Top 10 attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok is a huge city filled with countless attractions. Interesting tourist places here more than in any other capital city in Asia, and to view all, probably, is not enough for the month. For this we have prepared a Top 10 list of interesting places of Bangkok that you should see first.
- All attractions of Bangkok
- What to look for in Bangkok for two days
- Guide to the temples of Bangkok
- What to look for in Bangkok for one day
1. Grand Palace
This Palace complex, consisting of many temples and palaces, is the main religious edifice of Bangkok, and the first landmark of the capital, which is worth a visit. The Palace complex was built in 1782 and is not only the actual Royal residence but also the location of many government offices. Of course, a Royal residence and offices are not accessible to tourists, but the most beautiful and interesting part of the complex is open to tourists for a fee. Take a trip to the several palaces and throne halls, which are used by the Royal family for the reception of ambassadors and foreign delegations, many temples and shrines. For a complete tour of the Palace you need at least half a day. Read more about Royal Palace of Bangkok and photos here...
🕐 Working time: daily from 8.30 to 15.30 (the complex is open until 16:30, but visitors are stop start at 15:30). In 10:00, 10:30, 13:30 and 14:00 to start free tour in English.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 500 baht (1053.59 RUB, the currency of Thailand)- audio player- 100 baht (passport or credit card as collateral).
🚶 How to get there: the Palace is in the historical part of the city (the entrance to the Royal Palace on the map). From the tourist area of Khao San road it can be reached on foot. From other areas by taxi (about 200 baht) or the bus, or take the metro to station Taksin and then catch the Shuttle boat across the river to pier No. 9, Tha Chang.
2. Temple of the reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Close to the Royal Palace is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) – one of the oldest temples of the Kingdom and the largest in Bangkok, built in the years 1688-1703 Here is the famous 46-meter high gilded statue of the reclining Buddha. On the territory of the temple complex are many chapels and pagodas.
It is the largest and the oldest temple in the capital and the most famous among tourists, and one of the most famous symbols of Thailand. Seldom has a feature film, which takes place in Bangkok, without personnel from the temple. Despite the "advertised" and the tourist, the temple is a must to visit, especially since it is situated almost close to the Royal Palace. Read more about temple of the reclining Buddha here...
🕐 The operating time: daily without days off from 8:30 to 18:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 baht (421.44 RUB), cook without putting, it is not given; the guide (optional) for 1 person 200 baht, 2 persons - 300, 3 or more, 400 baht
🚶 How to get there: Wat Pho is located next to the Royal Palace of Bangkok on the Bank of chaopraya river (the Chao Phraya) on the Peninsula Ratanakosin (the temple on the map). Within walking distance to the tourist area of Khao San road and Chinatown.
3. The temple of dawn (Wat Arun Wat Arun)
In front of the Temple of the reclining Buddha (Wat Po) across the river Temple of dawn, Wat Arun. You can reach it via the river ferry, which costs 3 baht. The Marina is located right next to the temples. You can reach it by taxi will cost very expensive, will have to make a big detour via the bridges. In the evening when the 88 metre temple illuminated by floodlights from the opposite Bank of the river for a view.. This is probably the most beautiful temple of Thailand. In spring and summer every evening at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00 and 21.30 arranged the light show, during which the Thai and English languages, accompanied by traditional Thai music tells about the history of the temple. Read more about Temple of the dawn here...
🕐 Working time: daily from 07:30 to 17:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 50 baht
🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located on the opposite side of the river, opposite Wat Pho (the temple on the map). You can get to it easiest by boat-the ferry from Tha Tien pier near Wat Pho, ferry is 4 baht
4. Temple Of The Golden Buddha (Wat Trai Mit)
This unremarkable temple could be just one of the thousands of temples, if not the world's largest Golden seated Buddha statue. The Thais say that it consists entirely of gold, but this has not been tested. The statue weighs 5 ½ tons, and the height more than 3 meters. The pupils of the eyes of Buddha represent the black Thai sapphires, and the whites of the eyes are made of pearls. Age of about 700 years.
