Top 22 Things To Do in Bangkok

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If you want to get yourself a relaxing trip, visit the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok! This is a multitudinous place offering, great food, awesome people, lovely shopping sprees, and superb marine life. An amalgamation of beach and beer, fun and frolic, Bangkok is an endearing place for all the people who love the blue waters. It is an apt destination if relaxation is all you have on your mind.  Bangkok has something for everyone, from the youngsters to the businessmen. You can spot a bunch of young girls and boys escapade into the spirit of the city. Head to this amazing place and understand what stimulating holidays can be.

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Reclining Buddha:

reclining buddhaSeek some peace when you visit the 46 meters long Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Away from the hustle, take some time off once in the entire trip to Bangkok to be here and enjoy the mystic peace that is nowhere to be realized. The golden statue of the reclining Buddha would stimulate you to dwell on nothing but tranquility.

Best Time to visit:

To experience the calmness you may visit the temple early morning when there is hardly any crowd so you can pray and meditate.

Top Attraction:

The size of this Reclining Buddha which is 46 meters, along with the best Thailand Massage at Wat Pho.

Interesting Facts:

It is said that Buddha attained the Godly status after doing 108 positive acts, and to commemorate this, there are 108 bowls kept at the temple for you to put coins in each. These coins can be bought on the way to the temple.

Where To Stay:

Riva Arun Bangkok, Baan Wanglang Riverside, and many more places are there for a memorable stay.

Things to do:

Buy coins and get a Thai Massage at Wat Pho, it is here where the best massages are done.


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Rod Fai Market:

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A staunch traveler is the one who seeks pleasure in the roadside market and not the posh malls which are the same everywhere in the world.  Prove your faithfulness towards travel by binging on the local snacks and bars at the Rod Fai Market. You will be amazed by the local produce that looks amazing, especially clothes, furniture, collectibles, toys and antiques from the Soviet era.

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Best Time to visit:

This is a night market, so see the pleasure to shop in the night.

Top Attraction:

The food, and nearby markets.

Interesting Facts:

This market is located next to the train tracks and is called Train Market.

Where To Stay:

Numerous hotels are near the market. Some of them are Swisshotel Bangkok Ratchada, Grand Mercure Bangko Fortune and a lot more.

Things to do:

Shop, dine and drink!

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Sky Train:

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Traveling by train is common but traveling by Sky Train is something that you can do in Bangkok only. The outstanding train ride in Bangkok will be fun when you ride above the traffic and enjoy every place on your list. The train stops at every important station allowing you to enjoy it from where you leave.

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Best Time to visit:

Anytime when you are in Bangkok you may opt to ride on it.

Top Attraction:

The entire city tour can be done.

Interesting Facts:

You are above the traffic and nothing comes in front of you.

Where To Stay:

Stay anywhere in the city as all the vital stations are covered by this train.

Things to do:

List your outing and plan it via the Sky train in the most simple manner.
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Chao Phraya River:

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A river around which the entire city is based is a vital source of life. Not just the tourists, but also the locals cannot do without being here. The wonderful Chinatown, other markets are all based on the riverside making it a top-notch place to understand the culture of the city.

Best Time to visit:

From as early as 11:00 to as late as your heart wishes, you may visit this place and enjoy your trip.

Top Attraction:

A dinner cruise would mesmerize you with all the lights and ripples in the water by your side.

Interesting Facts:

The life of Bangkok is largely dependent on this water body and numerous canals get water from this river.

Where To Stay:

Novotel Bangkok Silom Hotel, ibis Bangkok, a riverside place would be wonderful to stay in.

Things to do:

Enjoy the site where you will see local children enjoying the water on one side and the other side of the river would show you luxury hotels and shacks and cruises for you to enjoy.

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Ghost Tower:

Ghost Tower
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When the crisis hit, not just humans but even buildings are scandalized. One such building called Sathorn Unique Towers is an example of abandonment and is popularly known as ‘Ghost Tower’ because practically the multistory is in no use at the moment.  The financial crisis in 1997 did not allow the completion of this high rise which was initially built as luxury apartments facing the popular Chao Phraya River.

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Best Time to visit:

Visit during the day and buy tickets from the guards.

Top Attraction:

When you reach the top of the building you get a breathtaking view of the Chao Phraya River and the entire Bangkok city.

