If you belong to that group of people who think that Bangkok is famous just for its exotic nightlife and massage parlor, then you are highly mistaken. Turns out that Bangkok has a lot more in store for all its visitors. Besides being a prominent reflection of the Thai culture and heritage, it offers a soul-warming experience for everybody. Thailand has a lot to offer to every kind of visitor and it happens so that the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is the most visited cities of South-East Asia.
If you wish to take a complete and thorough tour of the Thailand vibbes on a short getaway trip, then Bangkok is an ideal tourist destination for you. You will find tourist places in Bangkok that offer opportunities ranging from sightseeing to cultural visits. Some of these are listed below.
The Grand Palace is located in the center of Bangkok. It has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam ever since 1782. The king and his royal government lived on the grounds of the palace until 1925. But the Grand Palace is still used for several official events. Various royal ceremonies and state functions are held here every year. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. It remains to be a symbol of excellent architecture and creativity to date. Don't forget to dress modestly while visiting this place.
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier, Bangkok
Wat Arun aka the Temple of Dawn is a Buddhist temple in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok. Located on the Thonburi banks of the Chao Phraya River, this is one of the most visited temples from a long list of 30,000 temples or Wats housed in Thailand. The name of the temple has been derived from the Hindu god Aruna. The first ray of the morning sun reflects off the temple's surface with a pearl-like sparkle. The temple stands just opposite to the Grand Palace and is a treat to the visitor's eyes.
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
How to reach: Via boat ride from Saphan Taksin to Pier 8, then a shuttle to the Wat Arun.
The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market Thailand has. It is also known as JJ Market and houses more than 15,000 stalls with 11,505 vendors, divided into a total of 27 sections. You will get a wide variety of products here at the best prices. The market sells several types of goods like plants, antiques, cosmetics, pets, food, drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, and furniture and so on. This is the most diverse weekend market and the largest in the world with more than 200,000 visitors every weekend.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
Address: Kamphaeng Phet Road Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok
This is a highly renowned temple and contains the famous Golden Buddha that is a golden statue weighing about 5.5 tonnes. At some point, this statue was covered with a layer of stucco and colored glass to hide its true value. However, during the relocation of the statue in 1955, the plaster got chipped off and the gold was revealed.
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: 661 Charoen Krung Road Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 Thailand
The Jim Thompson House is situated in the center of Bangkok city. It is currently home to the art collection of the famous American businessman and architect, Jim Thompson. He was the museum designer and the former owner of the museum. The museum houses a wonderful collection of Asian art and other unique displays.
Opening Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Address: 6 Kasem San 2 Alley, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
This is a Buddhist temple complex located in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok, Thailand. It goes by its common name, i.e. Wat Pho and is often known as the Reclining Buddha Temple. This temple is the first on the list of six temples rated as the highest grade of first-class royal temples in Thailand. It is associated with King Rama I who had renovated the temple complex on an earlier site. Inside, you will find the biggest collection of Buddha images in Thailand which includes the famous 46m long reclining Buddha. This is the earliest center for public education in Thailand and its marble illustrations and inscriptions have been recognized by UNESCO as well.
Ticket: Starting from INR 1896.42
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
This is an underground aquatic museum located underneath the Siam Paragon Mall of Bangkok. It sprawls over an area of 110,000 sq. ft. The Sea Life Bangkok is the largest aquarium in entire Southeast Asia. It shelters several marine life acquired from the remotest parts of the world and houses different species of sharks, penguins, fishes, crabs, etc. The aquarium totals to about 5,000,000 liters and aims to provide entertainment and education as well.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 8 pm
Tickets: THB 2820 to 3380 for adults and THB 2420 to 2980 for children
Address: Siam Paragon Building, B1- B2 Floor 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Khao San Road is known by many as the backpackers’ haven. It is located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand and is a 410 m long street that can cater to every single need of yours. From street food stalls to bars and nightclubs, from shops to massage parlors and from restaurants to relaxing cafes, this street has it all. This road is also one of the famous night markets of Bangkok. It transforms into a shopper’s paradise just when the sun sets down. Everything can be found here at a reasonable rate and its cheap food, accommodation and clothes make it a win-win spot for all tourists.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 2 pm
Entry Fee: Free