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Highlights of Bangkok

The best of the city's temples, a smattering of food, and some street-level culture.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.1 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This walking trip is best done in the afternoon, finishing around 5pm at Wat Pho and ending with a drink afterwards. You'll see a... more »

Tips:  It's going to be hot, so drink plenty and drink often - safe, cheap bottled water is available everywhere.

Note: You won't be... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Brunch at Khao San Road

The (in)famous Khao San Road is Bangkok's backpacker ghetto, where you can see people of every creed, skin color, nationality, height, weight, and socioeconomic class. The most popular things to do here are shop, eat, drink and, of course, people-watch.

It's party time at night, but there's lots of shopping to do beginning around mid-morning,... More

The biggest, most sacred, most ornate and beautiful temple in Thailand, this was once the home to Thailand's revered royal family but is now used only for special ceremonial purposes. The guides who offer tours inside the gates are worth it if you're really interested, but it's also easy to just wander around by yourself taking pictures.

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3. Lunch

There's a little cluster of restaurants around here selling all kinds of noodles and fried snacks and rice dishes. There's also some air-conditioned places in the back closer to the river. Take a break here after walking around Wat Phra Kaew to rehydrate and fill your stomach before we move on to the next stop.

4. Amulet Market

There are a few different places people call 'the amulet market' but this one is one of the largest (longest, at least). Buddhist amulets can fetch huge sums of money depending on the time & location of their creation and who oversaw it, and you will see plenty of old gaffers here poring over trays of amulets with a loupe examining every tiny... More

The oldest university in Bangkok and home to the huge reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is also home to several important chedis (where ashes of royalty are interred), a world famous massage school, and some very well known fortune tellers, for which people line up for hours to see.

Guided tours are recommended; Wat Pho isn't as ornate or as large as... More

6. Amorosa

Also known as The Deck or Arun Residence, this hotel/restaurant/bar has one of the best views in the city. Climb up past the restaurant and keep going up four more flights of stairs to the top - an open-air bar with a great view across the river to Wat Arun. Time it right (the bar opens at roughly 5pm) and watch the sun go down with a cold beer in... More