Interesting Facts:

The building is inhabited and is as tall as 49 stories.

Where To Stay:

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn are some luxury hotels to stay in.

Things to do:

Enjoy the heightened site and get an adrenaline rush by merely looking down.
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Dragon Temple:

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For the rest of the world, a dragon often designates Thailand, and when in Bangkok, you are sure to a lot of them. The Dragon Palace Temple is one such place that has dragons as their epoch. A holy shrine for those who believe in Buddhism, this temple is an assured visit.

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Best Time to Visit:

Visit during the rainy season that is from Mid June to Mid September. The temple opens at 8:30

Top Attraction:

The structure in itself is mesmerizing and worth the look.

Interesting Facts:

The temple is tall, pink and cylindrical in structure and the stairs that take you up the 17 stories are covered by this pink dragon from above.

Where To Stay:

The temple is on the outskirts in Wat Samphran and you may plan to stay within the city in a place of your choice and may come here to visit.

Things to do:

Meditate and visit other botanical gardens in the vicinity of the temple.
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Siam Paragon:

siam paragonAs the name suggests, Siam Paragon is indeed the perfect place to shop. Be sure to come back in a huge financial crisis, as your heart won’t stop and you will be perpetually shopping at this beautifully designed place.

Best Time to visit:

Any time of the day, when you are ready to splurge!

Top Attraction:

Multiplexes, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium.

Interesting Facts:

There are about 250 shops in this amazing place.

Where To Stay:

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, ibis Square

Things to do:

Shop and see Ferrari cars in the mall besides enjoying some movies in the multiplex.

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Bangkok National Museum:

Bangkok National Museum
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Thai art and artifacts can be seen at this typical Chinese Structure. If this interests you, you may visit this museum and witness the weapons that are the benchmark of the Chinese people. Other than that, precious stones, puppets, clothes, puppets, and Khon masks can be observed at this museum surrounded by green spaces.

Best Time to visit:

Any time of the day, you can visit this place.

Top Attraction:

A beautiful structure that signifies the Chinese layout.

Interesting Facts:

This was first built by King Rama V who had used this place as space to display his gifts.

Where To Stay:

Sleep Within Bangkok, Wild Orchard Villa, and D& D Inn are some of the popular and nice places to stay near the museum

Things to do:

Take the iconic tuk-tuk ride to the museum and enjoy it in the Bangkok way!
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Nana Plaza (Soi4):

Nana Plaza
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A delight to the ones who visit Bangkok for a ‘Purpose’, this is where you may gain some and lose some. In exchange for money, you may get Thai massage services from girls and enjoy this hue of the Bangkok city. However, if the purpose is different and you simply want to sip some alcohol, you may still do that here, without indulging into any services whatsoever.

Best Time to visit:

Nightlife is what makes the place the best.

Top Attraction:

The Thai Massage and the girls service.

Interesting Facts:

It is one of the biggest red light place in Bangkok

Where To Stay:

Grand Sukhumvit Hotel, Nana Hotel and many more in the vicinity would give you the real touristy pleasures.

Things to do:

Sip wine and enjoy the touristy Bangkok services.
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Lumpini Park:

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Amidst the city that never sleeps when you find a peaceful green space, you ought to love it! This 360 Rai Park will exude such emotions into your heart when you have had enough of Bangkok and would require a calm place away from intimidation and the bright hues. The green color of the trees and the blue waters would appear to be most soothing.

Best Time to visit:

Early morning and the sunsets are the best time to visit this park.

Top Attraction:

The artificial lake.

Interesting Facts:

The name of the park originated from the birthplace name of Lord Buddha.

Where To Stay:

Pinnacle Lumpinee Park, Central Point Hotel Chidlom and many more around the central Bangkok that you may opt to stay in.

Things to do:

Enjoy the sight, rent a boat and enjoy boating in the Artificial lake
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China Town:

china town bangkokMark your entry to Chinatown when you reach the state China gates. The ceremonial entry would embark you to a new town which has its unique hues. The China town gets its uniqueness majorly from the eateries it has that has the weirdest of animal meat to the yummiest of Chinese delicacies.

Best Time to visit:

Visit the place at 10: 00 a.m. for fresh food and stay to your heart’s content.

Top Attraction:

Wonderful China food is the highlight

Interesting Facts:

It is the largest China Town in the world and was established in the 17th Century.

