Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, in Southeast Asia. It is a top destination for travelers visiting Southeast Asia and the gateway to many of the national parks and other regions of Thailand, including the islands.
BANGKOK TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Bangkok is an electric city. There is always something going on here, from the markets to the temples to the . And the canals. Travelers in Bangkok should not miss these six attractions:
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Th Na Phra Lan, Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi
Arguably one of the most impressive sites in Bangkok, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple encompass, both the former royal residence, more than 100 buildings, and over 200 years of Thai monarchy history. The Ramakian murals are housed in the 2km cloisters and tell the story of the Rama and Sita epic. In Wat Phra Kaew, you will see the tiny Emerald Buddha, which is definitively overshadowed by the enormous gilded shrine.
Wat Pho Temple, Th Sanam Chai, Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi
The second most popular temple in Bangkok, Wat Pho is known for having the largest reclining Buddha in the city, the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, and Thailand’s earliest education centre. Across the river from Wat Pho is Wat Arun, known for its Khmer-style spire. It’s worth a visit, but visitors cannot climb the tower due to construction.
Khao San Road
Historically, Khao San Road was the rice market in Bangkok. Now, while traditionally the backpacker centre, Khao San Road is chock full of bars, cafes, restaurants. It is also the major transport hub, where buses leave for Chiang Mai and Ko Pha Ngan.
Bangkok Floating Markets
There are multiple floating markets in and around Bangkok; some are upwards of two hours from town and it will take you a combination of trams, taxis, and buses to get to most of them. Some are more touristy than others, Damnoen Saduak for example, but will still give you an excellent glimpse into the markets of Thailand. Recommended markets are Amphawa, Khlong Lat Mayom, and Wat Sai.
The night markets in Bangkok are a bustling, vibrant stop for everyone and should not be missed when in the city. They are almost carnival-like in their atmosphere and most of them are places to congregate rather than actually shop.
Jim Thompson House, 6 Soi Kasem San 2, Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi
This unique house is in fact bits and pieces from derelict houses that Thompson – a former US intelligence agent turned expat and silk entrepreneur – disassembled and had transported to this location, then reassembled. It also includes his personal art collection and furniture collection. Thompson disappeared during a morning walk in Malaysia and was never found; his house stands as a memorial and unique gallery to another era.
FAMILY ATTRACTIONS IN BANGKOK
Bangkok doesn’t often pop up when searching for the best places for families to travel, but because it is the gateway to many of the national parks and the islands, there is quite a bit to do in the city for families with children. These are in addition to the attractions above!
KidZania, Siam Paragon Shopping Centre
KidZania might be the best children’s attraction in Bangkok, but consider it more edutainment, rather than just plain fun. If you need an activity to occupy children that doesn’t involve walking the sights, this is it. At KidZania, children role plays the real world. They work to earn money and can then use that money to buy products or experiences. Several family bloggers swear by this activity.
Chatuchak Weekend Market, 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak
The Chatuchak, or JJ Market, the weekend market is a sight to behold. The vendors here range from antique wood carvings, ceramic wares, clay handicrafts, and more. There are also more than 400 food stalls. It’s crowded, but it’s worth the experience of exploring and haggling with the local vendors.
Museum of Siam, Sanamchai Road
This is hands down the best museum for kids in Bangkok. It’s housed in a former palace and the interactive exhibits teach children the history of Bangkok and Thailand.
SHOPPING IN BANGKOK
Shopping in Bangkok revolves around the markets – where you can buy souvenirs, household items, and clothes in addition to handcrafted artisan pieces. Travelers who are looking for upscale designer shopping should head to Siam Paragon, with its gilded entryway and names like Jimmy Choo, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Marc Jacobs.
Bangkok Photo Gallery