Top 12 Places to Visit & Things to Do in Bangkok
Bangkok… with its reputation for being one of the cheapest destinations in Thailand can be expected to be noisy, crowded and infuriating, well, let’s just say, similar to any other capital city in the world. I know, the blog started off slightly on a negative note but hey! This blog is going to give you a lot of positive points that you will forget what the first line of the blog said. When in Bangkok, you may experience a series of smile-inducing episodes from the passersby as you walk the streets that could melt the heart of even the strongest of personalities. Likewise, the city of Bangkok offers a mishmash of tourist attractions that could overwhelm you, from exploring a series of pagodas to Thai architecture, and then ultimately ending the day tour with some delectable Thai dishes, this is what the exhilarating experience all about. And to further make your holiday in Bangkok an experience worth remembering, continue reading this blog as we have listed down some of the best and famed tourist spots you can visit to enjoy a vacation in Thailand.
Note: The city of Bangkok is also a hotspot for quick getaways to many parts of Thailand, you can board on your convenient means of transportation to various places, for instance, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Koh Samui, Phuket and even Pattaya city.
Visit Bangkok’s popular attraction: The Grand Palace and Wat Pho
One of the city’s major crowd pullers, the Grand Palace is a fabulous place to visit. This palace dwells within a walled complex, entering inside which is not allowed. However, you can feel free to take a walk around the palace that displays exquisite decor with spiked pagoda styled roofs. As a matter of fact, you can plan a half day tour in this historically rich tourist attraction where a melange of attractions like Buddhist temples and museums are placed. Make sure to visit early morning, dressed modestly, in order to get entry conveniently.
After spending the first half of your day here, you can visit Wat Pho, which is located at a walkable distance. This attraction is famed for the statue of Buddha that is 45 metre long and 15 metre high. Besides, this temple of Reclining Buddha is also popular for massage school where you can get a foot massage in the traditional medical school located inside Wat Pho.
Take a house tour of Jim Thompson, an American spy
In case you are wondering who is Jim Thompson, he was a spy, an architect, an operative in the OSS (office of strategic services) during the Second World War and a businessman who mysteriously disappeared from the Cameron Highlands in 1967. He was a popular silk merchant who helped popularize the Thai silk industry. There is a wonderful collection of his great work displayed in his home turned museum. And in order to see the antiques and silk collections, make sure to arrive a bit early at the Jim Thompson House Museum if you plan to sign up for a guided tour.
Visit the National Museum and explore the contemporary history of Thai culture
The best place for history buffs, the National Museum focuses on Thai culture and it displays a wide collection of wooden carvings, musical instruments and even funeral chariots of the royals. It so happens that until the mid-1970s, this National Museum was the sole museum in Thailand, and thus, you can notice this century-old structure displaying a huge collection of artifacts. Despite being the first museum in Thailand and occupying many Thai cultural items, it is not big and can be easily covered in half day sightseeing tour. And in order not to miss out on the English language guided tour, you can visit the National Museum on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am.
Tour the temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit
Beautifully coated in a 5.5 ton of pure gold, this 3 m tall statue of Buddha is housed in an alluring four-story structure and it is one of the best attractions to see. This major attraction in Bangkok has an interesting story behind its establishment. It so happens that during the monsoon of the 1950s, a glint of gold was seen emanating from the plastered statue of Buddha during the shifting of the statue to another location. Thus, upon removing the coating, a 5.5 ton of pure gold statue of Buddha was discovered. Today, however, you can see a melange of tourist storming to see this very and also the Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition held on the second floor of the building.
Visit the Buddhist temple called Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing
This particular attraction is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok and due to its lack of popularity as compared to other temple complexes, you can enjoy and have a peaceful experience here. Its calming surrounding and beautiful structure of the temple took three generations of kings to complete, started by King Rama I in 1782 continued by Rama II finally completed by Rama III after ten years.
Another interesting feature adjacent to the temple is the Great Swing and perhaps this 27 m high teak swing is one of the eye-catching sights in Bangkok. Located right in front of the Buddhist temple, Wat Suthat, this Giant Swing was used for a ceremony where an individual or a group of three were to be swung to catch a bag of silver coins but was soon banned by King Rama VII due to many accidents.
Spend a day at Damnoen Saduak, the floating market of Bangkok
You can spend a day visiting an interesting attraction in Bangkok and it is by default a major crowd puller. The floating market where the shopkeepers sell organic vegetables and fruits is such a lovely sight to see. If that does not amuse you much, they even sell fast food on the go. Damnoen Saduak is located in the Ratchaburi Province of Bangkok and within the Damnoen Saduak market, you can find many submarkets with Ton Khem being the largest and the best time to visit to witness the chaos is between 7 am to 9 am. The rest of the day, feel free to hire a boat taxi if you want to explore the markets and its narrow canals.
