What to do: Bangkok

What to do: Bangkok

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We have 132 sights and attractions listed for Bangkok.

Hiking, walking tours and itineraries


The Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River

Thailand's lifeline

Bangkok by Skytrain and Subway
Bangkok by Skytrain and Subway

More than just public transport

Two days in Rattanakosin historic district
Two days in Rattanakosin historic district

Two days in the historic district

A walk around Chinatown
A walk around Chinatown

Dig into a fascinating area

Thonburi: exploring the west side
Thonburi: exploring the west side

Dig into the oldest part of Bangkok

A walk down Charoen Krung Road
A walk down Charoen Krung Road

Thailand's oldest road

Suggested art walks in Bangkok
Suggested art walks in Bangkok

Fill your days with art

Temples


Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Home to Thailand's most sacred Buddha image

Wat Pho
Wat Pho

The city's top attraction

Wat Arun
Wat Arun

Temple of the dawn

Wat Saket
Wat Saket

Home to the Golden Mount

Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit

Five tonnes of gold

Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit

Thailand's most European wat

Wat Suthat
Wat Suthat

Atmospheric with a rich history

Wat Ratchanatdaram
Wat Ratchanatdaram

Splendid and easy to find

Wat Bowornniwet
Wat Bowornniwet

One of Bangkok's most renowned temples

Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit

Secret splendour

Wat Pathum Wanaram
Wat Pathum Wanaram

Soothing spot between the malls

Sri Maha Mariamman
Sri Maha Mariamman

Bangkok's best known Hindu temple

Wat Indraviharn
Wat Indraviharn

A big Buddha

Wat Kalayanamit
Wat Kalayanamit

The friendship temple

Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat

Meditation venue for foreigners

Wat Leng Noei Yi
Wat Leng Noei Yi

Historical Chinese site

Wat Chakrawat
Wat Chakrawat

The crocodile wat

Erawan Shrine
Erawan Shrine

Sacred shrine amid the malls

Ghost of Mae Nak Shrine
Ghost of Mae Nak Shrine

Make an offering—or else

Museums


The National Museum
The National Museum

Bangkok’s treasure trove

Museum of Siam
Museum of Siam

Solid Thai history

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

A history of the old town

King Prajadhipok Museum
King Prajadhipok Museum

A must for Thailand history buffs

Jim Thompson’s House
Jim Thompson’s House

The man, the mystery, the house

Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad Palace

Historical cluster of Thai houses

Kamthieng House and The Siam Society
Kamthieng House and The Siam Society

Old teak house amid the high rises

Bangkokian Museum
Bangkokian Museum

Charming and free

Corrections Museum
Corrections Museum

A macabre look at Thai prisons past

Siriraj Medical Museum
Siriraj Medical Museum

Not for weak stomachs

Batcat Toy Museum
Batcat Toy Museum

Holy 50,000 toys Batman!

Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum

Entrancing

Ancient Siam
Ancient Siam

Largest open-air museum in the world

Historic attractions


The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace

Worth battling the crowds to see

Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion

The world’s largest teak mansion

Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall
Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall

Thai elegance meets European grandeur

Democracy Monument
Democracy Monument

Symbol of a checkered past

Neilson Hays Library
Neilson Hays Library

One elegant library

Phra Sumen Fort
Phra Sumen Fort

Cannons by the river

Mahakan Fort
Mahakan Fort

Heritage under threat

Assumption Cathedral
Assumption Cathedral

Centre of Catholocism in Thailand

Bangkok Protestant Cemetery
Bangkok Protestant Cemetery

Spooky plots by the river

Art galleries or venues


Bangkok for art lovers
Bangkok for art lovers

Several angles to approach from

Contemporary Bangkok galleries worth a look-see
Contemporary Bangkok galleries worth a look-see

Dive into Bangkok’s art scene

National Gallery
National Gallery

You might expect more

MOCA Bangkok
MOCA Bangkok

Explore Thai contemporary art

Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang
Artist House at Khlong Bang Luang

Great for art lovers and kids

Cultural areas


Bangkok’s two Little Indias
Bangkok’s two Little Indias

Yes, there's more than one

Baan Bu bronze village
Baan Bu bronze village

Keeping a centuries-old craft alive

Baan Lao flute village
Baan Lao flute village

Something different

Soi Mathum
Soi Mathum

Keeping the mathum tradition alive

Baan Krua Nua silk village
Baan Krua Nua silk village

The other half of the Jim Thompson story

Baan Bat monk bowl village
Baan Bat monk bowl village

A unique glimpse into Bangkok's past

Phraeng Phuthon Square
Phraeng Phuthon Square

Old Bangkok heritage

Baan Don Kaidee porcelain village
Baan Don Kaidee porcelain village

Exquisite benjarong wares

Public parks and zoos


Bangkok’s parks and green spaces
Bangkok’s parks and green spaces

Need a break from the concrete chaos?

Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park

Keeping Bangkokians sane since 1920

Sanam Luang
Sanam Luang

Heart of the historic district

Benjakiti Park
Benjakiti Park

Flowers and bicycles

Suan Rot Fai
Suan Rot Fai

An unexpected patch of green

Suan Luang Rama IX
Suan Luang Rama IX

Gardens galore

National Stadium
National Stadium

If you're feeling sporty

Queen Saovabha Snake Farm
Queen Saovabha Snake Farm

A fascinating presentation

Markets


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Day markets

Eat shop eat shop

Chatuchak weekend market
Chatuchak weekend market

One of the world's greatest markets

Pak Khlong Talad
Pak Khlong Talad

So many blossoms

Sampeng Lane
Sampeng Lane

Shopping madness

Khlong Toei wet market
Khlong Toei wet market

The ultimate Bangkok wet market

Phra Chan amulet market
Phra Chan amulet market

The Buddhist knick-knack market

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Night markets

A bunch of fun options

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Talad Rot Fai

Get ready for a fun night out

Asiatique
Asiatique

Popular riverside bazaar

Thaling Chan floating market
Thaling Chan floating market

Lots of good eats and photo-hungry tourists

Khlong Lat Mayom floating market
Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Loads of food and few tourists

Kwan Riam floating market
Kwan Riam floating market

Bangkok's modern floating maket

Khlong Suan old market
Khlong Suan old market

An old school Thai market

Shopping


Siam Square
Siam Square

The centre of the Thai shopping universe

MBK Centre
MBK Centre

Simply huge

Pratunam
Pratunam

Cheap clothes and gadgets

Pantip Plaza
Pantip Plaza

Centre of Thailand's tech universe

Terminal 21
Terminal 21

Worth it for the loos alone

English-language bookstores
English-language bookstores

Plenty to choose from

Cheap clothes shopping
Cheap clothes shopping

You don't have to look far

Vintage clothes shopping
Vintage clothes shopping

Go on a treasure hunt

Thai souvenir shopping
Thai souvenir shopping

Something for you and your friends

Fabric shopping
Fabric shopping

Lots of gorgeous textiles

Day trips


Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya

The quintessential Bangkok daytrip

Ko Kret
Ko Kret

A glimpse of authentic Mon culture

Samut Songkhram
Samut Songkhram

A refreshing break

Nakhon Chai Si
Nakhon Chai Si

An enchanting day trip

Pak Nam
Pak Nam

Explore Bangkok's underbelly

Baan Sakhla and Wat Khun Samut Jeen
Baan Sakhla and Wat Khun Samut Jeen

A taste of local fishing culture

Mahachai
Mahachai

Soak up the fishy breeze

Cooking classes


Helping Hands Cooking School
Helping Hands Cooking School

A local cooking school

General activities


Baan Chang Thai Arts and Muay Chaiya School
Baan Chang Thai Arts and Muay Chaiya School

Painting, kickboxing and puppetry

Street sports
Street sports

Sport in the nooks and crannies

Watching a movie in Bangkok
Watching a movie in Bangkok

Vintage or VIP?

Thai language lessons in Bangkok
Thai language lessons in Bangkok

Start working on those tones!

Bangkok for kids
Bangkok for kids

A few pointers

Bangkok for honeymooners
Bangkok for honeymooners

Turn up the romance

Performing arts


Khlong Toey Music Program
Khlong Toey Music Program

Giving underprivileged kids the gift of music

Festivals and events


Songkran
Songkran

Ready to get wet?

Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong

A magical night

Rab Bua (Lotus Throwing Festival)
Rab Bua (Lotus Throwing Festival)

Ready, aim, throw that lotus!

Sam Phraeng Arts Festival
Sam Phraeng Arts Festival

One of Bangkok's best and most overlooked festival

King Bhumibol Adulyadej Day
King Bhumibol Adulyadej Day

An important Thai holiday

Boat trips


Khlong (canal) tours
Khlong (canal) tours

Glimpse a slower pace of life

Yoga


Yoga in Bangkok
Yoga in Bangkok

Go on, it's good for you