What to do in Bangkok
What waits for you in Bangkok are popular tourist attractions such us siam square, local markets, thai art, Bangkok museums, temples, grand palace, authentic thai food, exciting Khao San Road and many many more! Thailand is also widely known for the traditional thai silk industry, thai dance, thai massage and muay thai. Bangkok, city located by the Chao Phraya River, has it all! Are you already curious about the details? Here they come!
As a main destination, thai capital city offers plenty of unique attractions. It is most probable that you’ll get there by plane. You should know then, that there are two most popular airports – Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. The first mentioned is newer and bigger airport, while Don Mueang is smaller and older, but it is located a little closer to the Bangkok city. If you wonder how to travel around right there, remember that you can always choose our transfers between the destinations or public transportation such as BTS (Bangkok sky train), tuk-tuks or taxis and motorbike taxis. These opportunities give you guarantee not to miss anything worth seeing! Note, that many worth-visit attractions are outside Bangkok where you can get by an organized means of transportation. Find out how to organize the trip so that it is complex and satisfactory.
Explore Bangkok: The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun
Let’s get started with the breathtaking ancient temples. Feel amazed by the architecture that reflects a mix of Thai and Chinese art. The Grand Palace (Royal Grand Palace) is nowadays used only for official state functions. What is worth noticing, is the craftsmanship in the architecture! It’s a large complex comprised of several ornate buildings, pavilions, courtyards, and manicured gardens. The details, the forms and the colours are so unique. One of the most sacred structure for Thai people is localized there, and it is the Wat Phra Kaew – the temple of Emerald Buddha.
Then, in a walking distance, there is the Wat Pho temple known as the temple of reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and still serves as an important center for studying medicine. Afterwards, cross the Chao Phraya river to reach the Wat Arun temple so-called the Temple of the Dawn. It’s dated back to the Ayutthaya period and as one the most important temple in Thailand history, there are many unique attractions inside. You may see there a pagoda encrusted with colorful glazed porcelain tiles and seashells, Giant statues, the Ordination Hall, the Bell Tower, and many Buddha statues. What additionally affects the attractiveness of the Wat Arun is the striking riverside location and interesting design.
The temples are definitely the most iconic and impressive Bangkok sights but you can experience different kinds of attractions in this city! Besides sightseeing unique architecture buildings spend a day in a Siam Park City – an amusement park dated back to 1980 and still being a place where both kids and adults have great fun. Other emblematic attraction is a MahaNakhon Skywalk – the highest observation deck in Bangkok. Standing at the top of the highest Thailand’s building, watching the Bangkok skyline will definitely provide you an unforgettable experience. Bangkok is also a perfect place for shopaholics. Multiple shopping malls, markets and popular streets with many food stalls offer equipment and food of any kind.
Discover nature: fauna and flora in Bangkok
In your Bangkok itinerary you must include visits to National Parks! There are two special ones: Khao Yai National Park and Erawan Waterfalls National Park. They both hide some extra attractions! We would recommend you to plan each as a one day trip.
Khao Yai, located in north of Bangkok, offers not only a postcard views, but also an opportunity to see wide range of wild animals such as macaques, elephants and even tigers. Park’s unique scenery consists of two majestic waterfalls Haew Narok and Haew Suwat that are unquestionably worth seeing! Besides this, you also get opportunity to go jungle trekking and open your eyes on the dignity of nature.
Other ones, very inspiring and breathtaking views you may see in Erawan Waterfalls National Park. As the name indicates, the main attractions are the waterfalls that consists of even 7 plateaus! You can hike to the highest level by a jungle path. On your tour you can stop for a while and go for a swim in an amazingly clear and charming water pools. Afterwards, head to a bridge over river Kwai. Nowadays, the bridge is renowated and the scenery is quite colorful, but it is still a symbol of II World War bloodshed. Not far away from there, there is also an elephant sanctuary – Elephant World Kanchanaburi, where you can spend quality time with the animals living their happy life with people who take care of them.
If you already feel tired of exploring the nature, you may go back to the centre of Bangkok and rest in Lumphini Park – the Bangkok Central Park. But if you are hungry for more, plan another one day trips from Bangkok to Ayutthaya! It’s a Thailand’s archeological treasure included in UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s dated back to the XIV century and hides buddhist temples’ ruins and gigantic monuments. The area is situated by the Chao Phraya River what additionally enhances the views. You may start with the Golden Mount Temple, then proceed to the ancient palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Remember about Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, one of the largest bronze Buddha in Thailand. About one hour away there is a province of Lopburi, one of the oldest cities in the country. For short period of time it was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and that why you can find another amazing building, monuments and temples there. But what is most unique about this district now, is the Phra Prang Sam Yod – the Monkey Temple. Visiting this place remember about shrew macaques trying to steal your belongings!
Taste the food: street food, floating markets and cooking classes
Asia is famous for rich variety of spices and fragrances! Colorful dishes and ingredients are iconic. No matter at what time you get hungry there is always an interesting option – during the day go to a famous floating market (Damnoen Saduak) and get yourself some fresh fruits, check food courts serving tasty pad thai with great value for money, trust local street food vendors and get what they have on their street stalls. What is worth knowing, is the greatest and most diverse weekend market in the world – Chatuchak Weekend Market. You can not miss it!
Later on, make a food tour on Khao San Road, where you can get anything you may imagine. It’s a street with flourish nightlife. Starting from the afternoon up to the white morning it’s overcrowded, noisy and even crazy street. We may say that atmosphere on the Khao San Road is very touristic – there are many bars, food stalls and vendors selling unusual things. Everyone there wants to catch the traveler’s attention!
During your stay in Bangkok you should also see the Srinagarindra Train Night Market which is unique for immediate change from an asiatique market into a railway tracks anytime the train comes. During your time in Bangkok you should visit Bangkok Chinatown, another place where you can taste the local street food. If you are not sure which food stalls serve best street food then just follow the crowd of thai people. They guarantee the best choice and amazing food experience.
Visit in Bangkok
After a visit in Bangkok you may state, that your heart belongs there. It’s a very special place in the world, profoundly appreciated by the Europeans whose culture is so different.
In Bangkok you will find everything what may be considered as a modern city: endless shopping malls, widely spread Bangkok art, delicious food court with fresh products available on multiple markets (also floating markets!), beautiful Royal Palace, world-class Banyan Tree Hotel or crazy, attractions you may enter without entrance fee and lively streets with a wide nightlife. But from the other side, what you can find there is an ancient culture contemporary ruled by King Rama, unique ruins, aged grand palace buildings, traditional and poor-looking street vendors, sky train and truly happy people.
If anyone needs classic entertainment such as sightseeing, then all the temples: Wat Pho, Grand Palace, Wat Arun and many others, national parks, ancient districts are waiting for you. But if you are more fun-hungry then visit Bangkok ‘s Siam Park City, fun-filled Khao San Road, MahaNakhon Skywalk, floating market, muay thai or thai massage session. Check out our offer and plan a trip to Bangkok that will be the trip of your life!