building in the city. Upstairs is not only a pagoda, but also an observation deck, from the height of which you can take wonderful panoramic pictures. Among Buddhists, this temple is very revered, because it contains a piece of the ashes of Buddha, brought from India. Every November, a grand festival takes place in the temple, during which a huge procession rises to the hill. Read more about Wat Saket Temple and Golden Mountain here.
🕐 working time: daily from 07:30 to 17:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance to the temple is free, access to the observation deck - 50 baht
🚶 How to get there: Golden Mount Temple is located in Bangkok's Ratanakosin Island area (temple on the map). From the tourist area of Khaosan, getting here is not difficult on foot. From the rest of the areas you will have to get by taxi, bus, or boat through the canals.
7. National Museum of Bangkok
This is the largest museum in Bangkok and the country, and in our opinion, if you visit a museum in Bangkok, then this is best. This is a complex of several buildings, a temple and a territory on which performances are sometimes held on the theme of the history and culture of Thailand.The collection is very rich, and even a cursory inspection of all the exhibits will take two hours, and to study everything in detail and get acquainted with the signatures for the exhibits, it will take a whole day. It’s interesting to visit the National Museum even without an excursion, but if you want, you can join the free excursion in English, French or German, which are held several times a week. Read more about the National Museum of Bangkok here.
🕐 working time: open from Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00, Monday and Tuesday - day off. A free tour is conducted on Wednesday and Thursday at 09:30, Sunday at 10:00 and 13:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 baht (424.05 rubles, Thai currency)
🚶 How to get there: The museum is located in the center of Bangkok on the Ratanakosin Peninsula between the tourist area of Khaosan and the Royal Palace within walking distance from them (the museum on the map). From other areas of Bangkok you can get here by taxi (no more than 200 baht when traveling on the meter), by regular boats on the Chaopray River to the Tha Chang or Phra Athit pier, by buses 3, 6, 9, 30, 33, 43, 53, 59, 64, 65, 70, 80, 82, 91, 123, 124, 203, 503, 507, 524.
8. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Museum
In the complex of royal palaces Dusit Palace in the most prominent place is the most beautiful palace - the Throne Hall of Ananda-Samakh. This is one of the best and most interesting museums in Bangkok. The palace is magnificent both outside and inside, trimmed with precious woods, semiprecious stones. But most importantly, a rich collection of items related to the royal family is exhibited here: expensive furniture, boat models, jewelry, dishes, artworks, etc. An audio guide is offered for inspection, including in Russian, which tells in detail about each of the exhibits. Read more about the museum here.
🕐 working time: from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday is a day off. Ticket sales stop at 16:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 150 baht including an audio guide (about $ 5)
🚶 How to get there: The museum is located near the tourist center at 71 Uthong Nai Alley (museum on the map). But this is not a very convenient place for tourists, since there is no metro nearby. From the tourist area of Khaosan (see areas of Bangkok, where it is better to stay) you can get here on foot, though you have to go 3 kilometers. Another option is to board a boat on the Chaopraya River and get off at berth No. 15 of Thewej, but you will also have to walk two kilometers from the berth. You can also take buses No. 70 (coming from the Democracy Monument near Khaosan Road), No. 5, No. 72 (from the Pratunam area), No. 503 (from the Democracy Monument near Khaosan Road, and from Chatuchak market), No. 28 (from Chatuchak Market and Victory Monument), No. 18 (from Victory Monument), No. 125 (from Victory Monument).
9. The observation deck of the skyscraper King Power Mahana Khon
The observation deck of the King Power Mahana Khon skyscraper is a new attraction (opened in 2081), which is far ahead of Bangkok's highest observation deck at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel-Skyscraper. It is taller (314 meters), more modern, with interactive entertainment, and much more expensive. Today it is the highest observation deck in Thailand. Upstairs, on the 74th floor, there is a closed observation deck with an interactive map of the city and the sights marked on it, from the 75th to the 87th floor you will climb transparent escalators, and on 87th there is an directly open observation deck and balconies with a glass floor. Read more about the observation deck of the King Power Mahana Khon skyscraper here.
🕐 working time: from 08:00 to 24:00, the last entrance at 23:00.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: Tickets are sold separately for the closed observation deck on the 74th floor (adults - 765 baht, children and seniors - 250 baht, for the open area and balconies with glass floor on the 87th floor (adults - 965 baht, children and seniors - 450 baht.
🚶 How to get there: skyscraper is located in the area of Silom (promenade on the map). Chong Nonsi BTS BTS Station is nearby. From areas where there is no metro, you can take a taxi or city bus: 15 (from Casoan Road), 16, 77, 187, 34
10. Muang Boran Historical Park
Ancient city, Mueang Boran - This is a huge cultural and historical park, in which more than a hundred copies of the historical buildings of Thailand (the originals of many of which have already been destroyed) are located there, some of which are built in full size.There are copies and models even of entire villages, as well as real houses transported here from the provinces.
We highly recommend this place to visit, but for this you need to allocate a whole day. The territory of the park is large, so at the entrance you can take a bicycle for free, or an electric car for a small fee. At the box office, free audio guides are provided, including in Russian. Be sure to bring sun protection (sunscreen, umbrella, cap) and water. Read more about Muang Boran here.
🕐 working time: from 9:00 to 19:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: from 09:00 to 16:00 for adults - 700 baht, children (6-14 years old) - 350, from 16:00 to 19:00 for adults - 350 baht, children (6-14 years) - 175. When buying a ticket on the park's website provides a discount of 100 baht, but you must buy at least 24 hours in advance
🚶 How to get there: The park is located in the suburbs of Bangkok - Samut Prakan, which is located 29 kilometers south of Bangkok (park on the map). a taxi ride on the meter will cost 300 baht. But getting to the park on a budget is not difficult. To do this, on the BTS Skytrain ground metro, you need to get to the terminal station Kheha, and from it to the park by taxi (from 50 baht) or passing minibuses. You can get even cheaper if you take bus number 511 directly in the city (it passes near the tourist area of Khaosan, the Democracy Monument, through the Pratunam area, Sukhumvit road), and at the end transfer to the minibus.
1. The Grand Palace
The former residence of all Thai monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty is a key attraction in Bangkok. This is a gigantic complex of architectural structures located in an area of 218 thousand square meters. The time of erection of the palace and associated buildings in the form of temples, libraries relatively coincides with the period when Bangkok became the main city of Thailand, replacing Tonburi in this status. At the end of the XVIII century, Rama I ascended the throne. It is with his name that the construction of a new residence for members of the royal family is connected. Now the palace is not used for its intended purpose, it is open to tourists. A visit to the main attractions of Bangkok necessarily means a closed form of clothing.
2. Wat Arun
The ancient building, which is the personification of the authentic architecture of Thailand, existed at a time when the capital was not moved to Bangkok. Here, on the shore of Chaopraya, the temple served as the residence of the main ruler and his family. The name of the sanctuary in translation means "Temple of the Morning Dawn." The construction is a harmonious mixture of simplicity in design and complexity in the device. For decoration, Chinese porcelain was used, which fit perfectly into the general appearance of the building. On the territory there are a large number of Buddha statues and spirits, designed to protect the temple from evil thoughts and deeds. You can get to Bangkok’s iconic landmark by taxi or by boat on the river.
3. Wat Phraeu
The Royal Palace is adjacent to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is one of the most revered statues in the country, its status in comparison with others is quite high. The opening of the temple and the establishment of a sculptural image in it belong to the personal orders of King Rama the First. The comparatively miniature Buddha is not made of gem at all, which you can think of when you hear the epithet in its name. In fact, it is carved from a single piece of a very hard green mineral - jadeite. Each new season, Buddha changes his attire. By tradition, the right to hold this rite belongs to the king. From the outside, the entrance to the temple is guarded by two stone lions. Original guards were delivered from Cambodia. Tourists can enter the temple from the side, the main gate opens to the crowned persons. Wat Phraeu is a must-see in Bangkok.
