It's hard to fall in love with Bangkok at first sight. Traffic, pollution or humidity, will make your first impression not the best, so with this list of essential places to visit in BangkokWe hope to help you prepare your trip through one of the most intense cities in the world.
As you begin to wander around, visit its markets and temples, taste your food and begin to understand your way of life, we are sure that you will gradually find the charm of your orderly chaos and end up wishing you had more time to get to know the city better.
We always recommend starting in Thailand if it is your first experience in Southeast Asia since the change with the West is not as brutal as in other countries and Bangkok is always the ideal place to start. Its mixture of tradition and modernity will make you feel the magic of Asia with the comforts of the West.
Based on the 6 days we spent in the city on our trip to Thailand free and the five days we spent in the city, on our last trip, during which we wrote this travel guide to Thailand, we have made a selection of those we believe, are the 10 essential places to visit in Bangkok. We start!
1. The Grand Palace of Bangkok
The Grand Palace, with its famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most famous and essential place what to visit in Bangkok. This extensive complex of buildings was the official residence of the King of Thailand from the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century.
The most important place within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, also considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, where inside is the Emerald Buddha statue. This small jade figure of about 45 centimeters is the main religious icon of the Thai people and although as we say it is very important, you can only see it from afar, since it is not close to visitors.
In addition to this temple the whole enclosure has buildings and statues that show in its details all the beauty of Thai art and that make it one of the essential visits in Bangkok.
Something to keep in mind is that when approaching the Palace several places can alert you that it is closed, proposing an alternative route. This is a scam, to take you to stores that get commission, so you must continue to the entrance without paying attention and following your path.
A good option if it is your first visit to the city and you want to know its history better is to book this private tour with a guide in Spanish.
Visiting hours: every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2. Bangkok markets
Walking and bargaining in markets and markets is one of the best things to do in Bangkok. There are day and night markets, on the water or on the tracks of a train, flowers, clothes or food. Everything you can imagine you will find among any of their positions. Bangkok's most famous markets are:
- Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak is one of the largest markets in the world, with more than 8000 stores and is, how could it be otherwise, another of the must-see places in Bangkok. Walking through its narrow stalls and aisles you can invest a whole morning as it has absolutely everything.
Keep in mind that in all markets you have to bargain to the fullest, although as always, within consistency and above all, without getting to do or pretend, that the seller loses money.
In addition, it is convenient to review what you want to buy, since there are some that offer cheap products, but of poor quality or fakes.
Our experience in this market is that if you do not have much time, it is best to arrive early, since as the day progresses you can be overwhelmed by the large number of people who go daily.
The market is a bit far from the center, but you can comfortably reach by subway by getting off at Chatuchak station.
Visiting hours: Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Damnoen Saduak floating market
Although it is almost two hours by bus from Bangkok, the floating market of Damnoen Saduak is the most famous and also tourist in the city. In addition to everything it offers, one of the most striking things is that this colorful market is traversed in a traditional boat, from which you can buy all kinds of products: species, fruits, handicrafts or souvenirs, both in the stores of the shore or directly from other boats of street vendors.
It is advisable to arrive early to not see it saturated with boats. If you do not want to go by bus you can opt for the taxi, although if you decide on this option, it is best to set the price before to avoid surprises.
A more comfortable and safe option is to book a guided tour in Spanish that includes the Mae Klong market.
Visiting hours: every day from 07:00 to 12:00.
- Mae Klong Market
The Mae Klong market is one of the most amazing in the world when mounted on a running train track. Each time the horn sounds, the market is dismantled in a few minutes and mounted again after passing the train, giving this a unique vision of the market and its operation.
It can be reached by minivan from Bangkok's Mo Chit Bus Station in an hour or two, always depending on traffic.
Market hours: every day from 7:00 to 5:30.
Time of passage of the train: arrival at 8:30, 11:10, 14:30 and 17:40, departures at 6:20, 9:00, 11:30 and 15:30.
- Patpong night market
Located in the red zone of Silom, with a great night activity, the Patpong market is one of the most famous and busiest in Bangkok. Most of their products are fakes so you have to haggle a lot and pay little.
In addition to the attractiveness of the market, another of the reasons for being so touristy is the surrounding environment, which is famous for strip shows and clubs, so it should be taken into account if you travel with children.
Visiting hours: every day from 6 in the afternoon until midnight.
These that we have told you are the best known in the city, but there are many other less touristy markets that are very worthwhile such as the Sampeng Market in Chinatown, the flower market in Chak Phet Road, the food market from Or Tor Kor, the amulets market near the Royal Palace, the floating market in Amphawa or the Pratunam clothing market.
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If you have a free day in Bangkok and you are not going to make a route by public transport to the north, we recommend taking a trip to the ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, one of the most impressive places to see in Thailand.
Map of the places to visit in Bangkok essential
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