All the Temples, Museums, Monuments, Mansions and so much more
Bangkok attractions are seemingly endless and will have you jumping with joy for who knows how long. So much so, you may not know quite where to begin your journey be it during the day or night. There’s just so much going on here. If you are coming over to this part of the world for the first time and in particularly Bangkok, you’ll be in all probability, completely overwhelmed. But then that would be a fairly normal reaction.
I’ve travelled to many Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia and was totally overwhelmed on arrival. I still continue to be amazed. I am in absolute awe of all things eastern but my love of Thailand is still my all time favourite. I hope you too will marvel at all the splendour that this city of angels has to offer.
Despite the air pollution, the excessive heat and the crowded streets, I have come to love Bangkok for what it is and has become. The people are extremely friendly like no other city and the atmosphere is wonderfully vibrant. Though in places the streets may appear to be a little unkempt, it’s exactly what gives Bangkok its alluring charm.
There is just something about this place that keeps drawing me back year after year. I have made many friends here, including a Thai girlfriend and hope to someday settle in this crazy part of the world.
Once you unpack, you’ll probably want to take a good look around. A good place to start is perhaps a visit to the Grand Palace. The photos here should give you an idea of what you’d be looking forward to.
How would you like to go on a Private Tour?
Arriving in Bangkok for the first time can be a little overwhelming especially if you’d love to see some of the best Bangkok attractions but you don’t want to use public transport. Maybe you are travelling alone and would love some company. The best way to do this is to join a private tour. That way you’ll also be able to meet other like-minded people and experience some of the cultures of this amazing city.
Joining a private tour like the one above, you’ll get to spend a full day visiting all the major landmarks. Included in the tour is a stopover at the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha Temple. You’ll get to relax and enjoy a Thai traditional drama dance, known locally as “Khon” at the Klong Bangluang Artist House as well as a Thai puppet show.
This tour will also give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of Thai culture as you talk to the local people about their lives in the Klong Bangluang Canal community. This is so much better than trying to go it alone.
Bangkok Attractions – Temples
Whether big or small, temples in every part of Thailand play a vital role in all communities. Most of them are home to the ever growing monk population and for many visitors, they rank among the most memorable sights in the country. There must be close to a thousand temple complexes in Bangkok alone. It is said that when in Rome, do as the Romans do, so when in Bangkok, your trip would not be complete without exploring at least one of the temples. Read More.
I have compiled a comprehensive list of the most important temples in Bangkok. They are probably the most popular ones too. Some you may have heard of, such as the Grand Palace Complex and there are others that are not quite as well-known yet equally as good if not even more unusual, such as the Wat Rachanadda Buddhist Temple. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which of the temples will best suit you.
Democracy Monument occupies a traffic circle on the wide Rajadamnoen Boulevard a short walk from where backpackers hang out on Khao San Road in central Bangkok. It serves as a focal point during pro-democracy demonstrations of which the city has had its fair share. Features at the monument were put in place to commemorate Thailand’s transition to a constitutional monarchy and to serve as a reminder to those who had died here during violent times in Thailand.
City Tour of 10 Bangkok Attractions
How about joining this wonderful full-day city tour for the chance to explore 10 of Bangkok’s most well-known attractions. You’ll get to Learn the history, take selfies with ancient statues, shop in Chinatown, enjoy panoramic views and marvel at the culture around you.
Booking your tours from this page (at no extra cost to you) would not only give me a little pocket money, but you’d be helping me maintain this blog so that I can continue giving you more Thailand travel info.
The Erawan Shrine occupies a site outside the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel on one of the busiest and noisiest corners of downtown Bangkok. The shrine is dedicated to the ancient Hindu creation god Brahma and his elephant mount. Residents and foreigners come here to improve their fortunes like winning the lottery or to have success in an exam or to express gratitude for having achieved their dreams.
Jim Thompson House Museum in downtown Bangkok is a must see Thai-style home that was timelessly constructed using material collected from several homes brought in from central Thailand. The American-born owner Jim Thompson came to the country at the end of the second world war where he revived the Thai silk industry until his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia on Easter Sunday 1967.
Kamthieng House is a one hundred and sixty-year-old traditional Thai-style teak house that has been converted into a lovely folk art museum. The house was set up by the Siam Society to research, rediscover and preserve Thai Lanna Culture for future generations. It’s the only genuine ethnological museum here. Items on display show life during the nineteenth century in northern Thailand.
Siriraj Medical Museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum takes a look at resources related to medical science. It’s intended to educate rather than shock, but not for the squeamish. Apart from an anomalous collection of skulls, horrific crime scenes and murder weapons, the most popular is the museum of forensic medicine where you get to see pickled body parts. The most famous is that of a serial killer who suffocated and ate several children. In another museum are still-born Siamese twins known as Chan and In who, in the 19th-century, toured the world?
Bangkok Attractions – Royal Barge Museum
The Royal Barge Museum is situated on the north bank of Khlong Bangkok Noi just off the Chao Phraya River in the Thonburi area of Bangkok. Housed within a huge warehouse-like structure is a fascinating collection of 8 superbly crafted regal boats displaying magnificent mystical creatures on their prows. The most important barge at the museum is the Sri Suphanahongsa exclusively reserved for the king. If you’re crazy about boats, you’re gonna love these ones.
Bangkok Attractions – Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad Palace is a group of traditional Thai teak houses assembled on what was once a cabbage patch and now converted into an impressive museum. The grounds are considered to be amongst the finest landscaped gardens in Bangkok with many exotic plants collected from around the world and the jungles of Thailand. The renovated Lacquer Pavilion may be the highlight here, but there is also an amazing collection of art and artifacts to be seen in the museum.
Bangkok Attractions – Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion is right on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly and is considered the largest golden teak building in the world. It’s an 81 room mansion containing a splendid collection of antique furniture, famous artifacts such as Faberge jewellery, ceramics and other objects d’art from around Europe.
Chao Phraya River Cruises
To get a real glimpse of everyday life in Bangkok, take a leisurely cruise on the Chao Phraya River where you’ll be able to stop at any one of the piers to view several historic sights. The Chao Phraya is known as the Venice of the East and for very good reason too. Many of the attractions are easily accessible on or near the waterfront.
With so many organised river tours to choose from, you will get to see famous places such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun to name but a few, as well as many more fabulous places of interest.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique The Riverfront is a relatively new attraction to come to the city. It is, in essence, one big shopping emporium and entertainment centre all rolled into one. It’s actually the new night market that replaced the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. That one, unfortunately, had to close. If you love to shop until you drop, fill your belly with some good food, go crazy over cabaret of just want to enjoy meeting friends while watching the sun set over the Chao Phraya River, then this may be the right place for you. It’s a fun for the whole family.