4. Park Lumpini
The opinion that Bangkok is a city of concrete and glass can be considered superficial, although not contrary to the truth. At the epicenter of the capital's movement is a conditional island of greenery, tranquility and peace - Lumpini Park. This is the best place to stay in Bangkok.The park was equipped at the beginning of the last century, its name denotes the name of the country where the Buddha was born. It's about Nepal. Originally planned, the perimeter of 57 hectares will become a platform for sports and yoga. This function of urban space is relevant: on green lawns there are always a lot of people who are in a state of meditation and those who actively spend time riding a skateboard or jogging. Over time, the park began to turn into a platform for concerts and evenings, dancing. For children there is a separate area with a swing, there is a picturesque place of rest on the lake for parents who look after the kids. On the outskirts there is a semblance of a reserve, where each tree and plant is a rare species, as evidenced by signs in the vicinity. Dogs are strictly prohibited from entering the park. The only large animal within the boundaries of this city attraction is the monitor lizards. Near the river, sometimes among the branches on a tree you can see these large lizards.
The next attraction that you must visit in Bangkok is CentralWorld. The shopping center, recognized as the most ambitious in Southeast Asia, is located on the street with the magnificent name Rama I Road. The building area covers 830 square meters. Most of the space is occupied by commercial outlets, among them about 500 stores. In addition to all kinds of cafes (there are about a hundred here), there are beauty salons, banks, educational, tourist and sports centers, a large-scale entertainment zone in the form of an ice rink and movie theaters. Escalators help you move quickly between six zones. The range of the assortment includes not only clothes and shoes of famous brands, but also furniture from popular designers, book novelties and a full range of modern gadgets.
6. Siam Park City
An extremely fascinating journey into the world of exciting attractions and water slides is for those who decide to visit the best place for entertainment in Bangkok - Siam Park City. The park is conveniently accessible by car from both Bangkok and the resort of Pattaya. Despite the fact that the entertainment complex began operating in the mid-70s of the last century, all the attractions for adults presented can amaze the imagination and provoke bright emotions for everyone who decides to go in pursuit of adrenaline. This circumstance distinguishes the park from similar points of active leisure in Bangkok. Water activities are aimed at both children and adults. The park is so large that it makes sense to hire a small car to inspect the entire territory. For a small fee, the driver takes tourists to those attractions that, after reading the space plan, seem to them the most attractive. In the water park, in addition to slides, it is interesting to look at the artificial waterfall and the process of wave formation in the pool.
7. Siam Ocean World
In the noise and bustle that reigns supreme in Bangkok, it is quite likely to find a corner where time slows down the inexorable course a little, and contemplation of the underwater world brings tranquility. This is one of Bangkok's best entertainment attractions —wa unique Siam Ocean World aquarium, equipped with seven theme zones. A peculiar record holder for this place is its size. On the territory of Southeast Asia, there is nowhere else to visit the aquarium covering 10,000 square meters. It is enough to get to the famous Siam Paragon shopping center, and already within the basement you can buy a ticket to a different reality. Large and small fish, predators and completely harmless creatures live in reservoirs of various volumes. In a separate room there is a penguin location, which you can watch, sitting comfortably on soft chairs. Among the proposed activities there is a chance to dive to the bottom of a huge scuba aquarium, accompanied by an instructor. In a specially equipped section, you can ride on a boat in which you can see a variety of underwater inhabitants through the glass bottom.There is a souvenir shop at the exit, where you can buy memorable soft toys and funny little things.
8. Wat Ratchanadda
The sonorous bright name belongs to the architectural ensemble, all the buildings in which have a religious purpose. This is a Buddhist sanctuary built by order of King Rama the Third for a princess named Somanas Wadhanavadi. Coffee plantations dutifully gave way to several temples, the main of which was Loja Parsat. This metal-framed structure has become a symbolic reflection of the path to nirvana: the number of spiers crowning significant structural elements equals the number of positive qualities in a person worthy of achieving eternal prosperity. Significant sights nearby: a viewing platform overlooking the city, and shopping arcades where you can buy amulets endowed with special power and influence on the energy mood.
9. Wat Saket
Wat Saket is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Bangkok. At a time when the streets of Bangkok were not densely built up with tall buildings, this amazing temple was considered the most noticeable building for many kilometers around. Partly this was facilitated by the location: chedi was built on a single natural elevation in the vicinity. Now the road to the temple is a popular, although not very simple tourist route. The reason is more than three hundred steps leading to the attraction. However, at the foot of the hill you can usefully spend time. There are several bells in a row. If you hit each of them in turn, you can get luck. Those who overcome the obstacles on the way to the temple will enjoy an amazing view, colorful architecture and many well-kept gardens.
10. The Marble Temple of Bangkok
At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, an unusual temple was built for the kingdom of Siam. Eccentricity consisted mainly in the material chosen for construction. It turned out to be a special kind of marble, delivered from Italy. Currently, Buddhist rituals are held here, monks are constantly present. In addition to the spectacular view of the building, unlike the usual architectural sights of Bangkok, many interesting and curious tourists will attract here. Nearby is an artificial pond and a small river. Large turtles and huge fish live there. Large drums that sound in different keys are used to indicate time for ministers. A separate sound and the number of strokes serve to call the monks to various everyday actions: to eat, go to bed or to start waking up.
11. National Museum of Bangkok
Few tourists coming to Thailand spend time familiarizing themselves with the cultural and architectural values of the country and its main city. However, the sights of Bangkok deserve some attention: they help to understand the mentality of the indigenous people, to learn the history of the state, in which there were many interesting eras and episodes. Comprehensive information on this subject is provided by the expositions of the national museum in the capital, located next to the Royal Palace. On some days, guests, if they wish, can be accompanied by a guide who can conduct an informative tour in an understandable language. The museum exhibits tell about how the kingdom developed over the centuries, what attributes of life and festivals were traditional and obligatory, which forms the basis of the Thai culture, determines their beliefs and everyday way of life.
12. Temple of the Golden Buddha
This place is worth visiting not only because of an interesting story that tells about the nuances of preserving the sculptural image of the Buddha, but also for the reasons for the dimensions of the latter.The Buddha, immortalized in a traditional lotus position, is cast from real gold in the temple, black pearls and sapphires were used in the work. Thai shrine weighs more than five tons. Hiding such a value is a difficult task, but the Thais were able to do it. When the state again began to suffer from invasions of warlike Burmese, the monks decided to cover the sculpture with clay, thereby significantly reducing the interest in it of looters and robbers. In this state, the statue was found by modern archaeologists. The clay Buddha was supposed to be temporarily in the temple of Wat Tray Mit, until a more worthy replacement in terms of materials was ready. However, on the way to the temple, a piece of clay fell off, and the true value of the sculpture appeared in all its invaluable beauty.
The main waterway of the city is the Chaopraya River. Walking on a long tail boat or on a tourist liner will provide an opportunity to make sure that Bangkok is really a city of obvious contrasts. A narrow boat will pass along a section of the river, where rather poor areas with primitive houses are located on the banks. Huge monitor lizards, which can be seen on stilts and piers along the way, are also Bangkok's famous attractions. An evening boat trip will demonstrate the charm and transformation of the capital at dusk. On board, they often offer a variety of dishes as a dinner, and after - time for dancing and live music in the sunset!