Enjoy people watching in Bangkok’s central Lumpini Park
Because while holidaying in Bangkok, it is also necessary to visit soothing places for a day filled with ‘nothingness’ just relaxing and people watching at Lumpini Park. This green oasis amid the skyscrapers is an ideal place to hang out with friends or even plan for a picnic. As this park is located in the centre of the city, it plays a role of a landmark or a venue for meetings before heading out to ‘certain planned destination.’ however, the park is perfect to spend a tranquil afternoon watching people cycling, skating, playing sports, practicing tai chi, or simply sun toasting.
Explore Bangkok With Many Things to Do
Holidaying in a place that offers everything bombastic in dirt cheap prices, you have to try out some awesome things in Bangkok such as…
Explore Bangkok’s blend of architectural wonders and the largest street markets in the world
The architectural marvels of Bangkok provide a contrast of old and new, you could be in awe to see modern structure and old marvels standing next to each other. The city is such a vibrant destination and you have to experience a city walk tour while here and it is perhaps one of the best things to do in Bangkok. Make sure to stand and observe the bustling city below from the pedestrian skywalk. You could as well visit Chatuchak Market located adjacent to the Kamphaeng Perth Station that is tagged to be the largest weekend market in the world. With over 15,000 stalls, expect to find just about everything, from clothing to eateries and even bizarre food.
Go smell roses in Pak Klong Flower Market in Bangkok
If you want to get out of the monotonous tourist spots, here is an interesting place to visit where you can go smell the roses and buy a bunch of flowers for your dear ones. Pak Klong is a large wholesale flower market that bustles with the fresh fragrance of flowers and the best part is that it is open 24 hours. Often the locals visit this market to buy sweet bunches of flowers at half the price, you can as well pay a visit and shop for fresh flowers or simply take beautiful pictures and mingle with the locals. The trick the shopkeepers use in order to keep the flowers fresh all day is by storing the flowers on ice.
Indulge in a Thai massage that detoxes your body, mind, and soul
During your Bangkok tour or anywhere in Thailand, a Thai massage is not to be missed, it acts like a pain relief spray but it also heals your mind and soul along with your body. For sure, after all the excursions, you would be in need to hydrate your body, in such case, visit Health Land. It is a minuscule hospital for healing joint pains. You can also choose to visit Asia Herb Association which offers body rejuvenation treatments as well. As a matter of fact, there are various spa facilities in Bangkok that offer various curing/healing methods to relieve you from stress, even if it is for a short time.
Dine under the yellow bulb street lights in Chinatown of Bangkok
Often when you ask any Bangkok return travellers, most probably they may talk about how scrumptious the street food scenes are. As a matter of fact, Bangkok is all about food, with cheap prices and delicious Thai cuisine displayed to gorge right out of the stalls, it offers sheer varieties to eat, it may overwhelm you! You can might as well take a food tour, it not only fills your tummy but can also ‘let know’ about the culture of the country. However, when you ask where to head to find the best food in town, they may send you at the Chinatown of Bangkok. You have to try the vermicelli stir-fry that consists of a variety of spices, shrimps, eggs, chicken and glass noodles, in addition, a chilled beer would just add an extra flavour.
Note: Bangkok has been struggling with the street food ban issue that arose in April 2017. However, the government says that it will not impose a complete ban on street food but will clear the busy and illegal pedestrian areas where vendors have set up their stalls.
Stay in the nicest hotels in Bangkok that offer comfort to the wallet accommodation
Bangkok is one of the best places to visit for a budget-friendly holiday as it not only offers delicious food and attractive places to visit but also affordable hotels to stay. It is obvious, you will find a variety of cheap accommodation options in the form of hostel dorms to homestays and even Airbnbs but even the luxurious hotels in Bangkok offer great deals, you just have to keep an eye on their websites. An insider’s tip is to stay in Lumpini Park because it is centrally located making it convenient to sight Bangkok attractions.
Bangkok is such a touristravelers destination, there exist no age boundaries when it comes to nightlife and fun activities. A place that has earned its reputation to always be a go-to-holiday destination, it welcomes all sorts of travellers, no matter what your travel genre is, whether for business or leisure, honeymoon or even family trips. So this holiday, start your planning to this exuberant paradise and if any assistance is needed, we are always here to help. You can leave us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +91-9212553106 to hear our best tour packages and travel deals to Bangkok.