Top Things to Do in Bangkok

When in Bangkok make sure you don’t miss these Bangkok highlights:

National Museum is on Na Phra That Road walking distance from Khao San Road.

National Gallery is opposite the National Museum on Chao Fah Road within walking distance of Khao San Road and displays classical and contemporary Thai art, including paintings by the King.

Royal Barge Museum is located near the National Museum on the Chao Phraya river at the entrance of the Bangkok Noi Canal. The museum houses the royal barges that are used on ceremonial occasions.

Wat Pho is located next to the Grand Palace and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. The temple houses the famous Reclining Buddha, 46 m long and 15 m high, making it the largest Reclining Buddha in Thailand.

Grand Palace is in the old city, walking distance from Khao san Road, and is a wonderful palace complex of buildings and golden temples where the King use to live. Visitors must be properly dressed with long trousers, long skirts and long sleeves to visit the Grand Palace.

Jim Thompson’s House – Jim Thompson was a famous American who revived the silk trade in Thailand after World War II. In 1967, while on holiday in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, he went for a walk and mysteriously disappeared and no trace of him has ever been found. He built a traditional Thai house on the bank of a canal in Bangkok and that house is now a museum showing his collection of Asian antiques and handicrafts.

Siam Ocean World is an aquarium complex located at the Siam Paragon shopping mall in the centre of Bangkok, near Siam BTS Station. Shows include Shark, Sting-ray, Sea Otter and Penguin feeding. Visitors can take the opportunity of a lifetime and dive with the Sharks.

Dream World is a theme park to the North of Bangkok on Rangsit Nakornnayok Road by Bus 188 from the northern bus terminal or Bus number 538 at the Victory monument.

Safari World and Marine Park is 25km east of Bangkok and houses natural habitats for African and Asian animals. There is a wildlife feeding show, Orangutan boxing show, white tiger show, water ski show, Hollywood cowboy show and a lot more.

Wat Saket (Golden Mountain temple) is an artificial hill with a towering gold chedi (pagoda), built around 1850, and is located within walking distance of Khaosan Road. Visitors can climb the 318 steps to the top and obtain a great view of the city.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is a 17th century Buddhist temple named after Aruna, the Indian God of the Dawn. The central Khmer-style pagoda is about 80m tall and symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is an impressive sight and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Traimit (temple of the Golden Buddha) is a temple, on Tramit Road near Hualampong Railway Station on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the 900 year old world’s largest solid-gold Buddha, nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons.

Wat Suthat is a large complex covering 10 acres located near the Democracy Monument. It houses a beautiful 13th-century bronze Buddha over 8m (25ft) tall.

Khaosan Road is north of the old city and is within walking distance of the Grand Palace and Wat Po. Khaosan road and the adjacent roads are packed with shops, restaurants, travel agents, market stalls and cheap accommodation which makes the area attractive for backpackers.

Floating Market is a market on boats floating in the canals and river. The floating market at Klong Dao Kanong in Thonburi is the closest to Bangkok. The market at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province is larger and is located 110 km west of Bangkok. It’s an attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Many tour operators are available to take visitors to the floating markets.

Snake Farm is on Rama IV Road and is operated by the Red Cross. Every day snakes are milked for their venom to produce anti-venom serum. Visitors can watch a snake milking demonstration.

As you can see there is a lot to do in Bangkok – one visit will not be enough!