Thailand is a popular hub for international expats because the city is bustling with not only an Asian flare, but with a number of amenities right in line with Western expectations. Another reason expats love Bangkok? It’s a beautiful city full of heritage and amazing attractions that pull in tourists from all over the world…and when you’re an expat you get to call this town home.
Let’s take a look at the beauty and culture in the city
Top Ten Travel Attractions in Bangkok, Thailand
- Grand Palace: Be warned, this is the most touristy of the recommendations here and you’ll do well to find the most off-season day to explore the Grand Palace…because even then it will be full of tourists.
- Chatuchak Market: A really huge market that can be daunting if you just need one or two items for your expat apartment, but if you have a number of items and no real plans for the day then consider heading to Chatuchak.
- Ayutthaya: Impressive ruins — do these before you do a border run to Cambodia for Angkor Wat though because Ayutthaya is a smaller set of ruins and it’s best to give them their own viewing, outside of a trip that will include the ancient city of Angkor Wat.
- Chinatown: Perhaps counter-intuitive to visit Chinatown when you’re in Thailand for the Thai food and culture, but the proximity of China means expats gather in this area regularly for a change-up of street eats and culture.
- Vimanmek Palace: Truly stunning, I recommend that expats save their visits to the former Royal Palace for when they have visitors in town since they will want to show off the elaborate restoration and pretty teak-wood designs.
- Wat Traimit: One of the handful of temples that you really should carve out time to wander through if you happen to be lunching with friends near Bangkok’s China-town. Fewer tourists and beautifully complex intricacies throughout the temple.
- Floating Market: A draw for the tourists for the novelty factor of seeing this market float down the river as vendors prepare their food. As you learn a bit of Thai and you can negotiate decent prices and find some yummy eats here if you’re passing by this area side of the city
- Wat Pho: The huge reclining Buddha statue is the crowning glory of this temple (the oldest in Thailand) and the gold Buddha is what will set this Wat apart from the many others you can and will visit while you’re living in Bangkok.
- Lumpini Park: Large green and open spaces, this park is well maintained and the perfect spot for a delicious lunch and relaxing afternoon if the tall buildings and fast pace and honking horns of big-city life starts to wear down on you too much.
- Wat Arun: A beautiful Buddhist temple complex with shining chedis and colorfully robed monks wandering through the complex; go early to avoid some of the tourist crowds that appear by mid-afternoon.