Thailand is no doubt the top destination in Southeast Asia and Bangkok is often praised as the most livable city on earth. As a tourist destination, Bangkok attracts millions of travelers with its unique cultural values, magnificent architecture, modern facilities and exciting nightlife scene. See our article to know the top things to do in Bangkok no traveler should miss.
Bangkok can’t be missed on your list of the things to do in Thailand. A city where modernity meets with traditions. This blend is the most attractive thing about Bangkok. Travelers come to the capital of Thailand to enjoy a unique local culture intertwined deeply with Theravada Buddhism. At the same time, even to travelers who are not enthusiastic about cultural discovering, you can still enjoy many other things about Bangkok: it’s the city of lively nightlife, of street food, and shopping. Bangkok has its share for everyone.
There’s almost no best time to visit Bangkok, in every month, Bangkok is visitable. Influenced by the tropical monsoon, Bangkok remains warm and humid throughout the year. While March, April and May are the hottest, December to February see milder weather and are regarded as Bangkok’s cold months. But even if you visit Bangkok on its hottest month, you can always escape from the heat to the airconditioned buildings.
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Top Things to do in Bangkok
Admire the Gigantic Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is a pagoda of Reclining Buddha, also the birthplace of Thai massage. The pagoda is located on Rattanakosin Island, near the Grand Palace.
Wat Pho is the largest and oldest pagoda in Bangkok, housing a thousand Buddha images. The gigantic statue of Reclining Buddha is 46m long and 15m high, gilded and ornamented with mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious ‘laksanas’ (characteristics) of the Buddha.
In the pagoda’s courtyard, you’ll enjoy the splendid architecture of the pagoda through the pagoda’s roofs and 91 chedis which are decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colorful tiles.
- Address: Maharat Road
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (massage available until 18:00)
- Admission: 100 baht
Visit the Royal Grand Palace
If you visit Bangkok, it also means that you’ll visit the Grand Palace – the most impressive landmark in Bangkok. The place was built in 1782 and has been the home of the Thai King, Royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. To match its political importance, the architecture must also represent the very best of Thai architecture.
Grand Palace is a salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. You can’t help to be at awe when you gaze your eyes upon Wat Phra Kaew – the national pagoda, the Outer Court, Central Court and the Inner Court. A hint of European architecture lies at the Royal Reception Halls and especially Dusit Hall which has what seems to be the finest architecture of this kind.
Visitors are advised to wear respectfully when visiting these sites.
- Address: Na Phra Land Road, Old City (Rattanakosin Island)
- Opening hours: 8:30 – 15:30
- Admission: 500 baht per ticket including Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
Swing by the Temple of Dawn – Wat Arun
One of the most ancient pagodas in Bangkok and also has another name – the temple of dawn, named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.
This beautiful temple sits on the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya River and can be seen when you take a boat trip here. Wat Arun is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the cosmos in Buddhism. The best time to see Wat Arun is in the sunset when the temple makes an impressive silhouette against the purple sky.
- Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600
- Admission: 50 baht
Boat trip on Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River is an important part of Bangkok, offering a wonderful chance for you to have a comprehensive look of Thailand capital in one of the best way. The city has developed a strong water transportation network and make it the main artery of the nation.
There are many ways to travel along the river: by Chao Phraya Express Boat, Chao Phraya Tourist Boat and Dinner Cruise.
The express boats are operated like a bus connecting A to B with little service but the fee is much cheaper. But you want a boat trip with better service, we suggest that you should book Chao Phraya Tourist Boat or Dinner Cruise, depending on your budget.
The scenery along the river is absolutely beautiful: you can see many pagodas and temples glittering in the sun. A boat trip on Chao Phraya River is a great chance to see that tradition and modernity can co-exist just fine.
Enjoy a Thai Massage
Thai massage has made a name for itself and is among the top things to do for every traveler when visiting Thailand. Traditional Thai massage has been known for its many techniques and difference from Western massage or massage in every other country. Thai massage has a fair amount of yoga involved which is just great for those who want to loosen their muscles.
We suggest you go for a massage session in a spa because the staff there is more trained at preventing injury (well, Thai massage is kind of hurt). A two-hour massage costs about $40.
Few names to consider:
- Asia Herb Association
- Wat Pho Traditional Thai Massage
- Massage by the Blind
Visit the famous Khaosan Road
You might have heard of Khaosan Road when somebody talks about the things to do in Bangkok. Well, it’s no surprise since this very road is often referred to as the center of Bangkok nightlife.
Khaosan is only 410m in length and was constructed back in 1892 and only one kilometer away from Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Khaosan is famous for offering cheap accommodation, a wide variety of street food and a bustling nightlife with bars and pubs opening until late.
Come to Khaosan Road to enjoy the atmosphere of the most famous road in Southeast Asia.
Watch the Siam Niramit Show at the largest stage on earth
This is the very first show you should watch upon visiting Thailand. Not only it’s the grandest show but also it gives you great content about the culture and the history of the country you’re visiting.
