Attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Covering a total area of 1,569 square kilometer, Bangkok is similar in size to London, England (1,572 square kilometers). Bangkok has the greatest population, approximately 8.2 million people. The population density is around 5,200 people/square kilometers. A great number of foreign tourists – around 20 million visitors each year – from all around the globe come to visit Bangkok as there are wide-ranging sorts of tourism, namely MICE destination, shopping center, historical site, entertainment place, and so on. Bangkok has been annually ranked as one of the top-ten most visited countries in the world according to several tourism rankings. Recently, MasterCard 2014 and 2015 Global Destination Cities Index ranked Bangkok at number two of the world’s 20 most visited cities.
How to travel around Bangkok
As one of the most crowded capital cities, Bangkok has traffic congestion. Therefore, to avoid the traffic jam, the most highly recommended transportation method is taking BTS (monorail) and MRT (underground train). There are plenty of places accessible by BTS (Bangkok monorail) and MRT (Bangkok underground) simplifying your trip to Bangkok. You can easily check the monorail and underground map from the links. Furthermore, Bangkok has several public air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses with different rates of fare, running through and around the city. Despite extremely low-priced fares, approximately 6.50-25 Baht, you may possibly face some inevitable problems, such as bus conductors’ with poor English-speaking skills, bad traffic, hot weather, or air pollution. Anyway, it is a good chance to explore the real Bangkok! Next, you can travel through Bangkok by taking taxi. Most importantly, to avoid being ripped off, make sure the drivers use the meter. We suggest you to book a taxi via All Thai Taxi or use Grab taxi application, which provides reliable taxi services. Please note that you’d better not take a taxi during rush hours on 06.30 – 08.30 am in the morning and on 05.00 – 07.00 pm in the evening. Another means of transportation is taking a Tuk-tuk – open-air, three-wheeled taxi. Surprisingly, the Tuk-tuk fare is more expensive than metered taxi. Anyway, you can always negotiate the price with drivers. Lastly, to get to some tourist destinations inaccessible by BTS and MRT is quite difficult for foreign tourists. Thus, we suggest one of our subsidiary tour operator, connect2thailand, that provides car rental with private driver service that will certainly make your trips even easier.
Recommendation for Bangkok Attractions
Bangkok offers diversified tourist attractions for both business and leisure trips.
For business trips, the city serves as a business affair destination.
Bangkok has been famous for one of the ideal destinations for MICE travelers around the world. The city is home to nearly 300 hotels in Bangkok downtown and also some world-standard convention and exhibition centers, including Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) and IMPACT. Both of them usually host trade shows, exhibitions and concerts.Other smaller sites for lifestyle events are the Royal Paragon Hall and Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
For leisure trips, there are family-friendly places, museums, historical and cultural sites, shopping centers, entertainment places, and street food tasting venues.
There are many recommended family-friendly attractions suiting any genders of all ages, especially kids. Dream World and Siam Park City are famous amusement parks in Bangkok. For those who love animals and amazing shows, come visit to Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Safari World, Sea Life Ocean World, and Elephant Show Sampran. Other family-friendly and kids destinations in Bangkok are Kidzania and a new famous attraction that open in June 2018, The mavel experience Thailand (Marvel Theme park) for those who are fans of Marvel comic.
Bangkok’s museums consist of Art in Paradise – three-dimensional art museum, Madame Tussauds – wax museum, and The Erawan Museum – colossal three-headed elephant art display. Near Bangkok city is Muangboran the Ancient City, the largest outdoor museum in Thailand. It encompasses Thailand's significant historical sites, such as the replicas of temples, palaces and monuments that will take you back to the dawn of Siamese. Other interesting museums in Bangkok are Museum of Siam, Bangkok National Museum, and Vimanmek Mansion Museum.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Bangkok National Museum
In an aspect of history, Bangkok also has some historical and cultural sites. Bangkok has been Thailand’s capital city for approximately 200 years. As a Buddhist city, it has numerous beautiful temples to visit, such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Saket Rajavaravihara and so on. All of the temples have unique architecture that has foreign visitors in awe.Another must-see historical landmark in Bangkok is the Grand Palace, glorious complex of buildings situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Constructed in 1782 during the reign of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), the Palace covers an area of 218,400 square metres and has been the Thai Royal Family’s residence. Despite its age of over 200 years, the Palace is well-maintained and still looks mesmerizing.