Where To Stay:

Hotel Royal Bangkok, Grand China Hotel and many more in the vicinity can be chosen according to your budget and needs

Things to do:

Shop, eat and even buy some gold on this street in Bangkok.

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Whale Watching:

You may be surprised when you hear Whale watching as an activity to do in a crowded place such as Bangkok. Feel no more surprised, as there is really such a place in Bangkok where whales can be noticed coming. These are the Bryde’s whales and are on the verge of extinction in Thailand.

Best Time to visit:

September to October is the best time as the food for the whales is ample and they are often spotted.

Top Attraction:

The other species of fishes that are colorful and vibrant and dangerous too.

Interesting Facts:

The whale watching can be done at Samut Sakhon with 40 other guests who can together climb the trawler.

Where To Stay:

Stay in central Bangkok as you may visit this place on any given day which is an hour’s drive from the central.

Things to do:

Watch the whales and sometimes Dolphins too when you maintain the silence.
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Royal Barge Museum:

Royal Barge Museum
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As the name suggests, here you will find numerous Barges that were once used in carrying freight over the borders. The barges that you find here are artistically designed and speak volumes about the culture of the people of Thailand.  Most of these badges that are designed beautifully and decorated with a dragon head on either side of the boat are still used for cultural processions and other Thai ceremonies.

Best Time to visit:

Anytime when you visit here you may pay 100 Baht for entry.

Top Attraction:

The ride to this place is something that you are bound to enjoy.

Interesting Facts:

This dates back to the Ayutthaya era during which the commoners and the royals traveled together in the barges.

Where To Stay:

Near the Chao Phraya river, you may choose your accommodation and enjoy not just the boat ride to this place, but also other attractions around the river.

Things to do:

Take pictures, and perceive the royal history of the land of Thailand
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Batcat Toy Museum:

Batcat Toy Museum
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If the nightlife excites you as young parents, this museum would excite your toddlers and older kids too. The museum proffers a wonderful and close look at the action figures from all over the world. The children relate to them and enjoy every bit of the movement in the museum tour.

Best Time to visit:

It is open between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Top Attraction:

The wondrous superheroes and their large statues.

Interesting Facts:

Thai People call it Mot Daeng

Where To Stay:

Hotel Sukhumvit, Grande Central point are some of the popular places to enjoy your stay.

Things to do:

Indulge in communication with the owner of the museum and know a lot about superheroes.
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Bike Ride:

A visit to Bangkok is incomplete without the perfect Bike perfect the city has to offer to all including the locals. A bike ride unravels to the tourists the unseen areas of the city which may get curtailed otherwise. You may select the bike tours according to your preference and budget and exercise your legs amidst the lanes that are nature’s galore.

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Best Time to visit:

Early mornings usually offer serene and pretty escapades for the tourists.

Top Attraction:

The back lanes and off-road tracks are wonderful.

Interesting Facts:

Even the locals use the bike during the day to avoid traffic.

Where To Stay:

You may stay anywhere in Central Bangkok as bicycle rides are available everywhere.

Things to do:

Enjoy the villages and the local cultural lanes that can be explored in no other way than bikes.

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Songkran:waterfight in bangkok

If you are visiting in April, then acclimatize your dates between 13th to 15th April to be a part of the world-famous water fight. This is the onset of the Thai New year and each one participates with a lot of enthusiasm.

Best Time to visit:

Mid-April from 13th to 15th.

Top Attraction:

The water fights are very interesting as cold water is splashed to everyone and anyone.

Interesting Facts:

It started from sprinkling little water to wash the sins and led to complete water fights using water guns.

Where To Stay:

This being the holiday time in Bangkok everywhere would be fine which is close to the center.

Things to do:

Enjoy the Bangkok holiday party, buy beautiful water guns and enjoy the time.
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Muay Thai, Kickboxing:

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Get some action kicking your mood! Watch kickboxing which is popular all over Thailand, but most popular in Bangkok. This is rightly the national sport of Bangkok as everyone enjoys and indulges in bets over the winners.

Best Time to visit:

Various shows run during the day, please check for the best timings at the place os residing.

Top Attraction:

Go on and try some betting!

Interesting Facts:

The sport allows you to burn calories as it burns fats very fast due to high activity.

Where To Stay:

The Lumpini region, as that is where the stadium is.

