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18 Top Things To Do in Bangkok, Thailand

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    Jonathan Chum


Bangkok is a city with plenty to see and do. If you're looking for things to do in Bangkok, you're sure to find something that will please your taste. With everything from floating markets and night markets, to temples and museums; there's no shortage of things to do in Bangkok. Here are some of my favorite places to visit on a trip to this amazing city:

Bangkok is a popular stopover for flights to and from Europe, North America, and Australia. With its low cost of living, excellent food, and fascinating sights, Bangkok has become a top destination for travelers staying in Thailand for only a short time.

In addition to being the gateway to Thailand's fabulous beaches, it's home to many incredible temples that you won't want to miss.

Getting Around in Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok is a breeze, thanks to its well-connected mass transit system. The Skytrain and subway are efficient ways to cover the city's many miles, while the Chao Phraya River Express Boat will take you along the river for about 30 minutes for about $1 USD. There are also taxis available, but these can be expensive and aren't recommended due to traffic jams and road conditions.

Where to Stay in Bangkok, Thailand

When it comes to the best places to stay in Bangkok, Thailand, there are a few options. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose from luxury hotels and resorts, hostels, or Airbnb.

Here are our top three choices for where to stay if you're visiting Bangkok:

  • The Regent Hotel: This beautiful hotel offers everything from spa treatments to fine dining at its award-winning restaurants. It's centrally located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok (one of our favorite places), which makes it easy for travelers exploring the city to get around on foot or by taxi/tuk-tuk.

  • The Oriental Hotel: Located right next door is another luxury option that offers fabulous service along with excellent amenities like swimming pools and fitness centers---but what we love most about this hotel is its location near Or Tor Kor Market so visitors can pick up some fresh fruits & veggies while they're exploring nearby neighborhoods like Siam Square or Lumpini Park!

  • The Fullerton Hotel: If budget travel is your thing then check out this hotel near Chatuchak weekend market because not only does it offer great rates but also has great views from its rooms overlooking Lumpini Park across the street!

What to Do in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Visit the Grand Palace: This is the best place to start your journey into Bangkok. It's a sprawling complex that houses multiple temples, 24 ornate buildings, and several courtyards.

  • Take a tour of Wat Pho: This temple was originally built in 1788 but was later expanded in 1868 to include a larger complex of buildings, gardens, and monuments including the Reclining Buddha which towers over 46 meters (150 feet) high.

  • Browse Chatuchak Market: The largest weekend market in Thailand is home to thousands of stalls selling everything from clothes and food to household items and pets. If you're not sure what to do here, just wander around! You'll find something interesting eventually!

Floating Markets -- Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa

Floating markets are a great way to experience the culture of Thailand. Not only are they fun to visit, but you can also find some great bargains and souvenirs.

Floating markets are a great place to buy souvenirs. You can find everything from shirts, hats, bags, and more. If you want something a little more unique than the standard t-shirt or hat then floating markets will be a good place to look.

Floating markets are also known for their fresh seafood restaurants which offer some delicious meals at reasonable prices! If you're looking for an authentic Thai meal then this is one option worth checking out!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is a huge weekend market in Bangkok that's open every day except Monday. It's one of the largest markets in the world, and it's a great place to shop for souvenirs.

Located at Phahonyothin Road and Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road (or take Bus 716 from Mo Chit Bus Station), Chatuchak Weekend Market is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from January through March; 8:30 AM---6:00 PM April through December; 8:30 AM---4:00 PM during rainy season months of May through October.

Siam Square, MBK Center, and Pratunam Markets

Bangkok is a city with a lot to offer and you should try your best to experience as much of it as possible. To get the most out of your trip, you need to make sure that you have a plan in place.

One of the most popular places in Bangkok is Siam Square, which is located on Rama 1 Road and gets its name from the area where King Rama I used to take his walkabouts every day. It's also known for having an abundance of shopping centers and malls (MBK Center), making it an ideal place for tourists who love shopping!

With so many options at hand when it comes time for shopping in Bangkok, Pratunam Market offers some great deals on clothing items like dresses or shoes so that you can find something perfect for any occasion

Chinatown in Bangkok

Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world and a popular stopover for tourists. It's also a great place to shop for souvenirs and gifts, so if you want to bring something home from your trip, I recommend stopping by here. In addition to being a great place to shop, Chinatown is also home to some great food options. As mentioned earlier, street food is very popular in Bangkok---and there are plenty of vendors selling it in Chinatown!

Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

If you enjoy visiting historical sites, a day trip to Ayutthaya is for you. It's about an hour by bus from Bangkok or 40 minutes by train. The former capital of Siam was destroyed in 1767 after being invaded by Burmese forces, who looted the city and destroyed many temples there. The ruins were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and contain many beautiful structures that have been reconstructed since then.

You'll want to spend some time at Wat Mahathat, which houses the Emerald Buddha temple complex; its main hall is considered one of Thailand's most spectacular examples of traditional architecture with its three gold crowns and five spires on top (which make it look like something out of Game of Thrones). If you're lucky enough to be visiting around November/December when there are no crowds, you might even be able to see this site lit up at night!

