10 must see places in Bangkok

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10 must see places in Bangkok
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If you’re basing your vacation somewhere else in Thailand but are planning to visit Bangkok, there are many interesting places to visit and a ton of things to do in Bangkok besides shopping. Below it’s my list of 10 must see places in Bangkok that you don’t want to miss!

1. Bangkok National Museum

If you’re visiting Thailand looking to learn about Thai culture and old Thai traditions, the National Museum is one of the best places for this.

You can easily spend half a day at this attraction alone visiting the different buildings and exhibition halls, and the best thing is that guided tours are free of charge and are offered in different languages.

2. Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is definitely one of the 10 must see places in Bangkok, especially if you’re looking to enjoy a bit of gambling, gold and antique shopping.

The Chinatown in Bangkok, is without a doubt, one of the best place in the city to get some good deals on gold as there are hundreds of gold shops on this district alone.

If you’re not intending to do any gambling or gold shopping, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a still a great place to visit for sightseeing because of the Golden Buddha, which is made of solid gold.

3. Khao San Road

Khao San Road (Thanon Khao San) is located around 20 minutes walk from Bangkok’s National Museum, and it’s one of the best places to go in Bangkok to find all kind of inexpensive and genuine traditional Thai crafts like candles, lamps, paintings and Buddha statues.

Khao San Road is also popular stop for people backpacking around the world because of the cheap and cheerful accommodation opportunities.

There are also a few sightseeing opportunities within Khao San Road vicinity such as Democracy Monument and various temples (Wats) such a Wat Suthat and Wat Saket.

4. Temple of Reclining Buddha

The Temple of Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is another of the 10 must see places in Bangkok as it houses the most stunning and largest reclining Buddha in the world.

Apart from the massive statue of the reclining Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha grounds boast other interesting attractions and things to do such as marveling at hundreds of Buddha’s bronze statues, various sizes of Chedis, bell towers and beautiful pagodas scattered throughout the complex. At the end, you can also enjoy one of the famed traditional Thai massages.

5. Grand Palace

The Grand Palace (pictured) - Wat Phra Kaew - is one of the most popular attractions in the city and historic symbol of Thailand and Thai culture.

The Grand Palace is one of the best examples of Thai temples in Bangkok and there is so much to do and see apart from the Palace itself that you’ll most certainly want to hire a tour guide to speed things up and to know exactly where to go.

Another of the Grand Palace’s complex attractions it’s the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is a stunning temple for photo opportunity because of the beautiful gold decorations.

6. Thonburi

A visit to Thonburi district can be easily the highlight of a trip to Bangkok and it’s one of the 10 must see places to see in Bangkok, if you’re looking to soak in the feel of old Bangkok

Thonburi is located on the other side of the river and has remained pretty much the same until today so it retains that traditional and unspoiled charm with old wooden houses and stilt houses.

Apart from river boat tours, Thonburi district is also the place where you can enjoy one of the famed Bangkok boat tour of the old canals.

7. Royal Barge National Museum

Royal Barge National Museum is another good place to learn a bit about Thai culture and it has on display royalty barges used by the Thai royal family.

The Royal Barge museum is located directly across the river from the Bangkok National Museum, and it’s another river-side attraction like the Temple of Dawn that you can stop at on a river boat tour.

8. Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House is located around 20 minutes walk east of Chinatown, and it's worth a visit if you're into antique artifacts.

If you’re a fan of tours and fancy doing another interesting tour, you can take enjoy a guided tour of Jim Thompson house and marvel at absolutely stunning collections of antique porcelains and silks, and learn about the life of Jim Thompson’s and the silk industry in Thailand.

9. Museum of Imaging Technology

The Museum of Imaging Technology is located at the science faculty of Chulalongkorn University, and it's not far from Jim Thompson House.

The museum is open to everyone and it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area as it houses interesting exhibits on photo techniques.

10. Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park is located adjacent the Bangkok Public Library, and it’s one of the few green areas in Bangkok where you can relax and unwind and get away from the large crowds.

You can enjoy a stroll, a picnic by the grass or hire a paddleboat and enjoy a fun trip along the lake.

Lumphini Park is also a great place to catch and join special events such as ceremonies performed by the statue of Rama IV, as well as morning Thai Chi exercises.

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