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11 places to explore in Bangkok

Smiles are free in the delightful city of Bangkok! The Venice of Asia is calling, with its world-class cuisine and vibrant arts scene. Check out Skyscanner’s guide to this city that never sleeps and take in the culture and hidden beauty of daily life in Bangkok with these Bangkok attractions!

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Not sure what to do in Bangkok? Our list of attractions begins at Mo Chit, the first station of the Bangkok Mass Transit System Skytrain (BTS), which is not too far from Don Mueng Airport, house of the famous AirAsia airline.

1. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Food, clothes, plants, home decoration items, antique, collectable goods, books, hand-made products, pottery and even pets. Name it and Chatuchak has it! Brave the heat at this outdoor market fair and your inner bargain hunter will be rewarded with over 8,000 stalls opening from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm; the clothes zone only opens on weekends. If hot weather isn’t your thing, there’s always “Chatuchak Green”, a night market zone selling brand new and secondhand items from Friday to Sunday, 10pm to 1am. Be sure to fuel up at the food court before embarking on your ultimate shopping experience!

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Operating Hours: Friday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm.

How to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market: Take the BTS Skytrain to Mo Chi Station or if you are coming by MRT (subway), alight at Chatuchak and follow the crowd.

Wesbite: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bag the best bargains at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Photo credit: The Shutterwhale

2. The Victory Monument (Anusaowaree Chaisamoraphoom)

Pause for a history lesson at this monument built to commemorate the Thai soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the past wars. It serves as a transportation hub for buses and vans travelling between provinces or within Bangkok, as well as the BTS Skytrain that connects numerous places of interest. Explore rows of small fashion shops with clothes and accessories, or indulge in cheap dining options at Center One Shopping Plaza – a popular place to visit for tourists, shoppers and travellers alike.

Address: Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

How to get to Victory Monument: Take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument (Anusaowaree). The station is located just minutes walk from the majestic monument.

Victory Monument in Bangkok
The Victory Monument, built in memory of those who sacrificed in the war. Photo credit: WikiMedia

3. Siam Square

Shopaholics – rejoice! Two train stops away from the Victory Monument is this area that has served as the centre of shopping and entertainment in Bangkok for a long time. Head down to Mahboonkrong Center (MBK) and Bonanza Mall for affordable fashion, clothes, CDs, furniture and household items; you could even go for a movie, karaoke session or bowling at MBK’s top-floor entertainment complex. Siam Square- a huge shopping and lifestyle arcade on the corner of the Pathumwan road, Phayathai road and Hanri Dunant road- is also a popular shopping destination.

Those in the mood for luxury purchases should make a beeline for Siam Center, Siam Discovery & Siam Paragon – malls connected to Siam BTS station and located opposite Siam Square. Take a break from all that shopping with other attractions like Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Siam Discovery, Siam Ocean World in Siam Paragon – the world’s first aquarium in a department store and formerly the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia – and a 5D Cinema that offers you a fully immersive, sensory movie experience! This family-friendly district also includes Kidzania- an educational role-playing theme park for children.

How to get to Siam: The easiest way is to take the BTS Skytrain to Siam station – this is also the best way to beat the traffic!

Website: Siam Square

intersection of Siam Square area and MBK mall
Shop till you drop in the Siam Square Area. Photo credit: Bangkok.com

4. Ratchaprasong Intersection

Next to Siam BTS station is the crowded Ratchaprasong Intersection, full of people who come to worship the god of Erawan Brahma Shrine in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok with offerings of food, flowers and even dance. Explore the area for more high-end shopping at Sogo and Gaysorn Plaza, or hit up the economy hypermarket called Big C to catch the locals running their errand. You can’t miss Central World Plaza, opposite Gaysorn Plaza. The biggest department store in Thailand and the world’s sixth largest, it’s a hub for restaurants and entertainment, with an ice skating arena just in the middle of the department store. Central World is abuzz with activity and magnificent decorations during the Christmas and year-end period. The Central World Countdown is one of the most popular New Year parties in Thailand.

Address: Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand

How to get to Ratchaprasong Intersection: Take the BTS Skytrain to Chit Lom and make your way down the stairs to arrive at the famous Ratchaprasong Intersection.

close-up of the Erawan Brahma Shrine
Pay your respects at the Erawan Brahma Shrine. Photo credit: Expedia

5. Pratunam

Not too far from Central World, you will find a number of budget shopping centers selling fashion goods and souvenirs that are cheaper at wholesale prices. Don’t worry about quantity because some of the shops offer whole seller’s price for just more than 3 items! More inexpensive buys await you at Platinum Mall, small shops and outdoor stalls near Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, Indra Regent Hotel and Baiyoke Sky Hotel. One of the highest hotels in Thailand, the latter gives you a magnificent view of Bangkok city by night.

