If you thought Bangkok is only famous for its exotic nightlife and Thai massage, it’s time you give it another thought. There’s a lot moreBangkok has to offer to every kind of traveller. The capital city of Thailand is one of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia. So checkout these interesting places to Bangkok, and don’t forget to include them to your itinerary.
The Grand Palace
Located in the heart of Bangkok city, the Grand Palace is a huge complex comprising of various architectural marvels. Since 1782, the palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam. It is one of the most sacred sites in Bangkok, and remains a symbol of excellent craftsmanship and creativity.
Situated at the banks of Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is open to tourists daily between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. While visiting the palace, make sure you’re modestly dressed. You can also borrow clothes to cover your body from the booth near the entrance.
Thailand is home to more than 30,000 temples or Wats, and some of the most visited of these are in Bangkok. Wat Arun, also called the Temple of Dawn is one of the most famous landmarks of the capital, and is located on the Thonburi bank of Chao Phraya River. Partly constructed from colourful, decorated spires, Wat Arun is a scenic delight when the first light of day touches the crystal clear waters of Chao Phraya River.
Standing majestically opposite to the Grand Palace, it’s very easy to visit this sacred site. You can take a boat from Saphan Taksin to pier 8, and transfer to a small shuttle, which takes you to the Temple of Dawn. Wat Arun is open for tourists daily between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Wat Pho, also called the Temple of Reclining Buddha, is one of the largest temple complexes in the city. The 46 metres long reclining Buddha statue is a must-see for every visitor to Bangkok. Interestingly, Wat Pho is considered to be the most prominent school of Thai massage in the country.
Don’t miss a visit to the four chapels inside the complex, comprising of around 400 gilded Buddha images. Colourful tiles, ceramic pottery flowers and Chinese statues give the landscape a very beautiful and interesting look. Gates to the temple open between 8 am and 5 pm. Traditional Thai massages are available till 6 pm.
Siam Ocean World
The size of three Olympic swimming pools and two storeys underneath the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall, the Siam Ocean World is an aquatic wonderland, and is fun for the entire family. Children can choose from a wide range of activities, including Penguin Feeding, Rainforest Zone Feeding, Diver Underwater Talk and a lot more. Observe the rare aquatic life from a glass-bottom boat or dive with the predators in a diving suit and a 180-degree helmet.
Enjoy your visit with state-of-the-art technology, and watch a movie in Thailand’s first 4D movie theatre. Siam Ocean World is open daily between 10 am and 9 pm.
From weekend markets and night bazaars to shopping malls and floating markets, Bangkok offers some of the most fascinating shopping experiences in the world. Chatuchak market is the largest market in Southeast Asia and has more than 8,000 stalls!
Whether you’re looking to buy clothes, accessories, leather goods, jewellery, plants or exotic animals, Chatuchak offers a wide variety at the best price. The market opens only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 9 am and 6 pm.
Siam Paragon and MBK
From high street fashion to the latest high-tech gadgets, from sports cars to the best in home décor, this swanky megamall in Bangkok is a must-visit for all shopaholics. The mall houses some of the best international brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a wide selection of world cuisine. .
MBK is an absolute paradise for shoppers, and offers both authentic goods and knock-offs at affordable prices. These include electrical gadgets, high street fashion, jewellery, etc. Wednesday night is ‘Fight Night’, and hundreds of people gather at MBK to witness the weekly Thai Muay Kick boxing event.
Siam Niramit is one of the largest stage productions in the world and is a family entertainer. The show depicts Thailand’s spiritual and historical heritage and is listed in the Guinness World Records for featuring more than 100 performers! A combination of dazzling performances and authentic Thai cuisine, the Siam Niramit Show is pure fun and entertainment. The show is divided into different acts, with each act focusing on different subjects, like karma, religious ceremonies etc.
Sirocco Rooftop Restaurant at Lebua Hotel (Sky Bar)
For a truly unique, awe-inspiring experience, dine at the Sirocco rooftop restaurant at Lebua Hotel, Bangkok. Located on the 63rd floor of the hotel, Sirocco is the highest restaurant in the world and one of the most sought-after dining options in Bangkok. Enjoy a splendid evening of al fresco dining along with stunning views of Bangkok city and the charming Chao Phraya River. Some of the must-try dishes here include the Atlantic Hake Fish, Exclusive Petrossian Caviar and Wild Chanterelle & Cod Fish.
Don’t leave Bangkok before you visit these places. Plan your itinerary in advance and enjoy the best of Bangkok. Once you’re done visiting these places, do checkout our Bangkok travel guide to know more about popular attractions in Bangkok.