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This is a general itinerary guide to Bangkok. It includes all the main sites and attractions to experience whilst in the busy city. As with any city be aware of pickpockets and scams, especially as the city is extremely busy and full of tourists.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
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  • Trendsetter
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10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

BTS Skytrain

Mass Transportation Systems

Sukhumvit Road street market

Gift & Speciality Shops

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Grand Palace

Castles

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Chao Phraya River

Bodies of Water

Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

Jessica S's City Tips

  • Beware of any 'scams' when visiting the temples. In particular, there is one called 'The Lucky Buddha' - google it for more information.
  • Beware of pickpockets/scams, especially as the city is extremely busy and full of tourists.
  • Cover up when entering temples/places of worship. This means covering the shoulders, mid-drift and legs.
  • In some temples, it is 'forbidden' to take photos, please obey any 'rules/guidelines.'
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    BTS Skytrain
    Mass Transportation Systems
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    Jessica S Says:

    The best way to travel around Bangkok city is by the BTS skytrain. This is an overhead train connecting many of the areas of Bangkok and for an extremely cheap price. These are also nice for a bit of air conditioning against the humidity of the city. As with rail travel in the UK, you pay a fare depending on your route and how many stations you pass through. The skytrain also connects the airport.

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    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Skytrain is extremely cheap fares, and depend on how many stations you pass through on your journey.
    • Skytrain connects the airport and is a lot cheaper method of transport than taxis.
    • Beware of pickpockets/muggers on the skytrain, especially as it is so busy.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Smart way scooting around town 17/12/2017
    • Thankfully this exists! 17/12/2017
    • BTS Skytrain
    Phone:
    (66) 2617 7340-1
    Other:
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    Sukhumvit Road street market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Jessica S Says:

    Bangkok has excellent street markets and the food from them are excellent and extremely cheap. I'd recommend eating like this for a lot of your trip/time in Bangkok as the food is great, cheap and would save you a lot of time/money. Other than food, a lot of clothes/souvenirs are available from these street markets. Again, be careful of pickpockets and children begging.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be careful of pickpockets and children begging.
    • Food from the street markets are a good way to save money & time without compromising on the taste!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 511 Shopping in Bangkok
    • Quirky street market 08/12/2017
    • Bangkok Street Food 05/10/2017
    • Sukhumvit Road street market
    Address:
    Along Thanon Sukhumvit from Soi 1 to 20
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Jessica S Says:

    This is considered the most sacred of the Thai temples due to it's symbolism of protecting the country in which it resides, and is therefore a must see. This temple houses the emerald buddha. Records show this buddha dates back to the 15th century and was discovered originally in Chiang Rai. The emerald buddha was carved from a single Jade stone and stands at approx 66cm tall. The King and crown prince are the only two people allowed to physically touch the statue. The cloak around the statue is changed, by the king, three times a year corresponding to the seasons: summer, winter and rainy. This is a ritual and is considered to bring good fortune to the country for that season - a must see if you can. This temple is located, along with many other temples, within the grand palace in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok. This however is a must see temple within the grand palace.

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cover up when entering the temple - cover shoulders, stomach and legs.
    • When offering prayer to Buddha, kneel down with feet pointing away from Buddha to prevent any offence.
    • Entrance to grand palace is 500 baht, but this includes access to the emerald buddha.
    • Remove shoes before entering the temple to obey Thai customs/culture.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The main attraction at the Grand Palace 17/12/2017
    • too many tourists 17/12/2017
    • Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
    Address:
    Na Phra Lan Road
    Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 222 0094
    Hours:
    Mon
    08:30 - 15:00
    Tue - Fri
    08:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    The Grand Palace
    Castles
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    Jessica S Says:

    The grand palace is situated in the heart of Bangkok and holds numerous buildings and temples all within the one complex, including: the Emerald Buddha. The palace has been the official residence of the King since 1782 until 1925. Despite the royal family of Thailand no longer residing in the grand palace, it is still used for events/ceremonies, and is the one of the most visited tourist attractions in Thailand - and with good reason, it's amazing!! The entrance fee is 500 baht, but this includes the whole complex of the Grand Palace which holds numerous buildings/temples with lots to see. As it's very popular, it does get very busy so I'd recommend heading there early (especially as you have to cover shoulders/legs/stomach so can get extremely hot as the day gets warmer). Not bad price considering you could spend a full day / half a day here exploring all the buildings/temples, experiencing their culture/history and taking photos of the local temples/culture. BEWARE of popular lucky Buddha scam. This is where locals will target you as a tourist, and inform you that the Grand Palace is closed for a certain part of the day (i.e.: morning) due to lucky buddha public holiday. They then recommend a tuktuk for certain price to take you around other sites/temples until that time and then they will take you to the grand palace. they tell you that as part of this holiday, they must head to export of jewels/cloth to get petrol - this is where you are pressurised into buying things and spending money and you're wasting time looking at other temples and not the ones you want to see. You're not scammed into loosing money as such, but you are scammed into doing things you don't want to do and have the possibility of spending lots of money (i.e.: on a suit that you won't receive).

