Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by Darrif William
When it comes to international holiday destinations Bangkok undoubtedly tops the list. The city has it all to make your holiday an extraordinary experience. Famous Bangkok tourist attractions include modern-day skyscrapers, traditional Thai structures, museums and mixed culture. Below are the incredible things you can do in Bangkok.
1. Exploring Chatuchak Market
The Chatuchak Market opened every Saturday and Sunday is one of the top places to visit in Bangkok. Spread over 27 acres with 8000 stalls it is one of the largest markets in the world. The market entices over 200,000 visitors in a day making it a key tourist attraction in Bangkok. Wide range of products is easily available at local price. It is advised to pick a map of the market to avoid being lost in the intricate alleyways.
Location: Chatuchak Weekend Market, 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: Friday: 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2. Enjoy the Boat Trip on Chao Phraya River
Your Bangkok holiday is incomplete without taking a boat ride in the famous Chao Phraya River. The river passes through Bangkok giving it the name ‘Venice of the East’. Numerous canal feeds off the river and acts as the lifeline to the local residents. Taking a boat ride on the river offers an incredible panoramic view of the city. On the one side of the river, you can see high rises and other parts of the river has wooden shacks and children playing in the water. You can board or deboard the ferry at any of the six stops to explore the city.
Location: 780/488 Charoen Krung Road, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok, Thailand.
Entry Fee: Boat Ride Costs $4 to $140
Timing: Daily 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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3. Visit Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
An iconic structure, the reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple is a must-visit when holidaying in Bangkok. The entire Buddha statue measures fifteen meters tall, forty meters long and completely covered in gold. Inside the temple, there are 108 bowls and you can also buy coins to put inside the bowl. The site of the reclining Buddha is incredible to witness along with exquisite artefacts on the temple. The temple is one of the must-visit places in Bangkok.
Location: 2 Sanamchai Road | Prabarom Maharajawang, Pranakorn | Bangkok | Thailand.
Entry Fee: $3
Timing: Daily 08:00 AM and 17:00 PM
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4. The Opulent Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of the most iconic buildings located in Bangkok. Your trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting the beautiful former residence of the king. The magnificent palace at one time doubled as a king’s home and place from where Thailand’s government carried their work. The entire palace spread over 214,000 sq. meters takes many hours to explore it. Be aware of the scammers outside and pay the price only when you are entering the area.
Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand.
Entry Fee: $64.08
Timing: 8.30 AM to 3.30 PM
5. Enjoy the ride in the Bangkok Sky trains
A ride in Bangkok Sky trains is not only the fastest way to reach your destination but also gives a spectacular view of the city. The air-conditioned train reaches nearly every part of the city offering a hassle-free travel experience. Enjoy the ride while the train passes over the traffic.
Entry Fee: $ 3.88 Day Pass
Timing: 6.30 AM to Midnight
6. Explore the Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum is home to a wide collection of artefacts and Thai art in the whole of Thailand. King Rama V established the museum to show off the gifts his father has given to him. The museum features Chinese weapons, puppets, clothing, textiles, precious stones and Khon masks. It is advised to visit the museum on Thursday as English guided tours are available, and it will help in greater understanding about the history of Thailand.
Location: Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.
Entry Fee: $ 6.47
Timing: 8.30 AM to 4:00 PM – Monday closed
7. Rejuvenate with Thai massage
Thai massage by far is the most popular thing that has been synonymous to Thailand. Today, virtually every town has a Thai massage dotting every major city globally. But, if you truly wanted to enjoy the traditional Thai massage it is better to get the hands-on experience where it originated. After a long day of exploring the city, it is worth to relax and enjoy the Thai massage as it will lend you a new lease of life, energising you again for the next day. These parlours are peppered all over the city, but it is worth to research and find some good ones.
Location: All over Bangkok, Thailand.
