17 Top Tourist Attractions in Bangkok

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Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute for Science and Technology (QSMIST) is a centre of excellence for science research situated at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU)….

Open daily from 9am to 5pm, QSMIST offers an extensive range of science and technology-related programs for youth, adults, and teachers.

Through hands-on experiments, observation of demonstrations, and seminars, visitors are provided with a host of exciting opportunities to learn about biology, chemistry, physics, computers and other areas of engineering and technology.

Wat Suthat

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Wat Suthat is a Buddhist temple located close to Bumrungrad International Hospital. It is currently the tallest temple in Bangkok measuring more than 75 meters and each level is built over the previous one. The temple has a gold spire that was added in the year 1961 and is now known as the Bumrungrad International Hospital spire. Wat Suthat spire is the eleventh tallest spire in the world.

You will find a large prayer wheel at Wat Suthat temple.

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

The Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is a boxing venue in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the home of Muay Thai boxing, a martial art and is considered one of the most prestigious Thai attractions.

Thailand is the foremost country when it comes to Muay Thai. This takes form in the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. There is a saying in Thailand “Do you know who runs the country? Muay Thai Boxers. It’s not true, but it’s very true at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

Many of the Lumpinee Boxing stadium’s most famous fighters are its current or former champions. Even if you aren’t interested in Muay Thai fighting, the stadium is still worth a visit.

You can enjoy some of the most spectacular Muay Thai fights. One of the most famous fights has to be the Nai Khanom Tom vs. Saenchai which occurred in 2005.

The stadium contains three floor levels. There are many things that you can do here so it’s easy to lose track of time.

Terminal 21

This is a viewing point that gives you a view of both the Suvarnabhumi Airport departure hall and arrival hall.

When the airport opened in 2006, there were 48 gates. Today, there are more than 170. This is where you will be prior to passing through the customs and immigration clearance lines.

Turning left, you see the arrival hall. When the terminal was first built in 2006, it had a total of 55 gates. Today, there are 75. After passing through security, you have a choice of public buses, taxis, vans or for a little more money, Sky Shuttle taxis, Uber or Grab cars.

If you’re coming from the international terminal, you can exit through the domestic terminal and re-enter. If you’re coming from the domestic terminal, you can walk directly past the warehouse.

Siam Paragon

Wat Saket

This is Bangkok’s must see temple both in terms of history and beauty.

Named after the ordination hall inside the temple, the temple itself is very beautiful with statues everywhere.

The entrance to the temple is through a large building known as Anuban, named after the Kosa Anuban, or "teak pillars". Originally built in 1345 by Phya Prachanat (donated from the Khmer, who were ruling over Ayutthaya at that time), the temple was restored and enlarged several times in its history.

The central image is a seated Buddha around which are smaller images of Bodhisattvas. The temple is mainly built in the style of the Northern Thai. The glittering gold image of the seated Buddha is of particular beauty.

In the ordination hall there are a number of Phra Mangkon figures, which are carved figures of Monastic students, all with cute features.

After paying the entrance fee, visitors proceed up the steep stairs to the main attractions of the temple.

And that is not the only surprise they get. From the stairs leading up to the main shrine, the sight of the inner ceremonies are something not to be missed.

The temple is closed on Mondays.

Address: Wat Saket, 549 Petchaburi Road, Bangkok

Wat Traimit

The Golden Buddha Temple Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Temple) is a Mahayana Buddhist temple in Tambon Tha Chang, Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan , Provinve of Samut Prakan

The temple dates back to 2500 years ago, when the Khmer Empire ruled over the area, and traces its history to the Khmer King Jayavarman V. It was originally built on a finger of land by the Mekong River, but the peninsula was gradually eroded by the river, forcing the temple to relocate several times, eventually settling on the present location. It sustained heavy damage during the great flood of 1910, in which the Buddha image was drowned, and was further damaged during the Thai Civil War of December 1970. However, it has since been renovated and restored.