Description of the city
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. The area of the city is 1568.737 km², and the population is 5 686 646 people. Thanks to these indicators, Bangkok is the largest and most populous city in the country. Despite the fact that the official language in the country is Thai, the locals speak good English.
Now it is difficult to imagine, but initially Bangkok was a small trading port that served the capital of Thailand - the city of Ayutthaya. Everything changed in the second half of the XIII century, when the Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya, and the capital was moved to the coast of the Chauphpray River, where Bangkok was located. Today, Thais call their capital Krung Thep, and foreigners still use the old name of the small village of Bangkok.
The official currency in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB). 1 THB = 1.99 RUB.
How to get to Bangkok
You can get to Bangkok by direct flight from Moscow. The flight from Moscow airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport will take you 9 hours. There are several ways to get to the city from the airport:
- by bus. This is the cheapest way. The interval is 20 minutes and the ticket costs 25–35 THB. A free shuttle bus runs from the airport terminal to the bus stop,
- on the Airport Rail Link train. This is the fastest way. Ticket price - 150 THB,
- by train of the second city line. Ticket price - 15–45 THB,
- on a minibus. The ticket price depends on the station you are going to.
- by taxi. For a trip to the city center you will have to pay 300-500 THB.
It is the largest teak building in the world. It is made in the European style and is located in the Dusit garden, which was created by order of Rama V. This happened after the king’s visit to Europe, where he visited a large number of palaces that inspired him to build the garden. Moreover, Rama V bought the land with his own money. It is noteworthy that the palace was not built. Initially, it was located in the province of Chonburi, and then it was disassembled, transported to Bangkok and collected without the use of nails. The official opening of the palace took place at the dawn of the XX century. The next five years, Rama V lived in it.
In 1982, it was decided to open a museum in the palace. It contains many photographs of King Rama V, as well as his books, weapons, jewelry and many other unique items. You can also see exhibits of the Rattanakosin era - the first typewriter with the Thai alphabet, paintings, furniture and household items.
Wimanmek Palace - The former royal palace in Bangkok and the world's largest teak building
- Address - 16, Rajvithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon,
- working hours - daily from 09:30 to 16:00,
- ticket price - 500 THB. If you have already purchased a ticket to the Grand Palace, then you can also go through it to the Wimanmek Palace.
We came here like many in connection with the availability of a ticket after visiting the Grand Palace. I want to draw the attention of independent tourists to the form of clothing: there must be pants or jeans, and ripped jeans are unacceptable. In leggings, too, are not allowed. In addition, bags, cameras, telephones and water cannot be brought to the palace with you. Fine - 2000 THB. Bags can be left in a luggage room.
Throne Hall of Ananda Samakh
The construction of the building began in 1906 by order of Rama V and was completed 9 years later. By this time, the king passed away, but the construction was not suspended. The building was erected from marble in the Neo-Renaissance style with elements of neoclassicism. Ananda-Samakh served as one of the residences of Thai rulers. And during the Siam Revolution, the headquarters of the People's Party was located here. Today it is a museum that every tourist can visit. It also occasionally hosts ceremonies with the participation of the royal family. Once inside, you will see walls painted with frescoes by Italian artists and the royal throne. And the museum exposition consists of works of art by Thai artists jewelry from the royal collection.
Ananda Samakhom - one of the buildings of the royal residence in Thailand
- Address - U-Thong Nai Road,
- working hours - from 10:00 to 17:00 daily, except Monday,
- ticket price - 150 THB. If you have already purchased a ticket to the Grand Palace, then you can also go through it to the throne room of Ananda-Samakh.
One of the most beautiful places! A ticket from the Royal Palace applies to this museum, so don’t throw it away! Here is a strict dress code for entering inside, but you can buy on-site (no rental) a cut-off skirt for both women and men for 50 baht. Photos and videos are strictly prohibited, and equipment and phones are handed over to lockers. Big bags and backpacks too. At the entrance they give an audio guide in Russian. The incredible beauty of the exhibits, this is a must see !!
This temple has become world famous due to the fact that it houses the largest golden Buddha sculpture in the world. It was created in the 13th century. The statue weighs 5.5 tons and its height is 3 meters, not counting the height of the base. During the war with the Burmese, the Buddha statue was covered with plaster and transported to another temple. This was done in order to save her. All the people who took part in this died in the war, so there was not a single person left who knew that the famous statue is under the plaster. However, in 1957 they decided to transport it again. But during the transportation, the statue fell, it crashed and everyone present knew the secret of the Buddha statue. In the museum located in the temple, you can learn more about the history of the creation of the golden statue.
Wat Treimit Temple has the world's largest golden Buddha statue
- Address - 661 Chaoren Krung Road, Talad Noi, Samphanthawong,
- working hours - daily from 09:00 to 17:00,
- ticket price - 40 THB.
Beautiful, interesting, unusual. Definitely worth a visit. There are not many visitors this week, so there is the opportunity to carefully consider everything. Do not forget about the general rules - to temples without shoes, legs are covered.
It was in this temple, located in the very center of Bangkok, that Thai massage was first practiced. Wat Pho was built in the XII century, and already in the XIII century in this building a general from the Chakri dynasty proclaimed himself King of Rama I. By his decree, a Buddhist stupa was decorated on the territory of Wat Pho, which was decorated with green mosaic and Buddha images. Subsequently, in honor of the three subsequent rulers of Thailand, three more stupas were erected here: white, yellow and blue. The main attraction of the temple is a 46-meter-long Buddha statue. You can also see four halls, 95 different Buddhist stupas and a gallery, which has 400 Buddha statues.
Wat Pho - the oldest temple in Bangkok, built in the XII century
- Address - 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace, Pranakorn,
- working hours - daily from 08:30 to 18:30,
- ticket price is 100 THB.
A must-see place! The Golden Buddha, turning into a state of nirvana, fascinates and fills with a sense of calm and peace.By the way, the price of the entrance ticket includes a bottle of water, which can be obtained to the left of the entrance to the complex.
Rama III ordered the construction of Wat Ratchanadda in the middle of the 19th century, but construction was completed only in the 20th century. On its territory you can see several structures at once, the most famous of which is Loha Prasat. This is a Buddhist stupa, created in the Burmese style, whose height is 36 meters. Loha Prasat is the only metal temple in Thailand. The building consists of four floors, each of which has meditation halls decorated with Buddha statues. Having been here, you can also visit the best amulets market in the country. Not only Thais, but also foreign tourists believe that the market sells not just souvenirs, but magic talismans that bring good luck to their owners. And if you go up to the observation deck, then you will have a magnificent view of Bangkok.
Wat Ratchanadda is one of Bangkok's most amazing architectural monuments
- Address - Thanon Maha Chai, Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon,
- working hours - daily from 08:00 to 17:00,
- the entrance is free.
The temple, which attracts with its beauty both day and night. And what is especially surprising, the place is not crowded. There is an opportunity to climb to the observation deck and stay in peace and quiet without feeling the bustle of Bangkok.
Wat Sathat Temple
The temple was built in 1834 and is known for its high red swings. Initially, during the ceremony in honor of the harvest, ropes and a bag of coins were tied to them. Everyone was supposed to swing on a swing and grab a bag, but later this tradition was abandoned due to the high risk of injury. And in 2004, the swing was reconstructed, turning into a decorative structure. Another attraction of Wat Sathat is the temple pavilion, which is the highest in Bangkok. On its walls are depicted scenes illustrating the reincarnation of the Buddha, and in the center is his statue. And going out into the courtyard, you can immediately see 156 Buddha statues.
Wat Sathat Temple is located in the historical part of Bangkok on Rattanakosin Island.
