Bangkok Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
Bangkok is one of the most lively and tourist friendly cities in the whole of Thailand and this exciting metropolis is brimming with top tourist attractions. Many tourists arriving in Bangkok begin their visit by enjoying a guided tour aboard the Sightseeing City Tram, or a pleasure cruise along the Chao Phraya River.
For others, a trip to one of Bangkok's many family friendly tourist attractions is in order, with popular attractions including the Bangkae Amusement Park, the Mall Ngamwongwan Water Park and Playland, the animals at the acclaimed Dusit Zoo (Khaio Din), or the indoor theme park of Leo Land, within the Central City Bangna Shopping Centre. Other popular tourist attractions in Bangkok include many nearby elephant shows, tenpin bowling at the city's numerous bowling alleys and entertainment complexes, and traditional Thai boxing at the famous Lumpini Boxing Stadium, close to Lumpini Park.
Guided Tours / Sightseeing City Tram
Address: Bangkok Tourist Bureau, 17 / 1 Phra Arthit Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 225 7612
Various guided tours of Bangkok's main attractions are available and are a good way to begin your sightseeing in this large and busy city. Most tours can be arranged by your hotel or at one of the many travel agencies, which reside in the main tourist regions. The Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram is especially popular and features English-language commentary. The tram tour starts from the Sanam Luang Park (Royal Fields)
and takes in many of the city's best sights, such as the colourful Flower Market, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew and also a number of top museums.
Open hours: daily, tours operate at 30-minute intervals
River Cruises / Manohra Cruises
Address: 257 / 1 - 3 Charoen Nakorn Road, Krunghtep Bridge, Bangkok, 10600, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 477 0770
The ultimate way to sightsee in Bangkok is to relax and enjoy a cruise along the meandering Mae Nam Chao Phraya River. Various pleasure cruises are available and pass many appealing waterfront attractions along the way. Particularly popular are the Manohra Cruises, which use teak barges and offer both lunchtime and evening cruises, featuring a sun deck, where the uninterrupted views are at their best.
Open hours: hours vary according to cruise
Admission: charge, concessions
Bangkae Amusement Park
Address: 275 Moo 1 Phetkasem Road, Bhang Kae, Bangkok, 10160, Thailand, TH
Fun for all the family, the many family orientated attractions at the Bangkae Amusement Park can be found within the Mall Bangkae. Particularly popular are the state-of-the-art video games and amusements, while the additional attractions of a water park, tenpin bowling, cinema and fast funfair rides will be sure to please.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:30 to 22:00, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge, concessions, children under 1.2 metres / 3.9 feet are free
Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
Address: 71 Rama V Road, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 281 2000
Founded in 1938, Dusit Zoo has long been one of Bangkok's most popular family attractions and was previously a royal botanical gardens for King Rama V, covering around 47 acres / 19 hectares. Today, the zoo is home to a large collection of animals, which include some 300 mammals and also 1,000 exotic birds. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles and some extremely rare native species.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, concessions
Address: 2884 / 2 New Petchburi Road, Bangkok, 10310, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 319 76414
The Bangkok Playhouse is a relatively new addition to the city's theatrical scene and first opened its doors in 1993. A modern venue with many regular performances, which range from puppet shows to serious dramas, other attractions include art exhibitions, seminars, lectures and many visiting international shows.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 19:00, hours vary according to event
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (QSMI) and Snake Farm
Address: 1871 Rama IV Street, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 252 01614
A popular local attraction, the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is home to a large collection of extremely poisonous snakes, including the king cobra and numerous vipers. Known for its important research into snake venom and its deadly effects, the institute is also home to a snake farm, where many different snakes are successfully bred and reared.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 16:30, Saturday and Sunday - 08:30 to 12:00
Address: 6th Floor, Central City Bangna, 1094 Bangna-Trad Road, Bangkok, 10260, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 361 0888
Part of the popular Central City Bangna Shopping Centre, this air-conditioned indoor theme park features a good selection of fast rides, roller coasters and simulator attractions. Particularly popular is the waterpark, water slides and go-karting, appealing to all ages.
Open hours: daily - 11:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children
Mall Ngamwongwan Water Park and Playland
Address: Ngam Wong Wan Road, 30 / 39 - 50 Ngamwongwan Shopping Centre, Bangkok, 10220, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 02 550 0011
The perfect way to cool off during one of Bangkok's many hot days, the Water Park and Playland is part of the Ngamwongwan Shopping Mall and is full of water-related attractions, together with a play area for children. With water slides, pools, miniature train rides and plenty of places to simply sit back and relax, the Mall Ngamwongwan Water Park is close to the cinema complex and many shopping opportunities.
Open hours: daily