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Having recently been to Bangkok, the best places to visit are fresh in my mind. Take a look below for some tips for staying in Bangkok and the Top 10 Places to see there!

If you’re in the process of planning your trip I’d recommend that you stay for three nights so that you can fit everything in comfortably. Of course, your duration of stay depends entirely on the type of holiday you intend to have in Bangkok but for a good mix, i.e. sightseeing, trying different restaurants, some shopping, and checking out the nightlife once or twice – three nights is enough so that it doesn’t get repetitive. I’d also recommend that you choose a hotel close to Bangkok’s Mass Rapid Transit network so that you can get around with ease rather than relying on Tuk Tuks or taxis as you’ll soon realise that Bangkok is huge and that you can’t walk everywhere. The metro fares are pretty cheap and price increases the further you travel. At most I spent about 80 Baht (£1.70) for a single ticket. As for Tuk Tuks and taxis, Tuk Tuks are rather a novelty thing – so have at least one ride whilst you’re there but otherwise it’s best that you flag down a green and yellow metred taxi. Be very clear on where you want to go and that you don’t want to stop anywhere as Tuk Tuk and taxi drivers may stop in places of interest to increase your metre price and to try to make you have a look in shops etc. Also, be sure that you’re aware of the THB to GBP exchange rate to make sure you’re not overpaying on your journeys. It seems that the standard fare anywhere without a metre is 200 Baht (£4.48) – don’t accept this. By asking for the meter you can’t be charged for any more than what it should cost. So, one journey which ended up being 4 kilometres cost only 69 Baht (£1.54) on the metre instead of 200 Baht which I was originally offered. This way, you’ll save quite a lot of money over the course of your trip.

If you’re after a hotel comparison or a general idea of what the hotels are like in Bangkok, I stayed at the Park Plaza Soi 18 Sukhumvit. The hotel was comfortable and modern and the customer service was faultless. Staff were very helpful in providing knowledge and advice about Bangkok and ensuring that we had a great experience. Sukhumvit is east of the centre of Bangkok and so was cheaper than other hotels, but close to the MRT network so that we weren’t far from all of Bangkok’s sights and attractions.

Check out the hotel here.
TripAdvisor rating: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

1. The Grand Palace including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Grand Palace Bangkok
Open daily from 08:30-15:30, entrance fee 400 Baht.

The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782 and is also home to the entire administrative seat of government. Within the crenelated walls were the country’s war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time around the turn of the twentieth century, but the complex remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom, its beautiful architecture is not to be not be missed! This is the most sacred place in Thailand so be sure that you are dressed modestly with legs and arms covered.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

2. The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of Dawn

Open daily from 08:30-18:00, entrance fee 50 Baht.

One of Bangkok’s best-known landmarks, Wat Arun is best viewed from the Chao Phraya River at night and just before sunset the temple looks magnificent when is lit up against an orange sky.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

3. The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)

Open daily from 08:30-17:00, entrance fee 20 Baht.

Built on an artificial and manmade hill, Wat Saket is crowned with a gleaming gold chedi (a mound-like structure containing relics). Although still beautiful by day, I’d recommend viewing it at night as the lights that shine on the golden chedi make for a spectacular view. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you because you’ll have to walk up 344 steps to get up to the top!

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

4. The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit)

Open daily 06:00-18:00, entrance fee 20 Baht.

Located in the Susit district, The Marble Temple is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful tourist attractions and typifies Bangkok’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs, and elaborate finials.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

5. Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Wat Traimit

Open daily from 09:00-17:00, entrance fee free to see the buddha itself but there is a 10 Baht charge to visit the museum halfway up to the top of the building.

Located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station, Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest massive gold seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons. In the past, artisans crafted the Buddhas in gold and disguised them from invading armies by a covering of stucco and plaster. The Buddha at Wat Traimit was discovered by accident when it was accidentally dropped as it was being moved, revealing, under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha. Pieces of the plaster are still kept on display.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

6. Wat Pathum Wanaram

Open daily from 09:00-17:00, no entrance fee.

Although a much smaller temple than others in Bangkok, Wat Pathum Wanaram is located between the Siam Paragon and CentralWorld malls. When you enter the grounds the hustle and bustle of Bangkok disappear into peace and tranquility.

7. Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House

Open daily 09:00-18:00, entrance fee 150 Baht (adults), 100 Baht (students under 22).

During the Second World War, Architect Jim Thompson served in the US Army and his duties allowed him to see more of the world. Thompson was stationed in Bangkok when the war abruptly ended and he received orders to return to the US to receive his military discharge. Now that the war was over he was confident that with peace restored and the expansion of air travel that leisure travel to the Far East would increase. Knowing that accommodation in Bangkok would not meet international standards, Thompson sought out the Old Oriental, a former palace overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Excited by the prospects presented by it, Thompson became actively involved in the reorganization of the Oriental Hotel. His sights also landed on the untapped potential of the Thai silk industry. Thompson went on to revolutionize the dying silk industry as he was able to connect with Vogue editor Edna Woolman Chase through a mutual friend. Chase loved samples of Thompson’s fabrics enough to feature them in the magazine which catapulted the fabric into the designer world, increasing its popularity, demand, production, and thus the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company was born.

In 1959 Thompson, returning to his Architectural flare, completed a house that would become one of Bangkok’s premier tourist attractions. He combined six different styles of Thai houses with his own contemporary vision. The result was a unique complex of peaked villas surrounded by lush greenery. The house, now a museum to the self-made entrepreneur after he disappeared whilst holidaying in Malaysia is filled with a magnificent collection of Asian art and unique displays.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

8. Siam Centre at the Paragon

Siam Paragon

Open daily from 10:00-22:00, no entrance fee.

Siam Paragon is an immensely popular shopping mall housing a host of international high-end fashion brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a comprehensive selection of world cuisine. Located prominently in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station – the interchange of the two BTS lines – it is considered by many to be the centre of Bangkok.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

9. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Open Saturday and Sunday 09:00-18:00, no entrance fee.

This market is the biggest open-air market in the whole of Thailand. You will find everything you could possibly want here, including clothes, furniture, food, pets, trees, souvenirs, antiques and so much more!

To get here via the MRT train network, from your location go to either Mo Chit station on the green line or Chatuchak Park station on the blue line.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

10. Khao San Road

Khao San Road

The backpacking district of Khao San Road is the traveler hub of South East Asia. You might be familiar with the film ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio which famously described Khao San Road as “the centre of the backpacking universe”. The 1k long strip is jam-packed with countless budget hotels and hostels, mid-range hotels, internet cafes, fancy bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlours, market stalls, and much more! With its carefree, anything-goes vibe, it’s quite unlike anywhere else in Bangkok.

TripAdvisor rates this attraction: 4.5★ Check out the reviews here.

Hopefully, now you’ll have a better idea of where to go when you touch down in Bangkok!

Whilst you’re here, you should check out our guide to travel vaccinations here as it’s recommended by the NHS when travelling to Thailand that you get vaccinated against potentially harmful diseases.