by Meghana Agashe Updated on 13 Oct 2018
A city where cultural attractions perfectly balance the vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is a city of surprises. Housing ornate shrines, thriving street markets, a huge selection of massage parlours, and go-go bars, the list of Bangkok Attractions is seemingly endless! With such a variety of places to visit in Bangkok, this capital city of Thailand, is one of the top and most sought-after tourist destinations of the world. historical Bangkok points of interest include historical attractions, temples with elaborate architecture, and various entertainment areas. Check out this list of things to do in Bangkok for more information:
1. Get mesmerised by the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Standing tall at fifteen metres and forty-six metres in length, the Reclining Buddha housed at Wat Pho is a must-see sight for anyone visiting Bangkok. This magnificent gold-plated statue resides in the temple complex that houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. Wat Pho is also associated with the national headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine and is considered to be the birthplace of the world-famous Thai Massage.
2. Shop at the Chatuchak Market
A weekend market in Bangkok, Chatuchak Market is a place that sells every imaginable product under the sun - from apparel and utensils to vintage items and food. Spread across a staggering area of 27 acres, Chatuchak Market that houses more than 8000 stalls, is considered among the largest markets in the world. So, get hold of your shopping bags and off you go for to Chatuchak Market for a healthy dose of retail therapy. Carry a map along with you to avoid losing yourselves in the network of alleys and do not forget to haggle!
3. Spend an informative afternoon at the Bangkok National Museum
Boasting of a spectacular collection of Thai art and other artefacts which represent the culture of Thailand, Bangkok National Museum is an informative place which gives you a glimpse into the intricate history of Thailand. Established by King Rama V with the intention to show off to the world all the gifts that had been given to him by his father, Bangkok National Museum houses numerous interesting memorabilia like Khon masks, Chinese weaponry, textiles, and much more.
4. Enjoy a Thai Massage
Rest your tired muscles and rejuvenate your mind with a peaceful and relaxing Thai massage at any of the massage parlours in Bangkok. A ancient healing system which is said to have been developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand 2,500 years ago, Thai Massage uses a combination of various techniques like compression, acupressure, Ayuverdic principles, and Yoga postures to stretch and relax your muscles. In Thailand, these massage services can be found just about anywhere for a very low price.
5. Relax at the Lumpini Park
The largest public park in Bangkok, Lumpini Park is perfect to enjoy open spaces and greenery and relax. If you wish to escape the crowds and hustle-bustle of the touristy places in Bangkok, then Lumpini Park is the perfect retreat for you. In addition to strolling through the garden and picnicking on the benches, one can also rent paddle boast and go boating in the artificial lake located in the heart of this park. People also come here to exercise and jog.
6. Have a royal time at the Grand Palace
Often considered to be the most popular tourist attraction in Thailand, Grand Palace has been the home to the Kings of Siam since 1782. Though the current king, King Rama X doesn’t stay here at this stunning and magnificent palace, it is still used as the venue for official events. The architectural splendour, the intricate artefacts, the exquisite interiors, and the decorated palace complex make the Grand Palace a must-visit place in Bangkok.
7. Visit Wat Arun
Wat Arun, also popularly called as the Temple of Dawn, is an impressive structure located opposite to the Grand Palace. One of the most iconic structures and popular landmarks in Southeast Asia, Wat Arun has been constructed in an ancient Khmer style and is an architectural representation of Mount Meru. Deriving its name from the Hindu god Aruna, or the God of Dawn, Wat Arun has existed since the 17th century. However, some features like the spires have been built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.
8. Sample delicious fare at Chinatown
A heaven for foodies and a paradise for street-food-lovers, Chinatown in Bangkok is an area packed with restaurants and stalls that are sure to satiate every type of a food craving. Sample mouthwatering Chinese food at throwaway price and gorge on the delicacies till you are full at Chinatown.
9. Experience the best of Thai nightlife at Soi Cowboy
Flashing neon lights, peppy music, youngsters partying, and a colourful streetscape awaits you at Soi Cowboy in Bangkok. A street lined with happening bars and pubs on both sides, this area is the best to experience the best of Thai nightlife. Soi Cowboy also features a large selection of go-go bars and is a popular destination mostly among foreign tourists. This area is also famous as an adult entertainment destination.
10. Indulge in a fun-filled underwater session at Sea Life Bangkok
Formerly known as Ocean World, Sea Life Bangkok is the largest aquarium in South East Asia. Housing thousands of exhibits belonging to hundreds of different species, Sea Life Bangkok is part of the respected Oceanis Australia Group. Explore various sections and zones of this aquarium as you observe exotic species like Giant Spider Crabs, African Penguins, Giant Pacific Octopus, Stingray Sharks, and various breeds of seahorses, frogs and jellyfish.
11. Take a boat ride at the Chao Phraya River
A fascinating boat ride or a ferry along the famous Chao Phraya River will take you along the skyrise buildings, condos, and fancy hotels of Bangkok. A small part of the cruise also takes you along riverside shacks and stalls which are equally fascinating. Chao Phraya River is considered to be the lifeblood of Bangkok and so, a ferry on this river will indeed be a one-of-its-kind experience.
12. Learn more about the famous Thai Silk at the Jim Thompson House
Named after the renowned American businessman who established a successful Thai silk company and brought prominence to this art, Jim Thompson House offers visitors an interesting glimpse into the Thailand’s traditional architecture, beautiful silk and art. After the tour of the house, one can watch silk production on the grounds, have a meal in the on-site restaurant as well as shop for some unique souvenirs at the gift store.
13. Go for an iconic Tuk-Tuk ride
A public transport which is popularly used all throughout Bangkok since the Second World War, Tuk-Tuk ride is the best way to navigate through the city’s roads and lanes. A three-wheeled experience that could turn out to be one of the most adventurous rides of your lifetime, a Tuk-Tuk ride is also perhaps the best way to explore the unexplored and non-touristy parts of Bangkok.
14. Explore the floating markets of Bangkok
Women dressed in traditional Thai attire selling freshest of groceries await you on the boats at different spots in Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak is the most famous of these floating markets and is especially popular among tourists due to the huge variety of souvenirs and traditional clothes it sells. Amphawa Floating Market, famous for its exotic Thai culture, is also another famous spot near Bangkok for those who wish to explore the floating markets.
15. Delve deeper into the culture of Thailand at the Thai Village Cultural Show
Taking place inside the famous Rose Garden in Bangkok, Thai Village Cultural Show offers a glimpse into the Thai culture through the means of songs and dances. The string of performances sheds light upon several Thai customs, traditions and ethos and promises you of an entertaining and a fun-filled evening in Bangkok.