Bangkok’s biggest attractions are almost organized Buddhist temple areas, and it is not necessary to spend a lot of time there touring the sights. The biggest attractions are in the so-called old town, on an island called Ko Ratanakosin, which was the first inhabited place in Bangkok. Admittedly, it is not considered an island, and although the biggest attractions on the map are close to each other, the distances there are still considerable. There are always tuk-aids in front of the big attractions, and although they are overpriced, they can quickly move from sights to somewhere else or vice versa in hot Bangkok.
Other Bangkok attractions are at Banglamphu, next to Ko Ratanakos, best known for Khao San Road. In addition to the attractions there, the Chinese district, right next to the main railway station and its subway station, has one of the most famous temple areas with a golden Buddha. If there is enough time, you can also go to the other side of the river, as there is one of the city’s most famous temple areas, Wat Arun, which is easy to navigate by river boat.
Entrance fees, dress and opening hours
There are entrance fees to the most famous attractions, which are usually 50-200 baht.
There is no way to go to the temple areas dressed, and if the outfit is not the right kind, appropriate outfits are sold and rented outside of them.
In Bangkok, many sights are closed early, some as early as 3 p.m., but temple areas are usually open until dark, that is, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wat Phra Kaew and the Royal Palace
A large area with both a Buddhist temple area and a kind of royal palace (The Grand Palace) is the area packed with Bangkok’s biggest attractions. It is extensive and many places close early, so it is most profitable to go there after nine in the morning and you should book at least a couple of hours to visit.
The area is accessed from gate number 3 on the river side, which is made clear by signs, and tickets costing 500 baht are purchased from inside the gate. The dress code is harsh, and if the outfit does not fit, it will be assigned to the locker room where a suitable outfit will be provided against a 200 baht guarantee. In general, women should not show their shoulders and it is best to have pants on, and men should not wear sleeveless shirts or shorts that do not extend to the knees.
The area has been significant since 1782, when Bangkok became the capital of Siam, now Thailand, and this is not only a tourist magnet but also a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists living around the world. There are over 100 buildings in the area that have been built in a couple of hundred years and you can see all the typical Thai fine building styles.
It was in 1782 that the Royal Palace was built , which for more than 150 years was the residence and workplace used by the Thai kings. There were other governing bodies in the same building, and today it is considered to be the most important building in the history of Thailand.
However, the main reason for arriving in the area is to see the so-called. the Emerald Buddha (Emerald Buddha), considered the greatest symbol and protector of the entire Kingdom of Thailand.
There are other buildings in the area that can be visited, but there are occasional important events and so only some of the buildings can be visited. If you want to explore the area properly, there are official guides inside the gate that can take you to the main places for around 200 baht.
The area is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm and is quite close to the Chao Phraya Express Boat , a pier used by normal riverboats such as Chang Pier and Maharaj Pier.
Located along the same road, Wat Pho is probably Thailand’s most popular Buddhist temple area, and is visited by both tourists and pilgrims. It is a remarkable place to visit in every way, and everything there is great and awesome. There is Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha statue, Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images and there was also the country’s first school.
The majority of those who head here simply want to see a large reclining Buddha , and there is a constant commotion around it. There is much more to the area, as the whole is eight acres in size. The area is also home to the country’s most famous massage school and anyway, since the time of Rama III, there has been a cherished massage tradition that was once an endangered profession but which at the end of 2019 was associated with UNESCO protected sites.
Wat Pholle can be reached by river boat, and the nearest pier is Tha Thien. It is open from 08:30 until 18:30 and the entrance fee is 100 baht. Normal dress code applies here as well.