Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its canals, which traverse through rivers, towns, paddy fields, temples and beautiful landmarks. Bangkok is a city for all age groups – families come here for all the tourist attractions. Couples come here for the honeymoon packages. Rest of the tourists entering Bangkok come in to relax on the beautiful beaches of Bangkok.
If you are on a long holiday in Bangkok, we urge you to visit all the places to see in the culturally rich city, but if you are short on time here is our list of the top ten best attractions in Bangkok.
Tourist attractions in Bangkok
Besides a great nightlife, amazing shopping venues and sumptuous local cuisine Bangkok has a lot to offer to the millions of tourists who throng this Thai city every day. There are suitable places to see for all age groups – from kids to adults and even for the elders. Here is our list of the best top ten places to see in Bangkok. More about Bangkok.
10. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
Designed to impress and host its foreign guests, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is former reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok. Now it’s a museum and serves on several state occasions. This stunning white Neo-Classical building is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok.
Address of this attraction: U-Thong Nai Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 283 9411
Official Website: Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
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9. Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
Golden Buddha is world’s largest solid gold statue. This 700 years old statue was believed to be made of plaster until 40 years back an accident revealed that it is made of Gold. Since then it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok.
Address of this attraction: 661 Chaoren Krung Road | Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.
Contact: +66 2 225 9775
Official Website: Golden Buddha
8. Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum is the largest museum in Southeast Asia. Opened in 1874 this museum is the perfect place to explore Thai art and history. Here you will get to see gold treasures, clothing and textiles, precious stones, puppets and many more things from around Southeast Asia.
Address of this attraction: Na Phrathat Road | Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakho, Bangkok 10200
Contact: +66 2 224 1333
Official Website: Bangkok National Museum
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7. Safari World
Safari World is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. There are two parks named Safari Park and Marine Park and these places have a lot of wild animals including lions and tigers, various shows and not to mention fun, adventure and thrill in abundance.
Address of this attraction: 99 Panyaintra Road | Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa, Bangkok 10510
Official Website: Safari World
6. Lumphini Park
Named after the birthplace of Buddha, Lumphini Park is the only park in Southeast Asia, which offers this much of greenery and plenty of free activities at a single place. Best time to visit this park is around dusk or in the early morning.
Address of this attraction: Rama 4 Road | Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Official Website: Lumphini Park
5. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House is now a museum and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. It is a complex of tasteful collection of art and antique by self-made American businessman Jim Thompson who also known as Bangkok’s best-adapted foreigner.
Address of this attraction: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok 10110
Contact: +66 2 216 7368
Official Website: Jim Thompson House
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4. Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Arun is the most stunning Buddhist temple of Bangkok. Built in 17th century this temple is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Though it’s also called ‘Temple of Dawn’, its riverside location makes it look breathtakingly beautiful in the night. Image Courtesy: Mark Fischer’s Flickr Feed. Follow Here
Address of this attraction: 158 Wang Doem Road | Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai, Bangkok
Contact: +66 2 891 2185
Official Website: Wat Arun
3. The Grand Palace
Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok which was home of kings for 150 years. This dazzling palace is City’s famous landmark and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. Your trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting this palace.
Address of this attraction: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier, Bangkok
Contact: +66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
Official Website: The Grand Palace
2. Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha is regarded as one of the most sacred places in Thailand. It is located in the Grand Palace of Bangkok. This 14th century temple has its own rules and regulations, which you must follow on your visit.
Address of this attraction: Chiang Khong
Contact: Not available
Official Website: Wat Phra Kaew
1. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Wat Pho, the temple of reclining Buddha is one of the biggest temples in Bangkok. It’s ten minutes of walking distance from Grand palace and it is a must do attraction on your Bangkok visit. It’s also famous for being the leading school of massage in Thailand.
Address of this attraction: 2 Sanamchai Road. | Grand Palace, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200
Contact: +66 2 226 0335
Official Website: Wat Pho
More about Bangkok
Do note that Bangkok is not just about the exciting tourist attractions – It is a lot more than that. Besides visiting these places to see, one can try out the floating markets – markets floating on boats – of Bangkok. The best floating market every tourist must try out is Damnoen Saduak, where everything from fruits, vegetables, flowers and local cuisine is sold from wooden row boats. If you fancy the floating markets, you can try out others such as Taling Chan, Bang Khu Wiang, Bang Nam Pheung, Amphawa, and Tha Kha.
Once you are done with the floating markets, you can take some time out to watch Thai Boxing and the popular Bangkok Ladyboy Show. If you love sports activities, you can indulge in a bit of ice-skating, bowling and cycling yourself. At the end of the day, when you are tired from all the walking just get onto the table for traditional Thai massage, which is bound to revive you for your late-night party in Bangkok.
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