Address: 222 Petchburi Road, Ratchathevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.

How to get to Pratunam: While there isn’t a BTS Skytrain station that is located in Pratunam, alighting at Chit Lom and then taking a 10-15 minutes walk is relatively easy.

interior of Pratunam
It’s a wholesale shopper’s haven at Pratunam. Photo credit: Bangkok.com

6. Soi Thonglor

After a long day of sightseeing, wind down with some relaxation at Soi Thonglor, an area renowned for spa, fine dining and high-end night clubs, which open till early morning. Prepare for great pampering and service that’s worth every cent you pay along this upmarket stretch.

How to get to Soi Thong Lo: Take the BTS Skytrain down to Thong Lo.

Fancy Thong Lo

7. Silom

This business district houses many Thai and international MNCs. It’s also the place with the priciest land. There are a number of shopping spots and dining here, like the day market at Soi Lalaisap and Pat Phong, which is a famous night market and nightlife area, to name a few. Another sightseeing destination in Silom is Pra Sri Uma Thevi temple or “Wat Keak Silom”, according to the locals. It is the oldest Hindy temple in Thailand, built in 1899 in South Indian style to worship a great female deity called Uma Thevi. Every October, a festival to worship the goddess is held.

How to get to Silom: Take the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng or if you are coming by MRT, alight at Silom station.

neon signs in Bangkok's nightlife at Silom
Silom: business district by day, flourishing nightspot after dark. Photo credit: Thai Centrum

8. Trimit Wittayaram Temple

Proceed on to Yaowarat or Chinatown, an area for sightseeing, shopping and delicious Chinese food. Here are some noteworthy sightseeing locations. The historical Trimit Wittayaram Temple is a 15-minute walk away from Hua Lamphong railway station. The highlight of this temple is an ancient gigantic Buddha statue on the fourth storey, “Loung Phor Thong Kum” or “Pra Sukhothai Trai Mit”, crafted in Sukhothai style and dating back to Sukhothai era. The Guinness World’s Records have recognised it as the biggest golden Buddha statue in the world.

Address: Mittaphap Thai-China Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

How to get to Trimit Wittayaram Temple: Take the MRT to Hua Lamphong

close up of the golden buddha
Visit the Golden Buddha statue at the Trimit Wittayaram Temple. Photo credit: Clashot

9. Yaowarat Road Food Street

A whole range of delicious food lines Yaowarat Road next to Charoenkrung road at the back of Trimit temple. From snacks like soybean pudding and assorted grains in syrup, to various types of noodles and delicacies like whole roasted suckling pig, roasted duck, shark fin soup, foodies will be spoilt for choice. Choose from hawker food stalls, restaurants and fine dining places, hidden along Yaowarat’s small lanes.

Address: 49 Phading Dao, Yaowarat Road Bangkok 10110, Thailand

food stalls at the busy chinatown area
It’s chow time at Yaowarat! Photo credit: Pinboard Asia
 

10. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat or Leng Noei Yi Temple

After a delicious treat in Yaowarat, you can take a turn into Mongkorn Road to visit Leng Noei Yi Temple, a Techeow temple with engravings and gold leaf coverings dating back about 150 years ago. Especially crowded during festive seasons, this temple houses a shrine of the Four Heavenly Kings and 58 Chinese gods worshipped by the Thai-Chinese.

Address: Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Thailand

exterior of Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is especially crowded during festive periods. Photo credit: WikiMedia

11. Ta Tien, Ta Chang and Ta Maharat

Next, walk on down to these Thai cultural attractions, accessible via cars and boats or within walking distance. Visit Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm (Wat Pho), an old and sacred temple of Thailand, known for its giant statues and pagodas. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace are another two spectacular architectural structures that you won’t want to miss. Discover more about Thailand’s heritage in paintings, archaeology and fine arts with the National Museum Bangkok and the National Art Gallery. Khao San Road, not too far from the National Art Gallery is an internationally famous road. Marketplace by day and trendy handout by night, the road is lined with cafes, pubs, restaurants, spas, and salons. It’s most crowded during the Song Kran Festival – when it will be closed for a water war to usher in good luck for the New Year.

emerald buddha in the temple
 
Bask in the splendour of the Emerald Buddha! Photo credit: Found the World
 
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Check out one of the attractions listed above and see the city of angels in a different light! Book cheap flights, hotels and car hire via Skyscanner or check out and download our free mobile app for easy browsing and booking on the go.

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Originally published in October 2014 and updated in September 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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