Best Things To Do In Bangkok: A City With Something For Everyone

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Updated On: June 11, 2024 by   Esraa MahmoudEsraa Mahmoud

Bangkok is a city full of splendid sights and numerous activities. In Bangkok, you can visit unique temples and museums, stroll through colourful markets, and enjoy incredible views from one of the numerous rooftop bars. You can also take boat tours on the Chao Phraya, party and shop until you drop – and eat at every corner and every hour. In Bangkok, something is going on around the clock.

There is hardly any other city more exciting, colourful, and funky than the centre and capital of Thailand, Bangkok. The city offers something for everyone. Helping you make the best out of your trip to Bangkok, here is our list of the best things to do and places to visit in Bangkok.

Tour The Chao Phraya River

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The best way to start your activities in Bangkok would be to go on a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River. There’s a lot to discover on a tour of the Chao Phraya River, and you’ll quickly reach some of the most important sights of Bangkok.

Take one of the local express boats on the banks of the Chao Phraya and cruise along the river. If you get off at Tha Tien or Tha Chang Pier, you can walk just a few meters to the famous Grand Palace (former royal palace) or Wat Pho, one of the most important temples in Bangkok.

There are cheap local boats and more expensive tourist boats in Chao Phraya. The local boats are recognized by their orange, green, or yellow flags. A local boat ride is not costly, so for a few cents, you can see half the city…. How cool is that!

Koh Kret

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Koh Kret is an island in northern Bangkok’s mighty Chao Phraya River. In 1722, a canal was built for cargo traffic, and merchant ships created the island.

Nowadays, especially on weekends, many local visitors go to the island for the Sunday market. You can rent a bicycle and ride around the island to enjoy the breathtaking landscape. Koh Kret is a sweet break to escape Bangkok’s urban jungle and the hustle and bustle if you feel like it.

Koh Kret is especially famous for its pottery, which you will see everywhere on your island tour. Some temples are also worth seeing, like Wat Sao Tong Thong, a lovely destination for a half-day or day trip just north of Bangkok.

You can reach Koh Kret in two ways: by taking the Chao Phraya Express boat from either Sathorn Pier (BTS station Saphan Taksin) or Tha Chang Pier at the Royal Palace. You can also take a bus to Pak Kret market. To do this, get on the 166 bus at Victory Monument or the 505 bus at Central World shopping mall.

The One and Only Grand Palace of Bangkok……

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The Grand Palace, also called the Royal Palace, is in Bangkok, whereas the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. It is the most visited sight in Bangkok. The vast grounds resemble a theme park with magnificently decorated buildings, pointed towers, and gilded mythical creatures.

The Royal Palace in Bangkok is the sight in the Thai capital par excellence. It is featured on every tourist brochure and is part of every city tour. This landmark is entirely crowded, completely touristy, and completely worth seeing.

The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand and the former residence of the Thai Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The entire palace complex covers almost 3 square kilometres and consists of over 100 buildings, each of which is more magnificent than the other.

The gigantic palace complex can be divided into four parts: the outer courtyard, The Middle Courtyard, The Inner Court, and Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha—Thailand’s national shrine.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is an attraction in itself. It is regarded as the temple of kings, and its heart beats in Phra Ubosot, the chapel of the Smargd Buddha. The sacred statue sits on a gilded throne and is surrounded by numerous other Buddha statues.

The Ubosot is surrounded by the low “Jewel Wall,” which is surrounded by 12 pavilions, so-called Sala Rai, where you can rest after a walk through the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

You can enter the Grand Palace and the associated Wat Phra Kaew only with long pants, shoulder-covered clothing, and closed shoes. This is not untypical for Thailand’s temples, which are sacred sites.

You can rent everything at the entrance if you don’t have the right clothes. This change of clothes alone is worth a visit. The clothes that can be borrowed are colourful and baggy, and you can take beautiful photos while wearing them.

Grand Palace is located in Bangkok’s old town; the best way to reach it is by express boat. If you get off at Tha Chang Pier (Pier No. 9), you will walk directly along the white wall to the entrance. Visiting the Grand Palace is one of the best things to do in Bangkok.

Bang Krachao

Bang Krachao is located southeast of the city, bordered by the Chao Phraya River and a man-made canal. The island consists mainly of forest, jungle, and agricultural land and is rightly called Bangkok’s “green lung”.

