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Thailand’s capital city and its abundance of gold leaf–coated temples, air-conditioned mega malls, and incredible street food draws millions of visitors every year. City tours may include samples of authentic Thai food; visits to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Grand Palace complex; or a walk through the 24-hour flower market. No Bangkok visit is complete without a ride in a tuk-tuk or a long-tail boat cruise on Chao Phraya River to see how locals live. Bonus: Day trips from Bangkok make farther afield attractions such as Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market accessible.

Top attractions in Bangkok for Spring

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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history.More
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Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

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With its heady smorgasbord of street food, gold merchants, wooden shophouses, and ancient Chinese temples, there’s never a dull moment in Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat. Exploring the bustlingsois (side streets) of the city’s oldest district is a must on any trip to the Thai capital.More
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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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One of the oldest, largest, and most revered temple complexes in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must-see for all visitors to the Thai capital. The central attraction of the temple complex is its namesake statue—the gold leaf covered reclining Buddha—but don't let it distract you from the site's other treasures, including its 95 pagodas, carved narrative panels, and opulent main altar.More
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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Easily one of Bangkok’s most visually striking landmarks, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) towers over the Chao Phraya River. Its colorfully decorated spires are the star features—the temple’s central prang stands 260 feet (79 meters) tall and is intricately decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.More
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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

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Every great city has a river, and Bangkok’s is the Chao Phraya (Mae Nam Chao Phraya). Alive with traditional long-tail boats, passenger ferries, and cargo boats, the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of the city. It winds past both ancient temples and modern high-rises, offering a unique, local perspective on the Thai capital.More
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Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

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In a city and country known for its colorful markets, none stands out so vividly as Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat). Stalls feature local and imported fresh-cut flowers piled high: delicate orchids, bunches of colorful carnations, fragrant roses, lilies, forget-me-nots, and more. Vendors also sell flower arrangements and hand-strung garlands.More
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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

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The ruined island city-state of Ayutthaya—the once great capital of the Kingdom of Siam—is now a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lying at the confluence of three rivers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya Historical Park protects magnificent crumbling stone temple spires, sun-worn Buddha statues, and other remnants of the three palaces, 400 temples, houses, and markets that thrived in Ayutthaya’s heyday.More
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Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai

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The iconic Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the world’s collective historical memory. The site of many POW’s deaths during World War II, it is now the site of the JEATH War Museum and is close to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.More
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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

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The 17th century Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, consists of many attractive buildings spread throughout large tended grounds. Different architectural styles are represented: Chinese, European, Khmer, and pure Thai. The palace is a worthwhile stop on a day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, although fewer tourists come here, making it a peaceful destination.More
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Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

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Home to the world's largest gold Buddha statue, the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) is a prominent stop on Bangkok’s temple trail. Measuring nine feet (three meters) tall and weighing more than five tons (4,535 kilograms), the Buddha attracts floods of visitors who come to marvel at its size and gleaming golden surface.More
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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The spectacularly ornamented Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located within the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s Old City, a site highlight is a sacred pre–15th-century statue of the Buddha in a seated meditation pose carved from a single block of jade.More
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Few markets couple ephemeral wares—fresh fruits, fish, foods, and colorful flower bouquets—with culture, chaos, and tradition like the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. One of the largest and last remaining floating markets in Thailand, this authentic market has entranced travelers and photographers the world over with its vivid scenes of vendors offering goods from long-tailed boats on the sleepy green Damnoen Saduak canal.More
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Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market

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The Maeklong Railway Market is one of the more unusual markets in Thailand. Selling vegetables, fruit, and other food items, it looks like any other market on the streets of Thailand—until a passenger train goes roaring through the middle of it. When the siren calls, the stalls scatter and make way.More
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Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok National Museum

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Travelers interested in Thai history and culture shouldn’t miss the Bangkok National Museum. Housed in the 18th-century Wang Na Palace, with its ornately decorated buildings, the museum is as beautiful as it is educational. There’s information in English, as well as guided tours in multiple languages.More
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Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

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The energetic Asiatique The Riverfront—part open-air night bazaar, part shopping mall—combines the city’s old traditions and modern commercial energy. Located at the former East Asiatic Company trade docks, the complex contains more than 1,500 shops and boutiques, about 40 restaurants, and several entertainment venues.More

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Josh_H, May 2022
❤️ Bangkok Instagram Tour - The Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)
Oil was very professional with fantastic English.
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Comfortable way to visit Ayutthaya
richardsmichaels, May 2022
Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
The drivers were very nice and we got to see and do and taste a little of everything.
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Awesome
Rory_O, May 2022
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
Very enjoyable way to see a different side of Bangkok.
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Enjoyable Tour
Gordon_D, Apr 2022
Experience Real Bangkok by Bike
Good way to see the lesser visited parts of Bangkok.
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A must see in Bangkok
Randy_M, Apr 2022
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
The tour was spectacular with such beautiful places to visit.
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Amazing time with Yuut!
Sara_B, Apr 2022
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
We will definitely be returning to Bangkok and would love to see Yuut again.
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Great cruise
Nigel_W, Apr 2022
Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise
Great cruise that goes past some of the main attractions in Bangkok.
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Royal palace gem of Thailand
SANA_A, Mar 2022
Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour
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Fantastic Day
Sandra_N, Feb 2022
Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day
The best option if you only have a couple of days to spend in Bangkok and want to see the main temples, china town, and the flower mart- a truly cultural experience.
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Good visit to Ayutthaya
Sly_B, Feb 2022
Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
She has so much knowledge of bangkok I was able to see so much in just a short period and she’s awesome at taking pictures.
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Hidden green area of Bangkok
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Bangkok Jungle Bike Tour - Including Transfer & Lunch
I can totally recommand the tour, for people which want to see the green heart of Bangkok, really beautiful nature and hidden streets.
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Graciela_H, Dec 2021
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
I think the only regret we had is not being able to see the reclining Buddha.
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Amazing day trip out of Bangkok
Taylor_B, May 2022
Private tour to Floating & Railway Market from Bangkok [Erawan waterfall add-on]
You get a private tour of the floating market, which was a must see, plus the train market and beautiful Erawan falls with some other cool stops along the way.
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Paul_D, May 2022
Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand
Truly amazing to see how it moves in minutes while the train is passing through.
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Amanda_K, May 2022
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
We had a difficult time understanding her English, but she was pretty repetitive so by the end we felt we had learned quite a bit.
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Good immersion to elephant sanctuary
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From Bangkok: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Day Trip
Afterall, the tour activities are all catered for the elephants, which is great.
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Erawan Waterfalls and Elephant Camp
Tevin_R, May 2022
Private Tour to Erawan Waterfalls and Local Elephant Camp
The waterfalls were extremely nice.
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Abigail_L, Apr 2022
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
She took me to see all the beautiful temples and to all of the best street food destinations.

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When to visit

Bangkok’s dry season (November through February) brings cooler weather that's perfect for exploring temples and markets, with average temperatures hovering around a comfortable 68°F (20°C). While the hottest months (March through June) can be incredibly humid, the Songkran Thai New Year festival offers welcome relief with traditional festivities and a citywide water fight.

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