- Address - Bamrung Mueang Road,
- working hours - the swing can be seen at any time, and the wihan is open daily from 08:30 to 21:00, but you can get inside only on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 to 16:00,
- ticket price is 20 THB.
Wonderful place. Quiet, calm and very beautiful. You can look at the details for a long time, everything is neat. It is not clear why, but there were few people here. You’ll be there, come here, it's wonderful here!
The first mention of this Buddhist temple dates back to 1600 years. Then on its territory was a cemetery and a school. During the reign of Rama I, a golden stupa, which today is called the Golden Mountain, was completed at the temple. Its construction was unsuccessful, therefore, already under Rama V the mountain was repaired. For many years, the 76-meter golden mountain was the tallest building in Bangkok. In the XIX century, dead people were cremated in this temple, mainly it was the poor population of the city. And today it is a sacred place where pilgrims from different countries come.
Wat Saket - a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, located in the eastern part of the Old City opposite Wat Ratchanadda
- Address - 344 Chakkraphat Diphong Road, Prap Sattru Phai Krung Thep Maha Nakhon,
- working hours - daily from 07:30 to 17:30,
- ticket price - 10 THB.
Of all the temples, I liked this one! While you overcome 340 steps you need to beat all the bells and your karma will be clean! Be sure to go to the very top, here is a great view of Bangkok. Buy and hang a golden heart on which to write your wish. I recommend!
This Buddhist temple is one of the city's most beautiful attractions. It was built at the end of the 19th century by order of Rama V. Wat Benchamabophit - an architectural masterpiece, for the construction of which Italian marble was specially brought to Bangkok. At the entrance you can see the figures of lions, and inside - a large collection of Buddha statues.The ashes of Rama V are stored under one of them. If you come here from 06:00 to 07:30, you will see monks collecting alms. The cells in which they live are located behind the Marble Temple, but you can’t get there with a guided tour. It is especially beautiful here in February and May. It was at this time that Buddhist festivals took place.
Wat Benchamabophit is a Buddhist temple located in the Dusit district in northern Bangkok
- Address - 69 Nakornpathom Rd, Dusit,
- working hours - daily from 08:00 to 17:30,
- ticket price is 20 THB.
Loved this place. It's nice to walk when there are no huge crowds of tourists. I recommend to visit. With a guide it will be more interesting, because They will tell you about the history of this place.
Museums and Bangkok
Bangkok has the best and most interesting museums in Thailand. All of them contain amazing exhibits that will tell you about the great and tragic history of the Thai people. The total number of museums in Bangkok is 184. For one trip it is impossible to visit everything at once, so pay attention to the most significant of them.
The building where the gallery is located was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a mint. It was built in the Neopalladian style, designed by an architect from Italy. And in 1912, King Rama VI established the Department of Fine Arts in order to popularize Thai art among the inhabitants of the country. In 1974, the Mint building was transferred to the Department, and three years later the gallery officially opened. In it you can see amazing exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of Thailand. So, in one of the halls are paintings, sponsored by Thai kings. In another room, collected works made by Thai artists in the Art Nouveau style. You can also visit the hall of traditional Thai and modern art.
The collection of the National Gallery consists of objects of traditional Thai art, portraiture of the 19th century and works of modern and contemporary art
- Address - 4 Chao-Fa Road,
- working hours - from Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00,
- ticket price - 200 THB.
We stumbled upon this gallery while walking around Bangkok and were pleasantly surprised. This is a great place to get acquainted with the works of Thai artists.
Jim Thompson House Museum
This museum is located in the heart of Bangkok and contains a collection of American businessman Jim Thompson. The museum was built in the middle of the 20th century and is very popular among tourists. Jim Thompson moved to Bangkok in 1948, opened his own business and began to collect a collection of art from Southeast Asia. It consisted of Buddhist statues, paintings by Thai artists, Chinese porcelain and works of art by Asian masters. In 1958, Thompson began the construction of a new house in which he planned to live and open a museum. After 9 years, the architect mysteriously disappeared, and the house became the property of his personal foundation. Today, everyone can visit this museum and get acquainted with the rich collection of a famous American.
The Jim Thompson House Museum houses a collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson
- Address - Bangkok, Rama 1 Road, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Jim Thompson House,
- working hours - daily from 09:00 to 18:00,
- ticket price - 150 THB.
This quiet and peaceful place is like a jungle in the city center. An amazing museum with a diverse collection of antiques. My wife and I liked it. Especially how silk is made. I recommend to visit.
This museum was built by Thai millionaire Lek Viriyapant at the turn of the XX-XXI centuries. The basement of the museum symbolizes the underworld. Here you can not only see the magnificent collection of Chinese vases, but also get acquainted with the history of the museum. The second floor symbolizes the world of people. It features a small collection of valuable antiques. The third floor symbolizes heaven and is located inside the giant figure of an elephant. It can be climbed using a spiral staircase. Here you can see ancient Buddha figures and ancient relics.
Erawan Museum is located in a three-story building, the top floor of which is inside the statue of a giant three-headed elephant
- Address - Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakarn, 99/9 Moo 1,
- working hours - from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00,
- ticket price - 400 THB (from 17:00 to 19:00 - 200 THB).
This museum made a strong impression on us. A huge elephant stands on a pedestal, inside of which there is a whole palace in pink colors. The garden around the elephant is no less wonderful. There are beautiful statues of elephants, waterfalls, soothing music. The atmosphere is very relaxing and calm. A nice bonus was a free audio guide in Russian, telling about the biography of the creator and the history of the museum.
Bangkok is the largest metropolis in which life boils around the clock. However, the city has quiet and peaceful places that you can visit after an active holiday. Bangkok has many beautiful parks where you can relax and find peace. Each of them has its own characteristics, so you can easily find for yourself the perfect vacation spot.
Princess Mother's Memorial Park
The park was created in 1993 by King Rama IX in honor of his mother Sangwan Talaphat. The Queen was beloved by the Thai people, so she was called the Princess Mother of Thailand. The park is located near the house in which the king’s mother grew up. Once here, you can see a copy of the princess mother’s house, around which magnificent gardens were set up. Also in the park there are exhibition halls that store rare photographs of the Queen, her gifts and personal items. Another attraction of the park is the statue of Sangwan Talaphat. And not far from the statue is a souvenir shop, whose proceeds go to charity.
In the Princess Mother's Memorial Park, there is a statue of Queen Sangwan Talaphat
- Address - Soi 3 Somdet Chao Phraya Rd, Khlong San District,
- working hours - gardens daily from 06:00 to 18:00, and exhibition halls from 09:00 to 16:00,
- the entrance is free.
Great place, especially for such a big, hot and constantly buzzing metropolis. The park itself is small and consists of several parts: gardens, an exhibition hall and a souvenir department. The garden part, although small, is immersed in greenery, and there are benches throughout the park where you can sit, relax in the shade of trees and just enjoy the silence.
King Rama IX Park
The park, built in honor of Rama IX in 1987, is one of Bangkok's largest and most beautiful parks. It is divided into several zones. The most popular of them is a large garden in which trees grow and fountains are located. Locals and tourists like to relax here. In addition to the large garden, you can see the artificial lake, the botanical garden, the water garden and the square, which hosts concerts, festivals and various shows. Also in the park there is a small alpine garden, as well as Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian. And your children can have fun on the playground with a sandbox, swings and carousels. If you find yourself here on the weekend, then you will have the opportunity to go around the entire territory of the park by special transport.
King Rama IX Park was built in honor of the 60th anniversary of the king
- Address - Sukhumvit 103 Road, Nong Bon, Prawet,
- working hours - daily from 05:00 to 18:00,
- ticket price - 10 THB.
If you want to hide from the bustling Bangkok and its very active life, be sure to visit this cozy place. Here you will understand that there is a paradise on earth.
