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#LoveThailand Bangkok in Thailand is one of the most visited cities in the world. Whether you travel to Bangkok for the food, shopping, cultural and historical temples, colorful nightlife, or friendly locals, this bright and bustling metropolis is a haven for all kinds of travelers.

best things to do in Bangkok

So if you are still weighing your options of what to do in Thailand, have no fear, because I’m breaking it down for you here the best things to do in Bangkok!

1. For the Instagram People


Go temple hopping and snap photos by the many beautiful temples in the city

Are you a selfie king/queen and are proud of it? Then your best bet would be to grab a local tour guide to be your escort as you hop from one temple to another. While there are numerous temples scattered throughout Bangkok, some of the more IG-worthy ones include Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Saket.

Pro tip: I recommend joining an Instagram tour (yes, those are a thing now!) where you can get someone to bring you around the temples in Bangkok and most importantly take your photos for you!

2. For the History Buff


See the ruins of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya

Load up on some history by spending the day exploring the ruins of Ayutthaya. Located approximately 85 kilometers away, the previous capital of Thailand is every history buff’s dream. Marvel at the ancient architecture, listen to stories about Burmese invaders, Buddhist temples, and ancient Thai kings.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to bring your cameras too, because you’ll definitely want to capture some photos to keep in your memory bank!

3. For the Outdoor Adventurer


Visit Erawan National Park and take a dip in the waterfall

If you like hiking and nature, then a visit to Erawan National Park is an absolute must! Home to a multitude of hiking trails, caves, and the famous Erawan falls, this sanctuary is perfect for the outdoor adventurer. While not exactly in Bangkok city itself, it’ll take about a 3 hour car ride to get there. And hey, if you’re lucky, you may even spot some elephants and deer too!

Pro tip: Bring your swimsuit and an extra change of clothes! You don’t want to miss out on swimming in the 7-tiered waterfall, would you?

4. For the Passionate Foodie


Stroll along Chinatown and sample some local delicacies

I don’t know about you, but I find Thai food to be some of the most delicious food in the world! Yep, I’m a converted Thai foodie, and I make no apologies. One of the best places to find cheap and authentic Thai food? Chinatown. Don’t expect fancy restaurants in this place though, because you know what they say, the best food is on the streets!

Pro tip: Don’t know what to try? Start with these: pad thai (wok-fried noodles with condiments), som tam (papaya salad), yam woon sen (glass noodle salad), dim sum (dumplings), and hoikran luak (boiled cockles).

5. For the Obsessive Shopper


Ride a boat and bargain along one of the many floating markets

Yes, there’s the ever popular Chatuchak Weekend Market where you can probably find anything and everything under the sun, but if you truly want an authentic Thai experience, I say go to the floating markets just to experience it. Cruise down the river on a wooden boat and bargain with vendors selling their wares on their own boats. I recommend visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or the Amphawa Floating Market as these have the most variety in terms of products and produce.

Pro tip: Another famous market you can visit (although not a floating one) is the Maeklong Railway Market. Set on the sides of an actual railway, the excitement happens when a train thunders through the tracks sending market vendors into a hurried frenzy to take down their tiny stalls!

6. For the Off the Beaten Path Explorer


Explore the mountainous city of Kanchanaburi

If you want to avoid the crowded temples and markets, then I’d recommend venturing about 3 hours outside the city of Bangkok to the peaceful yet historical province of Kanchanaburi. With its storied past, you can stop by the War Cemetery and the JEATH Museum, stroll along the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, and even board the Death Railway Train, which is known for its wild curving tracks and lush scenery.

Pro tip: If you want to, you can combine a trip to Kanchanaburi with a side stop at the Erawan National Park as both are fairly near each other.

7. For the Beach Bum


Take a day trip to Pattaya Beach and Coral Island

Calling all beach bums! If the sun, sea, and sand are calling your name, then a day trip to Pattaya Beach and Coral Island is in order. It’s just a 3 hour trip one way (including the car and boat ride) which in my opinion is totally worth it! You can swim, snorkel, participate in some beach sports, or simply relax on the sand and get that tan you’ve always wanted.

Pro tip: While you’re there, head over to the Pattaya Viewpoint to soak up some panoramic views of the city. You can also choose to visit the nearby Sanctuary of Truth temple too!

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About Chinny: Chinny is a 20-something writer based in Manila. One of TripGuru’s resident bloggers, she can usually be found buying cheap tickets and planning her next trip to wherever the wind takes her.
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