The popular mega-metropolis Bangkok is a city with many faces. Behind hectic traffic and an impulsive nightlife, picturesque temples, gardens and waterways hide, which fascinate tourists. Whether together with a local guide or on your own, these 10 top attractions are not to be missed.
1. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is probably the most beautiful temple in Thailand. The former residence of the king is still used for state receptions and is one of the most popular destinations on sightseeing tours through Bangkok. Admission to the Royal Palace is only granted to visitors in appropriate clothing, which you can also borrow at the entrance.
2. The Golden Buddha
In the temple Wat Traimit the impressive golden Buddha is to be found. With its weight of about 5.5 tons and a height of three meters, the golden statue has an enormous value. For fear of thieves, the precious sanctuary was once covered with plaster. It was not until 1955, during construction work on the temple complex, that it was noticed what a treasure was buried under the plaster.
3. Wat Arun
The picturesque temple of the dawn, the Wat Arun, is one of the most beautiful temples of the surroundings due to its location directly at the river. The view from the other bank of the temple arrangement of Wat Pho, is at least as nice as the temple arrangement itself. Especially at sunset the tour with a souvenir photo is recommendable.
4. Wat Pho
The temple Wat Pho came to its fame among tourists and locals because of the impressive reclining Buddha, which measures a considerable length of 45 metres. It is also the oldest temple complex in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is in the immediate vicinity.
5. Floating markets
Bangkok had no real road network for a long time. Many small channels of the Chao Phraya river therefore served as transport routes. Fruit, vegetables, meat and fish were transported to the cities by boat and sold directly from the water. Floating markets in Bangkok can be found in the Thonburi district. But this market has lost much of its appeal, as the many canals have had to give way to paved roads over the years. The most beautiful floating markets can be found in Damnoen Saduak, almost 80 kilometres from Bangkok. A great destination for a day trip!
6. Wat Phra Khaeo
The Wat Phra Khaeo belongs to the royal palace in Bangkok. It is one of the most important temples of the city. It is also home to the emerald Buddha, which is also the eponym of the name.
7. Klongs of Bangkok
Bangkok is also known as the "Venice of South East Asia". Klongs, the many small water channels, served for a long time as the lifeline of today's metropolis. In the course of urbanisation, however, they too had to give way to the solid roads. A boat trip on the Klongs is still one of the most popular activities in Bangkok.
8. Khaosan Road
Once known as a hub for all backpackers, the Khaosan Road has long since become a popular nightlife mile. A scene has developed around the lively quarter, which is characterised by pubs, restaurants, cookshops and tiny stalls. It's worth a detour!
9. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bangkok's markets are known among tourists like a colourful dog. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is particularly worth seeing, which invites you to take a shopping tour at more than 15,000 sales stands. T-shirts, furniture or even animals can be eagerly haggled over here. How do you get there? Take the Skytrain to the station Mo Chit.
10. Thai cookshops
The Thai cookshops can be found on every street corner in Bangkok. Trying out is an absolute must, because from noodle soup to fiery hot curry you can enjoy excellent Thai cuisine at the small street stalls. The authentic street food is usually even better than the food in many restaurants. Especially delicious is the Streetfood directly at the Klongs at the Boat Noodle Alley near the Victory Monument.
Travel tips for your visit to Bangkok
Best time to travel to Bangkok The best time for a holiday in Bangkok is between December and February. This is because from November onwards, the rainfall will be much less and precipitation will be less frequent. It's not quite as hot as during the summer and at night the temperatures cool down pleasantly. If you want to escape the winter in Germany, Bangkok is the right destination.
How many days If you want to see the top sights and destinations in Bangkok, you should plan at least 2 days. In three days, you will experience Bangkok in a much more comfortable way and don't have to rush from attraction to attraction.
The most beautiful beach in the surroundings of Bangkok closest to Bangkok is the beach of Bang Sean. 85 kilometres lie between the beautiful sandy beach and the mega metropolis. Tourists and locals alike are attracted to this area, especially at the weekends for a day trip. Advantage: here it is much quieter than for example in Pattaya.
What clothes to pack for Bangkok? Bangkok's climate is hot and humid. The inhabitants of Bangkok are nevertheless rarely seen in flip-flops. Short and airy clothes are suitable for sightseeing. The shopping malls, the Skytrain and also the airport are so cooled down by air conditioning that you should always have a light sweater with you. For trips to the temples of Bangkok, please remember to wear clothes that cover the knees and shoulders.
What you should avoid Keep your hands off buying diamonds. Laymen are being ripped off far too often in this context. You should also keep your distance from tractors that approach you openly on the road. Their goal is to lure you to some shopping mall. Tuk-Tuk drivers also like to try their hand at hauling. Stay alert and insist on your goal.
Security in Bangkok Bangkok is safe. Be as careful as necessary and as attentive as possible. Keep your bags closed and do not constantly present your valuables. If you should enjoy the nightlife especially at night near a red light district, you should not take a taxi. Here tourists are ripped off with double travel costs.
What the Thai mourning season 2017 means for tourists The death of King Bhumibol has caused great sadness in Thailand. As a sign of respect, a mourning period of one year was proclaimed for Thailand. But this does not have much influence on tourists, the attractions and temples stay open, the nightlife can be limited on some days. Bangkok vacationers are asked to "show respect" and wear subdued colors. Black or white are appropriate when visiting a temple.