- 1. Grand Palace
- 2. Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- 3. Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn
- 4. Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha
- 5. Bangkok National Museum
- 6. Jim Thompson House
- 7. Rooftop Bars
- 8. Street Food
- 9. Floating Markets
- 10. Day Trip to Ayutthaya
Bangkok’s most dazzling sight, the one that no visit to the city would be complete without, is a walled fairy-tale compound from 1782, housing a royal palace and Thailand’s holiest temple. Gilded chedi (pagodas) and ornate pavilions mix traditional Thai and European architecture, and the ostentatious temple houses the country’s most sacred image - the Emerald Buddha.
See the Grand Palace Visitor's Guide.
Thailand’s first university was established in this temple, teaching traditional medicine, literature and several other subjects. Today, it opens its doors to tourists, who head straight to the famous gigantic iconic statue of the Reclining Buddha (the country’s longest and most remarkable). The visit often ends with a Thai massage at the site’s much-respected traditional massage school.
See the Wat Pho Visitor's Guide.
One of Bangkok’s best-known landmarks, this riverside temple is also known as the “Temple of Dawn,” and is decorated with thousands of pieces of porcelain. It’s one that you can actually climb to the top of, for some of the most memorable views and best Instagram shots of the city. “Dawn” could actually be replaced with “sunset,” as that’s when many choose to visit for the colors of the temple as the sun sinks over the river.
See the Wat Arun Visitor's Guide.
This temple houses a huge, jaw-dropping statue made of solid gold that’s recognized as the world’s largest golden Buddha. It’s said to be worth a quarter of a billion US dollars, and attracts locals and tourists, who can also admire a view over the city.
See the Wat Traimit Visitor's Guide.
Home to the most extensive collection of Thai art and artifacts, this museum is made up of different buildings, each housing different types of art from every period of Thai history. In the chapel is the Phra Buddha Sing, one of Thailand’s most venerated Buddha images.
See the National Museum Visitor's Guide.
Six traditional teak houses make up the home of Jim Thompson, the American entrepreneur who revived the Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century. When he mysteriously disappeared, he left behind a small but superb collection of Asian art, which can be seen on a tour of the immaculately-preserved house(s) and garden.
See the Jim Thompson House Visitor's Guide.
Bangkok’s warm climate makes it the perfect city for outdoor dining and drinking, so almost every skyscraper is now topped with a breathtaking rooftop bar or restaurant offering panoramic views. They are some of the world’s highest and most spectacular, resulting in some of the city’s top must-see attractions.
See the Top 25 Rooftop Bars in Bangkok.
Bangkok is Asia’s street food capital and one of the world’s great food cities, so you’ll want to indulge in a variety of exotic flavors. The best places for that are the streets of Chinatown and the tourist-magnet Khao San Road.
See the Bangkok Street Food Guide.
Although they’re all located outside the city, and the closest ones are now mostly spectacles for tourists, floating markets are a quintessential Thai experience that tourists don’t want to miss during their visit to Bangkok. Get up early and enjoy the sights and smells of the boats lining rivers and canals, as they prepare food or sell colorful produce.
See the Floating Markets Visitor's Guide.
Easily reached from central Bangkok, Thailand’s former capital is home to the ruins of some of the country’s most magnificent ancient wonders, making it a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See the Ayutthaya Day Trip Guide.