5 Best Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand

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.

Bangkok is a chaotic, colourful city that will put your senses on overload and challenge your photography skills. The variety of things to see and do is impressive and range from intricate golden temples and other cultural destinations to street markets or culinary excellence, and so much more. Here comes, the ULTIMATE BANGKOK, the city of angels. Some visitors consider it a waste of time to sleep, while others don't sleep.

Most people know Bangkok from Hollywood movies, you name it, how many of those movies depict Bangkok in a love story or a comedy, maybe one or two. Although animal lovers may sometime find the wholesome story in movies about Bangkok’s elephants. What else do you know about Bangkok?

There is no better place to have fun than in Bangkok, a city that many will regard that sleeping is a waste of time as you can get what you need from countless 7-Eleven in Bangkok. Here you can have a glimpse of the 200-year-Old City, The Grand Palace, National Museum, Rajadamnern Boulevard, the Royal Plaza and the likes of Venice of the East where you will be greeted by canals or Khlong all over the Old City.

Amidst easy-going people plus a natural smile from the locals and the words, you hear daily, Sawasdee krup, and Swaddee ka and Chern ka (Hello and welcome) from 7-Eleven stores, at every fifty metres, so to speak, that gives Bangkok’s visitors a homecoming welcome back. Yes, in fact, MORE than everything you need.

Thailand is indeed a great destination not only for travelers who wish to travel under strict budget but also who wish to experience value for money luxury as per their own choice and budget. Thailand offers you combination of visiting beach as well as city experience. You can easily stay in Thailand from 4 to 8 days.

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!

For the History Buff

1. Go temple hopping in Thon Buri

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!

For the Outdoor Adventurer

Bangkok is full of interesting neighbourhoods, like a mini Tokyo or New York.

2. Lumphini Park

Bangkok’s vigor can become quite overwhelming for its visitors. If you feel that you need a break from the chaos of city life, then head to Lumphini Park. Here lush green landscapes right in the middle of Bangkok gives you a refreshing pause before you gear up to get back on your what to do in Bangkok list.

Lumphini Park is one of Bangkok’s best places to reconnect with nature within the city and take a break for recreational activities. You can enjoy leisure picnic time, paddle boating or join locals in tai chi, jogging or cycling activities. The park is brimming with a variety of flora and fauna and you might even spot exotic birds or monitor lizards. The entry to the park is free.

For the Passionate Foodie

Bangkok is a gastronomic paradise. The food is so good that they're bringing out a Thai Michelin Restaurants Guide. Bangkok has been named the world's best city for street food by CNN Traveler! Food is everywhere around you in Bangkok and it's not just Thai food. You can find some of the best Japanese restaurants outside of Japan. Korean BBQ is also popular. There's an Arab quarter that serve Halal only food and even African restaurants.

For fine dining, you can choose from some of the best restaurants in Asia like Gaggan (Indian), Nahm (Thai), Suhring (German), L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Le Normandie (French), Appia (Italian) etc. Gaggan has been voted Asia's best restaurant for three years running and is rank amongst the top 10 restaurants in the world.

3. Stroll along China Town

Take a stroll through the winding alleys of China Town in Thailand. The place is amazing to sample tasty Chinese dishes and indulge in street shopping from an endless array of streets lined with food stalls and merchandise shops. Some interesting sights to visit in Chinatown are the ornate China Gate, Yaowarat Road, and Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. You will certainly lose track of time amid the vibrancy of Thai and Chinese cultural mix.

Thai food is one of the most delicious in the world! 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).

For the Obsessive Shopper

The shopping experience in Bangkok is unbeatable. In Bangkok there are markets, weekend markets, night markets. There are many types of malls: hypermarts, community malls, boutique malls, luxury malls and mega malls. The shopping experience in KL is forgettable. Bukit Bintang (Berjaya Times Sq, Starhills Gallery, Sungei Wang, Pavillion, Lot 10) can be seen in a day. You can find the likes of these malls all over Bangkok and in second tier cities in Thailand.

4. Ride a boat along the Chatuchak Weekend Market

Isn't it obvious to do shopping in Bangkok in your to-do-list? Yes, it is, but the main thing is that from where you should shop so that you get good stuff at a reasonable price. So if you are planning to do shopping during your trip, you should do it from Chatuchak market. There are 8,000 shops from where you can shop and there will be lots of options and varieties from which you can select.

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!

At first glance The Maeklong Railway market located just outside of Bangkok, Thailand seems identical to the country’s Thousands of other open air markets. There you’ll find sellers advertising a myriad of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meat, sea food, drinks, sweets. But for every seller, there’s dozens of buyers, tourists and locals as it is the largest market in the country.

But then what makes it so special? The answer lies in the center of the market, it’s the train tracks. 8 times a day, 7 days a week a train passes through the market with only a bell that rings 3 minutes before it arrives to warn the market goers. 8 times a day, 7 days a week sellers put their sunshades up, pull their produce from the track and duck out of the way as the train speeds past.

The Eastern Mahachai line cuts directly through heart of market and has been there since 1904 but surprisingly, the market was there first.

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For the Night Owl

5. Soak Up The Nightlife in Soi Cowboy

Nightlife that never bore anyone, from a lonesome cowboy from Texas to the likes of Prince Andrew, sumptuous food with new invention dishes now and then, making Bangkok a desirable place to explore, let alone a shopping paradise for shopaholics, those who buy-first-go-home and throw them aside.

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