Top 10 Things to Do in Bangkok

Khao San Road

10. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

 

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

Wat Arun is also know as Temple of Dawn.

It is a Buddhist temple  in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok,  on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.

Although the temple has existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive spires were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.

ENTRY FEE : Entrance fee to the temple is 100 baht.

OPENING TIMES : The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.

Wat Arun : Temple of Dawn

 

9. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Explore the legendary floating market at Damnoen Saduak, where you will see vendors selling local foods, fruits and products on the rowing boats.

Damnoen Saduak is a world-famous floating market. Although it is 100km from downtown Bangkok, this tour will be an unforgettable sight for anyone.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market consists of a maze of narrow canals, and can be navigated by longboats. Female traders, often wearing traditional apparel (blue farmers' shirts) with wide-brimmed straw hats small wooden boats to sell their wares, often produce that comes directly from farms.  These boats are often full of vegetables and colourful fruits that are very photogenic.

 The market is often the busiest in the morning around 7 am to 9 am, and is active until noon.

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

 

 

8.  Wat Pho (home of the giant reclining buddha)

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha),  is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-see for any first-time visitor in Bangkok.

Wat Pho is famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures a staggering 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s a mere ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace.

Whilst visiting, this is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is widely considered as the leading school of massage in Thailand.

Entrance to the temple costs 100 baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00

 

Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

 

 

7. Chao Phraya River & Waterways

The Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand,  with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.

Five public boat lines,operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat company, use the same 21km route: 'local line', 'orange', 'yellow', 'blue' and 'green-yellow'. these lines operate between 06:00 and 19:30 daily, each line is easily identifiable by the coloured flag hanging off its rear.

Chao Phraya River

The rush-hour only local line stops at all 34 piers, while the other four are express lines stop only the selected piers. Only the Orange Flag Line, with its flat fee of 15 baht, runs all day and on weekends – for most journeys this fits the bill. The others stop at around 09:00 and begin again at around 16:00.

 

6. Chatuchak Weekend Market

The Chatuchak  Weekend Market, is loacated on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 8,000 stalls, divided into 27 sections. Chatuchak Market sells nine kinds of goods: plants, antiques, pets, food and drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home decor, clothing, and books.

Chatuchak Weekend Market,is very popular shopping centre to Thais and has become a popular place to tourists and foreigners who stay in Bangkok, has over 200,000 visitors each day. Almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price.

Chatuchak Market has been open since 1942.  In 1948, when Prime Minister Jompol Por Pibulsongkraam had a policy in which every province was required to have their own market. Bangkok chose Sanam Luang to be held as the market. After a few months, the government had to move the market to Sanam Chai, but the market moved back to Sanam Luang in 1958. In 1978, the government used Sanam Luang as a recreational area, so the State Railway of Thailand donated the land on the south side of Chatuchak Park to establish as a market. By 1983, all of the merchants had moved to Chatuchak. At that time the market was called Phahonyothin Market. In 1987, its name was changed to Chatuchak Market.

Chatuchaak market stall

 

5. Khao San Road

Khao San Road is a small road located approximately one block from the Chao Phraya River at the northern side of Rattanakosin.

Many backpackers and budget travellers are drawn here by some of the cheapest accommodation and travel deals in Thailand.

Throughout the day and night, Khao San Road is a noisy circus of activity.

Khao san road

Some of its surrounding streets, such as the relaxed Soi Rambuttri and hip, arty neighbourhood of Phra Athit Road, are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Khao San.

 

4. The Grand Palace

If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

 

The Grand Palace lit up at night

3. Dusit Palace

Dusit Palace s a compound of royal residences in Bangkok. It was constructed over a large area north of Rattanakosin Island between 1897 and 1901 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The palace, originally called Wang Suan Dusit or Dusit Garden Palace, eventually became the primary place of residence of the King of Thailand, including King Rama V, King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). The palace covers an area of over 64,749 square metres and is dotted between gardens and lawns with 13 different royal residences. Dusit Palace is surrounded by Ratchwithi Road in the north, Sri Ayutthaya Road in the south, Rachasima Road in the west and U-Thong Nai Road on the east.

Dusit Palace

2. Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is a  57.6-hectare park in Bangkok, Thailand. The park offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds  and contains an artificial lake where visitors can rent boats. Paths around the park totalling approximately 2.5 km in length are a popular area for morning and evening joggers. Officially, cycling is only permitted during the day between the times of 10:00 to 15:00. There is a smoking ban throughout the park and dogs are not allowed.

 

Lumpini Park

1. Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown district runs along Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, where an iconic ceremonial Chinese gate unmistakably marks the entrance, up to the Ong Ang Canal, which marks the outer boundaries of the royal district. Yaowarat Road itself is lined with many gold shops, and Chinatown is indeed one of the better places to shop for gold. However, just off the road in either direction is a whole other world where, it is said, you can find just about anything.

Chinatown is in one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. It is the result of the resettlement of Chinese on the west bank of Chao Phraya River after Rama I moved the capital of the kingdom from Thonburi to Rattanakosin. From there Chinese traders operated maritime junk trade between Siam and China throughout the Rattanakosin period. By the end of 1891, King Rama V had ordered the construction of many roads, including Yaowarat Road. Chinatown does not consist of only Yaowarat Road, but also includes others such as Charoen Krung Road, Mungkorn Road, Songwat Road, Songsawat Road, and Chakkrawat Road. Yaowarat's Sam Peng Market is the center of the area. The path of the road is said to resemble a dragon's curvy body, making it an auspicious location for business. There are many shops selling garments, textiles, stationery, souvenirs, second-hand parts and equipment, electric goods, computer parts, antiques, imported musical instruments and local delicacies.

Yaowarat Road (Chinatown)