Experience the temples, monuments, and culture in Bangkok!

Traveling into Bangkok for the first time is a dizzying assault on the senses. Ride a tuk-tuk through the city center and you will pass neon-lit streets packed with clubs, ancient alleys and grandiose temples. Breathe in the scents of a thousand street food stalls. Listen for the chants of praying monks mingled with the voices of market vendors and shoppers haggling with one another.

Visit the Bangkok National Museum and the Bangkok Folk Museum to learn about the multifaceted history of the city. It used to be two separate cities, Krung Thep and Thon Buri, located on either side of the Chao Phraya River. Although Krung Thep has been the capital of Thailand since the late 18th-century, when the Grand Palace was built, the two municipalities were only recognised as one city in the 1970s.

Make the palace your first stop when exploring Bangkok, before visiting the spectacular temples that line the riverbank. Hop on a boat and drift along the Chao Phraya River for unbeatable views of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, recognizable for their towering stupas. Explore the temples on foot to encounter gigantic Buddha statues and golden Thai architecture.

Experience modern Bangkok in the sleek, air-conditioned malls in the districts around Siam Square. For a different, typically Thai shopping experience, pound the pavements of the city’s many markets. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best, offering antiques, handicrafts and quick eats.

Don’t leave without trying some street food. Wander through the old town of Banglamphu or Chinatown and snack on bowls of noodles or green curry and rice.

Visit Thailand’s exhilarating capital in any season to experience its sights, smells and sounds. In low season, between May and October, the weather stays hot and humid but offers the chance to save money on accommodations. Come in mid-April to join in with the water fights and colorful festivities of Songkran, Thailand’s new year celebrations.

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Shopping, Temples and Culture

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit
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Sukhumvit

Shopping, Bars, Dining

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Bangkok City Centre
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Bangkok City Centre

Temples, Shopping, Monuments

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Bangkok City Centre. Check out top attractions like MBK Center and Jim Thompson House, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Silom
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Silom

Temples, Shopping, LGBT-Friendly

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Silom. Check out top attractions like Patpong Night Market and Lumphini Park, and jump on the metro at Chong Nonsi BTS Station or Sam Yan Station to see more of the city.

Siam
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Siam

Urban, Temples, Shopping

Travelers love Siam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Ratchadamri BTS Station or Siam BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Siam Paragon Mall and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

Khao San
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Khao San

Temples, Castles, Monuments

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Khao San. Make a stop by Wat Ratchanadda or Wat Saket while you're exploring the area.

Pathumwan
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Pathumwan

Shopping, Temples, Urban

Siam Center and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World are top sights in Pathumwan, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Siam BTS Station or Rachathewi BTS Station to see more sights in the area.

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
$58/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.2/5Excellent! (5,075 reviews)

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lumphini Park and MBK Center. Siam Center and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,075 reviews)

"Servicemind & Good location and very clean. Good👍"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
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Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
$135/night
Sep 12 - Sep 13
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,931 reviews)

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, King Power MahaNakhon, and Iconsiam. Patpong Night Market ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,931 reviews)

"I liked the location because it is close to Iconsiam."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Shangri-la Bangkok
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Bandara Suites Silom Bangkok
4 out of 5
75/1 Saladaeng Road Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok
$47/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.2/5Very Good! (2,547 reviews)

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BNH Hospital and Silom Complex Shopping Mall. Lumphini Park and Patpong Night Market ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,547 reviews)

"Jack, who checked us in, was very helpful and pleasant. Check in was quick and we were in our room in no time. Our room included a kitchenette, and the whole living space is clean, spacious, and well equipped with everything we needed. Breakfast was not part of our package, but you have the option ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Bandara Suites Silom Bangkok

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

The majestic European/Asian-style complex was once the home of the kings of Siam and is now both a place of worship and a must-see Bangkok landmark.

Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

Wat Arun is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Bangkok. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

A small but extremely important Thai religious icon sits on a golden pedestal within the ornate Wat Phra Kaew structure on the grounds of the Grand Palace.

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

This “anything goes” street is a hot spot for budget travelers who want to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs, people-watch or party all night.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

Known by locals as the “Lung of Bangkok,” this green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation to residents and visitors alike.

Top activities in Bangkok

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

$44

Discover the rich history, fascinating architecture, and iconic buildings of Ayutthaya, an ancient royal capital. Visit the former royal residence at Bang Pa-In Palace, marvel at the Wat Mahathat and Wat Na Phra Men temples, and cruise the waters of Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious lunch.

Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

$49

Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and tastes of Thailand. Savor a delectable Thai dinner and a renowned theatrical production of otherworldly proportions telling Thailand's legendary heritage.

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

$29

Take an unforgettable boat tour on a peaceful canal that weaves through Thailand's picturesque countryside. Experience the lifestyle of locals who live and work on these interconnected waterways, and take in the daily bustle at Damnoen Saduak, popular floating market selling colorful handicrafts and fresh produce.

Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

$64

Spend a day exploring historic sites throughout the Mueang region as you learn about WWII and POW labor camps. Travel by road, river, and railway as you visit a prisoner cemetery, examine exhibits at the JEATH Museum, and see the span made famous by Bridge on the River Kwai.

Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

$11

Hop aboard a tuk tuk, an automatic rickshaw, and enjoy rides between some of Bangkok's top attractions. The elegantly simple Tuk Tuk Hop app allows you to book a tuk tuk at numerous locations across town, meaning that you don't have to worry about transportation between the top spots in the city.

Floating market
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Floating market

$33

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Damnoun Saduak, Ratchaiburi, Damnoen Saduak 70130 Thailand See how local people has been trading their products on paddle boats for more than 150 years.

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