In Bang Krachao, you will find, among other things, the Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, where you can eat good, inexpensive food and rent bikes. The Floating Market itself is a real charmer. Not far away is the Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden, one of the most unknown places in Bangkok (at least for tourists), making it a great spot to relax and enjoy the view.

The best way to explore Bang Krachao is by bike. The numerous small branches and hidden paths through the island’s dense flora make the bike tour a fantastic nature experience.

The easiest way to reach Bang Krachao is to take the subway to Khlong Toei Station. Alternatively, you can take the Skytrain to Phrom Phong Station. You can take a cab from both stations to the Khlong Toei Pier, near Wat Khlong Toei Nok.

For the Love of Greenery, the Best Parks in Bangkok!

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If you are a fan of greenery, then you will love Bangkok! The city has some of the most spectacular parks you will ever visit. First, Bangkok’s largest and most famous park is Lumphini Park, AKA Lumpini or Lumpinee. It was created in the 1920s by King Rama VI on royal property. You can see the king’s statue unveiled in 1942 at the southwest entrance. The Park was named after Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.

On the 57-hectare grounds, you can take long walks, picnic, or play sports. Many locals use the pleasant temperature to engage in sports, especially in the early morning or evening. There is also a large lake where you can take a rowboat or pedal boat for 30 minutes.

With a bit of luck, you will also discover some animals. Besides peacocks and turtles, monitor lizards can grow up to 2 meters long. You can also feed the monitor lizards, as they are not very shy towards humans. The Park is open daily from 4:30 am – 9 pm. The easiest way to get there is by Skytrain (Sala Daeng or Ratchadamri) or Metro (stops: Si Lom or Lumphini).

Not far from Lumphini Park is Benjakitti Park. The nearly 21-hectare park is divided into two areas: a water zone and a forest zone. A 1.8-km circular path runs along the huge lake, which is perfect for a long walk. There is also a separate bike path, and bicycles, pedal boats, and canoes can be rented on-site.

East of Benjakitti Park is the much smaller Benchasiri Park. Opened in 1992, the park is dedicated to Queen Sirikit. You will find a large lake in the park’s heart where numerous fish and turtles swim. Around the lake are 12 contemporary sculptures by Thai artists. There are also some sports facilities there.

Last but not least is Chatuchak Park. It is located in the north of Bangkok, and it was opened in 1980 and later extended by Queen Sirikit Park and Wachirabenchathat Park. Chatuchak Park has extensive green areas and over 2000 different plants and trees. At many plants, there are signs with the names of the plants (also in English) so that especially botanically interested visitors get their money’s worth.

There are also a few small lakes and bridges; you can rent bicycles or pedal boats there. The Park is visited by many locals who mainly stay near the entrance. If you want peace, go to the complex’s back part.  The Park is open daily from 04:30 – 21 o’clock. You can reach it by Skytrain (Mo Chit stop), metro (Chatuchak Park stop), or numerous buses.

Ancient Siam

Ancient Siam is a museum park regarded as the world’s largest outdoor museum. The museum includes around 116 structures of Thailand’s well-known monuments and architectural attractions.

The best way to truly enjoy the experience is to rent a golf cart and drive around the enormous park. Bicycles are also available, but they are not recommended due to the heat and the size of the facility. The museum features many replicas of Thailand’s most famous buildings and temples for you to take good photos of and enjoy.

Theme Parks

One of the top things to do in Bangkok is to go to an exciting theme park, and Bangkok has plenty of theme parks to choose from, such as Dream World.

Dream World is located in Don Muang, not far from the airport. Dream World amusement park has rides for all ages, with many choices for children. There are also live shows that take place several times a day. If you want an absolute contrast to Bangkok’s heat, immerse yourself in a winter world and go sledging at Dream World. This is one of the most fun things to do in Bangkok.

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

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In the middle of Bangkok is the Siam Paragon Shopping Center. This centre also has an aquarium. At about 10,000 square meters, a fascinating underwater world awaits you, where you can learn much about the different sea creatures. This is one of the best activities for the whole family in Bangkok.

Khao San Road

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Khao San Road is the backpacker district. Parties are held here day and night, and souvenirs, clothes, and food are served along the road. There are many bars where you can drink from buckets and some very good discos in Khao San Road. You can find inexpensive hostels and hotels in the surrounding area, especially in the neighbouring Rambruttri Alley.

Khao San Road is a great place to have good food, great parties, and affordable stay and shopping…. It is simply a place that has it all!

Bangkok…. The Land of Temples!

Besides its one-of-a-kind Grand Palace, Bangkok has many other impressive temples worth visiting. Like Wat Arun, one of the most famous temples in Bangkok and Thailand.

The entire temple is covered with a mosaic of Chinese porcelain, and the building is settled directly on the river. You can already see the beautiful temple from far away. We recommend making it to the temple at sunset; the view is astonishing!

There is also Wat Po, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and a school where you can learn traditional Thai massage. The temple got its name because a 45-meter, gold-plated, reclining Buddha is inside. Outside is a small pond with koi and many small statues. A visit to Wat Po is worthwhile.

Also, one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok is Wat Saket. It is located on a small hill and towers over the city. You must climb 318 steps to reach the “Golden Mount,” but it is worth it.

Next on the temple list is Wat Khun Samut Chin. This is one of Bangkok’s most hidden and unknown temples, located directly on the sea on a small island. The temple’s site, the overall picture, and the waterfront are breathtaking. For explorers who want to discover Bangkok, which is far away from mass tourism, we highly recommend a trip to Wat Khun Samut Chin.

Last but not least, Wat Phra Dhammakaya is the largest active temple. It is located just under an hour away from Bangkok. The temple is unique, with its shape resembling a UFO, which is an excellent alternative to classical temples.

Shop Until You Drop!

Of course, thousands of shopping options exist in a big city like Bangkok. From small street vendors to gigantic shopping malls, everything is there. Here are the best places to go shopping in Bangkok.

MBK Shopping Center is a place everyone in Bangkok should visit. You have so many choices on seven floors, with about 2,500 small stores.  Most are packed to the ceiling with clothing, food, electrical goods, souvenirs, and handicrafts. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. In MBK, you can also get your smartphone or other devices repaired at a reasonable price

The Platinum Fashion Mall has over 2500 stores, mainly clothing stores. From extremely cheap no-name products to branded clothes, there is something for every taste.

Next is the Siam Paragon; this is the luxury mall of Bangkok, where you can buy high-quality branded things like Rolex, Burberry, Louise Vuitton, etc., which have their stores here.

If you’re interested in computers, laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets, Pantip Plaza is your place. It offers a wide range of glossy stores on seven floors, focusing on e-gaming.

Another mall you should stop by is Terminal 21. What makes Terminal 21 special is its design, which resembles an airport. Each floor is dedicated to an international city. For example, there is the “London” themed floor, where you will find stores in a replica red double-decker bus and a carriage from the London Underground. It’s so fun just to walk through the floors and take some photos of the replicas.

Finally, there is the famous Central World. With seven floors and about 600 stores, Thailand’s largest shopping mall, Central World, is probably also one of the largest malls in the world. Here, you will find mainly clothing brands, restaurants, and a cinema.

It is Party Time: Best Places to Party in Bangkok!

Bangkok is a city brimming with skyscrapers, and of course, this includes many rooftop bars from which you can get an excellent view of the city while enjoying your drink. You don’t have to search for a sky bar in Bangkok because you can find one on every corner. Among the excellent rooftop bars are the Baiyoke Sky Tower II, the Eleven Skybar, and the famous Lebua Skybar!

Lebua Skybar is probably Bangkok’s most famous rooftop bar, thanks to its appearance in the film Hangover 2. Although It is a bit high-priced, it’s a must for film lovers. Also, the view from up there is indescribable.

The very classy Vertigo and Moon rooftop bar is also located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. On several levels at the hotel, you have an unobstructed panoramic view of Bangkok. In the distance, you can also see the Chao Phraya River. There is also a restaurant there that serves delicious seafood dishes and a bit pricy.

Unlike most other sky bars, the Millennium Hilton is located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River. On the 32nd floor is the Three Sixty Lounge, where you get a lovely view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. From here, you can also see Wat Arun and the Royal Palace. If you want to treat yourself to some luxury, the Three Sixty Lounge is an ideal place to go.

There are many great things to do in Bangkok and unique places to visit. There is something to cater to every taste. With so much to offer, how can anyone not have Bangkok on their bucket list?

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