King Rama V often visited foreign countries and was impressed by the magnificent gardens that served as a place for families. Therefore, in 1895, he ordered the construction of a garden in Bangkok. Initially, it was a botanical garden that was used only by the royal family. Later, everyone was allowed to come here. In the first half of the 20th century, the garden turned into a zoo, and today it has over 1600 species of animals. Over 2.5 million people visit the zoo annually. Here you can feed the animals, watch the performances with their participation, play on the playground and ride on elephants and a catamaran.
The white tiger is the hallmark of the Dusit Zoo
- Address - 71 Rama 5 Rd, Dusit,
- working hours - daily from 08:00 to 18:00,
- ticket price - 150 THB.
Very big zoo! The child has a sea of positive emotions. There are more than 40 giraffes at the zoo. Children feed and pet them. There are also performances. If you are relaxing with a child, then be sure to visit this place. Children will be happy.
Safari World Theme Park
This park is popular among tourists, as animals live in it in an environment close to natural. The park is divided into two parts: safari park and marine park. In the safari park, tourists travel by their own cars or by buses (for 30 THB). There are a large number of wild and herbivores, not only from Asia, but also from Africa and Australia. A large number of birds also live in the safari park. In the marine part of the zoo you can see fish and some species of animals. In this zone, animals live in cages, so they can be fed. The most popular entertainment here is feeding giraffes. They are very kind and calm, so that children can stroke them. And in the aqua zone you can see dolphins and fur seals. For a fee, you can take a boat trip through the artificial jungle. A variety of performances are also held at the zoo, namely: a show of orangutans, fur seals, elephants, cowboys, dolphins and birds.
Safari World Theme Park is an entertainment park for the whole family with various animal shows
- Address - 71 Rama 5 Rd, Dusit,
- working hours - daily from 08:00 to 18:00,
- ticket price - safari park - 800 THB, marine park - 1000 THB, and a complex ticket safari park + marine park costs 1200 THB.
I really liked it. The child is delighted. Most liked the feeding of giraffes and parrots. If you are traveling to Bangkok with a child, be sure to visit Safari World. It is better to buy a ticket through tour companies - they have discounts. As a result, a ticket + transfer is cheaper than a ticket at the entrance.
Amusement park Dream World
This amusement park is considered Thai Disneyland and it is difficult to disagree. The vast territory of the park is divided into several zones. The first zone is intended for concerts, shows and carnivals. Here you can see small copies of world famous sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Egyptian pyramids, the Statue of Liberty and others. The next zone is considered the most popular, as there are attractions in it, both for children and adults. In the third zone are magnificent gardens, waterfalls, ponds, fountains and sculptures. This is the perfect place to relax after crazy rides. And the fourth zone is the most fabulous part of the park. Here is the Sleeping Beauty castle, the house of Snow White, and the giant’s hut. You will also be surprised by the snowy city, in which everything is covered with artificial snow.
Dream World amusement park is a Thai "Disneyland" where characters from fairy tales and cartoons loved by children live
- address - Pathumthani, Thanyaburi, Rangsit-Ongkarak road, 62, Moo 1,
- working hours - from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, and from Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00,
- ticket price - 650 THB.
We really enjoyed the day at the amusement park! Here, in fact, everyone will find something to their liking. There are extreme attractions, but with children it will be interesting. I advise you to come here all day.
Aquarium Siam Ocean World
It is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. It is located in Siam Paragon Shopping Center. Here you can not only see over 30 thousand fish, but also swim in a boat with a transparent bottom, feed the fish and scuba dive. There is also a 4D cinema, Madame Tussauds and a gift shop.
Siam Ocean World Aquarium is located in Siam Paragon Shopping Center
- Address - 991 Rama 1 Road, B1-B2 Floor Siam Paragon, Pathumwan,
- working hours - daily from 10:00 to 21:00,
- ticket price - 890 THB.
A small but insanely interesting aquarium! It is especially worth going with the kids! A special pleasure to watch the penguins! Impressive sharks! Very good!
When is the best time to go to Bangkok
The best time to travel to Bangkok is from November to April. In Russia, it is cold at this time, and in Bangkok the weather is wonderful (+ 28 ... + 31). It is not recommended to visit the capital of Thailand from May to October, as during these months the city has a rainy season and very high temperatures. However, it is at this time that it is cheaper to relax in Thailand, so in the summer there are many tourists here.
If you find yourself in Bangkok in mid-April, then you will have a great opportunity to witness the Loy Kratong festival. The date of the celebration depends on the lunar calendar, but most often it takes place in November. On this day, Thais gather around ponds to honor the goddess of water. They thank her for a good harvest and apologize for the pollution of water bodies. Then each of those present releases a raft in the shape of a lotus and decorated with candles. Thais themselves make and decorate their rafts and consecrate them in temples. A few days before the festival, celebrations and fairs are held in the city.
Loy Kratong - one of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok
In February, Bangkok hosts a vibrant event - the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. During the celebration, the roads around Chinatown are blocked and crowded by traders and pedestrians. Dragon shows are held here, and at night the Chinese launch fireworks.
Chinatown festival is one of the most vibrant in Thailand
Another popular festival is Songkran. It marks the beginning of the Thai New Year and runs from April 13 to 15. A month before the festival, Thais buy water pistols, and on the first day of the festival they take to the streets in bright shirts and pour water on all passers-by. Local residents believe that in this way they wash away all the troubles that happened last year.
Songkran Festival is popular not only among locals, but also tourists
If you decide to go on a trip to Bangkok, then be sure to use the following tips:
- dress as modestly as possible, especially before visiting Buddhist temples. In revealing clothes you will not be allowed into public institutions and temples,
- locals are very intolerant of the public manifestation of love, so when walking around the city do not hold hands - this causes confusion and contempt,
- do not criticize religion and do not speak negatively about the royal family,
- in public places and on the streets you shouldn’t show your anger or speak in raised voices, this will be considered a sign of bad taste and bad manners,
- it’s worth being more careful with gestures, no careless touches and hugs are allowed,
- buying jewelry in local markets should be done with great care, as inexperienced tourists can easily sell cheap fakes for a very high price,
- it is best to travel around the city by metro. You can purchase a One-Day Pass for 130 THB,
- Take a tourist map of the city with you.
Bangkok is an incredibly colorful city, a stay in which will leave you with many impressions. In the capital of Thailand, every tourist puts on a lesson to their liking. Having visited numerous sights and got acquainted with the great history of this extraordinary country, you will understand why millions of tourists from all over the world come here every year and why Thailand is so popular among Russians.
Sights of Bangkok in Russian: map, photo and description
All the sights of Bangkok can be divided into several directions. If ancient architecture is fascinating, first of all, temples and palaces, we go to the historical center of the city. If you want to see modern Bangkok, be sure to include in the route the central part of the Thai capital with its record-breaking skyscrapers, shopping centers and shopping malls.Vacationers with children will certainly want to visit the aquarium and the zoo, as well as one of the beautiful natural parks. And if you have time, you should choose one of several thematic museums, a boat trip along Chao Phraye or travel around the area - visit a crocodile farm or the ancient city of Ayutthaya. A carefully and pre-worked out route ensures that even for a short vacation you can see all the sights of Bangkok on your own or during one of the sightseeing tours.
What are the attractions of Bangkok to see first
The most difficult situation is when everything is interesting, and you are not averse to admiring the monumental Buddhist buildings, going shopping, and actively having fun. But the banal lack of time impedes the implementation of the "huge plans". This is where the top attractions of Bangkok come to the rescue, which includes must-see objects - something that everyone needs to see so that they do not bite their elbows later. Therefore, we choose the best attractions of Bangkok, and TOP-10 will help in this.
