1. The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.
2. Klong Tour Riverside
Take exhilarating long tail boat ride through the canals, or klongs, of Bangkok. Travel to Nonthaburi, north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside and the skyscrapers give way to teak houses, noodle shops, fruit orchards and rice fields. Stop to walk through a bustling local market and discover a riverside temple far from the tourist crowds.
3. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Riverside
Unbelievably, there are over 31200 Buddhist temples spread around Thailand. In Thai these are called wat. One of these, the Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the legendary Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. Despite the name, the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline.
4. Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
Venture from the exotic and colorful Bangkok on a day trip to the countryside and visit Damnoen Saduak floating markets. You’ll experience rural Thai culture at its best and cruise by long-tailed speedboat to the markets. See the vendors selling local produce and get an up-close glimpse of everyday life in Thailand.
5. Chinatown Market
What you will find here are beautiful Chinese temples, Taoist places of learning and traditional Chinese medicine shops selling all sorts of fascinating remedies. The small alleys and streets between Yaowarat Road and the Chao Phraya River are crammed with market stalls and small shops jostling to sell just about everything imaginable; from hair accessories, tea sets, hardware and food, to fabric, strange vegetables imported from mainland China and Chinese funeral items.
6. Siam Square
Siam Square is Bangkok’s main shopping drag and its BTS Skytrain station is often considered as the centre of the city. This article expands the area to include Ratchaprasong, Phloen Chit Road, Hualamphong Train Station and Chulalongkorn University.
7. Dinner Cruise Riverside
There is a saying, “you shouldn’t miss the Seine when in Paris, the Thames when in London, and the Chao Phraya when visiting Bangkok.” There are several options for a sightseeing trip along the Chao Phraya River – some might prefer a morning trip on a speedy long-tail boat over an afternoon tour on a slowing-moving rice barge, and vice versa. But surely, no one would refuse an evening dining and sightseeing on a luxurious cruise boat when in Bangkok.
8. Thailand’s Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok, it’s a highlight of any Thailand visit. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a trip by riverboat, a must-do activity when you’re in Bangkok, with close-up views of the temples and historic sites that line the Chao Phraya River.
9. The River Kwai
Kanchanaburi’s famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW’s and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. This full day guided tour from Bangkok also includes a visit to the war museum and the opportunity to ride a local train.
10. Vimanmek Mansion Museum
Built from precious golden teak, this former royal residence of King Rama V is perhaps the finest example of late 19th Century architecture, which fuses Europe’s neoclassical style with traditional Thai motifs and architecture, and early 20th Century modernisation.