1. Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

An impressive complex of finely-decorated buildings, statues & courtyards. Here, you can find the 26-inch tall Emerald Buddha, the kingdom’s most sacred image, Wat Phra Kaew, the holiest temple in Thailand.

Opening hours — 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Admission/entrance fee — THB 500 per person.

How to get to the Grand Palace — The entrance gates are located within an easy walk from Tha Chang pier if you want to go by ferry. The Grand Palace is just over 1 kilometer from Khao San Road. On foot, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes. From the National Stadium, Phaya Thai or Hua Lamphong BTS/MRT station, it’s easily reached by taxi/Grab. The fare shouldn’t cost more than THB 100. Or, ride bus #47 from National Stadium, Silom or Lumphini BTS/MRT station. Bus fare is THB 7 on weekdays and FREE! on Saturdays & Sundays.

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2. Wat Pho

Location: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Home to the famous reclining golden Buddha.

Opening hours — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Admission/entrance fee — THB 100 per person.

How to get to Wat Pho — Located near Tha Tien Pier, beside the Grand Palace, but on the other side of the entrance gate. Wat Pho is a short walk away. Bring an umbrella because it gets really hot & humid in Bangkok during the day.

3. Wat Arun

Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

This temple is famous for its beautiful spire that towers over the Chao Phraya River. You can climb up the steep stairs for a breathtaking overlook of Bangkok’s skyline. Though, my favorite view of Wat Arun is from the riverside bars across the river (near Tha Tien pier). The sunset & dusk views from here are not to be missed!

Opening hours — 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Admission/entrance fee — THB 100 per person.

How to get to Wat Arun — From Tha Tien pier & ride the local ferry to Wat Arun. The ferry ride costs THB 4 per person.

4. Bangkok markets & shopping malls

Bangkok is a shopping paradise! There are a lot of exciting markets, malls & bargains here to keep you busy all day. Don’t go only to shop, most malls have excellent food courts where you can eat affordable & delicious Thai food.

Chatuchak Weekend Market — The market of all markets in Bangkok. This is a must-visit for shoppers visiting during the weekend. Chatuchak Weekend Market is located near Mo Chit BTS & Kamphaeng Phet MRT station.

Terminal 21 — My favorite mall in Bangkok because of its many Instagram-able spots inspired by London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Fransisco and & Hollywood. The food court is huge with lots of delicious options. The boutique shops (upper floors) are more upscale than the stalls at Chatuchak Market but the clothes are way more interesting. Terminal 21 is located near Asok BTS & Sukhumvit MRT station.

Platinum Fashion Mall — Shopping for affordable clothing in Bangkok? This is a mall you should not miss.

Siam Paragon, Siam Center & Siam Discovery — Located just outside Siam BTS station, it’s very easy to visit & one of Bangkok’s most popular malls. There’s a huge food court on the ground floor of Siam Paragon with a good variety of food options. Siam Center & Siam Discovery is located next door. You can find Madame Tussauds & SEA Life Bangkok on the 6th floor of Siam Discovery.

Pantip Plaza — THE destination in Bangkok for electronics & IT products. Its five floors area full of small shops selling cameras, phones, computer hardware, software & accessories. Pantip Plaza is located beside Platinum Fashion Mall.

MBK — Originally called Mahbookkrong, is one of the city’s oldest & biggest malls with over 2,000 shops. MBK is located across the street from Siam Discovery.

Central World — The largest mall in Bangkok & among the largest shopping complexes in the World. Central World is located near Chit Lom & Siam BTW stations.

Emporium — Mostly caters to high-end shoppers. Beautiful views from the sky gardens & open-air terraces. Emporium is located near Phrom Phong BTS station.

Asiatique — Nice views of Chao Phraya riverside, especially at night. Shops cater to the tourist crowd. Many products are the same as what you’d find at Chatuchak Weekend Market & Platinum Fashion Mall but sold at higher prices. To get to Asiatique, ride a free shuttle boat from Sathorn/Central Pier near Saphan Taksin BTS station.

Pratunam Market — Fashion-focused version of Chatuchak Market. Pratunam Market is located near Platinum Fashion Mall.

5. Jim Thompson House

Location: 6 Kasem San 2 Alley, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Houses the impressive art collection of Jim Thompson, an American expat famous for revitalizing the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The site also features traditional Thai-style houses surrounded by cool greeneries.

Opening hours — 9 am to 6 pm.

Admission/entrance fee — THB 150 per adult. THB 100 per student (under 22 years old.

How to get to Jim Thompson House — Ride the Skytrain to National Stadium BTS station. Then, ride the free shuttle or take a short walk to Jim Thompson House.

6. Bangkok nightlife

Bangkok’s infamous nightlife needs no introduction. Different areas in the city cater to various crowds. See the list below to keep you guided on night spots you shouldn’t miss in Bangkok.