Not only does Bangkok comprise historical places, but it also serves as shopaholics’ paradise. Inside Bangkok downtown situate a number of shopping malls, ranging from megamalls to normal ones, fitting any types of lifestyles and budgets. You are enabled to enjoy shopping the collection of luxury brand stores at Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, EmQuartier, Central Embassy, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Terminal 21. They all can be reached easily due to their locations near BTS or MRT. For those with limited budget, you can enjoy your shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall and MBK or go for a chilly walk at some markets. A worth visiting weekend market is definitely Chatuchak Market – Thailand’s largest weekend market offering innumerable goods with low prices. For night market lovers, Train Market or Rot Fai Market, JJ Green, and Asiatique should be in your list of shopping places.
Bangkok also features entertainment venues for nightlife lovers. There are countless fantastic shows waiting Thailand visitors to witness. The must-watch cultural show is Siam Niramit – world standard historical show introducing Thailand’s history and culture through several kinds of Thai dance and martial arts, such as Thai boxing matches, Nora dance and Fingernail dance. The show is performed in a state-of-the-art stage with capacity of 2,000 seats. Additionally, there are Nanta Show, South Korean comedy show, and Thai Show & Muay Thai Live, Muay Thai show depicting fighting skills. If you are a nightlife traveler, here are some of the best places to visit: Khaosan Road, Patpong Road, and Silom area.
Since Bangkok is claimed to be one of the best places to eat tasty foods, almost all streets are filled with a myriad of street food shops. Once foreign tourists visit Bangkok or Thailand, Thai food is one of those things impressing them because of its diversity, cheap price and good taste. Some of must-try street foods are Fried Noodle with Pawn (Pad Thai Kung), Spicy Pawn Soup (Tom Yum Kung), Grilled Fish (Pla Phao), Payaya Spicy Salad (Som Tum), Mango with Sticky Rice (Khaoneaw Mamuang) and Thai Crepe (Kanom Bueng). The most popular spot where you can find those luscious dishes is Chinatown or Yaowarat. The evening is the best time to go there. However, on Mondays, street vendors are not permitted to operate food shops, but there are also some permanent shops open. Other places providing yummy street foods are Ratchaprasong Road, Rama 1 Road, Wanglang Market, etc.
In addition to the above-mentioned destinations, other tourist destinations and interesting activities in Bangkok are composed of Dinner Cruise – which allows you to have an international buffet dinner in a chilly atmosphere and passing through illuminated historical buildings located along the river. Regarding to the Dinner Cruise activity in Bangkok, there are many cruise operators, namely Grand Pearl, Wonderful Pearl, Chao Phraya Princess dinner cruise, and a lot more. Wonderful Pearl is one of the best dinner cruises in Bangkok, with a new cruise and qualified food. However you may do not want to yay such a high price, we highly suggest dinner cruise with Grand Pearl operator because it is not so crowed and standardized. If you are Indian food lover, we highly suggest using Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise because it is only dinner cruise operator that serve Indian Buffet. It does not matter which dinner cruise operator you use, they all take you to the same route. The differences among dinner cruise operators is the vessel quality, food, and service. Other dinner in Bangkok to enable you to have a special meal and be surrounded by illuminated skyscrapers of the city is Baiyoke Buffet, at Baiyoke sky hotel.
All of these is what makes Bangkok one of the world's top tourist destination cities.
Updated: 1st November 2018