Bangkok Old City Walk, Bangkok

The ideal way to start a trip to Bangkok is to get a glimpse of its busy backstreets and to gape at its grandest holy places. Why not start your sightseeing in Krungthep, where you will see pretty squares, thronged streets and impressive temples. Then you can roam the backstreets and get a peep at the local street markets. You can also make a stop at a great local Thai restaurant that's always packed with visitors. Check out our list of the top tourist sights to kick off your trip to Bangkok.
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Bangkok Old City Walk Map

Guide Name: Bangkok Old City Walk
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok (See other walking tours in Bangkok)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: valery
Royal Grand Palace

1) Royal Grand Palace (must see)

The Royal Grand Palace, a building complex in Bangkok, served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. King Rama I ordered the construction of a magnificent new Palace in 1782 when he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. The area chosen was, however, occupied by Chinese merchants whom he asked to relocate. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time.

Originally the palace consisted of...   view more
Wat Phra Kaew

2) Wat Phra Kaew (must see)

Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located on the ground of the Royal Palace in Bangkok. It is the most respected Buddhist shrine in Thailand. About 2 feet tall dark green statue known as Emerald Buddha stands in the center of the temple.

Some believe that the Emerald Buddha has come from Sri Lanka while art historians believe that it is crafted in Thailand in the 14th century. A legend associated with the Buddha is that the Emerald Buddha was once kept...   view more
Wat Pho

3) Wat Pho (must see)

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located behind the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is one of the largest and the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand's capital, the temple is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue and the largest number of Buddha images it houses. The Wat was almost entirely rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok.

The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha...   view more
Bangkok Wat Sutat ( Great Swing )

4) Bangkok Wat Sutat ( Great Swing )

The Giant Swing is a religious structure in Bangkok and one of Bangkok's famous tourist attractions. In front of the temple is the huge Chinese-red frame of the giant swing. An annual ceremony took place here whereby young men would try to swing high enough to get a sack of gold tied to a pole about 75 feet in the air. After the death of many men during this attempt, this ceremony was banned in the 1930s.

The red colored Giant Swing, with a height of 21.15 meters, is a landmark of...   view more
Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)

5) Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) (must see)

Wat Saket, a Buddhist temple and a famous landmark in Bangkok, dates back to Ayutthaya era. The towering gold chedi of Wat Saket, once the highest point in Bangkok, is notable for its spectacular views and its hosting of the annual Loy Kratong festival. The small dome is covered with small golden squares that reflect in the sun. Due to these shiny squares, the place got the name of Golden Mount.

Golden Mount, a steep hill inside the Wat Saket compound, is not a natural mountain but an...   view more
King Prajadhipok Museum

6) King Prajadhipok Museum

King Prajadhipok Museum presents the life and history of the King Prajadhipok’s reign. The museum has nine permanent exhibition halls covering various subjects. King Prajadhipok’s personal effects are displayed including items on films, music, sports and writings that reveal his personal tastes. The exhibition shows his life before he was crowned, his life after abdication and his final years in England. On display are photos of the coronation ceremony, the celebrations of Bangkok's...   view more
Queen's Gallery Bangkok

7) Queen's Gallery Bangkok

The Queen's Gallery was founded in 2003 at the behest of Queen Sirikit, who wanted to provide a dedicated venue in Bangkok for the display of Thai fine arts. This gallery's exhibitions, which feature mainly pictures and figurines, are rotated each...   view more
Democracy Monument

8) Democracy Monument

The Democracy Monument was built in 1939 to commemorate the 1932 coup that changed the face of Thai politics forever. The 150-year-old absolute monarchy came to an end and Thailand changed to a constitutional government. Corrado Feroci, an Italian immigrant invited to Thailand by King Rama VI to develop a Western-style art tradition, designed the Monument in 1924. He stayed in Thailand, became a Thai citizen changing his name to Silpa Bhirasri. The monument has four curved columns arching...   view more
Khaosan Road

9) Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road or Khao San Road is a short (410 meter long) street in central Bangkok, Thailand constructed in 1892. "Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world-famous "backpacker ghetto". It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from "mattress in a box" style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. Khaosan shops sell...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The National Gallery of Thailand

10) The National Gallery of Thailand (must see)

By far not a prime destination for arts and artists, Thailand nonetheless has some decent galleries and museums well worth checking out. One of them is certainly the National Gallery which displays contemporary and traditional art of Thailand from the 17th century onward. It sits in the old Royal Mint building whose construction started on February 4, 1902 and was presided over by King Rama V. On April 19, 1974, the Thai Ministry of Finance passed on the building to the Department of Fine Arts...   view more
Bangkok National Museum

11) Bangkok National Museum (must see)

The Bangkok National Museum features exhibits of Thai art and history. Opened in 1874 by His Majesty King Rama V, the Bangkok National Museum is the first public venue to display the royal collection of King Rama IV and other objects of general interest. It occupies the 18th Century Wang Na Palace or Palace to the Front which had previously been the residence of the Prince Successor.

Named the Bangkok Museum in 1926 it had subsequently transformed into the National Museum Bangkok under the...   view more

Walking Tours in Bangkok, Thailand

Create Your Own Walk in Bangkok

Create Your Own Walk in Bangkok

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bangkok is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Architecture Tour

Famous Architecture Tour

Bangkok's varied skyline is a true architectural inspiration, with its unique mix of strange buildings, Italian-inspired designs and modern tall towers. If you take a walk around the city's streets you'll find hidden passageways, regular houses, exhilarating foreign designs and luxurious modern structures. Get the best views of all these sights with our Famous Architecture Tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Wats and Temples of Bangkok

Wats and Temples of Bangkok

Bangkok's shrines are integral to the city's heart and soul. These edifices can impress and overwhelm even the most experienced traveler. In the city you'll find thousands of sites with decorated glass and ceramics and ornamented with complex configurations of painted gold. Take our tour of Wats and Temples to see the best of the many holy shrines Bangkok has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Places of Worship Walk in Bangkok

Places of Worship Walk in Bangkok

Bangkok is an old metropolis that has been home to a diverse population of cultures, nationalities and religious beliefs for centuries. While Buddhism is by far the biggest religion, spiritual tolerance has long facilitated the co-existence of other faiths in the Thai capital. In fact, some of the churches are among the most impressive foreign buildings in all of Bangkok. Take our tour to see the most visited places of worship in the Thai capital.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Bangkok without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bangkok, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour in Bangkok

Art Galleries Walking Tour in Bangkok

Bangkok has an appealing selection of art that includes lively modern expressions and beautiful classical representations. Both public galleries and private galleries with artworks for sale are dotted around the city. Don't leave Bangkok without seeing the city's best galleries in our Art Galleries Walking Tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Landmarks Walk in Bangkok

Landmarks Walk in Bangkok

Before modern times, Thai sculptors focused exclusively on creating images of Buddha, leading to Thailand being one of the world's best locations for Buddhist art. By the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, Western fashions had begun to influence classical Thai art forms, particularly architecture and sculpture. Take our tour to see the top landmarks of the Thai capital.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km

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