Bangkok sightseeing tours
Preparing for a trip or vacation in Thailand, and so it usually takes enough time, so tourists often do not have the strength to independently plan the route in Bangkok. Therefore, we advise you to choose a good tour in advance, so that you could kill not even two, but a whole hare quartet with one shot.
The popular trips portal Tripster has both group and individual excursions. The former often (but not always) help to save, the latter - to get all the advantages of an individual approach. Then, on Tripster, all the routes are author's, and they include not only the classic attractions of Thailand and Bangkok, but also unusual places - colorful Bangkok quarters, flea markets, original zoocafes. All guides are Russian speakers. Usually these are our former compatriots who, for various reasons, moved to Thailand. With each guide you can pre-chat online, ask questions, adjust the program. When booking a tour you like, a rather modest prepayment is only 20%, and the rest is paid personally to the guide.
Bangkok sights with photos and descriptions
It is no coincidence that the capital of Thailand is considered a tourist mecca of Southeast Asia. The organic combination of ancient traditions and modern realities, fascinating sights of Bangkok and comfortable hotel rooms, inexpensive local cuisine, generously seasoned with Thai hospitality - all this makes the stay in the city amazingly unforgettable. And to make the vacation perfect, it’s important not only to buy a good ticket, but also to explore the main attractions of Bangkok, because, as they say, not with bread alone.
For your convenience, we have collected in one review all the main attractions of Bangkok with photos, names and descriptions. By the way, for tireless and energetic vacationers, we chose not only what you can see in the city, but also the sights near Bangkok.
Study, create your own ratings of what you want to see and where to visit, and it will help - a complete list of Bangkok's attractions. Just do not forget about the dress code: all the temples in Bangkok are allowed in clothes that cover their arms, shoulders and legs. In the case of an inappropriate outfit, you can rent a shirt or a long skirt before entering the temple.
1. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) / Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
The first in the list of main attractions of Bangkok will surely be the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. And imagine that you really will see a reclining Buddha awaiting immersion in nirvana. And you will definitely be impressed: the length of the golden statue is 46 meters, the height is 15 meters. True, the Buddha is covered with gold leaf only on the outside, but his feet are decorated with hundreds of pearly intricate designs. Around the "main" Buddha is very crowded. Lots of flowers and incense.
There are 4 halls in the temple.And if you think that you will see only a 15-meter Buddha, then you are mistaken. There are 400 more Buddha statues at Wat Pho, but not so grandiose, of course. The Wat Pho Temple itself is the oldest in Bangkok. Built in the 12th century. It is located in the central part of the city on Rattanakosin Island. The walls of Wat Pho are hung with paintings telling about the 7 outstanding disciples of the Buddha. Marble bas-reliefs recreate scenes from the Ramayana (Old Indian epic in Sanskrit).
Opening hours: daily, from 8 to 18.30. Ticket price - 100 baht.
Did we like the temple? You will learn from our detailed review - "Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok - the place where the Buddha was laid."
2. The Royal Palace / Grand Palace
The complex of buildings with the unpronounceable name of Phrabarommaharadchavang must be included in the list of the main attractions of Bangkok, because those who have not had time to see anything in the city will be able to appreciate the whole flavor of traditional Thai architecture in one visit to the Royal Palace.
Since the 18th century, the Grand Palace has been the main residence of Thai kings. It began to be built in 1782 under Rama the First, who decided to move the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. Over time, the palace acquired neighbors - next to it almost continuously built new buildings, the main of which can be considered the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Today, the palace complex occupies more than 200 thousand "squares".
Opening hours: daily, from 8.30 to 16.30. Entrance fee is 500 baht.
In the Royal Palace, the site’s editorial staff was on their own and prepared a wonderful overview of this place - “The Royal Palace in Bangkok: Walk along the Bolshoi”.
3. Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) / Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The temple, named after the Indian god of dawn Arun, was built in the 17th century. It is located opposite the Royal Palace, so walking past the monumental structure is simply unrealistic. This temple remains the highest in Thailand, so when you look at its top, the spirit is definitely breathtaking. Covered with porcelain, mirror and glass tiles and decorated with stunningly beautiful ornaments, the temple looks like a palace-mirage. It seems that such a thing simply could not be created by man.
After Bangkok gained the status of the capital, Wat Arun was considered the main residence of the kings. Compositionally, the Khmer-style building consists of several stupas - Buddhist cult constructions of a hemispherical shape that have a symbolic meaning. The main one, the Phra Bang stupa, 79 meters high, “hides” the most valuable religious relics and symbolizes Mount Meru. The remaining tiers of the temple complex symbolically remind of the diversity of worlds.
Wat Arun is not just one of Bangkok's main attractions. This is a functioning temple, inside which Buddhist monks conduct services and various ceremonies are held, for example, Kathin, when the monks are awarded honorary robes.
We could not ignore the temple of the Morning Dawn and wrote a detailed report about it - "The Temple of the Morning Dawn - a striking symbol of Bangkok."
Opening hours: every day, from 9 to 17. The price of the admission ticket is 50 baht.
4. Skyscraper Mahanakhon / King Power Maha Nakhon
Fans of extreme sports and those whose knees do not tremble when climbing the stepladder should pay attention to this attraction of Bangkok. The skyscraper is on the list of the tallest buildings in the world, and you can appreciate the grandeur of the structure if you go up to the observation deck of Mahanakhon or its roof. The height of the building is 314 meters. Mandrazh adds that it seems like a skyscraper is about to collapse from the street - the feeling is created due to the original find of architects who decided to “take out” certain segments of the facade.
Access to the observatory on the 74th floor is offered by an ultra-high-speed elevator, and once in place you can not only enjoy the circular panorama of the city, but also explore the sights of Bangkok on your own using interactive touch screens. On the 78th floor (310 meters from the ground) there is an observation deck, and even higher - 314 meters from the ground - the Peak bar.That's where it’s certainly super nice to take a breath and take selfies from which the brains of colleagues and envious relatives will become worthless.
Tourists "to the heights" are launched from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., although the attraction itself runs until midnight. The ticket price for the observation deck is 765 baht, for the roof - 965 baht. Children under 12 years old are not allowed to enter the roof.
You can read the review of Mahanakon from the editors of Travel or Die at this link - “The skyscraper of Mahanakon is the highest in Bangkok.”
5. The ancient city-museum of Muang Boran / Muang Boran Ancient City Museum
As soon as they don’t call Muang Boran - a city in the city, Ancient Siam, an open-air museum, and this attraction of Bangkok will appeal to everyone who has already seen many temples and theme parks. A unique park is a small copy of Thailand: in both form and content. It was built with the assistance of the local oligarch Lek Viriyaphanta, who initially wanted to get a golf course, surrounded by architectural miniatures.
Over a huge area of the ancient city, more than a hundred copies of the country's main buildings are collected, mainly palaces and temples, many of which are operational. For one walk in Muang Boran, especially in the company of a good guide, you can get a complete picture of Thai culture. The park is 33 km from Bangkok towards Pattaya.
Operating mode: from 9 to 19 (without days off). For tourists, the entrance costs 700 baht (the price includes a Russian audio guide and bicycle). Golf car rental - 350 baht / for the first hour, 100 baht / for the following.
6. Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most revered in Thailand and part of the Royal Palace. Located in the historic city center. Inside, the main relic is stored - a 66-centimeter statue of Buddha, carved in the 15th century from a whole green mineral. In front of the temple is a “pair” of bronze lions, which King Rama the First brought from Cambodia. At the foot of the temple are gilded garud figures (mythical half-humans, half-birds). The interior of the temple is amazing in luxury, and on the royal Pantheon there are statues of 8 kings of the Chakri dynasty (full-length). There is also a library and a mausoleum.
