1. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of the most visited highlights in Bangkok. You will find this attraction on the banks of the Phraya River. The Grand Palace used to be the home of the king. The palace is incredibly beautiful with gold framed roofs, large statues of elephants and a beautifully landscaped garden. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is only used on public holidays and official ceremonies. The territory of the Grand Palace is 94.5 hectares, which is roughly equivalent to no less than 142 football fields. Although there are more than 100 buildings, the beautiful temple Wat Phra Kaew requires almost all attention.
2. Khao San Road
Khao San Road is the place where backpackers gather and you definitely have to walk through them. There is a huge chaos and crowds. There are many restaurants, bars with very loud music, ladyboys and you can buy cheap clothes or souvenirs at the markets here. This street is of course very touristy, but nice to see.
3. Boat trip on the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is the lifeline of Bangkok. With the river taxi you sail over this river and you have a completely different view of the chaotic city of Bangkok. The river taxi also stops reasonably close to attractions such as Wat Arun and the Grand Palace, very convenient! It is not only a beautiful trip across the river, but also a way to move yourself in the capital of Thailand.
4. Wat Arun
Visit the beautiful temple Wat Arun, also called the Temple of the Dawn. Wat Arun is a magnificent temple with an equally beautiful location on the Chao Phraya River. You can not miss this temple, since the 82 meters high tower, decorated with mosaic, can be seen from afar.
5. Floating market
In the vicinity of Bangkok you will find several floating markets, where many wooden boats have been transformed into true market stalls on the other side. The most popular market is Damnoen Saduak. A more local and authentic market is Amphawa.
Chinatown in Bangkok is the largest Chinatown in the world. It is a true maze of small, narrow streets with busy markets, restaurants and hidden temples. Visit this district of Bangkok for sure and enjoy the delicious street food.
8. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Are you looking for cheap souvnirs, clothes or other stuff? In this market, with no less than 15,000 market stalls, you can find everything. Pay attention when you go, because this market only takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
9. Muay Thai boxing
A visit to a Muay Thai boxing match should definitely be on your list. In Bangkok there are two big stadiums where you can visit these matches, namely the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium and Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium. For many, Muay Thai looks purely like kicking and spanking, but a visit to this contest is much more than that. So you are among the locals who are completely absorbed in the matches. They scream and shout constantly and there is also plenty of bet on the outcome. There are several fights per night. Go on time and reserve a spot in front.
10. Sirocco Skybar
This bar is located on the 63rd floor of the Lebua State Tower and is mainly known for the shots in the popular movie The Hangover 2. For a chic night out with a beautiful view of Bangkok you should definitely go here. Please note: the dress code is mandatory. Slippers, t-shirts and shorts are not allowed.