Things to do in Bangkok
1. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most stunning place which you should definitely visit when coming to Bangkok. It’s more than the massive former residence of the king, the place is as well showing off with most dazzling temples including the Wat Phra Kauw as the most famous temple housing the famous Emerald Buddha, a relic to many Thai. Make sure to come in time before it gets busy and take your time, there is enough to explore.
2. Chatuckak Floating Market
The most popular and definitely the biggest market of the city is situated in the North of Bangkok. You can literally find anything at this weekend market from clothes, books and home articles to foods and domestic animals, you name it, they have it! One central road in the middle is connecting all the little side streets, therefore you can easily walk around without worrying as you will finally and get back to the central road anyways. The market is open on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 to 18.00.
4. Free your muscles with a Thai massage
The Thai massage is the method to get completely loose again as they are literally stretching every part of your body. Not something for you? No worries there are plenty other possibilities such as a relaxing oil massage for good prices (around 300 baht/9 euro’s for one hour).
5. Attend a Muay Thai Boxing match
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand also called the sport of the eight limbs. For a thrilling and exciting boxing match, you should see the Thai in one of the boxing stadiums.
6. Get yourself a classy tailored suit
If you would like to have a classy party dress or professional suit, Bangkok is the place to buy it. After some bargaining you can get a beautiful tailored suit in one of the various stores. Have a look around the Pratunam market for many tailor companies.
7. Siam Ocean world
The largest aquarium of South-East Asia can be found underneath the Siam Paragon Shopping mall and is full with colorful fishes of the deep Asian oceans. Visitors can walk through a ray of glass which results in an unrealistic feeling, being literally surrounded by the fishes of the ocean.
8. Calypso Ladyboy Show
Ladyboys are a fascinating phenomenon of Thailand. Be amazed at one of the precious theaters where you can behold them and wonder how ‘she’ was once born as ‘he’.
9. Siam Niramit Show
An intriguing show about Thailand’s history which goes back in time for over 700 years. The outrageous costumes and even elephants are the best to look at in the theater which is more likely to be seen as a little village.
10. Visit the authentic Koh Kred island
The Koh Kret island is situated some kilometers North of Bangkok. The island is settled in the Chao Phraya River for multiple years now and inhabited by the traditional Mon people which makes a visit extra special due to their specialization in pottery. Beside there is the busy weekend market to visit. A lovely day trip.
Attractions in Bangkok
The immense and active capital of Thailand has a lot to offer for every interest. The beautiful architecture and arts of the old town can be admired in historical temples and museums or you can stroll along the lively street markets, enjoy the view on a boat trip, see a wrestling crocodile or relax in the green lungs of the city. It is all possible in Bangkok.
Bangkok is famous for its precious temples. When visiting the capital it is hard to miss out on seeing at least one of these temples. Impressive sculptures are situated on the grounds of the Grand Palace, the dazzling place is definitely a must-see. Once constructed by Rama I in 1782, this enormous piece of land is showing of with marvelous temples and the old residence of the King. Wat Phra Kaew is probably the most famous temple and home of the beloved Emerald Buddha. Besides the Grand Palace there are many other temples asking for a visit, to name a few: Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saketh and Wat Traimit. Make sure to cover your knees and shoulders before entering the temple as sign of respect.
Bangkok composes an overwhelming amount of exciting markets where you can find the best Thai food, deserts and snacks or you can stroll along the stalls full of clothing, souvenirs and home decorations.
The biggest market is without any doubt the Chatuchak weekend market, offering everything you can imagine from the most exotic birds, puppies and fishes in the animal section to awesome clothing, delicious drinks and arts. The Damnoen and Ampwaha floating market (situated some km outside Bangkok) are also worth a visit whereas vendors are selling their goods on boats, an animating spectacle. Other interesting markets are: the vintage Rot Fai market for crazy items collectors, the Khao San Market extremely popular among tourists, the Pak Klong Talad Flower Market for the romantics or shopping at the Pratunam market for fair prices.
Food lovers should check out the Or Tor Kor Market, close to the Chatuchak market, for an overview of the best fresh food products produced all over Thailand or try the delicious Thai foods at one of the street stalls of the Wang Lang Market at the opposite of the Grand Palace. Of course, there are many more markets to taste the extraordinary food and practice your bargain scales on a cute handbag or fancy swim short. See more…
Parks and gardens
Bangkok cherishes its green lungs where residents love to come to revive from busy city life, enjoy a picnic in the sun or in the shadow of the tropical threes. Parks are also often used for recreational sports, especially in the evenings.
One of the popular parks is the Lumpini park which is featuring a beautiful pond, many threes and you can even encounter one of the water monitor lizards. Chatuchak, Wachira Benjathat and Queen Sirikit are parks located next to each other in the North of Bangkok, with waters and shadow of the threes, ideal places to relax after a vivid visit at the Chatuchak market. The Rama IX Park was constructed in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of the current King: Rama IX and is a true inspiration to every garden lover representing multiple countries such as Japan, England, America, France and the classical Thai designs with a huge variety of Thai flowers, plants and threes.
Moreover Bangkok features the National Stadium with outdoor sports facilities of Olympic sizes, the Sanam Luang park in front of the Grand Palace and Benjakiti park where you can enjoy the romantic fountains and exercise a BMX.
Thailand’s capital is featuring many special and interesting museums, you will find something of your interest without any doubt. The National Museum will tell you anything about the Thai history giving you an insight in the origins of the dynamic country with its artistic temples. Many museums are just as interesting as the architectonical buildings such as the Jim Thompson house, the man who developed the silk industry in Asia. Besides architecture you can also increase your knowledge about the human body while visiting the Forensic Museum and Human Body Museum.
Other museums are: the Air Force Museum, Bangkokian Museum, Bank of Thailand Museum and the interactive Museum of Siam also referred to as the National Discovery Museum institute, not even mentioning the numerous fun museums exposing the most original and weirdest collections.
Are you witnessing a man wrestling with a crocodile or do you prefer seeing Orang-Utans boxing? It is all possible in the zoo’s of Bangkok. Visit Safari World, gaze at the reptiles of the Crocodile Farm and Zoo or explore the rare species of the Dusit Zoo which was Thailand’s first zoo. If you like the tropical fishes you have to visit Siam Ocean World which is one of the largest aquariums in South-East Asia.