Another popular stop is Wat Chaiwatthanaram: aside from housing several ancient murals depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology as well as King Narai's coronation ceremony in 1677 CE., this temple also has an interesting history behind it: when they first moved here during construction in 1967 CE., archaeologists discovered 100 human skeletons underneath where they were building!

Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower

The Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is a rooftop bar that has a reputation for being one of the best places to take in the views. If you're looking for a place with an amazing view of Bangkok, this is it! It's located on the 63rd floor of the Lebua State Tower, which is also known as MahaNakhon. This building was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and opened in 2015 as Thailand's tallest building (at least until 2018).

In addition to being known for its incredible city views, Sky Bar has also been featured in several movies including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Quantum of Solace, and The Hangover Part II.

If you want to visit Sky Bar during your trip to Bangkok but don't have time to check out everything else on our list (or if there are other things you'd like us to write about), we recommend booking tickets now through Viator so they're reserved before it gets too late[1].

Bangkok is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do.

Bangkok is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. If you're in Bangkok for the nightlife, it's got you covered. But if you're looking for something more cultural, there's plenty of history and culture to explore here as well.

If you go out at night in Bangkok, expect to stay up past your bedtime. The city has no shortage of clubs and bars where locals and tourists alike gather after dark. Whether it's traditional Thai music or hip-hop that gets your blood pumping, there are plenty of options on offer across the city's many districts.

Visit Wat Pho and get a massage

Wat Pho is one of the most famous temples in Bangkok. It's home to the Reclining Buddha, a giant gold-plated statue that depicts the Buddha lying down. But that's not all this temple has to offer; it also has a traditional Thai massage school, a museum, and a shrine to the Buddha's footprint.

The highlight here is getting yourself a massage at one of their many spas. The ancient technique involves pressing down on pressure points with your thumbs, fingers, and palms to stimulate your body and release tension from muscles throughout your body. If you're interested in learning more about these massages (or just want an excuse for a relaxing day out), click here [link].

Visit the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is the official residence of the King of Thailand and has been since 1782 when King Rama I built it. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings and compounds in Bangkok's Rattanakosin Island area, also known as Phra Nakhon District. It's one of the most visited sights in all of Southeast Asia, housing several important royal residences including Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of Emerald Buddha), The Royal Chapel, and Wat Maha That Chedi Luang.

The palace complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 for its historical value, cultural significance, and aesthetic value.

Visit Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market, located in Bangkok's north, is the largest weekend market in Thailand. It's open every day of the week and features a wide range of things to buy---from handicrafts to clothing and antiques.

Chatuchak Park is filled with thousands of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to garden plants, silk scarves, and handmade jewelry. The markets are organized into sections like "Food" or "Clothing", making it easy to find what you're looking for.

Tuk-tuk Ride

Tuk-tuks are a great way to see the city. They're cheap, fun, and convenient for exploring Bangkok.

You can get a tuk-tuk driver to take you anywhere you want to go or take a tour of the city. The tours usually last about 3 hours and cost around 4040-60 per person.

Take a boat tour of Bangkok's rivers and canals

If you want to see the city from a different perspective, several boat tours allow you to do just that. Some offer dinner cruises, while others focus on the canals and rivers. If you're looking for something more private, boats can also be hired for your private tour. The most popular option is the khlongs (canals) where you will get a chance to see Bangkok's unique floating markets as well as some of its biggest landmarks such as Wat Arun Temple and The Grand Palace.

Attend the weekly street market at JJ Green Night Market

JJ Green Night Market is a weekly street market located in Sukhumvit Soi 38. It's open from 5 pm to midnight on Wednesdays and boasts a variety of vendors selling food, clothing, and souvenirs. If you're looking for something different than usual when it comes to local markets in Bangkok---and as someone who loves food markets---this is for you!

Take a cooking class at Baipai Thai Cooking School

If you are looking for the best place to learn to cook Thai food in Bangkok, we highly recommend Baipai Thai Cooking School.

Located in Chinatown, Bajpai Thai Cooking School offers both one-day and five-day courses that cater to all levels of experience. They also offer a special course for vegetarians. Courses are taught by expert chefs who have been living in Thailand for many years and can teach you how to make authentic Thai food right at home! All classes include recipes along with cooking equipment such as woks (for stir-frying), knives (to cut ingredients), etc., so there is no need to bring anything other than yourself!

Eat your way through a food tour of Bangkok's Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Chinatown (Yaowarat) is the best part of Bangkok. If you're only going to visit one area of Bangkok, it should be Chinatown. It's where all the best Thai food can be found, especially street food and markets. You can also find good restaurants and bars here too! To get the most out of your time in Chinatown, we recommend taking a food tour with us!


Bangkok is a city that has it all! There's so much to see and do, it can be hard knowing where to start. From temples, shopping malls, and markets; there are many places for you to explore when visiting Bangkok. Here are some of our top things to do in Bangkok!

Take time out from your busy schedule, and relax at one of the many rooftop bars or restaurants around the city. The view from these venues is simply breathtaking - whether you want something quiet or lively, there's sure to be something for everyone here.

Soak up some culture by joining locals in their daily routines at Chatuchak Market: where you'll find everything from fresh produce, traditional clothes, and handcrafted items on sale - this place is an experience not to miss!