It’s no wonder with its breath taking beaches and temples that Thailand is the number one tourist location in South East Asia. With Bangkok the buzzing capital of Thailand, theres literally hundreds of things to do.
- Quick Information on Thailand
- Things To Do in Bangkok Thailand
- Visit the Grand Palace
- See The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
- Visit Lumphini Park
- Go To a Thai Kickboxing Fight
- Visit The Sky Bar
- Shop At Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
- Explore Siam Ocean World
- Take A Cruise On The Chao Phraya River
- Visit Jim Thompson House
- Visit Khao San Road at Night
- Go Shopping
- How Safe is Bangkok Thailand?
- Wrapping Up
Bangkok has something for everyone, from its temples to its markets and theres also the shopping malls, museums and palaces.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: Visit Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature rises up to 33 degrees. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or Sea through Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Things To Do in Bangkok Thailand
The problem for visitors to Bangkok is deciding on what to do in Bangkok. So, I narrowed it down to a list of 12 things to do in Bangkok.
Visit the Grand Palace
Grand Palace is probably the most famous attraction in Bangkok. The royal family no longer live here but was the home to the king for 150 years.
During the tour of the Grand Palace you can walk around the grounds and enter temples but can’t enter buildings.
Remember there is a strong security present around the palace, so have your ID and there is a strict dress code is in place at the palace so you can’t wear shorts or entry will be refused.
See The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
The temple of the Reclining Buddha is pretty much beside the Grand Palace. It is also known as Golden Buddha or Wat Pho.
The Wat Pho complex fairly big but doesn’t take long to see the statues, you could spend half a day wandering this maze.
Visit Lumphini Park
Lumpini Park is like Central park in New York. Lumpini park has trees, playgrounds even an artificial lake where visitors can rent boats.
The paths around the park are 2.5 km in length and like Central park in New York are a popular area for joggers.
It offers a nice break from the busy streets of Bangkok. It’s worth remembering dogs are not allowed and smoking is banned.
Go To a Thai Kickboxing Fight
Thai Kickboxing also known as Muay Thai, is the national obsession. As your wander around the city, there will be a lot of promoting of these fight nights that are taking place around the city.
In Bangkok the main spots for these fights are the Ratchadamnoen Stadium on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, or at Lumpini Stadium on a Saturday.
Visit The Sky Bar
Remember the film ‘Hangover part 2’. Visiting the Sky Bar seriously awesome panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyline and the Chao Phraya River, especially at night.
There is a dress code, so wear something nice. Sky Bar is the second tallest building in Thailand is the world’s highest open-air bar on the 64th floor.
Shop At Chatuchak Weekend Market
Thailand and markets go hand in hand. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best things in Bangkok.
You’ll find anything from designer/fake clothes, phones, knockoff movies etc…
There’s also a big dining area with great and cheap food.
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Temple of Dawn also known as Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks.
Wat Arun is situated opposite to the Grand Palace, across the Chao Phraya River.
Its majestic spiral tower structure has one of the most beguiling temple designs found in Thailand.
Explore Siam Ocean World
Siam Ocean World is Southeast Asia’s supposed largest indoor aquarium is located inside the Siam Paragon shopping mall and shows off tens of thousands of different species of fish and other marine life.
This includes the octopus, seahorses and turtles and the always entertaining penguins.
Take A Cruise On The Chao Phraya River
You can ride the water taxi up and down the river for around 20 baht (less than $1 USD). The tours are overpriced. Or even go on an evening dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River.
Visit Jim Thompson House
The Jim Thompson House is a museum in central Bangkok. Jim Thompson was responsible for transforming the silk industry in Thailand, earning him the ‘Order of the White Elephant’.
Within Jim Thompson’s house there are paintings and other collectibles such as sculptures on display which were got by Thompson during his art buying trips around the Far East.
Visit Khao San Road at Night
Khao San Road was make famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the ‘the beach’.
During the day, the road is buzzing with stalls, tour operators, and bars/cafes, while at night it’s the food and nightlife.
In Bangkok there is loads of shopping centers or shopping malls. Shopping malls sell everything from clothes, electrics to food.
Here is some of the malls to visit.
- Terminal 21 (nice food court)
How Safe is Bangkok Thailand?
Generally Bangkok is considered a safe city. Like any city in the world there are pickpockets and thieves targeting tourists. You need to be paying attention to your surroundings particularly in busy crowded areas like markets or the skytrain.
Simply be vigilant when out exploring the city.
Finally, Bangkok is a beautiful and interesting Thai city we recommend that you take the time to explore Bangkok. Whether you are interested in visiting the Grand Palace or go shopping.
Just choose what you want to do and start enjoying what Bangkok has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Bangkok Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.