Entry Fee: Depends on the type of massage parlour
Timing: Morning to Midnight
8. Evening Stroll at Nana Plaza
The Nana Plaza located outside the BTS station is a place where tourists could indulge in a wide range of activities. It is also the place where you will find many gogo bars. Apart, the place is also a popular hangout place with bars and lounges. Grab a drink and relax in the ambience. TH Nana Plaza is one of the few places to visit in Bangkok with friends.
Location: 3 1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
9. Ascend the Sathorn Unique Tower
This unfinished 49th story skyscraper located at the heart of Bangkok has an interesting story. The construction of the building halted due to the financial crisis which hit the world in 2008. Due to the crises, the building was never completed. Now, the building sits abandoned right in the prime location. Today, the building mostly attracts climbers, locals and tourists craving for a panoramic view of the city. At the bottom there are security guards, just pay them once and you are free to explore the building. People who had been to the building has shared their experience of how they had enjoyed the breathtaking view of the city.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
10. Explore the beautiful Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha is a 500,000 Sq. meter park offers the much-needed respite from the hustle-bustle of Bangkok city. The best time to visit this park is usually in the early morning or during the sunset. While strolling through the park it is common to notice older Thai generation practising Thai Chi. The Park is also famous amongst families and romantic couples rejuvenating at the lakeside.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM
11. Try local cuisines at Chinatown
Like any other popular tourist city, Bangkok has its own Chinatown. The colourful Chinese lantern, gates and vibrant ambience make exploring this place a treat in itself. While strolling through the street, it is a common sight to see food stalls and restaurants offering an array of places to devour deliciously and variety of Chinese food. The rates are incredibly affordable. At every step, you are sure to unfold amazing surprises. It is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok at night.
Location: Yaowarat Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: All day till midnight
12. Enjoy the drink on top of the city
After a long day of exploring the city the best way to enjoy the evening is to go on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel. There you can enjoy a wide range of drinks while relaxing and enjoying the amazing views. The design of this place is such that a person gets a complete 360-degree view of the city. Individuals those who are afraid of heights must reconsider before going there. Other than that this is the perfect place to spend the lovely evening.
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13. Enjoy Street Food
Thailand is also famous for its lip-smacking street food. Locals in Thailand enjoy eating outside instead of cooking in their home. The reason being, the food is cheap and taste delicious. It is common to see every street lined with street food vendors crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the feast. Also, the options are incredible ranging from the famous Pad Thai to Som Tam (papaya salad), squid and all sorts of dishes cooked live and right in front of your eyes.
14. Take a ride in Motorcycle Taxi
Thinking of what to do in Bangkok? Why not try the famous motorcycle taxi ride. It is the fastest and cheaper way to dodge the insane Bangkok’s traffic. Unlike any other traditional cabs or the famous Tuk-Tuk ride, in a motorcycle taxi, you will be sitting at the back of the motorcycle guy and he will take you wherever you want to go. So, just sit back and enjoy the ride as the driver will wade through the traffic to get you to your location.
15. Watch Muay Thai
In Thailand, people love kickboxing popularly known as Muay Thai. The whole of Thailand dotted with kickboxing stadium, but Bangkok is where the biggest fight takes place. Lumpini and Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium hosts the most awaited Muay Thai fights. Being a National sports, Muay Thai is the most talked sports everywhere in Thailand. Big Muay Thai fights are usually organised during the weekends. So, if you are in Bangkok do visit any of the stadium in the city and experience the adrenaline rush kickboxing.
16. Dusit Zoo
If you are thinking about where to go in Bangkok then Dusit Zoo is the perfect place. It is also one of the oldest zoos in all of Thailand. The zoo has approximately 1600 species of animals including lions, alligators, penguins, monkeys and the exotic kangaroos. It also has an animal hospital, education centre, museum and train. Again a great place to go and spot an array of animals.
