Top things to do in Bangkok

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Pho

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at neighbouring Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our absolute favourite among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the cit…
Top Choice Historic Building in Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

Jim Thompson House

This jungly compound is the former home of the eponymous American silk entrepreneur and art collector. Born in Delaware in 1906, Thompson briefly served in the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA…
Top Choice Thai in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

nahm

Australian chef-author David Thompson is the man behind one of Bangkok's – and if you believe the critics, the world's – best Thai restaurants. Using ancient cookbooks as his inspiration, Thompson has given new life…
Top Choice Bar in Thanon Sukhumvit

WTF

Wonderful Thai Friendship (what did you think it stood for?) is a funky and friendly neighbourhood bar that also packs in a gallery space. Arty locals and resident foreigners come for the old-school cocktails, live …
Top Choice Market in Northern Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. Plan to spend a full day here, as there’s plenty to see, do and buy. But come early,…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew

Architecturally fantastic, this temple complex is also the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, symbolically united in what is the country’s most holy image, the Emerald Buddha. Attached to the temple c…
Top Choice Palace in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Grand Palace

Part of the greater complex that also encompasses the hallowed Wat Phra Kaew temple, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions. Visitors…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Arun

After the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine and established a royal palace and a temple to house the Emerald Buddha. The temple was renamed after Arun – …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chinatown

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

The attraction at Wat Traimit is undoubtedly the impressive 3m-tall, 5.5-tonne, solid-gold Buddha image, which gleams like, well, gold. Sculpted in the graceful Sukhothai style, the image was 'discovered' some 60 ye…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Wat Suthat

Other than being just plain huge and impressive, Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple grade. Inside the wí·hăhn (sanctuary for a Buddha sculpture) are intricate Jataka (stories of the Buddha) murals and th…