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Top 10 Places to Visit in Bangkok – Tradition and Modernity Merged

Bangkok is one of Asia's most exciting and vibrant tourist destinations, hosting visitors from all over the world. Here are some of the most interesting things that make the city great.


Grand Palace

The stunning grand place is the place to go to admire the beautiful traditional style and architecture of Thailand. Built in 1782, it was home to royalty and the royal court for about 150 years, and today is open to the public. The Wat Phra Kaew temple is also housed on the premises, making it a sacred site.


Wat Arun

With a spire that reaches a height of about 70 meters, this glorious temple is stands out on the Bangkok skyline. It is located on the bank of the river, and is reflective of a beautiful Khmer style architecture. In addition to be a sacred site, the temple is also seeped in history.


Wat Pho

This beautiful temple houses a massive, gold coated, reclining statue of the Buddha, along with hundreds of other gilded images. Additionally, there is on site a leading traditional massage school, making it the ideal spot to indulge in a Thai Massage. Admire the traditional architecture and landscapes during the visit.


Chao Pharaya River

Travelling along this river you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful scenes of small boats and water taxis making their way along, and the stunning skyline. Choose a Bangkok resort on the banks of the river, such as Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort to truly enjoy these views.


Floating Markets

There are numerous floating markets in Bangkok including the Damnoen and Khlong Lat Mayom markets. Vendors on wooden boats sell various goods including fruits and vegetables. Take stunning photographs of the exotic sites or enjoy the scenes via boat tours.


Chatuchak Weekend Market

This massive market is divided into 27 sections, and houses thousands of vendors over the weekend, selling anything and everything. From western and traditional clothing and accessories, exotic household items and ceramics, art, and souvenirs, there is much to buy or explore here. Be ready to bargain in order to get the best possible prices.



From the moment you enter Chinatown, all your senses will be tantalized. The brightly coloured goods sold by vendors lining the street, the large number of gold shops along the way, the sounds of the crowds of people bargaining and the smells of delicious street food in the air. The merging of Chinese and Thai culture here is beautiful.


Khao San Road

This road is full of life and action, typical of the colourful and vibrant vibes one would expect from Bangkok. Enjoy bites from all across the world at the restaurants and street stalls, or indulge in some shopping. The place is full of energy in the night, when the clubs and bars along the way come alive, and the place is filled with music and neon lights.


Soi Cowboy

This is the place to head down to for exciting nightlife that goes on till the early hours. Located in the red light district the area is laid back, with a carnival vibe to it. There are go go bars illuminated by colourful neon lights, where you can enjoy a few drinks or socialize and dance the night away.


Jim Thompson House

The late Jim Thompson contributed to bringing traditional Thai silks to the centre of the fashion world, and today his house is admired for the same tasteful style. Admire the architecture, the vast collections of art and other trinkets he once owned, and visit the art centre now on the premises.