According to the legend, when the Khmer Founder built the temple, he gave a gold Buddha image to the monk, Phra Silpathong, to consecrate him as the monk who must protect the temple. After he died, the monk was reborn in the Buddha image, so that he would be able to protect the temple for all eternity. Since then, he has been seen sitting inside the temple occupying the same position as his original one. Some people have even seen Phra Silpathong, dressed in red and gold.

Dusit Palace

The former Dusit Palace (or Dusit Maha Prasada) is the only royal palace in Bangkok that has not been converted to a museum. Once the majestic residence of the Royal Family, today it remains the home of the Royal Family of Thailand. The Dusit Palace is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok since it offers an interesting glimpse into the past in the midst of today.

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej lives in the nearby Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, but does his official work in the temple hall.

Dusit Palace is home to the Royal Audience Chamber, a relaxing place with plush chairs, a writing desk and (usually) empty files. The palace is a beautiful venue for a paean over the past.

It has a mixing of classical and modern styles, with beautifully restored, frescoed walls and woodpaneled and inlaid European furnishings decorating the main rooms of the palace.

Queen Sirikit and Queen Mother Sirikit have royal residences on the grounds. The Queen’s Garden is a manicured area with formal flowerbeds, benches, long straight walks and some rare trees.

The Royal Chapel is a chapel commissioned by the King Bhumibol in 1970. It is a traditional architectural work with its Beehive shaped structure, covered by a gold and silver roof.

Lumphini Park

It was designed and built by King Rama V to be a destination for the royal family to take afternoon walks. It was completed in 1858 and holds over 2,500 trees. Now the place known by most people as a place to take their family for some quality momo dumpling, ice cream, or juice on their way to traveling to Ayuthaya, the former capital.

The former annual royal event, the Chakri birthday celebrations were held here from the 1950s until the late 1980s. This was to display the Royal processional road, which still can be seen from the park.

There are many things to see here if you are interested:

  • o Wat Bowonniwet The Temple Of The Reclining Buddha (a short walk away)
  • o The old band stand and stage
  • o The Thai Art Gallery
  • o The Buddha footprint stupa
  • o The King Beach Club
  • o The playgrounds, which sometimes have free concerts
  • o The Insect Museum (a few stairs away)
  • o The Insect Kingdom
  • o The Orchid World
  • o The Crystal World (a few blocks away)
  • o Art Galleries

Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is one of the most popular weekend markets in Bangkok. Vendors from all over the Thailand come to sell a great variety of merchandise to a lot of cheap. If you do not like bargaining, do not go there, but you can dress yourself in the stalls that offer cute local clothes from Thailand, handbags, or accessories. You can find it at the intersection of Rama I and Rama II roads.

Everything that you do not find in the markets will be found in Chatuchak Markets, and since it is considered the center of flea markets, it will be easy for you to get anything that you need. That is exactly the reason why the tourists love it.

Location: Exit 3 at Mo Chit Station

Khao San Road

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Khao San road is one of the frenetic markets in Bangkok. Before it obtained its current name, the street was known as Khai Deaw Padan, or The Naked Street. This was because Khasa San Road, the temple that the road is named after, is dedicated to St. Anthony and is not permitted to accept money. To get around the rule, shopkeepers would give goods out completely free of charge.

This street was the center of Bangkok’s red-light district, the so-called “golden mile”. In the late 80s, a neighborhood in the area started getting too crowded with sex workers, and the street was closed down. Since then, Khao San is a street with 60 “freelance” shops that sell everything from vinyl flooring to fake designer handbags.

The street is also home to many pubs. Some are more “dive” style than others. But since beer is considered an essential tropical beverage in Thailand, the pubs all offer some of the country’s most popular beer brands, including Leo’s and Singha.

CentralWorld

One of the most popular places for both local and tourists to visit in Bangkok.

