What to see in Bangkok

There are so many things to do in the city and if you are thinking about what to see in Bangkok, don't worry, we have some great options for you! Share them with your friends if you love them as much as we do!

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What to see in Bangkok

1. The Emerald Buddha

The East in general is well known for its mysticism and Bangkok is no exception, and the Emerald Buddha is a prime example of this. The centuries old statuette is revered by Thais and Buddhists alike and is proudly displayed in Wat Phra Kaew, on the same site as The Grand Palace.

Your local host will be able to fondly tell you all about the statuette, its history and what it means to the Thais, while they guide you around the temple to show you the Emerald Buddha and other nearby attractions. If you are wondering what to see in Bangkok, The Emerald Buddha should be at the top of your list.

2. The Temple of Dawn

Located on the bank of Bangkok’s River of Kings, The Temple of Dawn is a striking landmark. It is perhaps best seen from the other side of the river where you will be able to view the temple’s iconic tower in its entirety, and should not be missed if you are wondering what to see in Bangkok.

Ask your local host where the best viewing point would be and they will gladly recommend a place and make arrangements. You could enjoy a meal or a drink with your host with the temple as a magnificent backdrop as they tell you all about the temple and its history.

3. Khao San Road

Khao San Road is a bustling street with loads to do. Lined with guesthouses, restaurants, bars and pubs the street is always active and stalls selling local arts, crafts and clothing make for a shopping opportunity also. The street really comes to life at night and locals often head to the area for a night out.

Khao San Road is also located close to other attractions and your local host will know all about, and they’ll also let you know what to see Bangkok that’s nearby. With all that’s going on in the street though, and with the street performers and entertaining hawkers, Khao San Road may have all you need.

Top local tours in Bangkok

Best of Bangkok Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems



€42.00 p.p.

Sawasdee Bangkok! Fun Family Highlights Tour



€36.00 p.p.

Sacred Tattoo Tour: Offering, Ceremony & Food


€29.00 p.p.

What to see in Bangkok

4. Bangkok Corrections Museum

If you are trying to decide what to see in Bangkok and feel like doing something different, then you could try visiting the Bangkok corrections museum. Although notoriously harsh, the Bangkok prison system has become more modern in recent years, but the museum gives an insight into just how harsh it used to be for prisoners in Thailand.

The museum makes for an interesting, if somewhat macabre, day out, so ask your host to join you and they will be glad to share fascinating stories about the place. Having them with you will make the experience truly worth remembering.

5. The Crocodile Show

It’s not every day that you see a man placing his head in a full-grown, live crocodile but that is exactly what you will see at the crocodile show in Samut Prakan. The brave men putting on the show are surprisingly bold when handling the crocodiles and you can feel the apprehension in the air from the crowd.

The crocodile farm is away from the city centre so ask your private driver to bring you there and they will be happy to drive you. If you can’t decide on what to see in Bangkok and would like to get close to some of the regions more fearsome denizens, ask your host about the crocodile show and you won’t be disappointed.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Withlocals host
Carina Supachok

Discover The Best of Bangkok on a Bike

Don’t hesitate if you want to book a tour with Tom. He is so wonderfull. He thinks about everything like The weater and food.
Thank you so much Tom for your time and showing us around.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Kevin Big

Private Spiritual Morning with Thai Monks

Big took us on an early morning adventure into the first hours of a monk's daily routine: chanting, meditating, seeking alms in nearby market streets, having their morning meal. Big apparently is friends with the monks, and they accepted us in a very friendly way. Big gave us all sorts of interesting information and personally accompanied us through the three hour visit. It was the most interesting thing we've done in Bangkok.

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Withlocals host
David Tuangtip

Bangkok's Highlights on a Long Tail Boat & Tuk Tuk

We had an amazing afternoon with Tuangtip! We have been to Bangkok many times, however Tuangtip managed to take us to places that were new to us and where we did not meet many tourists.
Moreover Tuangtip is very knowledgeable and organises everything so well.
Highly recommend Tuangtip for a local and memorable experience in Bangkok!