12 Ideas Of Things To Do In Bangkok 🇹🇭
Let’s look at some interesting and fun things to do in Bangkok.
If you only have a day or two, these are the things to do in Bangkok that you shouldn’t miss.
Crowded with cars, bikes and people Bangkok fits the common travel rule that if you want to truly known the country, you have to get away from the cities.
But, since Bangkok is not only the capital city of Thailand, but it is also the gateway to Asia. It serves as a transit point for travellers from all over the world and sometimes you have to stay in the city for a day or two. That is when the questions of how to spend my time here arise.
The good news is that there are plenty of interesting and fun things to do in Bangkok.
1. Celebrate being in Asia
Asiatique (The Riverfront) is located on the promenade of Bangkok. It’s a bright and noisy combination of a night bazaar and a modern shopping centre. There are more than 1,500 places to shop and 40 restaurants. Choies for shopping and dining for every taste and budget are guaranteed. There is also a Ferris wheel from which you will get a stunning view of the bright lights of the city and the river.
The best way to get there is by boat. There is a free boat that runs from Saphan Taksin. Just take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. You can also get a taxi there, but it is not recommended because the traffic in Bangkok is awful and it takes a lot longer.
2. See the Royal Palace
The stunning Royal Palace (The Grand Palace) has an abundance of gold and greenery. It has served as the residence of the kings of Siam (Thailand) since 1782. Nowadays, the palace is only used by the Royal family for a number of official ceremonies.
3. Visit the famous temples of Bangkok
The Temples of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is located in the territory of the Royal Palace. It’s also in close proximity to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) – the oldest temple in Bangkok. The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) is located just 500 meters from the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, just behind the pedestrian bridge on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River. So all three Temples are relatively close to each other and they are definitely worth seeing.
4. Do some shopping
One of the best things to do in Bangkok is shopping. There are plenty of place where you can do just that.
Take a stroll through some of the major shopping centers in Bangkok. These include Pantip Plaza, Platinum Fashion Mall, Terminal 21, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central Embassy Shopping Mall, EmQuartier Luxury Shopping, Phrom Phong, MBK, CentralWorld and Siam Paragon.
5. (Don’t) Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
The construction of this unfinished skyscraper was discontinued during the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Today, it is Bangkok’s most popular abandoned building (about 80% finished), especially among urban tourism enthusiasts, freerunners and photographers.
The skyscraper it self isn’t that interesting, in fact it’s received the nickname ‘ghost tower’. But the views that open up from it’s upper floors are absolutely breathtaking.
6. See the city from a river cruise
Taking a cruise along the Chao Phraya River is a popular option. There is no shortage of boat companies offering river tours. Alternatively, you can just catch the express boat that runs along the river as public transport.
You can find the details on routes, cost and types of boats on the official website here.
7. Try the Thai goodies
You will find some of the most delicious desserts and coffee in Bangkok. You can treat yourself in places like Coffee Beans by Dao, Mr Jones’ Orphanage Cake Shop, After You Dessert Cafe and Agalico Tea Room. Try some delicious ice cream by the river at Teppanyaki Ice Cream at Millenium Hilton, or some French Patisserie, Bangkok style at Let Them Eat Cake.
8. Escape the busyness of the city
You can relax in relative silence or have a nice picnic at the Lumpini Park. But be aware that some of the local inhabitants of the park like cats, dogs, tiny lizards and turtles could decide to join you. You can also rent a boat and go for a ride on the lake there.
9. Visit the colorful Chinatown
If you’re looking for things to do in Bangkok, you have to visit the Chinatown.
Chinatown in Bangkok just adds to the exotic feeling of the city. There you will find a sea of shops, street food stalls, restaurants, markets and much more.
10. Check out the giant Buddha statue
At the bottom of Chinatown you will find the the world’s largest, massive gold seated Buddha statue (Wat Trimitre). Measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons.
11. Take some pictures
Bangkok is considered one of the best places in the world to practice the art of urban photography. There are endless locations and themes, where you can capture some pretty cool shots.
12. Live the highlife
You can enjoy a few cocktails on a rooftop bar, taking in the stunning views of the city. Banyan Tree Bangkok has a stylish rooftop bar with some of the best city views in Bangkok. There is also the Lebua classic sky-bar, Baiyoke Sky – the highest restaurant in Bangkok, the atmospheric Above Eleven and the lesser known Octave Rooftop Bar in Sukhumvit.
Attitude Rooftop is another charming rooftop bar, which overlooks the river.