The complex consists from several temple buildings and even a Museum, and next to another two temples: the Golden dragon and the Lotus temple. The Museum consists of two floors and is dedicated to the history of the statue, while the lower floor deals with the history of Chinese Chinatown, which is the Church. Read more about temple of the Golden Buddha here...
🕐 Working time: daily from 09:00 to 17:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: the entrance to the temple with the Golden Buddha (4 floor) - 40 baht, the entrance to the Museum (2nd and 3rd floors) - 100 baht (210.72 RUB).
🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located in Chinatown (temple of the Golden Buddha on the map). To get here it's all underground metro Bangkok MRT to Hualamphong MRT station (and railway station Bangkok Hualamphong), and then 5 minutes walk.
5. Wat Suthat Thep splash jungle water Park and giant swing (Giant Swing)
This temple, located in the heart of Bangkok, one of the oldest. It is known that it is one of the most beautiful and largest Viharn (sermon hall). The temple began to be built in 1807 by king Rama I and was completed only in 1947 when king Rama III. At the base of the pedestal of the statue is a part of ashes of king Rama VIII. In 2005, the temple listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Right in front of the temple are the giant swing, which until 1932 was used in the ritual of Tri-yampawai (the birth of a new world and expressing gratitude to God Shiva for the rice harvest). The young people were swinging in the swings and had to grab the money bag hanging at a height of about 25 meters.
🕐 Working time: daily from 08:30 to 21:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 100 baht
🚶 How to get: see the position of the temple and swings on a map of Bangkok.
6. The Temple Of The Golden Mount (Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan)
This Buddhist temple is known for its gilded pagoda, built on a high artificial hill called the Golden mountain. For a long time, until in Bangkok began to build skyscrapers, the pagoda was the tallest structure in the city. At the top is not only the pagoda but also an observation deck from which you can make stunning panoramic images. Among Buddhists, this temple is highly revered as it houses a piece of Buddha's ashes brought from India. Every November the temple is a Grand festival, during which huge procession up the hill. Read more about Wat Saket and the Golden mountain here...
🕐 Working time: daily from 07:30 to 17:30
💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: visits to the temple free, access to the observation deck - 50 baht
🚶 How to get there: the Temple of the Golden mount is located in the heart of Ratanakosin island of Bangkok (the temple on the map). From the tourist area Khao San road to get here will not be easy walk. Of the remaining districts will be reached by taxi, bus, or boat on the canals.
7. Bangkok national Museum
It is the largest Museum of Bangkok and the country, and in our opinion if we visit a Museum in Bangkok, it is best this. It is a complex of several buildings, temple, and territory, which sometimes held views on the subject of the history and culture of Thailand. The collection is very rich, and even a cursory inspection of all exhibits will take about two hours, and to study in detail and read the captions under the exhibits will take an entire day. National Museum interesting even without a tour, but if you want, you can join free guided tours in English, French or German, which are held several times a week. Read more about Bangkok national Museum here...
🕐 Working time: open Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00; Monday and Tuesday – closed. A free guided tour held Wednesday and Thursday at 09:30, Sunday at 10:00 and 13:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 baht (421.44 RUB, the currency of Thailand)
🚶 How to get there: the Museum is located in the heart of Bangkok on the Peninsula Ratanakosin between the tourist area of Khao San road and the Royal Palace within walking distance from them (Museum map). From other parts of Bangkok and is accessible by taxi (not more than 200 baht for the trip according to the meter); the Shuttle boats on the river Chaopraya to Tha Chang pier or Phra Athit; buses 3, 6, 9, 30, 33, 43, 53, 59, 64, 65, 70, 80, 82, 91, 123, 124, 203, 503, 507, 524.
