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Top 10 of the Best Places to Visit in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand. Today, it consistently tops the list of best cities to visit in the world – it is famous for its vibrant street life and numerous modern and religious attractions dotting the landscape. The city continues to attract millions of travellers from around the world, as they make their way through the bustling city of gigantic skyscrapers, grand palaces and gleaming temples, ornate shrines, museums and world-renowned floating markets.
Tradition and modernity, the poor and mega rich, backpackers’ paradise and hub for elites, all sit harmoniously alongside each other – the city of contrasts packs great vibes and so much liveliness, with action at every turn. More than just a starting point for your complete Thai vacation, Bangkok shows visitors a time of their lives with the most fun and entertainment, and memories of experiences that stay with you long after you have left the city. Options for shopping range from mega air conditional malls to tiny stalls at street night markets and at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Of course, no visit to Bangkok is complete without exploring its famous nightlife and party culture – from high octane decadence at night clubs, exotic bars and lounges to cabaret entertainment, the city never ceases to amaze partygoers! Bangkok has something for everyone. 

Whether it is culture, shopping, food or nightlife, Bangkok has you covered.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Bangkok:

Wat Arun

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Wat Arun temple is perhaps the most iconic building in Bangkok, thronged by tourists and devotees alike. The ‘Temple of Dawn‘ on the banks of Chao Praya river has the most stunning atmosphere and makes for a gorgeous sight at sundown, with its Khmer-style, colourful spire. This beautiful monument must be top of the list of your places to visit in Bangkok.

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Where: 58 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

Entry: 100 baht

Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm

Grand Palace

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Grand Palace of Bangkok has been the official residence of the royal family for more than two hundred years. This makes it one of the most venerated spots in the city. Built in 1782, the King of Siam and his royal court were based in the palace grounds till 1925. Today, Grand Palace stands as a museum and a ceremonial building for Bangkok. Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals as it meanders past the Rattanakosin royal district. Rattanokosin is where the opulent Grand Palace is located. The Temple of Emerald Buddha – which houses a 26 inch statue of Buddha carved out of a single jade stone – is also located in the premises of the palace. Wat Pho Temple nearby charms you with the largest reclining Buddha.
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Where: 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Entry: 500 baht

Timings: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Floating Market

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The floating market of Damnoen Saduak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, hundreds of little wooden row boats are laden with fresh local produce, floating on a synchronized maze of narrow khlongs or canals. You can navigate the market either on foot through the banks of the canals or by boat. You can expect a smorgasbord of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, cool souvenirs and traditional handicrafts in the market. Not to mention the delicious street food (or shall we say boat food?) like fried noodles and meat skewers.

Where: Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand

Entry: Free

Timings: 7 am to 9 pm

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Wat Pho

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Wat Pho is a beautiful temple complex home to the most iconic Buddha statue in the world. The astounding 46 meter long reclining Buddha is located here, apart from other beautiful images and sculptures. Built by the King Rama I in the sixteenth century, Wat Pho is also considered the first public learning institution in Thailand. Today it is a monument of international renown and is recognized by UNESCO as a part of its Memory of the World Program.

Where:  Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Entry: 100 baht

Timings: 8 am to 6.30 pm

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

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Known to be the largest aquarium in all of South East Asia, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is a treat for all nature lovers. Covering an area of about 10,000 square meters, this aquarium houses hundreds of species of fish and other sea creatures in its premises. Some of the most popular residents in Sea Life Bangkok include giant spider crabs, a giant pacific octopus that is about 30 feet long, sting-ray sharks and the African penguin.

Where: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Entry Fee: 990 baht for adults and 790 baht for kids

Timings: 10 am to 9 pm

Chinatown

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The bustling area of Chinatown in Bangkok is a must visit of you are excited about food and shopping possibilities in one place. Here you will find the highest concentration of gold shops in the city. Although the area is vibrant all year round, the best time visit here is during either the Chinese New Year celebrations or the Vegetarian festival. This is when the area is at its most welcoming and buzzing with energy.

Where: Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 7 am to 1 am

Chao Phraya River

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Bangkok is a city built around Chao Phraya river, and the river is still a major lifeline for most of the people living here. From innumerable backwater canals which hold floating markets, to promenades with river cruises and boat rides, the river can be experienced in many ways. One of the best is to book a romantic dinner cruise that takes you through the intricate waterways of the river with the backdrop of beautiful city lights.

Where: Bangkok Thailand

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 7 am to 9 pm

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market is a shopper’s paradise, being the largest market in all of Thailand. Here you will find more than 15,000 stalls divided in 27 sections, dealing with everything from antiques, souvenirs, electronics, cosmetics, fresh and dry fruits, spices, clothing, books, furniture and pets. The market has been open for business since 1942.

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Where: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm (Wednesday and Thursday), 6 pm to 12 am (Friday), 9 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Safari World

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Safari World is one of the world’s best kept open zoos, and a prime tourist attraction of Thailand. The 480 acre space is actually divided into two zones – Safari Park and Marine Park. A drive through Safari Park takes around 45 minutes, and you can enjoy the tiger and lion feeding shows over here. Marine Park hosts a wide variety of land, sea and air animals and consists of seven daily shows including orangutan boxing and an exciting Hollywood stunt show.

Where: 99 Thanon Panya Intra, Khwaeng Sam Wa Tawan Tok, Khet Khlong Sam Wa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10510, Thailand

Entry Fee: 790 baht for adults and 670 baht for kids

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Erawan Museum

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This museum is a sight to behold because of its unusually striking architecture. The museum is in the shape of a giant three-headed elephant. Divided into three storeys, the third storey located in the elephant’s belly. Inside you will find precious artifacts from Thai and Chinese history including the famous statue of Guanyin, the Chinese goddess with a thousand arms.

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Where: 99/9 Bang Mueang Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand

Entry Fee: 300 baht for adults and 150 baht for kids

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

This is just a taste of the amazing things to do things and see in fascinating Bangkok. When you know where to go in Bangkok, you are guaranteed the most fun on a holiday here. Get in touch with TripFactory for assistance with a customized Thailand itinerary

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