This awesome show takes place at Ratchada Grand Theatre – the highest and one of the largest stages in the world. With Siam Niramit, you’ll travel back through time to the beginning of Kingdom of Siam which starts 700 years ago. In just 90 minutes, you’ll enjoy all the colors, art and modern theatre at the same time.
There are three main acts named: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals. Each act represents a different time and part of Thailand, telling different stories.
- Location: Tiamruammit Road, opposite Thailand Cultural Centre
- MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre Station, Exit 1
Take a walk through Lumpini Park
If you want to take a breather and escape the busy center of Bangkok without getting out of the city, Lumpini Park is the place to go. Stretching over 500,000 sq. meters, the park provides a much needed spacious, green and tranquil atmosphere for the locals and tourists.
Coming to Lumpini park, you’ll see why this place is so endearing to the local people. Here and there are Bangkokians jogging, working out, doing aerobics and other recreational activities leisurely. During weekends, there are also local jazz outfits or classical orchestra performing for free here.
Since the park is a habitat for various fauna and flora, you might sometimes see some of the inhabitants like reptiles, squirrels, mollusks…. You can also hunt for local street food around the area. Head to the gates near Rama VI statue you can see some vendors cooking up delicious pad thai and jim joon, or to visit the park on weekends for a fresh local market.
- Location: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan
- MRT: Silom, Lumphini
- Opening hours: 4:30 – 21:00
Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
You might see some pictures of this famous floating market on the internet when searching for Thailand. The 100-year-old Damnoen Saduak is located 100km away from the capital of Thailand and just a bit more than one-hour driving. Damdoen Saduak is a paradise for photo opportunities, food and insight into the bygone way of life of the locals.
For those who have limited time budget in Bangkok, this market makes a great day trip from Bangkok. Occupied on Damnoen Saduak canal which is 32 kilometers in length and is the longest canal in Thailand, before your eyes, a most colorful picture unfold: the female traders rowing their boat carrying heaps and heaps of good stuff from fruits to steaming bowls of noodles.
Come to Damnoen Saduak between 7:00 and 9:00 – the time when the market is liveliest. Enjoy shopping here but make sure to bargain hard before paying.
Enjoy the atmosphere of Chatuchak Market
Used to be popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak now is a must-visit place for tourists to Bangkok, Thailand. As the largest market in the city, Chatuchak is home to more than 8000 market stalls selling everything you can imagine of. On weekend, about 200,000 visitors come to the market to shop from souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, accessories, ceramics, home décor, artworks, books… and the list goes on.
There are about 27 sections all together with countless alleys. If you love shopping, then this is your paradise. However, since the place is so large and there are too many things to buy, list all the things you want or might want to buy before coming and stick to it. Also, buy a map of the market to prevent getting lost in this maze-like market.
Visit Bangkok just in time for Songkran festival
The most well-known festival in Thailand – Songkran or Thai New Year’s national holiday. The festival takes place on 13th April every year and extends to from 14th – 15th April. The festival marks the arrival of spring. Each day of the holiday has the name of its own:
13th April is regarded as Maha Songkran, 14th is called Wan Nao and 15th is called wan Thaleong Sok. The most highlighted event of Songkran festival is the water fight with water guns. During this day, major streets are closed to traffic and used as arenas for the fights. Everyone can join this event, locals, tourists, young or old….
Come to Thailand and Bangkok this time of year to enjoy and be a part of this beautiful tradition.
Taste the delicious local food
You want to try the best Thai cuisine? Then Bangkok is the best place to do so. Without further ado, here is your list of must-try dishes in Bangkok.
- Sticky Rice Mango (Khao Neow Mamuang) is a traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. The dish is simple but very addicting with the unexpected combination of fruit and sticky rice. This dish is also a choice for vegetarians. Don’t miss this one.
- Boat Noodles (Kway Tiao Rua): Bangkok are crisscrossed with canals and small rivers, therefore they have a very special dish – boat noodles which is literally prepared on boats. However, you still can find this dish at restaurants on land, too. The most famous place to eat this dish is around the Victoria Monument.
- Pad Thai (Thai Fried Noodles) is the most well-known Thai dish out there and it has rights to be so. If Vietnam has Pho, Myanmar has Mohinga then Thailand has Pad Thai as its national dish which can be found anywhere. Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle, with egg, beansprouts, peanuts, shallots, tofu, prawns and tamarind juice/sauce. The taste is sweet yet spicy at the same time.
- Tom Yum Goong Noodles: If you don’t like Pad Thai for its lack of broth then Tom Yum Goong is what you need. Almost as famous as Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong has all the flavors: sweet, salty, sour and spicy with a prawn-based broth. Once you tried it, you’d never the taste.
- Khanom Bueang (Thai crepes) is an ancient Thai dessert known as crispy pancakes – a popular Thai street food you can’t miss when in Bangkok. It might look similar to tacos but it’s filled with coconut cream, shredded coconut, Foi Thong (strips of fried eggs and egg yolks)…. If you have a night out in Bangkok, remember to look for this delicious crepe.
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