Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Without a doubt, the Grand Palace is the city’s most famous landmark and no trip to Bangkok is complete without spending some time here! Within its astonishing grounds one may also fine Wat Phra Keaw, the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Both these attractions can be visited in one trip but please respect the strict dress code when visiting the Wat Phra Keaw.
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Perhaps one of Wat Arun’s most unique features is its design. Unlike most other temples found in Bangkok, Wat Arun is made of spires decorated with pieces of glass and Chinese porcelain delicately placed into intricate patterns. It’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and offers absolutely stunning views at sunset, when the temple is lit up.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located behind Wat Phra Keaw and houses a 46 metre long giant gold reclining Buddha. A must see in Thailand! Entrance fee 100 Baht.
Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit
A centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Open daily from 09:00-17:00, also offering Vipassana Meditation classes in English.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Thailand’s most famous floating market. Located 100km southwest of Bangkok and best visited in the early morning on a pre-organized tour.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The world’s largest weekend market! Home to over 8,000 stalls, Chatuchak Weekend Market is located near Chatuchak Park (just follow the crowds!) Open Fridays 18:00-24:00, Saturdays & Sundays 09:00-18:00.
Other Points of Interest
Chao Phraya River & Waterways
The lifeblood of Bangkok! Ferries operate daily transporting passengers to different stops along a 21km route. A “tourist boat” is available allowing for unlimited use/stops between 09:30 – 15:00 daily at a flat fee of 150 baht per person.
A popular tourist attraction, haven for food lovers and shopper’s paradise! Running along Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, Chinatown is easily reached by public transport (Tuk Tuk, taxi) and close to Hua Lamphong metro station.
Khao San Road
Dubbed the “centre of the backpacking universe” in the popular movie “The Beach”, Khao San road is a 1km long strip packed with budget guesthouses, bars, clubs and a huge array of stalls and shops. Definitely unlike anywhere else in Bangkok.
Thailand’s old capital is located about 80km north from Bangkok and is a great place to spend the day. The easiest way to visit & experience Ayutthaya is on one of the many packaged tours sold at practically every tour office in Bangkok.