Our top 10 Bangkok attractions
1. The Grand Palace:
In the heart of Bangkok, sits the former home of Kings, a glorious assembly of halls, pavilions, open lawns, courtyards, forts, gates, throne halls and royal residences.
2. Temple of the Reclining Buddha:
Combine your visit to the Grand Palace with a stop at the nearby Wat Pho, an ornate temple which is home to the impressive 45-metre-long, 15-metre-high reclining Buddha and also the centre of traditional Thai medicine and massage.
3. Jim Thompson's House:
Showcasing an exquisite collection of art and textiles, the Thai-style teak pavilion home of Jim Thomson is now a museum dedicated to this beloved US expat. Contributing to the revival of the Thai silk industry, his story is legendary largely due to his mysterious disappearance in the Malaysian jungle in 1967.
4. Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak:
Nothing says ‘Thailand’ more than eating a steaming bowl of noodles while perusing home wares, clothing and tropical fruit piled high on longboat ‘shops’ crammed into a tiny canal. The floating market combines noise and colour to offer a unique glimpse into the lives of those who live on the river.
5. Wat Arun:
Known as ‘Temple of the Dawn', Bangkok's most famous wat, consists of a 79-metre high central Khmer-style prang or tower which houses priceless statues of Buddha and can be climbed to enjoy spectacular river views.
6. National Museum:
The largest museum in southeast Asia is housed in the grounds of a beautiful 18th century former palace and features an astounding collection of art and artefacts, documenting Thai history from the modern day back to Neolithic times.
7. Wat Phra Kaew:
This opulent wat is embellished with glittering gold and houses the 68cm meditating Buddha carved from one single piece of jade. Known as the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’, it has over 100 buildings and also contains elaborately decorated statues and pagodas.
Take a scenic trip down the Chao Phraya River to the ancient capital of Siam. Now a Unesco World Heritage site, wonder around spectacular ruins and temples and see the large bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha.
9. Khao San Road:
Jam packed with budget guest houses, restaurants, bars, market stalls and much more, this famous 1km strip has a carefree, backpacker vibe which is popular with locals and tourists alike.
10. Bang Rak:
Not be left off any self-respecting food lover's list of things to do, this historic culinary neighbourhood, also known as ‘The Village of Love’, is a melting pot of diverse flavours and home to many wonderful food stalls, shops and markets.