Being the Central Attraction since it is located in the Central Business District, CentralWorld’s interior design features a combination of modern and traditional Thai style architecture. It attracts around 3 million visitors a year, making it the world’s largest shopping mall. The building is well decorated and features both retail and dining places. It’s a must-see when visiting Bangkok or if you are just interested in beautiful architecture.

The first ever entertainment complex in Thailand, it opened on May 8, 1988 with 24 different restaurants, a 7-screen cinema, and a mini-cinema. Worth a visit, especially if you’re looking to get away from the hustle of the city.

For the first time since 1954, Bangkok’s real Chinatown was moved back to Pratunam. Hidden away between two curved roads that cross at the Kamphaeng Din Road, Ratchaprasong and Pratunam are the remains of what was once one of Bangkok’s largest Chinese communities.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Head to the temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) to see Thailand’s most revered religious icon.

This massive temple houses the Emerald Buddha, made of a solid block of jade, which was carved out of Mount Meru by Brahma and enshrined by the Lord Buddha. The shrine was first built during the reign of King RamKhan in 1383.

Today, the Emerald Buddha is enclosed inside a gilded chedi that was completed in 1894.

It’s also worth stopping by the royal palace grounds to see the Grand Palace, which was initially built as a monastery for the Emerald Buddha, and later expanded to include residences for the king’s family and staff. Inside the Grand Palace grounds, you’ll find the Hall of a Million Faces, which is the place where the king goes to worship the Emerald Buddha.

When you’re here, be sure to visit the original Thai quarters and eat at one of the cafes nearby that serve up some of Bangkok’s tastiest Thai fare.

Located near the Thai embassy, the National Theater and the Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Phra Kaew is a short 1.5 km walk from the BTS Skytrain.

Opening Hours: 7am’8pm

Jim Thompson's House

Wat Arun

(Royal Villa)

Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn, is a Hindu temple on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi side and close to the Thon Buri Bridge. It is the temple of Thai's most popular deity, Luang Phor Sodh. Wat Arun was a royal cremation temple for the members of the royal family of Ayutthaya.

When the kingdom moved to the newly established Thonburi to the west of the river, the temple was adopted as the royal crematorium for the new capital in 1565. The architecture, structure and stucco work were carried out according to the instructions of the royal court of the time. It was last used as a royal crematorium in 1893, and thereafter fell into disrepair.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

This is known as the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is a complex of five great halls and many ancillary buildings grouped around a small artificial lake. The buildings are converted over time from wooden to stone, and the result is a fine example of Thai architecture in the latter part of the Bangkok period.

The most important buildings of Wat Pho are the double-humped concrete reclining Buddha, the world’s largest, the giant Reclining Buddha of Sukhothai and the Reclining Buddha of Phra Prang in Tibet.

Other major attractions are the spacious alms-giving halls, the beautiful cloister, the sacred pool, the suttee chapel and the bell-tower. One could spend hours exploring the temple grounds before going inside, admiring the towers, the decorative fountains and the restored wall paintings.

Access: Take BTS to Phra Pinklao station (Exit 2), transfer to bus no. 5364 (40 baht), and get on the bus heading to the ¬+¬Wat Pho¬ temple.

Opening Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is the royal residence of the Thai monarch from 1882 until present. It is a National Treasure of Thailand and dates back to the Dvaravati Period (7th-8th Centuries).

Today it is the home of the Well Being of the Nation of Thailand (B.E. 2550). With a population of Around 400 year the Grand Palace is a major landmark of the city of Bangkok and one of the ultimate expectations for any tourist visiting the country.

The Grand Palace is an extraordinary architectural feature of Thai people and the Kingdom of Thailand.

Furthermore, it is the heart of Thai royal dynasty and Thai History. Hence, enjoys the position of a national treasure. For this reason, every year many tourists from around the world visit Thailand in order to view this grand palace. But do not waste your time hoping the visit to the Grand Palace is enough to ensure a visit to Thailand is memorable. The experience starts elsewhere and extends to the advice below to ensure that you have the best time in Thailand.