Home to Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of Thailand’s major aviation transport hubs, Bang Phli features both residential housing and rural farms within its bounds. The town is bisected by the Bang Na-Chonburi Expressway, with Buddhist temples, golf courses and floating markets to discover.
Things to do in Bang Phli
Wat Bang Phli is the most sacred temple in the area, having been built to commemorate King Naresuan's victory over the Burmese in the early 17th century. It’s rarely visited by tourists but boasts a unique atmosphere, with temple music played through loudspeakers and market stalls scattered throughout its interior.
Purchase marigolds near the entrance to give as offerings and witness the large bronze Buddha image known as Luangpho To that is enshrined here. Or time your visit for the annual Lotus Flower Festival when a replica of the Buddha image is paraded along the district’s main canal.
Want to experience one of Bangkok’s most authentic floating markets? Then walk through the temple grounds to the canal where a floating market has operated for around 150 years. It has a relaxed, local atmosphere, with fresh produce, cooked dishes and local handicrafts for sale and boat tours are available to explore the surrounding waterways.
If golf is your sport, then Bang Phli is the perfect base, with no less than four golf courses found here. Experience one of the finest 27-hole golf courses in the world at the Lakewood Country Club in Bang Phli’s east or soak up the fairway views from the elevated terrace of the Muang Kaew Golf Course to the town’s west.
Getting around Bang Phli
It’s around 20 minutes’ drive from the Suvarnabhumi Airport to Wat Bang Phli, which lies in the heart of the district. Public buses make the journey west into Bangkok and connect the individual neighbourhoods throughout Bang Phli.