Bangkok Attractions – A Guide to the City’s Must-See Sights

Bangkok Attractions

Sightseeing is an integral part of anyone who’s on vacation in a local destination or abroad. Today, one of the most popular tourist destinations is Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. With so many Bangkok attractions to visit, going there is definitely worth your time and money. The attractions in Bangkok come in many forms like beaches, museums, parks, shows, and many more.

 

Beaches near Bangkok

There are no beaches in Bangkok, but there are a lot near it. These beaches are a mix of crowded and secluded ones, but all have great natural beauty. There are plenty of beach activities like surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling, sailing, and of course swimming. Restaurants, food kiosks, massage places, resorts, and hotels are available to make your experience even more convenient.

Some of the nearest ones are the beaches of Bang Saen, Pattaya, Jomtien, Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Cha-am, and Hua Hin. It takes at least an hour to five and a half hours to go to those beaches from Bangkok, so it’s best to leave Bangkok in the morning so you can get to your chosen beach before or by lunch time.

 

Museums

Museums in Bangkok boast of a wide range of artefacts, paintings, buildings, houses, and many more.

Museums of art make up the majority of Bangkok’s museums and they feature various kinds of arts: Thai, Asian, Buddhist, contemporary, modern, and even Chinese. Some of these museums include the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Bangkok University Gallery, H Gallery, Jamjuree Art Gallery, Museum of Buddhist Art, National Gallery of Thailand, Queen Sirikit Gallery, Tang’s Gallery, and Thai Art Gallery.

Historical museums in Bangkok feature local, currency, railway, natural, and military histories of Thailand and Chinese immigrants. Such museums include the Bang Khun Thien Museum, Bangkok Folk Museum, Bangkok National Museum, Bank of Thailand Museum, Hall of Railway Heritage, Jim Thompson House, King Rama VI Museum, Rare Stone Museum, Royal Elephant National Museum, Samphanthawong Museum, and Thai Bank Museum.

Religious museums like the Benchamobopit National Museum, Grand Palace, and Wat Phra Kaew feature mostly artwork about Buddha.

Other interesting museums include the Bangkok Aquarium, Planetarium, Corrections Museum, Doll Museum, Madame Tussauds (a wax museum), Museum of Counterfeit Goods, Museum of Imagery Technology, Royal Thai Air Force Museum, and Siriraj Medical Museum.

 

Parks

If you aren’t that adventurous but you still want to experience nature and take great pictures, Bangkok has parks that cater to those activities. These Bangkok attractions allow locals and tourists to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the beautiful and lush landscaped areas. Many of the parks scattered around Bangkok have a variety of sporting facilities and amenities that allow park goers to do different outdoor activities. Sporting facilities include football pitches, swimming pools, and tennis courts. If you’re not into sports, you can still do other things with your family and friends like going on picnics and riding paddle boats.

Some of the Bangkok parks you should check out are King Rama IX Park, Lumpini Park, Benjakitti Park, Chatuchak Park, Queen Sirikit Park, Romaneenart Park, Rot Fai Park, The Royal Field, and Santiphap Park.

 

Shows

A great and fun way to know more about Thai culture and traditions is by watching different shows and performances in Bangkok. They are meticulously organized with fabulous stage sets, elaborate costumes, thrilling music, and detailed storylines. They feature many aspects and events of great importance in Thailand’s history and spiritual heritage. These shows and performances cater to a wide range of audiences, so whatever age you’re in, you’ll surely find one that suits your entertainment preference.

Some of the shows and performances you shouldn’t miss in Bangkok are the Mambo Cabaret Show, KidZania, Calypso Cabaret Show, Siam Narimit, and the Puppet Show at the Askra Theater.

 

Other Bangkok attractions

If the above attractions still aren’t to your liking, there are other Bangkok attractions you can check out.

If you’re on a budget, it’s best to go to Khao San Road near the Chao Phraya River. It is an area known for cheap accommodations that are still near affordable yet good restaurants, bars, convenience stores, and travel agencies. Khao San Road is a popular hangout place for backpackers.

Bangkok is also home to many floating markets, malls, and temples. The temples mostly reflect Buddhism and some of the most popular ones include Wat Pho and Wat Arun. For cheaper souvenirs and food items, go to any of Bangkok’s floating markets like the ones in Klong Damneon Saduak and Khlong Saen Saeb. Other goods like gadgets and clothes can be purchased from malls like MBK and Pantip Plaza.

You better start planning your trip to Thailand to experience many if not all these Bangkok attractions!