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We don’t approve of clichés when it comes to travel, but we have to make an exception when describing Bangkok – a city that really does offer something for just about everyone! Known as Krung Thep, which translates to "City of Angels," a visit to the Thai capital offers an exhilarating blend of the traditional and the modern - this is a city where gleaming royal palaces, sacred temples and an ingrained appreciation of tradition mixes with prestigious accommodation, world class shopping and superb dining. It’s unquestionably an essential part of any trip to Thailand.

Today, Bangkok has blossomed into Thailand's most populated city, with 12 million residents as of 2012. The city is rich with cultural heritage and plays a leading role politically, socially, and economically in the country as well as southeast Asia. The city offers a wide range of attractions to satisfy varied tastes, including temples, nightlife, shopping, museum, palaces, and much more.
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Things to See and Do in Bangkok

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated directly across the Chao Phraya River from Wat Pho. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.

Wat Arun’s central “prang,” or tower, is a representation of Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Hindu cosmology; surrounding the central tower are four shorter, satellite prangs, decorated with with seashells and bits of porcelain previously used as ballast by trading ships arriving from China. Visitors may wish to climb the steps of the central prang for an excellent view of the city.

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Wat Pho

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing.

This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here.

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Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace

Explore the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, or The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. While the Buddha itself is small, the vast temple complex of gilded shrines is an impressive sight – with tiled roofs of bright orange and green, and mosaic-covered pillars. The Gallery of Murals features a vast, incredibly detailed depiction of the Ramayana, one of Asia’s most famous epic tales. While Thailand’s Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the 20th century, the palace complex is still used to mark all the manner of ceremonial events and auspicious occurences.

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Wat Suthat

Visit Wat Suthat, one of Bangkok’s most important Buddhist temples, which was founded in 1807 by King Rama I. Afterwards, continue around the large temple complex as your guide explains the history behind the 25-foot tall bronze Buddha statue, the temple’s remarkable series of wall paintings, the landmark giant red swing, and more.

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Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. The market operates each day between 06:00 and 11:00, though it is best to arrive as early as possible to avoid the tourist crowds. Traditional Thai homes built on stilts line canals that are packed with canoe-like boats selling local vegetables, fruits and flowers; many such boats are operated by women vendors, who dress distinctively in blue shirts and high straw hats, the classic attire of Thai farmers.

Most visitors who come to Thailand want to visit a floating market and many of them will end up here. Don’t let that put you off though, it’s an enjoyable morning out of the city and if you avoid the tourist shops you can get a real sense of the place.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

With over 10,000 stalls, Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is perhaps the largest weekend market of its kind. A rambling maze of crowded alleys, Chatuchak’s stalls sell a wide variety of trinkets, souvenirs, clothing, food, and even live animals. Additionally, the food is first-rate – ranging from skewers of grilled pork, sliced vegetables, and squid eggs to plates of pad kee mao, or wide, flat rice noodles stir-fried in a wok with vegetables, meat, and scallions.

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Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

Suan Pakkad Palace is a place to find visions of Thailand you thought long since vanished in Bangkok. Its name means 'cabbage patch', in reference to when the land was nothing more than just that.

Today, however, it's a well-tended tropical garden with serene ponds surrounding eight traditional Thai houses bequeathed by Thai royalty, and features a vast collection of art and antiquities belonging to the Prince and Princess.


Best Time to Visit Bangkok

Best time to visit Bangkok is during late November and early December, when the city is drying out from the monsoon season and experiencing a slight cool down, and the holiday crowds have yet to arrive. September and October are Bangkok's (and Thailand's) rainiest months.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
26
Feb
27
Mar
29
Apr
30
May
29
Jun
28
Jul
28
Aug
28
Sep
28
Oct
27
Nov
26
Dec
25
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
7
Feb
20
Mar
24
Apr
67
May
182
Jun
156
Jul
165
Aug
191
Sep
320
Oct
239
Nov
51
Dec
8
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
26ºC
7mm

FEB
27ºC
20mm

MAR
29ºC
24mm

APR
30ºC
67mm

MAY
29ºC
182mm

JUN
28ºC
156mm

JUL
28ºC
165mm

AUG
28ºC
191mm

SEP
28ºC
320mm

OCT
27ºC
239mm

NOV
26ºC
51mm

DEC
25ºC
8mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Bangkok, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Bangkok on a bespoke touring itinerary to Thailand, do not hesitate to contact us.

Cruises in Bangkok

RV River Kwai
The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. See full stats/details on RV River Kwai below. During the journey, guest will explore the historic sites along the river, from Bangkok (Kanchanaburi) to Daowadung.
Mekhala Rice Barge
Offering a Chao Phraya river cruise between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the Mekhala is a collection of three elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges. The barges provide the setting for an overnight relaxing river cruise between Bangkok and the UNESCO world heritage city of Ayutthaya. The cruise gives you an opportunity to revisit the ‘old Siam’ and see a charming way of life of local people along the Chao Phraya River.
Anantara Dream Cruise
The Anantara Dream is a private 17-metre rice barge that has been lovingly restored, and lavishly converted into a deluxe river cruise. It is designed for up to four couples to explore Thailand's famous Mae Nam Chao Praya, 'The River of Kings', in unmatched luxury and comfort.

Ideas for Experiencing Bangkok

Buddhist Meditation at Wat Mahathat
Travel to the renowned Wat Mahathat Temple for an introduction to Thai Buddhist meditation practice. Learn the basics of Buddhist meditation and practice the local techniques at Wat Mahathat. Following the guidance of a local monk, gain a deeper knowledge of Thailand’s Buddhist traditions.
Bangkok Sightseeing Tour
Embrace the intoxicating mélange of spirituality, history and modernity that defines Bangkok. Pass by iconic sites and lesser-known gems, gaining a comprehensive insight into the city’s deep-rooted traditions and fascinating past. Zigzag by longtail boat through the maze of canals for a glimpse of local life in the modern metropolis.
The Silk Route of Jim Thompson
Follow in the footsteps of Asia’s most famed silk merchant with this fascinating Bangkok activity. Visit Jim Thompson’s beautiful teakwood mansion and gain a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious American man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967. Then venture into a local community where artisans use techniques passed down by their ancestors who used to weave for Jim Thompson.