We've hand-picked the best things to do in Bangkok.
9 Attractions in Bangkok:
Jim Thompson House MuseumFormer home of Jim Thomson, an American businessman best known for reviving the Thai silk industry. Thompson’s grand home was turned into a museum showcasing his collection of traditional Thai furniture, statues, and art after his mysterious disappearance in 1967.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)An elegant Buddhist temple located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun’s appearance is different to other religious sites in Bangkok, having been inspired by the temples of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visitors who brave the spire’s incredibly steep steps are rewarded with views over the winding river and historic old city.
Rajadamnern Boxing StadiumBangkok’s home of Muay Thai fighting matches. Watch professional fighters clash in the ring every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Perhaps more popular than the fight itself is the opportunity for spectators to place bets on blue vs red-clad boxers using a series of coded hand gestures. Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium is one of the largest and most modern stadiums in Bangkok with capacity for 8,000 spectators.
Siam ParagonOne of Bangkok’s largest and most popular shopping malls, located within the historical district of Siam. This sprawling mega mall features 9 levels of stores covering local and international clothing brands, accessories, precious jewellery, technology, homewares, hair salons, nail salons, toys, luxury cars, and more. Don’t feel like shopping? There’s still plenty of things to do at Siam Paragon including a large cinema, kids’ play centre, bowling alley, and even an aquarium.
Chinatown (Yaowarat Road)Centered around the electric Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a hub of street food and discount shopping contrasted against authentic Chinese restaurants and harmonious heritage sites.
Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)Wat Pho is home to Bangkok's 46-meter (150-feet) long golden reclining Buddha statue, one of the most sacred Buddhist relics in Thailand. The operational monastery features several areas worth visiting, including exquisite pagodas known as the 4 kings temple, long hallways lined with intricate paintings of stories from Thai folklore, and a Thai massage school where visitors can receive a massage from students.
Grand Palace and Wat Phra KaewA spectacular 18th century palace and former home to Thai royals. Exquisite buildings decorated in mosaic, painted ceramic and carved statues bring thousands of tourists to the complex each day. Also within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, said to be the most sacred Buddhist relic in Thailand.
Chatuchak Weekend MarketOne of the world’s largest outdoor markets with over 1,500 vendors forming a maze-like grid of stalls each weekend. Items for sale include clothing, souvenirs, homewares, jewellery, curry sauces, street food, and much more.