Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is located on the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand. It is the financial, and economic center of Thailand with a population of well over 10 million people. What are the best things to do in Bangkok Thailand?
Bangkok attracts visitors from all over the world and can cater to any type of traveler whether they are a budget traveler or a luxury traveler. In Bangkok, you can visit the Grand Palace or the Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho, and enjoy the nightlife on Khaosan Road and Nana.
In this post, we will go through things to do in Bangkok Thailand. Let’s get started!
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Things To Do In Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok is the biggest city in Thailand and is considered a megacity. 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.
Here is our list of things to do in Bangkok Thailand.
Visit The Grand Palace
Grand Palace is probably the most famous attraction in Bangkok. The royal family no longer lives 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 not enter the buildings.
Remember there is a strong security presence around the palace, so have your ID and there is a strict dress code 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 is fairly big but doesn’t take long to see the statues, you could spend an hour or so wandering around this place.
Visit Lumphini Park
Lumpini Park is like Central Park in New York. The 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 a national obsession. As you wander around the city, there will be a lot of promotion 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 Lumpini Stadium on a Saturday.
Visit The Sky Bar
Remember the film ‘Hangover part 2’. Visiting the Sky Bar has 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 most touristy things in Bangkok. You’ll find anything from designer/fake clothes, phones, knockoff movies, and so on.
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 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 made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘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 are loads of shopping centers or shopping malls. Shopping malls sell everything from clothes, and electricity to food.
Here are some of the malls to visit.
- Terminal 21.
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 attracts visitors from all over the world and can cater to any type of traveler whether they are a budget traveler or a luxury traveler. In Bangkok, you can visit the Grand Palace or the Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho, go shopping, and enjoy the nightlife on Khaosan Road and Nana.
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.