You’ll struggle to visit Thailand without a trip to the capitol, Bangkok. This thriving city is the perfect mix of culture, heritage and modern technology. While planning our trip to Thailand I honestly believed that Bangkok was going to be my favourite destination.
Unfortunatly, my expectations didn’t match the reality. For what reason I’m still not sure although I’m told that’s rather common. Nevertheless I had an absolutely amazing time seeing some of the great sights this city has to offer which is why today I present to you my 4 things to do in Bangkok.
1. Wat Phra Kaeo and Grand Palace
Many see the Wat Phra Kaeo as being the most important attraction of Bangkok. With almost every Thai person visiting the site at least once in their life.
We travelled by boat down the Chao Phraya River to the town in which the Wat Phra Kaeo is situated. Upon arriving I was touted by many ‘scammers’ trying to get me to purchase a sarong as I was only in shorts. Don’t fall for it. Instead do like I did and borrow a sarong from the entrance to the temple.
The Wat Phra Kaeo and Grand Palace open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. The cost to visit is 500 baht for tourists although Thais can visit the temple for free.
2. Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha
Within walking distance from the Wat Phra Kaeo and Grand Palace you’ll find the Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha. Although the official and more formal name if you want to impress your friends is “Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimonmangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan”.
The highlight of this visit for us personally was the reclining buddha which was unlike anything else I’ve seen before. The 45 metre statue is almost impossible to capture in a full photo due to it’s sheer size. To see it is really to believe it.
The Wat Pho is open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. and costs 100 baht entrance fee and comes with a complimentary bottle of water.
3. Wat Arun
The Wat Arun is another great example of the beautiful temples in Bangkok. The central tower, Phra Prang is 80 meters high and offers you a great view over the river.
However, Wat Arun has more to offer than just impressive views. With the Prang’s interior decor and architecture being made up of thousands of mosaic stones. Designed to represent the path of a Buddha’s life from his birth to his death.
Admission to the Wat Arun is 50 baht per person. Out of respect you’re once again required to cover your knees and shoulders. A change in clothing is available to borrow on entrance should it be required.
4. Khao San Road
No (backpacking) trip to Bangkok is complete without a walk down Khao San Road. Complete with budget accommodation, bars, clubs, food stalls, shops and more.
There we have it. My top 4 things to do in Bangkok. As always I’ve left a map below highlighting the proximity between each of the attractions I’ve spoken about to make it simple and straight forward for you to plan your trip.
As always I’d love to know what you think of Bangkok. Have you been there previously? What did you enjoy most? What are your top things to do in Bangkok? Be sure to leave a comment below.