Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a city like no other, with its majestic palaces, floating markets, golden temples, tuk tuk rickshaws, long tail boats, porcelain spires, ornate studded shrines, European style gardens, a vibrant street life, exciting nightlife, a rich cultural heritage, the reclining Buddha and much more.
Here is your complete guide to Bangkok with its top tourist attractions, famous foods and eateries, online booking hotel comparison – complete with all the tips and precautions.
Top Tourist Attraction in Bangkok
1. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm daily
Admission: 20 baht
Location: Arun Amarin Rd
This 19th century Khmer style temple is one of the most popular site of Southeast Asia. It is beautifully constructed with ornate floral patterns glazed with porcelain. The temple not only symbolizes the battle glory and rebirth of the rein of Ayutthaya but also provides a breathtaking view of the setting sun over the Chao Praya River.
2. Grand Palace
Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm daily
Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang.
This architectural masterpiece is true picture of grandeur and majesty and had been the home of royalty for many generations. It is still used to accommodate the monarchs and many heads of states. The palace complex also encompasses Wat Phra Kaeo, the house of the Jade Buddha. The four royal halls and buildings have a rich royal history and folklore attached to it, which can be enjoyed when on the sightseeing tour with a guide.
3. Wat Pho
Hours: 8:30am-6pm daily
Admission: 100 baht
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District
This is the oldest temple of Bangkok, build by King Rama I, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It houses a biggest statue of Buddha (45 m long and 15 m high), which is a breathtaking masterpiece of art and religious symbology. The hand symbolize beauty and purity, whereas the earlobes symbolize new birth. The feet are encrusted with 108 precious stones with signs of true faith.
4. Wat Suthat
Hours: 8:30am-9:00pm daily
Admission: 20 baht
Location: Bamrung Muang Road, Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon
One of the city’s oldest temple that was constructed by three kings. Its beauty is matchless and further increased by the interesting wall paintings used for decorating the interior of the Buddhist temple.
5. Giant Swing
The 27 m high Giant Swing is located right in front of the Wat Suthat. It is the site of a famous religious festival held after the rice harvest, which was banned in 1932 by King Rama VII due to many fatal accidents.
6. National Museum & Wang Na Palace
This is the oldest Museum of Thailand with the largest collection of artifacts related to Thai history and culture. It also has the Wang Na Palace enclosed in its complex which stands as it was in the days of King Rama I. the museum is truly a paradise of history geeks.
Other famous sites in Bangkok include Chatuchak Market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Khao San Road, Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha) and so many more that it becomes hard to decide which should be visited first.
Traditional Foods & Famous Eateries
Bangkok is a city that is filled with restaurants and offers you all kinds of tasty delights and flavors that leave your taste buds tingling! Here are a few of the famous restaurants that offer traditional and international cuisines:
- Goji Kitchen + Bar
- Latest Recipe
- Red Sky
- Riverside Terrace
If you are planning to visit Bangkok this holiday season than get your hotel booking online with the finest hotels in Bangkok.
Online Booking Hotel Comparison
- VIE Hotel Bangkok
- Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
- Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel
- Park Hyatt Bangkok
- JW Marriot Bangkok