The vibrant city of Bangkok is a great place to spend a little time and truly has something for everyone, from world famous temples and monuments to parks, fantastic shopping opportunities and some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants in the whole of Thailand. Here is a selection of some of the best things to see, do and experience while exploring the city.
The Grand Palace
This impressive palace was built in 1782 and is situated close to the Chao Phraya River. In addition to the Grand Palace itself, this large temple complex is also home to a number of other magnificent buildings such as the Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Wat Phra Kaew, which contains the tiny emerald Buddha statue.
This is both the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and dates back to 1781. Wat Pho is home to an impressive 46-metre long golden reclining Buddha, which represents Buddha passing into nirvana. Wat Pho also a centre of traditional Thai medicine and massage and the masseuses that work here are said to be among the best in Thailand.
Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is situated on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to the Grand Palace and can be reached by shuttle boat. The highlight of this temple compound is the central pagoda, which is shaped like a bell and stands 79 metres high. The pagoda is covered in pieces of pottery which washed up on the banks of the Chao Phraya River more than a century before, while people who climb the stone steps leading up the side of the pagoda will be able to take in stunning views across Bangkok.
This vibrant market is open on Saturdays and Sundays during the daytime and can be found close to Mo Chit Skytrain station. The market contains hundreds of stalls and just about everything imaginable can be found here, from souvenirs and clothing to pets and antiques.
Jim Thompson’s House
This large traditional teak Thai house was once home to an American silk entrepreneur and has been transformed into a museum. Guided tours are available and offer visitors the chance to view an impressive collection of Antiques from all over Southeast Asia.
This vibrant section of the city is a fun place to explore both during the day and in the evening. Much of Chinatown is covered by a huge market selling wholesale goods at bargain prices, while the food stalls here serve some of the best noodle and seafood dishes in Bangkok.
Take a break from temple hopping and shopping and view a collection of creature from all over the world. In addition to animals such as lions, sun bears, elephants and giraffes, Dusit Zoo also features a large lake that visitors can explore by peddle boat and a children’s play area.
Muay Thai Shows
Watching traditional Thai boxing in a large venue such as Lumpini Stadium is an exciting experience that also offers an insight into the Thai culture.
While this was once the most bohemian area of Bangkok and frequented mainly by backpackers, Khaosan Road has been given a facelift in recent years and now boasts several top of the range hotels as well as trendy bars and restaurants. This long street is very vibrant and perhaps the best way to soak up the atmosphere is by grabbing a seat at one of the small bars that line the street and sipping one of the ‘very strong’ cocktails that they offer.
Walk on the wild side by exploring one of Bangkok’s most famous red light zones. Soi Cowboy features a large number of go-go bars where visitors are sure to receive a warm welcome.