8. Museum, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
In the complex of the Royal palaces of Dusit Palace is the most prominent place is the most beautiful Palace - Throne room Ananda-Samakhom. This is one of the best rich and interesting exhibits in the museums in Bangkok. The Palace is magnificent both outside and inside, decorated with precious wood, semi-precious stones. But most importantly, there is exhibited a rich collection of objects associated with the Royal family: furniture, models of boats, jewelry, dishes, artwork, etc. For inspection free audio guide, including in Russian, which tells in detail about each of the exhibits. Read more about the Museum here...
🕐 Working time: from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday – closed. Sale of tickets stops at 16:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 150 baht, including audio guide (about $ 5)
🚶 How to get there: the Museum is located near the tourist center at the address 71 Uthong Nai Alley (Museum map). But it is not very convenient for tourists since the metro near there. From the tourist area Khao San road (see areas of Bangkok, where better to stay) here you can reach on foot, really have to go 3 kilometers. Another option is to catch a boat along the chaophraya river, and out on the berth No. 15, thewet flower market, but also from the pier you will have to walk two kilometers. Can also be reached by bus number 70 (comes from the Democracy Monument near Khao San road), No. 5, No. 72 (from Pratunam area), No. 503 (from Democracy Monument near Khao San road and Chatuchak weekend market), No. 28 (from Chatuchak market and Victory Monument), No. 18 (from Victory Monument), No. 125 (from Victory Monument).
9. The observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon
The observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon – new attraction (opened in the year 2081,), which much surpassed the previously highest viewing Bangkok hotel-the skyscraper Baiyoke Sky. It is higher (314 metres), modern, interactive entertainment, and much more. Today it is the highest viewing platform in Thailand. Upstairs on the 74th floor there is a closed viewing platform with an interactive map of the city and checked sites; 75 to 87 floor you'll ascend the transparent escalator, and 87 is directly open to observation and balconies with glass floors. Read more about observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon here...
🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 24:00, last entrance at 23:00.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: Tickets are sold separately to the enclosed observation deck on the 74th floor (adults – 765 baht, children and the elderly – 250 baht; to open space and balconies with glass floor to 87 floor (adults – 965 baht, children and the elderly – 450 baht.
🚶 How to get: a skyscraper located in the Silom area (quay on the map). Located next to Skytrain station Chong Nonsi BTS. From areas where there is no subway, can be reached by taxi or city buses: 15 (from Kasaan road), 16, 77, 187, 34
10. Historical Park Muang Boran
Ancient city Muang Boran (Ancient city, Mueang Boran) is a huge cultural and historical Park in which it is located more than one hundred copies of the historical buildings of Thailand (the originals of many of which are already destroyed), part of which was built in full size. Copies and layouts even entire villages, as well as real homes, moved here from the provinces.
Highly recommend this place to visit, but it is necessary to allocate the whole day. The Park is big, so at the entrance you can take a free bike, or for a small charge the electric vehicle. At the box office are free audio guides, including in Russian. Be sure to bring sun protection (sunscreen, umbrella, hat) and water. Read more about Muang Boran here...
🕐 Working time: 9:00 to 19:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: from 09:00 to 16:00 adult – 700 baht, children (6-14 years) – 350; from 16:00 to 19:00 for adults 350 baht, children (6-14 years) – 175. When you buy a ticket on the Park's website discount 100 baht, but it is necessary to buy not less than 24 hours
🚶 How to get there: the Park is located in the suburbs of Bangkok - Samut Prakan (Samut Prakan), which is located South of Bangkok to 29 kilometers (Park map). the taxi ride on the meter will cost from 300 baht. But to get to the Park budget will not be easy. On the BTS Skytrain, you need to get to the final Kheha station, and from there to the Park by taxi (50 baht) or a passing taxi. You can get even cheaper if you take the bus No. 511 right in the city (it is near the tourist area of Khao San road, the Democracy monument, through the district of Pratunam, Sukhumvit road), and on the end get on the bus.