Location: Rama V Rd. Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: $4.85 Adult – $ 2.26 Children
Timing: 8:00 AM to 6:00PM
17. Bangkok’s Night Life
Bangkok’s buzzing nightlife attracts people from across the globe. It the last one decade, the nightlife scene has grown considerably. Tourists can choose from a range of nightclubs, rooftop bars, hip cocktail bars and more. Also, those looking for more excitement then there are Cowboy and Patpong adult clubs, the party scene at the Khao San Road makes the whole trip an incredible experience.
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18. Enjoy Bangkok Puppet Show
The puppet show in Bangkok has its own charm and uniqueness. If you are in Bangkok, the puppet show is a must to attend. The uniqueness about the puppet show is that the puppeteers are part of the show and clearly visible not hidden unlike in other puppet show. The puppet mainly plays a classic folk tale while a live orchestra plays creating an unforgettable ambience. Set design and craftsmanship that goes in making the props are also the focal point of attraction and show the technique and brilliance of the artists.
Location: Aksara Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Depends on the price of the ticket
Timing: 10:00-18:00, showtime: 19:30 (Monday-Wednesday) and 18:30 (Thursday-Sunday)
19. Magnificent Wat Arun
Thailand has over 31,000 Buddhist temples peppered throughout the city. But, the magnificent temple of Wat Arun has its distinct aura and incredible history. Named after Aruna, the God of Dawn the temple is situated on the bank of the Cho Phraya River. The incredible temple stands at a height of 79 meters tall. Every detail of the temple is unmatched with ceramic tiles blanketing the tower and colourful porcelain for an incredible view when in red light. The temple offers a perfect background for a memorable holiday photo.
Location: Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: All Day
20. Feast on a Durian fruit
The fruit is both hated and loved for its look and taste. Some people even put up signs that completely ban the fruit. And on the other hand, it is popular as the king of fruits. The fruit has its own characteristic, from the outside it looks like some kind of a medieval fruit featuring thorny outer shell. On removing the shell, it has an outrageously smelly pulp with a creamy buttery texture, which makes it the greatest fruit of all. Durian is the widely eaten fruit in the whole of Southeast Asia.
21. Visit Erawan Shrine
Erwin Shrine is another incredible site located at the heart of Bangkok’s busiest area. The statue dedicated to the Hindu lord Brahma with four faces showcases the ancient tradition of Thailand. Constructed in the 1950s and there is an interesting story behind the temple. It is said that construction workers were too superstitious to work on the site because they thought the spirits were unhappy and causing a problem in the construction work.
Location: Ratchadamri Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: All Day
22. Visit Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion is the former royal residence and has now been turned into a museum. The mansion is also the world’s biggest teak wood building. At present, the mansion now has a wide range of artefacts and photographs donated by the Majesty the King. Photography is prohibited inside the mansion.
Location: 5/1 Ratchawithi Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: $1.62
Timing: 9:30 AM to 4.30 PM
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23. Explore Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House is a famous museum situated in central Bangkok featuring a wide range of art collection belonging to Jim Thompson. The house was built in 1959 and probably one of the key tourist attractions in Thailand. Apart, the museum also offers a rich history of the Thai Silk Company. A great place to go and enjoy a leisure day while exploring the museum.
Location: 6 Rama I Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: $4.85
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM
24. Enjoy Songkran
Songkran, the Thai New Year festival held every year between 13th and 14th April. The festival is all about getting wet and is similar to the Indian festival of Holi. It is believed in Buddhism that by sprinkling water, it takes all the sins. Today, the celebration has turned into a big event of water fight in which the whole country takes part. And there is no better place than Bangkok to experience the festivity and fun.
25. Shop at the famous Siam Paragon
For shopper enthusiast, Siam Paragon mall is the perfect place to shop. The mall has a wide range of shops ranging from high-end fashion designers to being the home of Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a multiplex cinema and restaurants to savour delicious meals. The mall has over 250 shops and showrooms of luxury car manufacturer including Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, if you are willing to spend more, you will certainly find what you are looking for. It is the best place to visit in Bangkok for shopping.
Location: 991/1 Rama I Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM