10 Best Things to do in Bangkok

Experience the best of Bangkok, Thailand! Visit these top tourist attractions in Bangkok and have fun in one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Featured photo of Wat Arun at twilight by tonefotografia/stock.adobe.com

Ah, Bangkok. Certainly, you would have heard of one of the most globally visited cities in the world, right? What’s special about the city of Bangkok is its unrivaled quality of hospitality to all of its visitors, which is why it’s no surprise that the city is globally known for its unrivaled streetlife! You can easily spot exciting nightclubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, and cafes that offer exquisitely delicious foods along with a memorable nightlife experience. 

On top of all that, Bangkok is also famous for its stunning historical landmarks, entertainment hubs, and world-class accommodation. Despite being Thailand’s largest and most developed city, Bangkok still managed to preserve its cultural landmarks and traditions perfectly, making it a must-visit place for all kinds of people. 

Bangkok is a haven for tourists. This simply means that it is overflowing with attractions worthy of visiting. So, if you’re planning to visit the beautiful city of Bangkok anytime soon, then this article is perfect for you! Today, we’ll be talking about the 10 Best Things to do in Bangkok!

Discover the Grand Palace 

First on the list is no other than The Grand Palace. Nestled at the heart of Thailand is the iconic building complex which served as the residence for the most important person in the country, the King of Siam. From the years 1782 to 1925, the royal family of Thailand stayed at The Grand Palace. This simply means that the building itself is a significant part of the country’s history. 

A visit to Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, Thailand.
Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand | Photo by newroadboy/stock.adobe.com

The Grand Palace is the golden standard of Thailand’s culture and architecture. It is also the most respected tourist attraction in the country, so be sure to adhere to the given rules and regulations during your visit! 

Ride the Iconic Sky Train!

Bangkok is also known all over the country for its hustle and bustle. This is why Thailand decided to construct a massive infrastructure of rapid transportation to cater to its hard-working citizens. I’m talking about BTS. No, not the fantastic K-Pop boy band, but the Bangkok Mass Transit System, also known as the SkyTrain! 

Bangkok Sky Train
Bangkok Sky Train | Photo by geargodz/stock.adobe.com

The SkyTrain’s route spans a length of more than 68 kilometers, enabling locals and tourists to pretty much reach every significant place to visit in the city! This is also why the SkyTrain is a popular attraction in Bangkok and also the reason why many new attractions and businesses in the city follow the route of BTS. 

So if you want to tour around Bangkok, the best thing you should do is ride the SkyTrain! 

Wander Around the Chatuchak Market 

One of the best feelings in the world is when you score a delectable treat or souvenir for a bargain price, am I right? Well, in the famous Chatuchak Market of Bangkok, you’ll most definitely have countless chances to do that! 

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand | Photo by pjirawat/stock.adobe.com

Also known as the JJ Market, Chatuchak is hailed as the largest market in Thailand as well as one of the most extensive in the whole world! With more than 15,000 stalls and thousands of vendors, you will definitely find anything and everything you’re looking for. Be it antiques, souvenirs, clothes, electronics, or food; there’s a great chance that you’ll find it here! 

Shop Like There’s No Tomorrow at the Siam Paragon  

Ha, thought we’re done shopping? Well, not quite yet! There’s another iconic attraction in Bangkok where you can shop like crazy. I’m talking about the one and only Siam Paragon, one of the largest malls in the entire country of Thailand. 

Siam Paragon Mall
Siam Paragon Mall | Photo by Mark Fischer/Flickr under creative commons

The Siam Paragon Mall is so huge that you can fit countless stalls and restaurants, the SeaLife Bangkok Ocean World, Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, and a multiplex consisting of fifteen (15) world-class cinema theaters! How about that? Siam Paragon isn’t all about shopping after all, is it?

Have a Relaxing Thai Massage  

Another thing that Thailand is famous for is its iconic Thai Massage. Now that you’re in Bangkok, you shouldn’t miss the chance to experience one now, right? Well, luckily for you, there are limitless options in the city to have a relaxing Thai Massage! 

Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage | Photo by Jade/stock.adobe.com

Some of the best places to avail a Thai Massage in Bangkok are the Health Land, Wat Pho Traditional Thai Massage, Asia Herb Association, and of course, the Massage by the Blind. I could say that the last is one of the most sought-after experiences in Bangkok simply because of the blind masseurs’ extensive expertise in massage. 

Indulge Yourself with Delicious Thai Streetfoods

Ah, yes! Your trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without trying the godly Thai Street Foods! You might have noticed that Bangkok has plenty of street markets that also serve delectable Thai treats and delicacies. Thai Cuisine is so extensive and delicious that it even reached some of the farthest places in the international scene, so it would be a mistake not to try it in Bangkok itself, right? 

Pad Thai at Thipsamai
Pad Thai at Thipsamai

Some of the best-tasting street foods in Thailand are the Pad Thai, Tom Yum, Pad Kra Pao, Poh Pia Tod, Pad See Eiw, Kluay Tod, and a lot more! You should definitely try and taste them all!

Visit Wat Arun 

Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Temple of Dawn itself, the Wat Arun. The full name of this Buddhist temple is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawararamahawihan. The temple has long been a significant landmark of Thailand as it represents a massive part of the country’s culture and history.

A visit to Wat Arun is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, Thailand.
Wat Arun  in Bangkok, Thailand

Visually, Wat Arun is utterly breathtaking. It could often be described as one of the best creations of humankind in history. It is said that the best time to witness the splendid beauty of Wat Arun is both during sunrise and sunset. So make sure to check it out! 

Meet the Reclining Buddha 

Countless people say that one of the must-see destinations in Bangkok, especially for first-time visitors, is the Reclining Buddha, also known as the Wat Pho. It is considered one of the largest temple complexes in the country and home to the famous statue of the Reclining Buddha, which is 46 meters long and entirely covered in gold leaf. 

Bangkok Reclining Buddha
Bangkok Reclining Buddha | Photo by Dudva/Wikimedia under creative commons

Aside from the Reclining Buddha, it is also worth exploring the entirety of the temple complex, where you can discover beautiful hidden gems. Wat Pho is also within the proximity of The Grand Palace, so you should take the chance to visit it! 

Explore the Chao Phraya River 

Another famous landmark and major river system in Thailand is the Chao Phraya River. The river channels from Bangkok all the way to the Gulf of Thailand. 

Chao Phraya River is one of the top tourist spots in Bangkok
Chao Phraya River 

The river is worthy of exploring firstly because of its significance to the whole country and secondly because countless significant landmarks in Bangkok are settled within the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Some of these attractions include Wat Arun, Asiatique, and Wat Pho. 

Tourists can also ride the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat and have a fantastic cruise along the beautiful river. You can also have a romantic dinner cruise with your loved ones along the Chao Phraya River, so grab the chance while you can! 

Visit Bangkok National Museum

Last and definitely the most important on the list is the Bangkok National Museum. It is always a must to learn more about a country’s culture and history, and the best way to do that is by visiting a museum. 

a visit to Bangkok National Museum is one of the best things to do in Bangkok
Visit Bangkok National Museum | Photo by joyofmuseums.com under creative commons

The Bangkok National Museum is home to Thailand’s most extensive collection of art pieces and artifacts. The exhibits in the museum are spread across twelve (12) halls, where several multimedia shows and displays are available for all tourists. 

Some of the significant exhibits to look forward to in the museum focuses on the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Eras and the artifacts of the modern Thai Kingdom. 

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