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Things to do in Bangkok

  • 19 Dec 2013


Bangkok was originally a little village on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and renamed as Krung Thep, which means “City of Angels”. Love it or hate it, its sheer dynamism is intoxicating as it is a quirky blend of traditional East with the modern West. Ask anyone who has ventured here and they will spin tales of exotic temples, shopping heavens and pulsating nightlife, all located east of the river at the heart of the city.

Best of Bangkok

1.  Grand Palace

Consisting over 100 vibrant buildings, golden spires, glittering mosaics and a grand mural of Ramakien (the Thai version of the famous Indian epic story ‘Ramayana’), the Grand Palace is perhaps the greatest spectacle for first-time visitors. In total, there are 178 restored sections including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which make for an interesting day of complete visual splendour!

Grand Palace

2. Floating Markets

Unique to Thailand are its remarkable floating markets, where peddlers trade on small boats laden with colourful fruits and vegetables. The two worth checking out are the Damnoen Morning Market and the Amphawa Evening Floating Market.

Floating Market

3. Chatuchak Weekend Market

What’s a visit to Bangkok without visiting the world’s largest outdoor market? Bargains and cheap wares, there’s no wonder why many flock to Chatuchak for this reason! The key is to haggle, though it may not work on some of the peddlers. Bring a shopping bag with wheels if you plan to spend a whole day here.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

4. Wat Arun

The temple of dawn, aptly named for the beautiful iridescent reflection of the first sunlight against the temple walls, is one of the more well-known cultural landmarks of Bangkok. It’s easily accessed via the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Arun

5. Wat Pho

The temple is well-known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, but its official name is Wat Phra Chettupon Wimon Mangkhlaram. Many considered the temple the first public university as King Rama III intended it to be, with a collection of murals and sculptures on religion, science and literature. It still functions as a centre of learning for traditional medication and it is a great place to pamper yourself a session of Thai traditional massage.

Wat Pho

6. Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Whoever says that history lessons are boring must definitely visit this place for a new prespective. In Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, you will learn the history of Thailand from its founding days to the modern times. See it as an informative and interactive modern museum. Your kids will love the interactive multimedia exhibitions!

7. Night Markets

As one of the primary shopping destinations in Thailand, the best time to scour for bargains in Bangkok is when the sun (and heat) has set, and little stalls are set up along the streets. Popular ones are Patpong, Khao San, Saphan Phut and Ratchada – great for cheap buys and awesome street food!

Night Markets

8. Shopping Malls

The simple word that excites most women (and men as well), Bangkok is a mecca of shopping malls, each with its own unique specialty. Top of the list are MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World and Siam Square, and of course, the ever popular Platinum Mall. The brand new Asiatique Mall is a hotter than hot cakes as well!

Siam Paragon

9. Siam Niramit

A colourful cultural extravaganza that leaves you with lasting memories, Siam Niramit is a show not to-be-missed! With an authentic Thai buffet along with an entertaining depiction of Thailand’s heritage on a world-class stage, it’s no wonder Siam Niramit appeals to all ages.

Siam Niramit

©Siam Niramit

10. Muay Thai @ Lumpini

Thai’s unique martial art may be foreign to many, but for an affordable price, you can get arena-side seats to feel the blood, sweat and tears. Watching a match is truly a memorable experience.

11. Chao Phraya River

The river is a very important part of the city, especially for those who live by the river. Go on a cruise along the river to see their unique lifestyle as well as their local houses, shops and boats.

Nearby Attractions


Land in Bangkok and hop on a bus straight to Pattaya, where you’ll experience the ideal island life. The jet skis, parasailing, Thai boxing and traditional massage will keep you busy all day, whilst the crazy parties and cabaret shows will keep you up all night long! Take refuge from the heat and visit Sanctuary of Truth or take a boat to Koh Lan and the nearby islands for some me-time.

Beach near Koh Lan, Pattaya


Another world of its own, and yet only 2 hours from Bangkok city, this ancient city is a world renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most prosperous cities in the 17th century, the cultural hub boasts many magnificent ruins, grand structures and serene monasteries.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet Festival, Ayutthaya

  • Vin

    Wow – spectacular!! Can anyone tell me what is the Best season to visit Bangkok? thanks in advance!

    • puja

      go now!
      chics are hot and give nice service 😉

      • sparsh

        Super hot season , new colleges girls from other’s countries are working in name thais and earning lot !Mostly they come as visitors

    • Jerome

      I’m living here for the past 5 years and my favourite months are december and january. Weather is much cooler and it’s not raining. If you want to travel for fun, don’t miss the water festival in April called “Songkran” but it is the hottest month of the year 😉

  • tamil

    i plan to visit thailand in the middle of next month.how would be the weather?is it advisable to visit thai?is there any political problem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Subramanian-Thangavelu/1726004133 Subramanian Thangavelu

    I took a tour of Bangkok and Pattaya from Kuala Lumpur during Nov-Dec 2012.
    It was great in ALL respects.