Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, with an estimated 19 million visitors per year. The city's attractions are so numerous and diverse that you can spend a week there and still not have visited all of them. Here are some top Bangkok attractions to explore on your next trip:
Wat Phra Chetuphon is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, in the Bang Rak District of Bangkok. The temple was first built during the Ayutthaya period (1350–1767) and later rebuilt by King Rama II. It houses four Buddha images that include a standing Luang Phor Phetchaburi (Luang Por Phet), a sitting Sukhothai style Buddha image named Thotsaphanit, a reclining Buddha image called Sanphet Prasat Hong Sarai, and lastly another standing Luang Phor Wat Bovornives Vibulwongse (Luang Phor Wat Bovornives) statue made of bronze.
2. Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Temple of Dawn is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, in the Rattanakosin area. The temple was built in the 18th century, during the reign of King Taksin.
The Temple Of Dawn represents one of Thailand's architectural wonders. It looks like an ancient castle but with intricate designs that are inspired by nature and pre-Buddhist religion art forms such as Hinduism and Jainism.
3. Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand and one of the largest weekend markets in the world. It is located in the Bangkapi district, which is a few kilometers away from downtown Bangkok. The market has been around since 1975 and it opened every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am till 6:00 pm.
It's filled with over 8000 stalls selling everything from antiques to electronics, pets, fruits and vegetables, clothes, shoes and so much more! There are also some food stalls where you can eat delicious Thai dishes.
If you're planning on visiting this market then we recommend going on a Saturday or Sunday because they attract over 200000 visitors each weekend!
4. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House is a museum dedicated to the life and work of American expatriate artist Jim Thompson. The museum, located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, is housed in a former residence of Thompson's, which he built in 1948.
Jim Thompson House offers an intimate glimpse into Jim Thompson's world. The collection includes antiques, costumes, and textiles from his travels throughout Southeast Asia as well as examples of his artwork created during his career as an artist and collector for the Thai Silk Company (now known as Charoen Krung), before he moved to Malaysia after World War II.
5. Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is located in the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is dedicated to the Emerald Buddha, a statue of Buddha in the posture of subduing Mara. The site has been used as a Buddhist temple since 1782 and houses many sacred objects including statues from other temples.
6. The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok and a great place for a photo opportunity, Wat Saket is also known as the Golden Mount. It is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Bangkok and can be found on top of an east-west aligned hill that rises from Phra Sumen Fort.
On your way up to this temple, you will pass through a series of winding staircases lined with vendors selling food and souvenirs. Once you reach the top, look out for views over historic Rattanakosin Island which includes all or part of areas such as: Dusit District, Pathum Wan District; Siam Square; Saphan Taksin BTS Station; Lumpini Park Stadium; Charoen Krung Road Market Area; Central World Plaza Mall.
7. Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the largest and one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Thailand. The mall was opened in 2003 at a cost of $1 billion USD and has 90 million square feet (8 million square meters). It has over 1,000 stores, including local designer boutiques and international luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada.
This place is so big that you can easily spend an entire afternoon wandering around its many levels, which include an aquarium filled with sharks and rays, an ice skating rink (the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia), cinemas showing new releases from Hollywood as well as Thai films—and even a museum filled with historical artifacts from Thailand's past.
8. Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
The Temple of the Golden Buddha is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is located on the Chao Phraya River in the Thon Buri District of Bangkok.
The temple contains what is believed to be one of the world's largest solid gold Buddha images cast in a single piece: a smiling figure measuring 5 meters (16 feet) high and weighing 5 tons. It was originally commissioned by Rama I (1737-1809), who established his new capital at what would become known as Rattanakosin Island after Ayutthaya had been razed by invading Burmese armies in 1767. The statue was made between 1882 and 1885 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and weighs approximately 5 tons, being made from bricks of pure gold mixed with other metals such as lead and tin to make it malleable enough for casting
9. Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is the main river in Bangkok. The Chao Phraya River is also the main source of water for Bangkok, as it drains into the Gulf of Thailand. The Chao Phraya River is further important because it flows through central Thailand and provides water to the rice-growing regions of Thailand.
10. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. It is the official residence of the King of Thailand and the royal family. The palace is the center of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, the Chakri Dynasty, and the Siamese monarchy.
When visiting Bangkok's Grand Palace you can expect to see:
The Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) where you can see one of Thailand's most revered Buddha statues
The Hall of Justice (Wat Phra Chetuphon) where visitors can witness a lavish ceremony held every Sunday morning called 'The Royal Procession'
Several museums that contain an extensive collection from Thai history and culture including precious artifacts such as; antique furniture and royal robes/costumes used throughout history
Top Bangkok Attractions
Wat Phra Chetuphon
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
Bangkok is a beautiful city with so much to offer. There are many things to do here, but we have narrowed it down to ten of the best things that you should definitely do while in Bangkok. You will find many attractions and places of interest throughout this post that we hope will help you make plans for your next trip!