The temple is open from 8.30 to 15.00 daily, but if royal ceremonies are held in it, tourists are not allowed inside. Ticket price - 500 baht.
7. Lumpini Park
Bangkok is very hot, so do not forget to take water for each excursion. And one of the most popular holiday destinations, Lumpini Park, will help you soak up the shade of greenery. Its area is 57 ha. Built on royal land at the beginning of the last century by decree of King Rama the Fourth, whose magnificent status welcomes guests at the entrance. The park is very quiet, cool and cozy. There are two lakes with turtles and monitor lizards, a library, many sports grounds and bicycle paths, children's play towns and a unique palm garden, where musical evenings are held from February to March. The park is under the scrutiny of the police. It is forbidden to smoke, litter, drink alcohol and walk the four-legged.
Lumpini works from dawn to dusk - from 4.30 to 21.00. The entrance is free.
And here the editors of Travel or Die set foot, so catch more information about Lumpini here - “Lumpini Park - an oasis in the center of Bangkok.”
9. Chatuchak Market
Thais assure everyone that Chatuchak is the largest market in the world. We will not argue, but rather we’ll see how you can profit from it. Walking through 27 rows of sections and studying the assortment of more than one and a half thousand stalls and trays, it is easy to see - there is EVERYTHING here. From fake clothes of world brands to national flavors worn by both men and women, from religious attributes to souvenirs, from ceramic and glass utensils to furniture made of wood and metal, from exotic pets to antiques. And, of course, a huge number of products. You can take a free bouquet at the entrance to explore this Bangkok landmark on a market map. Every weekend Chatuchak is visited by more than 200 thousand people, and about a third are tourists.
Official opening hours: daily, from 7 am to 6 pm, but some merchants open at 6 and do not close until the morning.
11. The ancient capital of Ayutthaya / Ancient City Ayutthaya
The ex-capital of ancient Siam (Thailand) is located 70 km from Bangkok, and in a small provincial town you will be able to see the ancient, though ruined to one degree or another degree. Something is better preserved, something - that and look, showered on the ground. Be sure to visit the Wat Mahathat and look at the Buddha’s head rooted in a tree or visit the not so popular but original temple of Wat Tamikarat, where the cult animal is a rooster. You certainly haven’t seen so many cocks!
12. King Rama IX Park
It is not difficult to find this Bangkok attraction on the map, because the park is the largest in the city. It was defeated in 1987 in honor of the 60th anniversary of King Rama the Ninth. On an area of 80 hectares you will find Chinese, Japanese, French, and God knows which garden. Many luxurious palm trees, outlandish plants and monitor lizards.
13. The Golden Mount (Wat Saket) / The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
Golden Mountain Buddhist Temple is located in the eastern part of the old city. In the 18th century it was used as a crematorium, and according to legend, more than 60 thousand poor people were buried in the temple territory. Prior to the construction of skyscrapers in Bangkok, this temple was the tallest building.
14. Khao San Road
Backpackers and party-goers flock to the most popular city street from around the world. The cheapest housing is for rent here. A lot of beggars and travesty. And through every step - a bar. In general, after a walk along Khao San Road, believe me, there will be something to remember.
15. Shopping center MBK / MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)
If you are a fan of shopping, then you will certainly want to visit the largest mall in Bangkok. Do not try to get around it in a day - there is not enough time and energy. Eight floors, 2 thousand shops and boutiques, goods for every taste - oh, goodbye, babosiki!
17. Shopping center Siam Paragon / Siam Paragon
This shopping center was opened in 2005 as the only world-class shopping mall. It has many shops, restaurants and a multicomplex of 15 huge cinemas. In general, you can get lost in the open spaces of Siam Paragon for several days, or even weeks.
18. Benjakitti Park
On 20 hectares of the park there are gardens and alleys of amazing beauty, but the main attraction is a large lake. There are several zones in the park: secluded corners for lovers, imitation of forest forest, quiet alleys for walking or cycling. The park is very calm and clean, as the order is closely monitored. The park opens at 5 in the morning, and closer to 8 in the evening, all visitors are tactfully asked to leave.
Favorite park in Bangkok at the editorial office of the site, but with what he deserved such a title - read in our review - "Benjakitti Park - a quiet place."
19. Chao Phraya River
The length of the longest river in Thailand is 372 km, and it flows through many cities, including Bangkok. Therefore, a boat trip on a ferry or boat will help to see all the sights of Bangkok and its environs.
About what types of boat trips around Chao Phraya are and where to book one of them the cheapest, we tell in our review - “Evening Cruise on the Chao Phraya River”.
20. Museum of Siam
The museum was opened in 2007, and unlike the National Museum, which is dedicated to history and ancient artifacts, the Museum of Siam has a cultural heritage, as well as modern masterpieces. The Museum is located in the former building of the Ministry of Trade, south of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
21. Oceanarium Siam Ocean World / SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
On the square with a football stadium, more than 30 thousand sea creatures comfortably live - from tiny corals to tiger sharks. When you visit the aquarium, it seems that you wander through the depths of the sea - everything is so realistic. It is best to visit the aquarium in the first half: firstly, to catch feeding of pets, and secondly, to hide from the midday heat.
We personally examined each of the 30 thousand aquarium inhabitants and described the impressions of what we saw in the big review - “The Oceanarium in Bangkok is one of the best in the world”.
22. Market on the Meklong Railway / Mae Klong Railway Market
The Meklong market would probably remain the usual large place for trading all kinds of food, if not for one “but”: traders ’trays are located directly on the existing railway. As the train approaches, everyone instantly releases the rails. In addition to fresh vegetables, fruits and local spices, there are a lot of fish and seafood on Meklong - fresh, salted, dried, smoked. Any!
Want to know more about the market? - We have prepared a detailed review for you! Here is the link: “Meklong Railway Market Near Bangkok.”
23. Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds wax museums are scattered around the world. There is a "branch" in Bangkok. Usually the museum is popular with children, as well as fans who are not averse to taking selfies next to Tom Cruise, Barack Obama or Madonna. The Bangkok Museum has many virtual venues, for example, a soccer field for scoring goals. There are also realistically recreated interiors, for example, the office of the American president in the White House.
24. Baiyoke Sky Tower
A tower of 85 tiers was built in 1997. In addition to many restaurants with varied cuisine, tourists are invited to visit two viewing platforms (one is rotating). You can have a delicious lunch and admire the impressive panorama of the Thai capital.
And here our editorial foot set foot, so you can read a detailed review about this famous skyscraper in our article - “Bayok Sky Tower - 309 meters of antiquity”.
25. Chinatown / China Town
To the south-east of the Royal Palace is Chinatown, founded under King Rama the First. Until the 80s of the 18th century, the quarter was inhabited by runaway peasants who, for various reasons, left their homeland. Initially, the quarter was full of beggars, prostitutes and other marginalized individuals, but in the 20th century, everything changed dramatically with the new development plan. Now in Chinatown, not only the national color has been preserved, but also luxury hotels and skyscrapers have been built.
26. Amusement park Siam Park City / Siam Park City
The oldest and largest amusement park is ideal for visiting with children. There is also a water park with all kinds of water fun that save you from Bangkok hell. There are many rides a la "roller coaster". True, a feeling often arises that since the construction in 1975 the park has not been repaired or updated.
Have we been to this park? - Yes, of course they did! Read our great review of the oldest amusement park in Bangkok - “Siam Park - rides + water park in one bottle!”.
