Do you want to know the best things to do in Bangkok? Then you should continue reading below!
Bangkok is no doubt one of the most impressive cities in Asia. Here you will find a perfect mix of delicious Thai food, great bargain markets, fancy rooftop bars and beautiful historical sights. Bangkok is a city that has something for everyone, regardless of interest or the size of your wallet.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Bangkok:
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Grand Palace & Wat Pra Keaw
Show your reverence for the famous and precious Emerald Buddha that is found in Wat Phra Kaeo. Since 1434, when the statue was found in Chiang Rai, people have thought that the Emerald Buddha possesses powerful forces. The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s largest tourist attraction, and Wat Phra Keaw is a part of it. Remember that you can’t enter the Grand Palace with sandals, shorts, and bare shoulders. A tip is to come here early in the morning when they open the gates to avoid the huge crowds. Grand Palace is such an attraction that one simply can not miss, as it is one of the top things to do in Bangkok.
Wat Arun is a beautiful and amazing temple of 104-meter majestic architecture. Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples and is a must to visit during your stay.
A tip is to sit on the opposite side of the river at one of the laid-back rooftop bars and enjoy the view of the temple while the sun goes down.
Wat Pho is the oldest temple complex in Bangkok and together with Wat Phra Kaeo, is this the biggest sight in town. Wat Pho is a popular attraction for both tourists and locals and despite the large numbers of visitors, the place has managed to keep its calm and harmonic atmosphere. Wat Pho is such a sight that you don’t want to miss during your stay, as it is one of the most popular and best things to do in Bangkok. Most people come here to see the giant resting Buddha statue, which has a height of 15 meters and a length of 46 meters. Wat Pho is a holy place, so make sure to follow the dress code; no sandals, no bare shoulders, and no bare knees.
Chao Phraya River & Waterways
The Chao Phraya River and its waterways offer you the chance to escape the big city life for a while. Here you can enjoy a relaxing boat trip, where you can multitask and watch all the city’s sights from the river. There are many options for you who want to be out on the river for a while; that varies from renting a private boat, go on a guided tour and going on a dinner cruise.
Watch a Thai Boxing Game
Thai Boxing, also known as Muay Thai is as large in Thailand as football is in Europe. If you’re in Bangkok and are interested in sports, then I recommend you to go and see and live Muay Thai game. Many Thai Boxing events are going on in Bangkok all year around, and it does not cost much to go and see one either.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is the best and the largest market in Bangkok. The market is about 112 000 square meters large, and there are more than 15 000 stores and stalls that are full of clothes, accessories, and souvenirs. Here you can practice your bargain skills and foremost you can get your things for half of the original price.
The market is open for shopping and bargain on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 am and 6 pm.
The Chinatown of Bangkok will please your hopes and dreams of how a classic Chinatown would look like, and have to offer. In the Chinese district of Bangkok, you will find everything between heaven and earth, and you can easily spend a whole day, or two, here.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is like the mecca of the backpackers in Bangkok. On this festive road, you will find funky bars, delicious street food, great shopping and much much more. Khao San Road is like the heart of Bangkok among tourists, and a visit here is a must while you’re in town! One of the best things to do in Bangkok for those who love to party on a small budget!
Visit a Rooftop Bar
One thing that you just have to do while you’re in Bangkok is to visit a rooftop bar. Bangkok is full of cool rooftop bars that vary in style, dress code and area depending on the size of your wallet. The majority of the rooftop bars in town requires that you have to dress fancy, so no sneakers, shorts, jeans or t-shirts. I prefer a more relaxed bar, as I don’t want to sit and sweat while I enjoy my drink and the rooftop view!
Cloud 47 is a pretty decent bar with a good view and “cheap” beer. The staff isn’t always that nice, but the view and the low price makes it worth a visit.
Learn how to cook Thai food – One of my favorite things to do in Bangkok!
If you love Thai food, as I do, then you have a great chance to get to cook some of the delicious Thai dishes. In Bangkok, there are several cooking classes where you can learn to cook Thailands most popular and traditional dishes and specialties. I recommend Maliwan Thai Cooking Class!
If you are like me, and absolutely adore Thai food, then you simply must write this one down on your list of things to do in Bangkok!