Experience the temples, monuments and museums in Bangkok!

Thailand’s capital city is the most popular tourist destination in the World for good reason: hidden somewhere within its bustling streets, everyone can find what they are looking for.

With the help of the modern Skytrain (BTS) and underground rail network (MRT), getting around the city couldn’t be simpler. To see the sights from a more authentic perspective, you might want to try catching a riverboat express or hailing the driver of a traditional Thai tuk-tuk.

If you seek spiritual succour, you can find it at the Erawan Shrine dedicated to the Hindu God Brahma, or in one of the many Buddhist temples dotted around the city: the elevated heights of Wat Saket, Wat Pho, with its giant reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, named for the God of Dawn, and the world-famous Wat Phra Kaew – or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – home to Thailand’s most sacred object.

The ancient metropolis of Rattanakosin, now enveloped within the city boundary, is home to a treasure trove of historical attractions. In the National Museum, you can trace the country’s history through artefacts, sculptures and costumes from the ancient world to the modern day. The Grand Palace will take you back to the era of the Kings of Siam and King Rama I, who established Bangkok as the country’s capital.

Meet the descendants of Thailand’s earliest settlers on Ko Kret Island, a rural islet in the middle of the Chao Phraya River that makes a great day trip.

For a taste of twentieth-century extravagance, you can take a tour of Vimanmek Palace, constructed as a royal residence by King Rama V in 1900. A more modern mystery awaits you at Jim Thompson House, the home of an American expat who disappeared without a trace in the 1960s.

Before you get too lost in memories of times gone by, take a trip to Khao San Road and let yourself be dropped headfirst back into the present day. Haggle with hawkers, snack on legendary Thai street food and watch the whirl of backpackers and street sellers while you sip a cool drink.

For a slower pace, you may want to spend some time in Lumphini Park. A haven of green in the midst of the hubbub, it offers a breathing space where you can rebalance body and soul with a spot of yoga or Tai Chi.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit
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Sukhumvit

Shopping, Bars, Dining

4/5 (288 Ratings)

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs4,731
per night
22 Oct-23 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (5,157 reviews)

"We had an awesome stay at Mandarin Hotel. The staffs were very accommodating and pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
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Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs10,240
per night
12 Oct-13 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (3,006 reviews)

"good location and customer service. room is a little dated though"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Shangri-la Bangkok
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Rembrandt Hotel Suites and Towers
4.5 out of 5
19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Klong Toei, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs4,885
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (2,808 reviews)

"Breakfast needs improvement. Needs to provide more variety. Room is spacious and comfortable which was great. Location is good and close to Terminal 21."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019

Rembrandt Hotel Suites and Towers

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5 (235 Ratings)

A series of sparkling golden rooftops crown the Grand Palace, which reigns supreme along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

4.5/5 (164 Ratings)

Book yourself in for an energising treatment at the official school of traditional Thai massage, housed in Bangkok’s oldest temple complex.

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

4.5/5 (140 Ratings)

Named after the Hindu God of Dawn, Wat Arun is a sight to behold both as the sun rises and as it slips below the horizon.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

4.5/5 (122 Ratings)

The holiest Buddhist site in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is home to the revered Emerald Buddha which is protected by mythical Guardian warriors at every entrance.

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5 (215 Ratings)

Khao San Road epitomises the manic mega-city, attracting tourists and travellers from all over the world with the promise of cheap accommodation and adventure.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5 (144 Ratings)

In a city as busy as Bangkok, the green spaces and tranquil lakes of Lumphini Park provide respite from the frenetic pace of the outside world.

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