Bangkok is the capital and with its 12 million citizens by far the largest city of Thailand. In most cases Bangkok is the first and last city of your trip through or stay in Thailand. It's worth spending a few days of your holiday in this city. Because of the size and the hectics many tourists find it more comfortable to visit Bangkok at the end of their trip or vacation. By that time they are more used to the hectic way of life.
Bangkok offers many sights and a vibrant nightlife. Throughout the city cultural and historical sites can be found as well the popular red light districts patpong and nana plaza. As in any big city there are plenty of parks, shopping malls and amusement parks.
Sights and Tourist Attractions
Location: 4.6mi from city center - 15 minutes | Price: 350THB | Category: Culture and History
The construction of the royal palace started in 1782. The area has a size of 54 acre. Originally, the Royal Palace was the residence of the reigning king, and the site where the government was based. This changed during the mid-20th century. On the grounds of the Royal Palace you can also visit the Wat Phra Kaew, Emerald Buddha and a museum.
Location: 25mi from city center - 45 minutes | Price: 850THB | Category: Amusementpark
Dream World is an amusement park in American style. There is plenty to do and the park is completly focussed on children and teenagers. There is, among other things, a space where everything is 50x larger than normal, a go-kart track and a wild water slide. The local Thai mainly goes to this park because of the snow and ice areas. In this part of Dream World it is freezing and you can ride a sled on artificial snow.
Daily spectaculair shows can be seen in Dream World.
Location: 7.5mi from city center - 15 minutes | Price: 200THB | Category: Zoo
The snake farm was started for the production of anti-poison. They work very close with the Red Cross to ensure that the anti-poison is available all over the world. One of the many snakes that can be seen here is the King Cobra. Every day the Snake Farm gives a show on how the snakes are milked to eventually make the anti-poison.
Location: 12.5mi from city center - 30 minutes | Price: 300THB | Category: Culture, history and religion
The Erawan Museum can not to be missed. On the roof stands a giant three-headed elephant named Erawan. The museum consists of three floors, where you can find different ancient relics. The walls of the Erawan Museum are painted and tell the story of Buddha. The light that comes through the glass roof symbolizes all that is good on earth. Furthermore, you can learn a lot about the history of Thailand, such as the emergence of the Thai navy and historical battles. All in all, this museum is certainly worth a visit.
Damnoen Saduak (Floating Market)
Location: 60mi from center - 2 hour drive | Category: Culture
Damnoen Saduak is a town in central Thailand in the province of Ratchaburi. This village is best known for the daily floating market in the morning. Because this village is not too far from the Thai capital Bangkok, there is lots of tourism in Damnoen Saduak. This unfortunatly has resulted in a loss of authenticity. Also from Kanchanaburi tours are organized to the Damnoen Saduak (floating market).
Location: 45mi from center - 1 hour | Category: Culture, history and religion
Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Ayutthaya (1350-1767). Throughout this region there are ruins, temples and palaces. Many temples are build in the Angkor style as are found too in Siem Reap (Cambodia). During the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the Dutch VOC was active in this region. This location is a World Heritage Site since 1991.
Location: 105mi from center - 2.5 hours | Price: 200THB | Category: Natuure
Khao Yai is the first national park of Thailand and has an area of approximately 838mi². This park is the third largest national park in Thailand. It mainly consists of tropical rainforest. The wildlife in Khao Yai includes wild tigers, elephants, bears etc. In Khao Yai around 300 different kind of bird species can be found. In addition to the wildlife in this park, there is also a lot Flora that is worth seeing. There are beautiful waterfalls, the most famous is the Namtok Heo Suwat. This waterfall is used in the movie "The Beach".
Location: 5mi from city center - 15 minutes | Category: Culture, history and religion
Wat Pho is the largest and oldest temple of Thailand with an area of almost 20 acres. Furthermore it has the largest reclining Buddha in the world. In addition, there are another thousand Buddhas on display at Wat Pho. Traditionally, this is the location where the Thai is going to be trained as a masseur.
Location: 7mi from Centre - 20 minutes | Category: Culture, history and religion
Wat Arun is a temple complex named after the god Aruna. The pagoda is 262ft high and has a perimeter of approximately 755ft. On the Chao Phraya River dinnercruises are organized, which also set sail to the Royal Palace alongside Wat Arun. Especially after sunset the Wat Arun complex is very beautiful.
Bangkok is excellent suited to go shopping. One of the many shopping centers is Central World, it's among the largest "shopping malls" in the world. A mall that is loved by tourists is MBK Center. This shopping center receives over 100,000 visitors per day. On weekends you can go to the Jatujak market. This market has over 5,000 stalls and is the largest market in Thailand. Lovers of electronics and gadgets can visit the Pantip Plaza IT Mall .
Courses / workshops
In Bangkok it is possible to go to several courses / workshops. It is possible to learn how te meditate, or learn how to massage in several temples. Offcourse you also can follow cooking courses / workshops to learn to make traditional Thai dishes. One of the best known locations to learn this is Khao San Road. You can find several cooking schools here.
In Bangkok there are several promoters of bicycle tours. Traffic in Bangkok is chaotic so it is advisable to use one of these promoters. Bicycle tours are a fun and relaxing way to get to know Bangkok better. By biking it is possible to get to places where you normally can't come by Taxi or car. The tour goes not only to the busy districts of Bangkok, but also shows the quiet side of Bangkok.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Sirocco at Lebua
Location: 4km from center - 10 minutes drive
If you want a spectacular view during your dinner, then you must go to the Sirocco restaurant. This is the highest open-air restaurant in the world. Here you can dine at an altitude of 755ft and enjoy some very special dishes. There is often live entertainment provided, which makes the experience complete. We advise to take a vest or sweater to dinner, because at this altitude the temperature can drop significant in the evening.
Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise
Location: 2km from center - 5 minutes drive
If you want to see Bangkok in a different way, a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a good option. These cruises go out twice per night. The most beautiful cruise is after the sunset. Many of the sites, such as the Royal Palace and Wat Arun, are then very impressive because of the lightning. During the cruise there are traditional Thai dances on Thai music performed. A cruise on average takes about 2 hours.
If you are looking for adult entertainment then the go-go bars are a good option. These bars are found at many places in Bangkok. The best-known areas are Nana, Patpong and Soi Cowboy. In these bars dozens of barely dressed girls are dancing. These shows are more elegantly than you might expect, that's why you see more and more couples enjoying themselves at the various bars.
How to get there
There are almost daily flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. Prices depend on the season, airport of departure and airline.
As in many major cities, you can stay in Bangkok for just about all budgets. The most inexpensive regions are the areas around Khao Sarn Road and Chinatown. Khao Sarn Road is a street especially known to backpackers. Here it is possible to overnight for relatively low budget. Spending one night in this street is possible from 300THB per night. Khao San Road is pretty busy throughout the day. If you have a larger budget than you can go to SILOM and Sukhimvit. The prices of hotels here start at about 1.700THB per night for an average room. Off course it is also possible to stay in luxury hotels, where you are served with all the comforts Bangkok has to offer. The prices of these accommodations begin at about 4.000THB per night and can really add up.