27. Amusement park Dream World / Dream World
Dream World is a more modern amusement park. Although there were some traditional horror rooms, there are also unusual locations, for example, a snowy town. In Bangkok, for obvious reasons, it is difficult to find a place where you can slide off the icy mountain on a “cheesecake”. The park also has a very beautiful lake, a small bazaar and clothing stores, as well as a cinema with a demonstration of films in 4D format.
28. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The Museum of Modern Art was opened in 2012. The basis of the exhibition was a private collection of the local billionaire B. Bencharongkul of 400 paintings by contemporary artists. 90% of the works are Thai authors. There are works of a worldwide legend - a Thai artist, sculptor and architect Tawan Duchani.
29. Iconsiam Shopping Center
The newest shopping mall was opened in 2018, and it immediately became a cult. All wealthy Thais seek to visit it on the weekend, and shopaholic tourists try to find the time and visit the “mother of all shopping centers”. In addition to endless shops, there are also entertainment venues with multimedia and water shows, as well as galleries with art and architectural masterpieces by local authors.
Thirty.3D Gallery Art in Paradise Bangkok
An unusual attraction for tourists “Art in Paradise” is located on the 4th floor of the Esplanade shopping center. The exhibition is an interactive painting and installations, of which anyone can become a part. For example, you can take great pictures of your husband trying to stand on a virtual surfboard or make a friend experience wild horror on the edge of the abyss. In general, if the rain caught you near the Esplanade, go inside: you will remain dry, and even have fun from the heart.
32. Ananta Samakhom Mansion / Throne Hall Ananta Samakhom
The throne room, mansion, palace - this is the name of Anantu Samahon, whose architecture is designed in the spirit of Renaissance neoclassicism. It seems that you are not in Asia, but somewhere in Europe - Krakow or Dresden. With the “European appearance”, the Mansion retained an Asian soul - although all the paintings were made by Italian masters, they depict scenes from the life of Buddha and Thai kings. Today, the Palace is used for major ceremonies - coronation, the celebration of the king’s birthday, etc.
33. Wat Ratchanatdaram
The most significant and eye-catching building of the Wat Ratchanadda temple complex is Loha Prasat. This unique 4-story metal chedi temple is crowned with 37 spiers, symbolizing the number of virtues, giving true enlightenment.
35. National Museum of Bangkok
Opened in 1874, the museum stores the largest collection of relics of Thai history in Southeast Asia since the Neolithic, as well as religious, artistic and craft rarities. Three galleries are constantly working: historical, archaeological and decorative and applied.
36. National Museum of Royal Barges
The museum is located between Siririzh Hospital and the Pra-Pin-Klao Bridge. In it you can see 8 royal barges that leave the museum walls during significant state holidays. Near the museum there is a boat station where you can rent a traditional Thai vehicle and travel for a long time along the canals of Bangkok.
37. Phaya Thai Palace
The palace is located near the city center, but for some reason tourists rarely look into it. Thais themselves really appreciate this place, because the expositions of the Palace are a tribute to the beloved King Rama the Ninth. The palace was built in 1909, but after 11 years it was no longer used as a royal residence. Over the years, Phaya Tai has been a hotel, a radio station, a military hospital, and a hospital.
38. Skyscraper State Tower / State Tower
The construction of the State Tower was completed in 2011. This is the third tallest skyscraper in Thailand. On the upper floors are luxurious restaurants and bars with panoramic views. On the roof there is a rotating observation deck.
39. Shopping Center Central World Plaza / Central World Plaza
If you have never shopped in Dubai, the Bangkok Mall is more than compensating for this omission. This is the largest shopping mall called the World. The first retail space was launched in 1990, and then the shopping center was constantly being completed and expanded. There are department stores Zen and Isetan, as well as duty-free King Power. On the 7th and 8th floors are a 4D cinema, a huge Ice Palace and a lot of Thai restaurants.
41. Zoo Dusit Zoo
Located in the city center, Dusit Zoo is considered the largest and best in Southeast Asia. Opened in the distant 1938, and since then it has been a favorite vacation spot for Thais and tourists tired of the endless Buddha statues and Bangkok palaces. The animals are well-groomed, well-fed and seem to be satisfied, so there will be no unpleasant impressions from visiting the zoo.
42. Saranrom Park
They usually go to Saranre Park near the Royal Palace to look at the lizards. If you stomp and talk loudly, huge lizards will scatter. There are also squirrels there - mimic animals are very similar to toys. There are many cozy benches in the park, and fruit and water are sold at the entrance. So in the shady greenery you can have a great picnic.And in the park some ancient arbors with glass roofs and small houses imitating the traditional dwellings of Thais have been preserved.
43. Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
In Bangkok, in addition to Chinas, there is also the Indian quarter, and in it there is a flower market. His visit promises a lot of positive emotions, and you can leave the market not only with armfuls of fragrant and stunningly beautiful flowers, but also with fresh fruits and vegetables, including tom yam lemongrass and galangal for Thai soup.
44. Amphawa Floating Market
Amfav Floating Market is located 50 km from Bangkok. The road on a cruising minivan takes no more than 3 hours. The market only works on Friday and weekends. In addition to delicious and fresh products (which, incidentally, are cheaper than in Bangkok itself), here you can buy nice handmade souvenirs. There is almost no sale directly from boats, but floating shops can still be found. And after shopping, you should go on a river cruise.
45. Shopping Mall Asian / ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
This shopping and entertainment complex is not so popular, but it is very colorful. Located in the southern part of the city, on the site of the former port and warehouses. It is not clear why Asian is called the night market. It works only until midnight. But after shopping, you can enjoy the sunset from the promenade or the survey wheel.
46. Temple of the penises (fertility) / Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine
The temple is dedicated to the goddess of fertility, therefore, all visitors are surrounded by a huge number of penis statues - of all kinds of calibers 😉 Crowds of tourists do not carry here, so the Temple is quiet and calm. It is believed that if you tie a colored ribbon on one of the penises and ask the gods, then the long-awaited birth of the baby is guaranteed.
47. Democracy Monument
The monument in the city center was installed 7 years after the revolution, which happened in 1932 in the Kingdom of Siam. Four 24-meter wings symbolize the country's democratic freedoms, and the number of wings also reminds of the military power of the country - the fleet, air forces, army and police. In the center is a monument with the text of the constitution.
48. Mahakan Fort
Built at the end of the 18th century under Rama the First, the fort was part of the fortifications of the city, protecting against Burmese attacks. Honestly, Makahan is one of several forts connected by fortified walls that were built on artificial canals. It is located in the historic city center, next to the Golden Mountain Temple.
49. Benjasiri Park
The main attraction of the Royal Park is the dancing fountain, which is turned on three times - at 6 in the morning, at noon and at 6 in the evening. The park is small (47 thousand "squares"), but it has various platforms for practicing basketball, swimming, roller skating, skateboard, tennis, tacro, volleyball. And it is very cozy!
50. Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
The Textile Museum will delight you with a rich exposition about the history of the national textile industry, a demonstration of personal royal attire, and magnificent silk in a souvenir shop, which is simply a sin not to take home. The exhibition center is located next to the Grand Royal Palace.
Reviews of tourists about the sights of Bangkok
So ... The program has been drawn up, because our descriptions and photos of the sights of Bangkok are definitely in the subject. The route from one place to another is also thought out. Only a little remained: to study reviews of specific excursion programs or individual attractions. You can do this with the help of excellent reviews on our portal or when choosing excursions on Tripster. Studying reviews will insure against unpleasant surprises, do you want the expectations and reality to coincide?
And now, we throw a new swimsuit / swimming trunks in a suitcase, we stuff a straw hat on the back of the head, do not forget tickets, ticket and other paperwork and - go! For a happy journey, a wild cry is obligatory: "Bangkok, meet me!"