Where to go at night in Bangkok

Khao San Road — The ultimate place to party & meet backpackers from all over the world.

Silom & Sukhumvit — Home to most of the finest clubs and bars in Bangkok.

Rooftop bars — Gorgeous views overlooking Bangkok’s skyline. Here are some of the most famous bars.

Beautiful rooftop bars in Bangkok:

Vertigo & Moon Bar — Banyan Tree.

Sirocco & Sky Bar — lebua at State Tower.

Attitude — Avani.

Park Society — Sofitel So.See discounts

Octave Rooftop Bar — Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit.

Cloud 47 Rooftop Bar and Bistro

Zense Gourmet Deck & Lounge — Centralworld.

Patpong — Where to see the famed “ping-pong” shows.

Siam Niramit Cultural Show & Dinner — Theatrical show featuring grand set pieces, hundreds of performers, traditional music, dances & stories of early Siamese heritage.

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Chao Phraya river cruise — Enjoy the night lights along Bangkok’s riverside while indulging in a sumptuous buffet dinner onboard.

Bangkok buffet — Excellent way to feast on different Thai dishes and international cuisine.

7. Explore more Bangkok temples

Thailand’s capital is home to over 40,000 Buddhist temples. In addition to Wat Pho, Wat Arun & Wat Phra Kaew, here’s a list of beautiful temples in Bangkok.

Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple) — Near Grand Palace/Khao San Road.

Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)

Wat Inthrawihan (Temple of the Giant Standing Buddha)

Wat Suthat — Beside the Giant Swing. Near Grand Palace/Khao San Road.

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) — See the World’s largest solid gold Buddha statue. Located in Yaowarat/Chinatown.

8. Bangkok Chinatown

Location: Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

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9. Floating Markets

Location: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

An easy day excursion from Bangkok. The most popular floating markets are found in Damnoen Saduak & Amphawa.

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10. Ayutthaya

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Ayutthaya is filled with massive ancient temples ruins that is just one-hour away by land from Bangkok. This ancient city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, served as the second capital of Thailand.

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11. Pattaya

Location: Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Famous beach town just 2 hours south of Bangkok famous for its lively nightlife.

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12. Hua Hin

Location: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Less popular, but also a lot less crowded & family-friendly version of Pattaya. This beach town has many themed Instagram-able spots like The Venetian & Santorini Park. Travel time from Bangkok is around 2.5 to 3 hours.

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Beyond Bangkok

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Location: Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Save on Google Maps.

Home to Angkor Wat, one of the World’s grandest temples & ancient structures. Travel time from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 1 hour by flight or around 9 hours by bus.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Vibrant capital city & the southern gateway to Vietnam. Travel time from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh takes 1.5 hours by flight.

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Chiang Mai

Location: Northern Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

A City of Temples, home to hundreds of beautiful temples and museums in & beyond the Old Walled City. This place is not only a beautiful place to visit, it’s also one of the cheapest travel destinations in Southeast Asia.

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Krabi & Phi Phi Islands

Location: Krabi, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Go south & visit Thailand’s World-famous beaches. Krabi is home to the country’s most spectacular island landscapes with picture-perfect beaches surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

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Phuket

Location: Phuket, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Thailand’s most popular beach destination.

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Ko Samui, Ko Phangan & Ko Tao

Location: Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand. Save on Google Maps.

Head to the east coast of Thailand for amazing underwater views and epic “Full Moon” beach parties.

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What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Bangkok that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Places to visit in Bangkok

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Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

The most popular place to stay for budget travelers is Khao San Road area. It is an easy base to explore Bangkok & beyond because of many hostels, travel agencies & transport options that can be found here.

Want better views & comfort? Try the mid-range & luxury hotels on the Chao Phraya Riverside.

If you’re after the exciting shopping scene in Bangkok, stay near the BTS/MRT train stations preferably in the area of Siam, Silom, Sukhumvit, or Hua Lamphong BTS station. A big advantage of staying nearby is fast access to Suvarnabhumi Airport (via the airport express), and major transport hubs like Morchit (Mochit)-Northern Thailand Bus Station & Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

Shangri-La Hotel

Splurge / Bangrak Riverside

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lebua at State Tower

Splurge / Silom

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Casa Nithra

Mid-Range / Khao San

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SSIP Boutique Dhevej

Mid-Range / Khao San

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Baan Dinso

Budget / Khao San

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Thanabhumi

Budget / Khao San

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Been Hostel Ratchathewi

Budget / Siam

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Inn Stations Hostel

Budget Backpacker / Siam

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Nacorn Hostel

Budget Backpacker / Khao San

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Click below & search recommended Bangkok hotels/hostels/home rentals within your budget. Remember to set your min/max price, travel dates, and sort by review ratings. I often book online with these trusted booking sites below for rock-bottom prices & convenient bookings.

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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.

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