Things to do:

Enjoy and practice it at your gym only as it requires training.
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Dusit Zoo:

dusit zooMake your trip with the kids worthy by visiting this lovely zoo. The zoo houses about 1600 species including alligators, lions, tigers, monkeys, kangaroos, penguins and a lot more. Not just the zoo, it also has an in-house hospital for the animals and other facilities that are required for the betterment of the animals. The zoo is also known as Khao Din Wana.

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Best Time to visit:

Other than End of August, when the zoo is closed for good, you may visit any time of the year.

Top Attraction:

The safari park in the zoo is the best thing.

Interesting Facts:

The zoo is about 60 years old and still has wonderful species.

Where To Stay:

COZ at Ratchathewi, Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok City Suite Hotel are some of the popular places to stay.

Things to do:

Enjoy the tram rides, boating services along with watching the rare and common species of animals
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Explore the Night Life:

bangkok nightlifeMost nocturnal visit the city of Bangkok only because they want to explore own agility in the night. There is no better place than Bangkok to enjoy the entire day like feel where you get not just food and drinks, but everything under the roof. The markets are open through the night exposing you to the best color of the city.

Best Time to visit:

Night time when the weather is perfect, that is between June to September.

Top Attraction:

Sealife Bangkok Ocean World, Sanam Laung are some of the places you may enjoy and get an educative tour too.

Interesting Facts:

Enjoy the old laws that are levied

Where To Stay:

1905 Heritage Corner, Pa Prank, D Hostel Bangkok are some wonderful places to stay and enjoy the hospitality.

Things to do:

Get an educative tour of the marine species and enjoy the great food alongside.
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Puppet Show:

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With an inclination to know the cultural heritage of Bangkok you will be drawn to the puppet show that tells a tale! The puppets are craftily handled by the artisans who not only work on the outer creation, but also on the movements of the puppets. Each puppet has a story to tell and is managed by three people to put up a quintessential story of the colorful city of Bangkok.

Best Time to visit:

Book your tickets amidst a tiring day of shopping at numerous theaters where the show runs.

Top Attraction:

You will be transported to a different world altogether with background music and mythical acts.

Interesting Facts:

Three artisans together work on the movement of one puppet.

Where To Stay:

You may choose to stay at places near Asiatique the Riverfront or Aksra Theatre for easy access.

Things to do:

Perceive the culture of the people and the respect they have for another and visitors.
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Wat Arun:

wat arun templeEver wondered who administers dawn? Your answer lies in Bangkok when you visit the Wat Arun Temple and enjoy every minute of your presence when here. Overpowering positive vibes of Buddhism would empower your mind and you will be mesmerized with the mythical guards around this tall structure acting as the protectors of the temple.

Best Time to visit:

Catching the temple in the right light is vital for which you can visit the temple at dawn. However, if that does not excite you, then you may visit it during the dawn when the crowds are minimal. The temple is open between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Top Attraction:

The light and the way the structure appears in it is the most beautiful site.

Interesting Facts:

The structure is about 76 meters tall.

Where To Stay:

Riva Arun Bangkok, Baan Wanglang Riverside are some of the hotels in the vicinity.

Things to do:

Dare yourself to climb the stairs in the temple that lead you to the top of the 76 meters where you can witness the Bangkok the river on which the island is situated and the hues surrounding it during the dawn.
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Vimanmek Mansion:

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Wood can create wonders and for you to see one such marvel, Vimanmek Mansion is the place. When in Bangkok you must visit this once residence of the majesty of Thailand. Surrounded by green parks and gardens, the place is the largest mansion made up of wood.

Best Time to visit:

The place is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Top Attraction:

The large teak structure and the artifacts in the mansion

Interesting Facts:

One needs to be dressed modestly to be able to enter the mansion. Ripped Jeans, T shirts and short dresses are not allowed

Where To Stay:

Boon Chan Ngarm Samsen Road, Sawatdee Guesthouse the Original and Chillax Resort are some of the best options near this awesome place.

Things to do:

Take pictures outside the mansion and enjoy the meticulous teak structure.

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Other than the nightlife and the food, the people of Bangkok are also famous for following Buddhism. This makes them respect everyone irrespective of their profession, religion and caste, and creed. This is one thing we must all learn from the people other than its infamous reputation.
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