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Entrance fee is: 500 baht. This is inclusive of all grand palace grounds and the emerald buddha
    • Remove shoes when entering any of the temples to obey Thai customs/culture.
    • When offering prayers to Buddha kneel down with feet pointing away from buddha.
    • Cover shoulders, legs and stomach when visiting the Grand Palace.
    • Place is very popular with tourists and locals, so head there early if possible.
    • General Opening hours: 8.30-3.30pm.
    • Beware of the popular 'Lucky Buddha' scam where locals tell you it's closed until certain time due to lucky buddha public holiday & recommend taking you by tuktuk to other sights.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get in, take your pictures, get out. 17/12/2017
    • The definitive "must do" in Bangkok 17/12/2017
    • The Grand Palace
    Address:
    Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier
    next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Jessica S Says:

    This is a slightly less busy temple in Thailand, but it doesn't take away anything from its beauty or sheer size. It's 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf. As well as the amazing reclining buddha, it also is considered the birth place of thai massage and has the highest amount of buddha images within the one place. It's located directly opposite the Grand Palace, so it's nice to tie the two together on your trip/planning.

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • 100 baht entrance fee.
    • Opening times: 8.30am-6.30pm
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of those must-see attractions 17/12/2017
    • One of many things to see on a city tour day 17/12/2017
    • Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Address:
    2 Sanamchai Road.
    Grand Palace, Pranakorn
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 226 0335
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Jessica S Says:

    Wat Arun in one of the most famous buddhist temples in Bangkok and is situated in the Bangkok Yai and on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun originates since the 17th century. Tourists must pay a 50 baht entrance fee. They must also cover up their shoulders, stomach and legs in the temple as a mark of respect and obeying their culture/customs. During Kathina, the king travels to Wat Arun in a procession of royal barges to present new robes to the monks. Katrina takes place July-October.

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    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cover up shoulders, legs and stomach as a mark of respect of Thailand customs/cultures.
    • 50 baht entrance fee to all tourists.
    • If you can witness the monks robing, make sure you witness it!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great temple 17/12/2017
    • The nicest temple in Bangkok 17/12/2017
    • Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Address:
    158 Wang Doem Road
    Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai
    Bangkok 10600
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 891 2185
    Other:
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    Chao Phraya River
    Bodies of Water
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    Jessica S Says:

    This is the major river running through Bangkok and runs 372km in total length. The river is used as a tourist attraction, a transport link and holds many villages/communities along its banks.

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    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • River of Bangkok 17/12/2017
    • Massive River 16/12/2017
    • Chao Phraya River
    Phone:
    +66 87 109 8873
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
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    Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Jessica S Says:

    The temple of the golden Buddha contains the Golden Image Buddha which is made of solid gold and weighs approximately 5 ½ tons. The statue itself is unbelievable. It is 3 metres tall and weighs 5.5 tonnes. It is made of 18 carat gold and is approximately worth $250 million. It really is a site to behold and is a must see! No photos are permitted in this area so please respect their culture/customs and do not take any.

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • No photos are permitted in this area so please respect their culture/customs and do not take any.
    • Cover up in the temple - cover shoulders, stomach and legs.
    • No entrance fee to the temple.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Admission fee applys 17/12/2017
    • Well worth my time and effort 17/12/2017
    • Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
    Address:
    661 Chaoren Krung Road
    Talad Noi, Samphanthawong
    Bangkok 10100
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 225 9775
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Jessica S Says:

    The golden mount is situated in the Pom Prap Sattru Phai district of Bangkok. The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era, when it was known as Wat Sakae. When Bangkok became the capital, King Rama I renovated the temple and gave it its present name. This temple is situated on a high hill & boasts stunning views at its summit over Rattanakosin Island. There is no entrance fee.

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • An annual festival is held in November featuring a candlelight processing up Phu Khao Thong to the Chedi.
    • Stunning views at the summit, well worth the climb!!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the easy climb 17/12/2017
    • Walk the best part 16/12/2017
    • The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
    Address:
    344 Chakkraphat Diphong Road
    Bang Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
    Bangkok 10100
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 621 2280
    Other:
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    Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Jessica S Says:

    Lumpinee boxing stadium is the main venue for their national sport: Thai boxing. Here many competitions are held and the shows are a great way of seeing some of their culture. Ticket prices vary and so does the intensity of the competition. Opened in 1956

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's run by the Thai Royal Army - be careful and stick to their customs/culture.
    • Ticket prices vary (200 baht - 2000 baht). The show intensity also varies.
    • Shows usually start at 6pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 587 things to do in Bangkok
    • Great boxing. Scam ticket agents.Should have read more rec 15/12/2017
    • A must do in Bangkok! 26/11/2017
    • Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
    Address:
    No. 6 Ramintra Rd
    Anusawaree, Bang Khen
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 251 4303
    Hours:
    Tue
    18:30 - 22:30
    Fri
    18:30 - 22:30
    Sat
    16:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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